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)

Pedomotive - power stilts
A kind of stilt-like leg extenders; take longer strides, get there faster. Extreme sports gear.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Phantoscope (phenomenoscope) - see it all
A device that provides you with a computer-operable display; can be worn or surgically implanted right on your own eyes.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Phased Acoustical Array - hear it all
An music system implanted right on your eardrum.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Photomnemonic Tablet - blank recording slate
A device that both records and displays images with the same element.

Anathem (2008)

Pina2bo
A huge cannon that shot shells filled with sulfur high into the atmosphere for the purpose of geoengineering a change in climate.

Termination Shock (2021)

Primer
A special software program that teaches basic language skills.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Rat Thing
A guard cyborg created from a living animal.

Snow Crash (1992)

Reason Hypervelocity Railgun
Multichamber weapon accelerates tiny splinters of metal.

Snow Crash (1992)

Runcible - every page an LCD screen
A book made of smart paper; every page is a flexible LCD (liquid crystal display) screen.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Sights - skull gun crosshairs
Sunglasses-mounted crosshairs (you'll need one with your skull gun).

The Diamond Age (1995)

Sintered Armorgel
A substance that is flexible when moved slowly, but which hardens upon external impact.

Snow Crash (1992)

'Sites - nanobots are your friends
Small parasites that cause muscles to twitch in sequence for strength.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Skullgun - cock cranium and fire
A pistol that is concealed in your cranium.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Sky-Eye
A football-sized flying surveillance device.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Smart Paper - thin-film transistor display
A very slim thin-film transistor display.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Smart Pizza Box - your pizza knows if it's late
A container with microprocessor-based data processing capabilities built-in to the box.

Snow Crash (1992)

Smartcoral Reef - water purifying reef
An artificial coral reef that pulls water in for use in large communities.

The Diamond Age (1995)

Smartwheels - variable length spokes
Special "wheels" that are actually sets of spokes that telescope to be as long as they need to be for a smooth ride.

Snow Crash (1992)

Spine-Clamp - restraint bolt for humans
A device that constrains the movements of convicted criminals.

Anathem (2008)

Toner - dead nanobot bits
Dead bits of nanomachines.

The Diamond Age (1995)

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