Timeline of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Date Device Name (Novel Author)
1900 Aerocar - first use of idea? (from The Abduction of Alexandra Seine by Fred C. Smale)
1901 Breathing Dresses (from A Honeymoon In Space by George Griffith)
1901 Cavorite - antigravity metal (from The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells)
1901 Translatophone (from My Translatophone by Frank Stockton)
1903 Joystick Controls w/Remote Display (from The Land Ironclads by H.G. Wells)
1904 The Terror (from Master of the World by Jules Verne)
1907 Gravitation Screen (from On The Martian Way by Harry Gore Bishop)
1907 Neutral (Point) (from On The Martian Way by Harry Gore Bishop)
1907 Tik-Tok (from Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum)
1907 Interplanetary Radiograph Station (from On The Martian Way by Harry Gore Bishop)
1909 Video Communicator (from The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster)
1909 Cinematophote (Blue Optic Plate) - first reference to television (from The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster)
1909 Telemedicine Apparatus - first known reference (from The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster)
1909 Machine Apartment (from The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster)
1909 The Book of the Machine (from The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster)
1909 The Machine - supplies every need (from The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster)
1909 Breed Humans For Machines (from The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster)
1910 Automaton Chessplayer - the first chess-playing computer (from Moxon's Master by Ambrose Bierce)
1911 Sub-Atlantic Tube - undersea tunnel (from Ralph 124c 41 + by Hugo Gernsback)
1911 Personalized News (from Ralph 124c 41 + by Hugo Gernsback)
1911 Hypnobioscope - learn while you sleep (from Ralph 124c 41 + by Hugo Gernsback)
1911 Tele-Motor-Coasters - power skates (from Ralph 124c 41 + by Hugo Gernsback)
1911 Space-Sick (from Ralph 124c 41 + by Hugo Gernsback)
1911 Electric Rifle - Tom Swift's weapon of choice (from Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle by Victor Appleton)
1911 Telephot - early videophone (from Ralph 124c 41 + by Hugo Gernsback)
1911 Language Rectifier - first reference to machine translation (from Ralph 124c 41 + by Hugo Gernsback)
1911 Detectophone - machine translation of language (from Ralph 124c 41 + by Hugo Gernsback)
1911 Actinoscope (from Ralph 124c 41 + by Hugo Gernsback)
1911 Demagnitizing Ray (from The Lord of Labour by George Griffith)
1911 Telautograph (from Ralph 124c 41 + by Hugo Gernsback)
1911 Steelonium - very early reference (from Ralph 124c 41 + by Hugo Gernsback)
1912 Automated Restaurant - food from robots (from A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs)
1914 Sustained Atomic Reaction (from The World Set Free by H.G. Wells)
1914 Sunray Tank (from Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs)
1914 Atomic Bomb - very early reference (from The World Set Free by H.G. Wells)
1914 Radioactive Ruin - first reference (from The World Set Free by H.G. Wells)
1915 Food Tablet - a pill for dinner (from John Jone's Dollar by H.S. Keeler)
1918 Magnetic Elevator - no watches allowed (from The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs)
1920 Living Metal Cubes (from The Metal Monster by Abraham Merritt)
1920 Robot - the origin of the term (from R.U.R. by Karel Capek)
1923 Parallel Universe (from Men Like Gods by H.G. Wells)
1923 Acoustic Apparatus (Osophone) - original patent filing (from Acoustic Apparatus by Hugo Gernsback)
1923 Networked Telephone Answering Machine (from Men Like Gods by H.G. Wells)
1923 Wireless Access Point (from Men Like Gods by H.G. Wells)
1925 Blaster - a deadly energy weapon. (from When the Green Star Waned by Nictzin Dyalhis)
1925 Quadraturin (from Quadraturin by Sigizmund Krzhizhanowsky)
1926 Artificial Brain (from The Metal Giants by Edmond Hamilton)
1926 Computer Vision (Artificial Eye) (from The Metal Giants by Edmond Hamilton)
1926 Artificial Life (from Across Space by Edmond Hamilton)
1926 Blue Ray of Death (from Across Space by Edmond Hamilton)
1927 Cold Ray (from The Atomic Conquerors by Edmond Hamilton)
1927 Paralyzing Cone (from The Atomic Conquerors by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Grantline Comptometer - long before Mathematica (from Beyond the Stars by Ray Cummings)
1928 Space Buoy (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Death-Beam (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Meteor-Sweeps (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Needle Pipe - needle gun (from Beyond the Stars by Ray Cummings)
1928 Gravity-Screen (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Telestereo - earliest reference to holograms? (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Meteorometer - meteors ahead! (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Private Space Cruiser (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Pain Ray - pain by nerve induction. (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Steering a Star - driving a sun (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Vibration-Propelled Cruiser - waves in spacetime (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Chest Disc - speak clearly (from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan)
