Frederik Pohl:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Frederik Pohl (b. 1919) is both an sf writer and editor. He attended the Bronx High School of Science, becoming friends with Isaac Asimov. He was a member of the Futurians as a young man. Unfortunately, when he was 14, he was forced to quit school to work (due to the Great Depression). He edited Galaxy and If magazines from 1959 until 1969. He won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for his novel Gateway in 1978. He also won a John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel, and is recognized as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Oort Cloud Processor - fast food from outer space
An alien ship that processes Oort cloud into food.

Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (1980)

Reciprocal Name - cellphone nickname
A nickname or familiar name used to specify a more completely defined full name and telephone number.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Sigfrid von Shrink - computer shrink
An automated therapist.

Gateway (1970)

TBR (Talk Between Robots) Circuit
A special means of communications used by robots to speak with each other.

The Midas Plague (1954)

Virtual Keyboard
A keyboard that appears at the right moment in game play.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Virtual Kiss (Tactile Net) - affection by wire
A phone-like device that will communicate a kiss in a tactile manner.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Virtual Reality Construct - VR without headgear
A means of projecting a virtual reality experience without special headsets.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Virtual Reality Video Game - very early description
A description of a computer game simulation played in real time as entertainment.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Voice Dialing
Speak the name of the person and call them on the phone.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Voice-Enabled Smartphone - I talk, it listens
A smartphone capable of complete voice-enabled operation.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Watercouch
A couch filled with water, rather than springs and cushions.

Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (1980)

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