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)

Fuel Tree
Plants raised as fuel.

Anathem (2008)

Geotect
A person who creates landforms and physical environments

The Diamond Age (1995)

High-Voltage Cuffs - Captain Nemo likes
Metallic shirt-sleeve cuffs capable of carrying a charge.

Snow Crash (1992)

Hypercard - it sure carries a lot of weight
A virtual business card; what one avatar might hand another to introduce themselves.

Snow Crash (1992)

Immunocules - nanotechnology imitates life
Very small, lightweight objects able to move in three dimensions; they form a protective shield against airborne devices.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Implanted Credit Card - wherever you want it to be
A credit card system that could be surgically implanted; uses radio frequency identification to communicate with checkout hardware.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Jodie Grid
A 'tattoo' that provides points for mapping your face into a grid.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Kinagram - moving letters
Small print-size icons that presented a moving image.

Anathem (2008)

Lithocule - building block
Tiny intelligent building blocks.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Loogie Gun - can't we have nonviolent AND sanitary?
A non-violent weapon that shoots a gooey mass to immobilize a person judged to have criminal or violent intent.

Snow Crash (1992)

MagnaPoon - as in harpoon
To hitch a ride from a faster vehicle while riding a skateboard (from harpoon).

Snow Crash (1992)

Matter Compiler - stereolithography on steroids
A device that builds the desired article (such as a dress) atom by atom according to a specified design.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Mediaglyphic - animated symbols
Animated symbols to help those who haven't bothered to learn to read in a multimedia age.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Mediatron - paper-thin LCD display
A paper-thin networked computer display.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Mediatronic Display
Electronic paper comes in big sheets.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Metaverse - the whole virtual world
A virtual universe.

Snow Crash (1992)

Metavirus (Digital Metavirus)
Binary code that can infect computers or even hackers, through the binary nerve.

Snow Crash (1992)

Mite - very small machine helpers
A very small device (about the size of a dust mite) that has been manufactured for a particular purpose.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Nanomachine Lidar - radar with visible light
Radar-like system that uses electromagnetic radiation at optical frequencies (visible light) for range-finding and analysis.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Nurse Drone
A larger flying platform to provide power to smaller drones.

The Diamond Age (1995)

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