Neal Stephenson:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Neal Stephenson (b. 1959) in Fort Meade, MD is a postcyberpunk science fiction writer. He also writes non-fiction for magazines like Wired. His novel Snow Crash in 1992 set a high standard for the genre.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Aerostat Monitor - a small flying platform
A small flying platform, capable of maneuvering in three dimensions; can hover in place and communicate with others like it.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Airbag Jacket - instant Michelin Man
A jacket or coverall with inflatable air bags throughout for protection against impact.

Snow Crash (1992)

Allswell
An organic compound found (or placed) in food that calms and mellows those who partake of it.

Anathem (2008)

Arachnofiber Uniforms - Spidey delivers pizza
Remarkable attire for a pizza delivery person; but given the violence of near future America, the protection offered by ordinary uniforms was insufficient.

Snow Crash (1992)

Avatar - godlike poseurs
A computer-enhanced doppelganger; a computer-generated image that takes your place in a three-dimensional online encounter.

Snow Crash (1992)

Avatar Construction Set - build your virtual self
A collection of software that allows the building of a complete avatar.

Snow Crash (1992)

Ballisticules - nanomachines throw their weight around
Nanotechnology devices that throw their weight around.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Blithe
A plant engineered to produce a substance that brought out compliant behavior in those who consumed it.

Anathem (2008)

Burbclave - autonomous suburban enclave
Contraction of suburban enclave; an extension of today's gated communities.

Snow Crash (1992)

Chevaline - robotic horse
An open robotic vehicle for one person, shaped like a horse.

The Diamond Age (1995)

CIC Virtual Earth - google earth
A software application that presents detailed information about the Earth.

Snow Crash (1992)

Clave - a suburban enclave
Short for enclave (see also burbclave - autonomous suburban enclave)

The Diamond Age (1995)

Cookie-Cutters - bomblets in your bloodstream
Very small (corpuscle-sized) devices that can enter the blood stream and destroy an enemy from within.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Data Goggles - immerse yourself in the matrix
Eyewear connected to a computer provides total immersion in the matrix.

Snow Crash (1992)

Deliverator Car - pizza on the edge
The vehicle for edgy pizza delivery.

Snow Crash (1992)

Dentata - anti-rape device worn internally
An anti-rape device.

Snow Crash (1992)

Dog Pod Grid - aerostat defensive maneuver
A swarm of quasi-independent aerostatic devices.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Fabricules - squeaky clean nanomachine
Tiny bits of fabric that were self-cleaning; gloves made of this material always stayed clean.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Filter Wheel - stepwise refinement
A device for filtering liquid or gas to obtain a pure sample of a selected molecule.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Freedom Machine - nanotech birth control
A birth control device developed using nanotechnology.

The Diamond Age (1995)

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