1928 Attractive Ray - first use of idea? (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Heat Transmitter - warmth to outer planets (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Space-Lanes - like the space-ways (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Hall of the Council (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Rocket Gun (from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan)
1928 Airlock (from Skylark of Space by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1928 Pressure-Suit (from Skylark of Space by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1928 Flying Harness (from Skylark of Space by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1928 Electric Diaper (from The Psychophonic Nurse by David H. Keller)
1928 Psychophonic Nurse - a nanny robot (from The Psychophonic Nurse by David H. Keller)
1928 Ultraphone Ear-Disc - no need for Bluetooth (from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan)
1928 Ultron (from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan)
1928 Jumper - float free (from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan)
1928 Disintegrator Ray (Dis Ray) (from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan)
1928 Concentro (from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan)
1928 De-atomizing Ray - a disintegration beam (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Viewplate (from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan)
1928 Repellor Anti-Gravity Rays (from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan)
1928 Anti-Gravity Belt (from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan)
1928 Inertron - light but strong (from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan)
1928 Ultrophone - FTL communication (from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan)
1928 Ultron Wire (from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan)
1928 Telechart - the one indispensable aid (from Crashing Suns by Edmond Hamilton)
1928 Raytron Apparatus - aerial surveillance (from Beyond the Stars by Ray Cummings)
1928 Floater (from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan)
1929 Harbenite (from Tarzan at the Eath's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs)
1929 O-220 (from Tarzan at the Eath's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs)
1929 Vibration Machine (from The Comet Doom by Edmond Hamilton)
1929 Space Travel (from A Baby on Neptune by Clare Wagner Harris (w/MJ Breuer))
1929 Ships Propelled By Light Pressure (from The Comet Doom by Edmond Hamilton)
1929 Life Chamber (from The Chamber of Life by G. Peyton Wertenbaker)
1929 Brain Placed In Metal Body (from The Comet Doom by Edmond Hamilton)
1930 Ray Gun (from The Black Star Passes by John W. Campbell)
1930 Matched-Frequency Separable Units (from Skylark Three by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1930 Shield (from Skylark Three by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1930 Lunar Mining - moon mining camp (from Brigands of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1930 Moon Dome - first reference (from Brigands of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1930 Invisible Cloak -long before Harry Potter (from Brigands of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1930 Eavesdropping Ray - hears through walls (from Brigands of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1930 Pencil Heat Ray - narrow beam (from Brigands of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1930 Lux (from The Black Star Passes by John W. Campbell)
1930 Helicops (from The Black Star Passes by John W. Campbell)
1930 Gyroscope Seats (from The Black Star Passes by John W. Campbell)
1930 Neutronium - how dense is it (from Skylark Three by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1930 Solar-Powered Aircraft (from The Black Star Passes by John W. Campbell)
1930 Gravity Assist - very early use (from Brigands of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1930 Space Lock (from The Black Star Passes by John W. Campbell)
1930 Paralyzing Ray - early use (from Brigands of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1930 The Cosmic Express (from The Cosmic Express by Jack Williamson)
1930 Artificial Gravity - first mention (from Brigands of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1930 Spaceport (from The Birth of a New Republic by M. Breuer (w/J. Williamson))
1930 Visiplate - early flat panel viewer (from Skylark Three by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1930 Tight-Beam - hard to find (from Skylark Three by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1930 Low-scale Detectors (from Brigands of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1930 Vacuum Suit (from Skylark Three by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1930 Artificial Gravity System (from Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon)
