Stanislaw Lem:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Stanislaw Lem (b. 1921) is a Polish writer known for his satiric, philosophical and science fictional works. His studies of medicine were interrupted by WWII; he worked as a car mechanic and welder, and was a member of the resistance against the Nazis. Highly critical of American pulp sci-fi literature, he considers his own work to be more mainstream literature. His books have sold over 27 million copies and have been translated into 40 languages, making him one of the most widely read sf authors.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Betrization
An in utero method of reducing human aggression.

Return from the Stars (1961)

Calster - portable cash printer
A handheld device that printed legal currency on the spot.

Return from the Stars (1961)

Crystal Corn - tiny crystal books
Tiny data storage crystals.

Return from the Stars (1961)

Electronic Bard
A computing machine that is able to write original poetry.

The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age (1965)

Electronic Book Store
A place to pick up your electronic books.

Return from the Stars (1961)

Femfatalatron
A device that reverses an infatuation for a particular woman.

The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age (1965)

Gigagnostotron
Enormously powerful computing device.

The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age (1965)

Gnostotron
Computing device capable of producing an informational model of absolutely everything in existence.

The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age (1965)

Handbag Computer
Device capable of carrying on your conversation for you.

The Futurological Congress (1983)

Inorganic Evolution
A process by which robots could alter their own structure, or the ways that they interact with other robots, to adapt to a changing world.

The Invincible (1954)

Interactive Map - very early concept
A small book with a 'touch-screen' paper interactive map.

Return from the Stars (1961)

Kingdom in a Box
An entire civilization in miniature - in an interactive box.

The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age (1965)

Lecton - be read to
A device that would read aloud an electronic text book.

Return from the Stars (1961)

Metal Insects
Small autonomous flying winged robots.

The Invincible (1954)

Model the Universe
A computer capacious enough to contain a representation of the entire universe.

The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age (1965)

Nanomachine Swarm (Black Cloud) - tiny machines work together
A cloud of tiny machines, able to work together autonomously.

The Invincible (1954)

Opton - electronic book
Very early description of an electronic book, with storage media.

Return from the Stars (1961)

Parastatics
Means of completely eliminating injury in vehicles during crashes.

Return from the Stars (1961)

Sky Ceiling - long before Hogwarts
Ceilings that consist of large screens, on which are presented images of the sky.

Return from the Stars (1961)

Smart Dust - intelligent sand
Very tiny computers.

The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age (1965)

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