David Brin:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
David Brin (b. 1950) is an American science fiction writer. He has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. He holds a Bachelor of Science in astronomy, a masters degree in applied physics and PhD in space science. Perhaps his most famous novels are the Uplift series. His 1985 novel The Postman was made into a major motion picture.

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Accu-Terrain Floor
A special floor for virtual reality environments that simulates any kind of surface.

Natulife (1994)

Anti-Onc Cream - cancer remedy
An ointment used to cure skin cancers.

Earth (1990)

Autosecretary (Autosec) - clipping service for the net
A software agent able to accept your query and then seach the public net for related information.

Earth (1990)

Auto-Treadmills (Needle-Gym)
A simulation-exercise room floor that allows the user to walk and run on a consistently realistic surface.

Natulife (1994)

Bee Zapper - Star Wars for bugs
A laser-based insect remover.

Earth (1990)

Bullet-guard Overalls
Very tough fabric.

Kiln People (2002)

Citizen Journalism - silence dogood lives!
The notion that ordinary people can make use of technological tools like cellphone cameras and the Internet to provide information.

Earth (1990)

Data-Retrieval Programs - ferrets, hounds, foxes and badgers
Programs that searched the Net for specific information.

Earth (1990)

Ditto Blank - mindless android
A mentally unformed android, upon which a personality could be impressed.

Kiln People (2002)

Dozer - cadge some O2
A person with extreme susceptibility to the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

Earth (1990)

E-Document Distribution - step up to the kiosk
A method of wirelessly distributing a document to a large group of people in an ad hoc setting.

Earth (1990)

EmilyPost - checks for flames
An autonomous worm that searches the Net for lack of courtesy.

Earth (1990)

Fabricow
Cattle and other creatures that create gene-designed biomachinery in their wombs.

Piecework (1990)

Filter Program - live in your own world
Using programs to filter Internet results; a person need see only what they want to see.

Earth (1990)

Garbage Mine - there's gold in them heaps
The idea that recycling can spawn entirely new industries.

Earth (1990)

Genetic Ark - conserve the genome
Enormous, multi-habitat enclosed spaces, used to conserve the animal gene pool.

Earth (1990)

Home Termite Habitat
Edible insects raised fresh in your own kitchen!

Natulife (1994)

Hostage Gas
A gas sprayed over a population; to survive, those who breathe it must report to centers for the antidote.

The Uplift War (1987)

Imprint (A Ditto Blank) - pseudo-you
Impress one's personality upon a 'ditto blank' android.

Kiln People (2002)

Lawyer Program - AI goes to the dark side
Software that could listen to legal argument.

Earth (1990)

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