1930 Artificial Transparent Element - see through it (from Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon)
1930 Moon Walk - presages Apollo (from Brigands of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1930 Glassite (from Brigands of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1930 Vacuum Armor (from Skylark Three by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1931 Pressor (Pressor Beam) - push not pull (from Space Hounds of IPC by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1931 Tractor Beam - pulling force at a distance (from Space Hounds of IPC by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1931 Pentavalent Nitrogen - most powerful chemical explosive. (from Space Hounds of IPC by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1931 Ownership of Machines (from The Revolt of the Machines by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Space Helmet (from The Disc-Men of Jupiter by Manly Wade Wellman)
1931 Deviatoscope (from The Emperor of the Stars by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Astrogator (from The Conquest of Space by David Lasser)
1931 Dimensoscope - see into new dimensions (from The Fifth-Dimension Catapult by Murray Leinster)
1931 Helio-Beryllium (from Out Around Rigel by Robert H. Wilson)
1931 Photoelectric Course Warning - aid to spaceship pilots (from Out Around Rigel by Robert H. Wilson)
1931 Space Suit - early reference (from The Emperor of the Stars by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Disruptor Tube (Disruptor Ray) - pale beam of destruction (from The Emperor of the Stars by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Gravito-Statoscope (from The Emperor of the Stars by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Atmosphere Tester (from The Emperor of the Stars by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Transparent Spherical Ship (from The Emperor of the Stars by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Zero-Ray (from An Adventure in Futurity by Clark Ashton Smith)
1931 Emergency Corrective Rockets (from The Emperor of the Stars by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 City of Space - rotating habitat (from The Prince of Space by Jack Williamson)
1931 Matter Transmitter - ride the beam (from The Conquest of Gola by L.F. Stone)
1931 Attractor - come hither and stay still (from The Conquest of Gola by L.F. Stone)
1931 Object-Finder Beam (from The Conquest of Gola by L.F. Stone)
1931 Mechanical Thought Transformers (from The Conquest of Gola by L.F. Stone)
1931 Annihilator Beam (from The Conquest of Gola by L.F. Stone)
1931 Dressing Machines (from The Revolt of the Machines by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Force-Field - an energy barrier (from Islands of Space by John W. Campbell)
1931 Faster-Than-Light - ftl (from Islands of Space by John W. Campbell)
1931 Hyperspace (from Islands of Space by John W. Campbell)
1931 Thought Screen (from The Emperor of the Stars by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Curtain (Force Barrier) (from Venus Mines, Incorporated by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Evolution Machine (from The Man Who Evolved by Edmond Hamilton)
1931 Artificial Atmosphere Machine (from Venus Mines, Incorporated by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Sargasso of Space (from The Sargasso of Space by Edmond Hamilton)
1931 Gravograph (from The Sargasso of Space by Edmond Hamilton)
1931 Wreck-Pack (from The Sargasso of Space by Edmond Hamilton)
1931 Suit-Phone (from The Sargasso of Space by Edmond Hamilton)
1931 Space-Helmet (from The Sargasso of Space by Edmond Hamilton)
1931 Energy Curtain Key (from Venus Mines, Incorporated by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Argento-Platinoid Dispatch Box (from Venus Mines, Incorporated by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Gate (from Through Purple Cloud by Jack Williamson)
1931 Space-Liner - first use of phrase (from Twelve Hours To Live by Jack Williamson)
1931 Magnetic Clamps (from Twelve Hours To Live by Jack Williamson)
1931 Reaction-Motors (from Twelve Hours To Live by Jack Williamson)
1931 Matter Annihilation Ray (from Twelve Hours To Live by Jack Williamson)
1931 Ultra-Light Vision System (from Space Hounds of IPC by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1931 Neutronic Dust (from Twelve Hours To Live by Jack Williamson)
1931 Protonite - for space exploration (from Twelve Hours To Live by Jack Williamson)
1931 Jovium (from Venus Mines, Incorporated by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Master Machine (from The Revolt of the Machines by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Death Bath (from The Revolt of the Machines by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Propulsion Gun (from Venus Mines, Incorporated by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Thought Coil (Machine Intelligence) (from The Revolt of the Machines by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Disintegrator Plate Ray (from The Revolt of the Machines by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Gravity Belt (from Venus Mines, Incorporated by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
