Science Fiction Dictionary: Ideas, Terms and Technology
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
Zag House
A means of implanting dreams.
First He Died (Time and Again) Simak  1951
Zed-Ray
A penetrating beam that would disclose the details inside of a closed object.
Blood of the Moon Cummings  1936
Zero 'g' (Zero Gee)
In a ship in orbit, in free fall.
Islands in the Sky Clarke  1952
Zeroentropy Spray
A method of reducing the disorder of an object as much as possible, reducing the temperature close to absolute zero.
Gather, Darkness! Leiber  1943
Zero-G Ashtray
An ashtray designed for use on a space station.
Waldo Heinlein  1942
Zero-G Cups
Cups that were specially designed to be usable under zero gravity conditions.
Space Tug Leinster  1953
Zero-Gravity
A state in which gravity is effectively absent or cancelled out.
If Science Reached the Earth's Core Binder  1938
Zero-Ray
Inflicts a fatal frostbite on living tissue.
An Adventure in Futurity Smith  1931
Zero-Time Jail
A building in which an energy field prevents time from passing.
A World Out of Time Niven  1976
Zeta-Ray
Makes and maintains vast holes - even in ocean water!
The Death Cloud Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Zip Paper
Very thin display like a single sheet of paper.
Mariposa Bear  2009
Zoo Fences
Caustic water moat
The Dosadi Experiment Herbert  1977
Zoom Call Visaphone System
An amazingly early description of a modern zoom call on a big screen monitor.
John Jones's Dollar Keeler  1915

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