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)

Magnus-Effect Ambulance - sidewise force
A vehicle that can hover and fly using the Magnus Effect.

Earth (1990)

Mammontelephas - baby mammoths
A 'mammoth' resurrected from the genes of the original.

Earth (1990)

Needles (Chocolate and Vanilla)
Inflated towers reaching 20 miles out of Earth's atmosphere.

Sundiver (1979)

Oxygen Hip Flask - just a quick nip
A small, portable source of pure oxygen for breathing.

Earth (1990)

Personal Cache - a digital safety deposit box
An online data repository used to store personal data.

Earth (1990)

Poppins - Julie Andrews android
An android body imprinted with the personality of a Master Nanny.

Kiln People (2002)

Portable Ident-Plate - quick prints
A small, thin device that will capture biometric data from a person's finger.

Earth (1990)

Predictions Registry - if you're sure
An organization that keeps track of predictions made by individuals.

Earth (1990)

Reading Plaque - ultrathin display
A tablet-sized display for reading.

Earth (1990)

Sonomagnetic Fabric - listen with your shirt
Cloth that gathers sound energy.

Earth (1990)

Stim-Crib
A cradle that provides virtual reality experiences to tiny tots.

Natulife (1994)

Subvocal Input Device - under your breath
Attached sensors read nerve signals to determine what the user will say next.

Earth (1990)

Sunshade-Photocell Collector
A fanciful design for a device that gathers solar energy.

Earth (1990)

Tether Space Station
A station in two parts, separated by a one hundred mile tether.

Tank Farm Dynamo (1983)

True-Vu Lenses (Goggles) - sneak a peek
Lenses that are worn as goggles, allowing the user to both see and record what is being viewed.

Earth (1990)

Virtual Childrearing - long distance childcare
Learn childcare the virtual way; maybe long distance childcare, too.

Natulife (1994)

Vivisector - software deconstruction
A program that takes another computer program apart, while it's running, to see what it does.

Earth (1990)

Whale Waldo
An electromechanical whale "suit" that obeys and amplifies your body's motions.

Sundiver (1979)

Yeast-Beast Machine - meat in vat
A device for growing meat in a vat.

Natulife (1994)

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