1931 Power Planet - power for Earth (from Power Planet by Murray Leinster)
1932 Sunward (from The Space Rover by Edwin K. Sloat)
1932 Tele-Screen (from After Armageddon by Francis Flagg)
1932 Antigravity - first use (from The Vanguard of Neptune by J.M. Walsh)
1932 Alpha Plus (from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)
1932 News-Dispenser (from After Armageddon by Francis Flagg)
1932 Feelies (Feely) (from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)
1932 Scent-Organ (from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)
1932 Artificial Womb - very early use of concept (from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)
1932 Negative Gravity Field (from 50th Century Revolt by A.G. Stangland)
1932 Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy (from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)
1932 Hypnopædia (Sleep-Teaching) - learn while asleep (from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)
1932 Bokanovsky's Process (from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)
1932 Smoke Jets (Air Leak Detection) (from The Great Dome of Mercury by Leo Zagat)
1932 Magnet Grapnel (from The Space Rover by Edwin K. Sloat)
1932 Battle Sphere (from The Space Rover by Edwin K. Sloat)
1932 Wandering Worlds (from When Worlds Collide by Edwin Balmer (w/P. Wylie))
1932 Super-Photon (from Invaders From The Infinite by John W. Campbell)
1932 Rigid Metallic Clothing - almost an exoskeleton (from A Conquest of Two Worlds by Edmond Hamilton)
1932 Bone-Building Compounds (from A Conquest of Two Worlds by Edmond Hamilton)
1932 Meteor Warning System - incoming meteor swarm detected (from A Conquest of Two Worlds by Edmond Hamilton)
1932 Space Freighter - for hauling big loads (from The Space Rover by Edwin K. Sloat)
1932 Space-Armor - armored protection (from Revolt of the Star Men by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1932 Space Men - first use of this term (from Revolt of the Star Men by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1932 Quartzite (from The Great Dome of Mercury by Leo Zagat)
1932 Space-Boat (from Revolt of the Star Men by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1932 Space Liner - first use of phrase (from Electronic Siege by John W. Campbell)
1932 Surta (from The Great Dome of Mercury by Leo Zagat)
1933 Vibra-Transmitter (Teleportation) (from Into the Meteorite Orbit by Frank K. Kelly)
1933 Granton Motor (from Into the Meteorite Orbit by Frank K. Kelly)
1933 Electric Machine Gun (Railgun) - electromagnetic acceleration (from The Battery of Hate by John W. Campbell)
1933 Gateway (from Wanderer of Infinity by Harl Vincent)
1934 Mother Ship - first use of expression (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Moving a Planet - early use of idea (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Ether-Wall - an invisibility field. (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Platinum Alloy Disc - first CD or DVD? (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Acceleration-tank - very early reference (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Standish - a mean beam of energy (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Visiphone (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Flying Wing - Northrup's all-metal dream (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Emergency Lifeboat - very early space rescue vehicle (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Spy Ray Goggles - see through walls (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Ablative Heat (Reentry) Shield - very early reference (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Liquid Mirror Telescope on Mars - alien LMT (from Old Faithful by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1934 Homorium (from The Last Men by Frank Belknap Long, Jr.)
1934 Sound-Transposing Machine (from The Lost Language by David H. Keller)
1934 Vibrowriter - automatic transcription (from The Lost Language by David H. Keller)
1934 Lifeboat - early mention (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Ultrawave - FTL communication (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Protective Shield - personal force field (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Credit - first use (from The Mightiest Machine by John W. Campbell)
1934 Radio-Dirigible Torpedo (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Artificial Planet - before the Death Star (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 3D Tank Display (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Deep-Space - my dwelling place (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Cone of Battle - the ultimate weapon (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Invisibility Shield (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Electric-Space-Strain Projector - wireless power transmission (from The Mightiest Machine by John W. Campbell)
1934 Inertialess Drive (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Planetary Propulsion-Blasts - moving a planet (from Thundering Worlds by Edmond Hamilton)
