Hyperion by Dan Simmons:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Hyperion is an extraordinary story, told in the manner of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: a series of stories by individuals who have had experiences with the Shrike or with the Time Tombs. The Time Tombs are strange structures on the planet Hyperion that do not seem to be moving in the same time stream as the rest of us. The Shrike is a mysterious figure who strikes at the human beings who settle Hyperion.

Dan Simmons' novel Hyperion won the Hugo award for Best Science Fiction Novel. He has also won the World Fantasy award for his first novel Song of Kali. He lives in Colorado, along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Select an invention:

Can City - spinning space habitat
A cylindrical space habitat.

Credit Wake - credit card transaction blog
The electronic trail of our transactions across the Net.

Cybrid - person as data terminal
An organic body used by an artificial intelligence.

Datasphere
The entirety of computers and their information linked together, typically on a planet, in concept.

Datumplane
The workspace of console cowboys - the matrix.

Farcaster - step through to another planet
A portal for traveling between distant stars; inexpensive, instantaneous travel to remote worlds.

Fatline - FTL communication
A communications technology that provides immediate communication between star systems; faster-than-light communication.

Flat Photo
A two-dimensional pictorial representation of a three-dimensional real space. A picture.

Free-fall Couch
Furniture that achieves the comfort of free-fall, the weightless condition normally achieved only in space.

Hawking Mat - okay, it's a flying carpet
About two meters long and one meter wide, made of shielded monofilaments, with a bright textile design - okay, it's a flying carpet.

Internet Addiction
A state in which human beings experience addiction to computer access and data streams.

Schrön Loop - ultimate portable data storage
Small data storage device; a USB chip that stores terabytes.

TechnoCore
A group of artificial intelligences with vast resources and the entirety of human dataspheres to access.

Treeship
A single, enormous tree grown as a spacecraft.

Universal Card - every planet you want to be
A device that mimics every credit card and identification card you possess.

Worldweb All Thing
Network connects billions of people in real time.

 

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