William Gibson:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
William Gibson was born in South Carolina; he went to Canada when he was 19. His first novel, Neuromancer won both the Hugo and Nebula awards in 1984.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Automated Space Factories
Manufacturing based in space.

Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)

Bank Chip - a smart credit card
A "smart" credit card.

Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)

Belt Sword - bendable weapon
A piece of very thin material sewn between the two leather sides of a belt.

All Tomorrow's Parties (1999)

A biography that includes actual life experience from the subject; a biographical download.

Count Zero (1986)

Bohemias - a cultural incubator
A place where the ordinary rules of society don't apply; the "next big thing" often comes from these places.

All Tomorrow's Parties (1999)

Brainlock - life in the now
A technique to focus the attention of prisoners on a limited task, precluding the possibility of escape.

Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)

Canola Oil - a cob in your tank
Vegetable oil refined for use as fuel

Virtual Light (1993)

Chain Gun - fires chains
Device fires lengths of steel chain.

All Tomorrow's Parties (1999)

Chunker - non-violent weapon
A device that fires small cubes of rubber; a non-lethal form of riot control.

Virtual Light (1993)

Cleaning Machine Warren
A room or space set aside for machinery when not in use.

Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)

Coffin Rack Capsule Hotel
A hotel with very (very!) small rooms.

The Science Fiction Yearbook (ed. Jerry Pournelle) (1984)

Computer Translator - computer translator and GPS
A computer translator; software that provides automatic translation when jacked into a data port.

Idoru (1996)

Computer-Created Dub
Music created by an artificially intelligent computer for a specific audience.

Neuromancer (1984)

Construct (Digital) - persona in software
A stored version of a person's particular skills and personal approaches to problems.

Neuromancer (1984)

Control-Face - an LCD remote control
A small liquid crystal display (LCD) unit linked to a larger network; gives a window onto your larger network world.

Idoru (1996)

Cybernetic Water Witch -
A job that involves a lot of surfing for patterns in information.

Idoru (1996)

Cyberspace - the original consensual hallucination
A computer technology that allowed people to see a computer network as an internal experience.

Burning Chrome (1982)

Cyborg Dolphin (Jones) - war surplus named Jones
A heavily modified war surplus dolphin.

Johnny Mnemonic (1981)

A means of quickly administering drugs directly through the skin.

Neuromancer (1984)

Dornier - VTOL surveillance drone
A small surveillance drone capable of hovering in midair.

Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)

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