1934 Ingestible Communication Capsule - only in emergencies (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Lewiston (from Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1934 Machine City (from Twilight by John W. Campbell)
1934 Synthetic Food Dispenser - before the Jetsons (from Twilight by John W. Campbell)
1934 Darkness Bomb - infra-infra-infra fluorescence! (from The Mightiest Machine by John W. Campbell)
1935 Thermlectrium (from Blindness by John W. Campbell)
1935 Machine (Thinking Machine) - very early description of an intelligent computer (from The Machine by John W. Campbell)
1935 Automatic Air Mail Plane (from The Living Machine by David H. Keller)
1935 Driverless Taxi (from The Living Machine by David H. Keller)
1935 Automatic Toll Payment (from The Living Machine by David H. Keller)
1935 Automatic Automobile (from The Living Machine by David H. Keller)
1936 Transparent Flat Panel Display - early flat panel (from Things To Come by H.G. Wells)
1936 Cartograph - a GPS-like trip readout (from The Cometeers by Jack Williamson)
1936 Wireless Wrist Intercom - like a cell phone (from Things To Come by H.G. Wells)
1936 Protective Energy Halo (from The Scarab by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1936 Vision Tubes (from The Scarab by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1936 Paralyzing Ray (Bolar Current) (from Blood of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1936 Scarab Robot Flying Insect - tiny robotic insect (from The Scarab by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1936 Electronized Gravity Plate - artificial gravity (from Blood of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1936 Dimension Shifting Apparatus (from Cosmic Quest by Edmond Hamilton)
1936 Geodynes - pushing against the fabric of space (from The Cometeers by Jack Williamson)
1936 Giant Flat Panel Display (from Things To Come by H.G. Wells)
1936 Photoelectric Telescope (Photoelectric Eyes) - astronomical pictures produced automatically (from The Cometeers by Jack Williamson)
1936 Emergency Repulsion (Repulsive Ray) (from Blood of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1936 Automated Search For Habitable Planets (from Cosmic Quest by Edmond Hamilton)
1936 Planetary Engineering (from The Cometeers by Jack Williamson)
1936 Gravity Detector (from The Cometeers by Jack Williamson)
1936 Tubular Field of Force (from The Cometeers by Jack Williamson)
1936 Space Warp - first use of this idea (from The Cometeers by Jack Williamson)
1936 Android (from The Cometeers by Jack Williamson)
1936 Telespectroscope (from Cosmic Quest by Edmond Hamilton)
1936 Probability Time Wave Tube (from Elimination by John W. Campbell)
1936 Zed-Ray (from Blood of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1936 Starways (from Blood of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1936 Electro-Telescope (from Blood of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1936 Radiation Shield (from The Ultimate Weapon by John W. Campbell)
1936 Volplane (from Blood of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1936 Indoor Weighted Belt (from Blood of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1936 Shoggoths (from At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft)
1936 Audiphone (from Blood of the Moon by Ray Cummings)
1936 Desktop Flat Panel Intercom (from Things To Come by H.G. Wells)
1937 Heat Generating Magnetic Disks - red giants at work (from Spawn of the Red Giants by Frank Belknap Long, Jr.)
1937 Etherometer - check the ether for gravity waves (from Spawn of the Red Giants by Frank Belknap Long, Jr.)
1937 Reaction Pistol - zero gee maneuvering (from Diamond Planetoid by Gordon A. Giles)
1937 Spectroscopic Robot Converter - see the composition of planetoids (from Diamond Planetoid by Gordon A. Giles)
1937 Gold-Fish-Bowl World (from Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon)
1937 Near-Space Solar Energy Collectors (from Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon)
1937 Sono-Induction Coils - buried speaker technology (from The Shining One by Nat Schachner)
1937 X Gun (X-Beam Projector) - see inside a planetoid (from Diamond Planetoid by Gordon A. Giles)
1937 Miniature Universe (from Fessenden's Worlds by Edmond Hamilton)
1937 Automatic Reversed Memory - EEG in reverse (from Brain Control by Dave Cummins)
1937 Artificial Planet (from Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon)
1937 Concentrated Light - predicts the laser (from The Shining One by Nat Schachner)
1937 Vibration Screen - keep spy beams out! (from The Shining One by Nat Schachner)
1937 Multiple Sample Voice - sound mixing 30's style (from The Shining One by Nat Schachner)
1937 Gravity Neutralizing Disks (from Fessenden's Worlds by Edmond Hamilton)
1937 Ultra-Communicator (from Galactic Patrol by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1937 Drop Shaft (Neutralization of Inertia) - watch that first step (from Galactic Patrol by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1937 Artificial eye - first use of this idea? (from Galactic Patrol by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1937 Blast Rifle (from Exiles of the Stratosphere by Frank Belknap Long, Jr.)
1937 Proton Pistol (Proton Beam) - beams of fury (from A Menace in Miniature by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1937 Ultra-microrobot - small as an insect (from A Menace in Miniature by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1937 Designed Bacteria - purposive genetic modification (from Seeds of Dusk by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1937 Groundcar (or Ground Car) - the old-fashioned present (from Galactic Patrol by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1937 Subphoton Search Ray - see through walls (from The Shining One by Nat Schachner)
1938 Televisor - wrap TV around the world (from The Challenge of Atlantis by Arthur J. Burks)
1938 Psychoprobe - head examined (from Satellite Five by Arthur K. Barnes)
1938 Robot Emotions - mech feelings (from Helen O'Loy by Lester del Rey)
1938 Gogglelike Televisors (from The Robot and the Lady by Manly Wade Wellman)
1938 Sub-Etheric (from Legion of Time by Jack Williamson)
1938 Air-o-Stat (from Satellite Five by Arthur K. Barnes)
1938 Automatic Commercial Deletion - no more commercials (from Satellite Five by Arthur K. Barnes)
1938 Robot Cook - tasty meals nightly (from Helen O'Loy by Lester del Rey)
1938 Paralysis Ray - very early use (from Satellite Five by Arthur K. Barnes)
1938 Pneumatic Bumpers (from The Brain Pirates by John W. Campbell)
1938 Atomic-Powered Lifting Suits (from The Brain Pirates by John W. Campbell)
1938 Tiny Atomic-Power Drive Unit - compact power of the atom (from The Brain Pirates by John W. Campbell)
1938 Cosmic Teletype (from Cosmic Teletype by Carl Jacobi)
1938 Surface Car (from Satellite Five by Arthur K. Barnes)
1938 Teleoperated Robot Surrogate - love via robot (from The Robot and the Lady by Manly Wade Wellman)
1938 Hand-Rocket (from Murder in the Void by Edmond Hamilton)
1938 Helen O'Loy - or Helen of Alloys (from Helen O'Loy by Lester del Rey)
1938 Visi-Screen - future display (from Satellite Five by Arthur K. Barnes)
1938 Preserved Brains (from Murder in the Void by Edmond Hamilton)
1938 Space-Court (from Murder in the Void by Edmond Hamilton)
1938 Interplanetary Passport (from Murder in the Void by Edmond Hamilton)
1938 Control Helmet (from Easy Money by Edmond Hamilton)
1938 Space-Tanned (from Murder in the Void by Edmond Hamilton)
1938 Field-Projector (from Easy Money by Edmond Hamilton)
1938 Radium Salt - assassin's choice (from Murder in the Void by Edmond Hamilton)
1938 Brain-Case (from Murder in the Void by Edmond Hamilton)
1938 Invisible Watchmen (from Murder in the Void by Edmond Hamilton)
1938 Beam-Pistol (from Murder in the Void by Edmond Hamilton)
1939 Rocket Racing (from Habit by Lester del Rey)
1939 Inertia Tank (from Masson's Secret by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1939 Shock Hammock (from Habit by Lester del Rey)
1939 Inertia Screen - next up, right angle turns (from Space Rating by John Berryman)
1939 Chronovitameter - your birth and death revealed (from Lifeline by Robert Heinlein)
1939 Force-Screen - protective energy (from The Dweller in Outer Darkness by Frank Belknap Long, Jr.)
1939 Space Marines (from Misfit by Robert Heinlein)
1939 Synthetic Spider Silk (from Misfit by Robert Heinlein)
1939 Synthite Food - Artificially Flavored Solids (from Planet of Eternal Night by John W. Campbell)
1939 Thermalite (from Planet of Eternal Night by John W. Campbell)
1939 Ballistic Calculator - trajectories between planets (from Misfit by Robert Heinlein)
1939 Neuronic Receptor-Transmitter (from Masson's Secret by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1939 Inflatable Roofed Valley - early inflatable reference (from Misfit by Robert Heinlein)
1939 Microsurgery Tool - first description (from Masson's Secret by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1939 Neuronic Control Apparatus - put your experience in reverse (from Masson's Secret by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1939 Move an Asteroid (from Misfit by Robert Heinlein)
1939 Ultraset (Ultrawave Set) - fast comm (from Habit by Lester del Rey)
1939 Moon Skis - ah the lunar powder (from Requiem by Robert Heinlein)
1939 Durite (from Misfit by Robert Heinlein)
1939 Super-Weapon - first use of term (from Robot Nemesis by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1939 Smoke Filter (from Misfit by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Rolling Road - public transport (from The Roads Must Roll by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Solar Reception Screen - photovoltaics in action (from The Roads Must Roll by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Sub-Space (from Sun Maker by Jack Williamson)
1940 Rocket Cruiser (from The Worlds of Tomorrow by Manly Wade Wellman)
1940 Tumblebug - a gyro-stabilized monocycle (from The Roads Must Roll by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Hush-a-Phone - noise suppression for telephones (from The Roads Must Roll by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Soft Speaker - focus sound like a spotlight (from The Exhalted by L. Sprague de Camp)
1940 Telelubricator - perfectly frictionless (from The Exhalted by L. Sprague de Camp)
1940 Slow Glass Rod - light stopped (from The Exhalted by L. Sprague de Camp)
1940 Methuen Treatment - smart injection (from The Exhalted by L. Sprague de Camp)
1940 Two-Wheeled Car (from The Roads Must Roll by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Robbie - mechanical child companion (from Robbie by Isaac Asimov)
1940 Tesseract House (from -And He Built A Crooked House by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Mind-Shield - internal mind control (from Slan by A.E. van Vogt)
1940 Paralysis Bomb (from If This Goes On... by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Vibroblade - not messy (from If This Goes On... by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Aircab - a flying taxi (from Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates)
1940 Synthetic Personality (from If This Goes On... by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Pocket-Caller (from The Worlds of Tomorrow by Manly Wade Wellman)
1940 Telechronometer (from Blowups Happen by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Gesturing Robot (from Robbie by Isaac Asimov)
1940 Talking Robot (from Robbie by Isaac Asimov)
1940 Silk-Metal (from The Worlds of Tomorrow by Manly Wade Wellman)
1940 Radium-Action Lighter (from The Worlds of Tomorrow by Manly Wade Wellman)
1940 Atom-Shifter (from The Worlds of Tomorrow by Manly Wade Wellman)
1940 Rocket-Belt (from The Worlds of Tomorrow by Manly Wade Wellman)
1940 Electro-Automatic Pistol (from The Worlds of Tomorrow by Manly Wade Wellman)
1940 Hyperbolic Solenoid - mag lock picker (from The Exhalted by L. Sprague de Camp)
1940 Barrier (Force Field) - force field fence (from Coventry by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Ferretscope - who's listening? (from If This Goes On... by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Steel Tortoise - the original ATV (from Coventry by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Sunpower Screen - photovoltaic cells power vehicle (from Coventry by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Knockdown Cabin - portable shelter (from Coventry by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Air Blast - the first air dryer (from Coventry by Robert Heinlein)
1940 Refreshing Chamber (from Coventry by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Solar Station (from Reason by Isaac Asimov)
1941 Neoterics - genius on tap (from Microcosmic God by Theodore Sturgeon)
1941 Energy Weapon (from Seesaw by A.E. van Vogt)
1941 Antigrav (from The Artnan Process by Theodore Sturgeon)
1941 Asteroid Claim Law (from Jurisdiction by Nat Schachner)
1941 Thermatite (from Jurisdiction by Nat Schachner)
1941 Spacegram - solar system telegram (from Jurisdiction by Nat Schachner)
1941 Disinto - a disintegrating ray (from Robot AL-76 Goes Astray by Isaac Asimov)
1941 Terraforming - remake a planet (from Collision Orbit by Jack Williamson)
1941 Space Lawyer (Sky-Lawyer) - space laws (from Jurisdiction by Nat Schachner)
1941 Traffic Control Camera - automatic identification (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Controlway (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Needle Gun (from Slacker's Paradise by Malcom Jameson)
1941 Space Overalls - easier than space suits (from Lost Rocket by Manly Wade Wellman)
1941 Roving Bomb - RC weaponry (from Lost Rocket by Manly Wade Wellman)
1941 Magnetized Boots - made for walking (from Lost Rocket by Manly Wade Wellman)
1941 Oxygen Freshener - breath of fresh air (from Lost Rocket by Manly Wade Wellman)
1941 Group Ego - a kind of group mind (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Cold-Sleep - hibernation for humans (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Interplanetary Union Of Spacemen (from Old Fireball by Nat Schachner)
1941 Joy-boat Junior - a private space yacht (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Automatic Speeding Fine (from Old Fireball by Nat Schachner)
1941 Psychophone (from The Mechanical Mice by Maurice A. Hugi)
1941 Robot Mother - self-reproducing automaton (from The Mechanical Mice by Maurice A. Hugi)
1941 Golden Shuttles (Mechanical Mice) - tiny robots (from The Mechanical Mice by Maurice A. Hugi)
1941 Hypnotic injunction (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Fresher - refreshing chamber (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Slidewalk - conveyor for people (from Sanity by Fritz Leiber)
1941 Instant Customized Clothing - mass customization (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Newsbox (News-Receptor) - better than Google news plus Tivo (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Camden Speedster - compare this to an SUV (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Cold-Rest - reduced temperature somnolence (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Parking Orbit - take the gig down (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Pseudogravity (from Common Sense by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Alterable License Number (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Skycar (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Space Tanned (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 'Chatterbox' News-Receptor (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Automated Hotel Reservation (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Positronic Brain - many connections (from Reason by Isaac Asimov)
1941 Talking Speedometer (from Biddiver by Theodore Sturgeon)
1941 Mind Control Genetically Modified Food - by little people (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Flitter (from Vortex Blaster by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1941 Lunar Used Spacecraft Lot - low (gravity) prices (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Sleep Surrogate - substitute for sleep (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Howard Families (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Robopark - automated parking garage (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Weather Integrator - every day perfect (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Self-Lighting Cigarette (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1941 Solar Energy Beam - ultimate in solar power production (from Masquerade by Clifford Simak)
1941 Astrogation (to Astrogate) - steer to the stars (from Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein)
1942 Telaudiogram (from The World With A Thousand Moons by Edmond Hamilton)
1942 Meteorscope (from The World With A Thousand Moons by Edmond Hamilton)
1942 Gravitation Paralysis (from The World With A Thousand Moons by Edmond Hamilton)
1942 Martian Sawgrass - air plant (from QRM - Interplanetary by George O. Smith)
1942 Three Laws of Robotics (Rules of Robotics) - the original robot laws (from Runaround by Isaac Asimov)
1942 Wabbler - underwater robot (from The Wabbler by Murray Leinster)
1942 Space Tug - tows a space barge (from Describe a Circle by Eric Frank Russell)
1942 The Twonky - original robot (from The Twonky by Lewis Padgett)
1942 Sobriety Ray - instantly sober (from The Twonky by Lewis Padgett)
1942 Waldo - the origin of telefactoring (from Waldo by Robert Heinlein)
1942 Broomstick Speedster (from Waldo by Robert Heinlein)
1942 Wheelchair Space Station - home for the disabled in space (from Waldo by Robert Heinlein)
1942 Zero-G Ashtray (from Waldo by Robert Heinlein)
1942 Slideway - moving sidewalk (from Beyond This Horizon by Robert Heinlein)
1942 News Roundup - better than Tivo (from Beyond This Horizon by Robert Heinlein)
1942 Capillotomer (from Beyond This Horizon by Robert Heinlein)
1942 Venus Equilateral Relay Station (from QRM - Interplanetary by George O. Smith)
1942 Radiation Garment (from Waldo by Robert Heinlein)
1942 Weight-Shoes (from The World With A Thousand Moons by Edmond Hamilton)
1942 Insosuit (from Runaround by Isaac Asimov)
1942 Radiant Power Receptor - broadcast power receiver (from Waldo by Robert Heinlein)
1942 Atomics (from Nerves by Lester del Rey)
1942 Groundhog (from Waldo by Robert Heinlein)
1942 Interplanetary Communications Center - sol system switchboard (from QRM - Interplanetary by George O. Smith)
1942 Gravanol - good at high accelerations (from QRM - Interplanetary by George O. Smith)
1942 Thought-Screen - stop alien mind control (from Gray Lensman by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1942 Directrix Z9M9Z (from Gray Lensman by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1942 Black Coating - very early reference (from Gray Lensman by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1942 Electric Wall (from The World With A Thousand Moons by Edmond Hamilton)
1942 Vestan Parasite (from The World With A Thousand Moons by Edmond Hamilton)
1942 Control Natural (from Beyond This Horizon by Robert Heinlein)
1943 Meteor-Spotting Radar (from Recoil by George O. Smith)
1943 Rod of Wrath - a light sabreur (from Gather Darkness by Fritz Leiber)
1943 Force Pencil (from Gather Darkness by Fritz Leiber)
1943 Robot Taste Buds (from Robinc by Anthony Boucher)
1943 Robot Chef - a creative cook (from Robinc by Anthony Boucher)
1943 Impervium - the way is shut (from Clash by Night by Lawrence O'Donnell)
1943 Verhaeren Factor - creative machines (from Robinc by Anthony Boucher)
1943 Usuform Robot Bartender - with tentacles (from Q.U.R. by Anthony Boucher)
1943 Usuform Robot - not a mechanical man (from Q.U.R. by Anthony Boucher)
1943 Pain Canopy (from Gather Darkness by Fritz Leiber)
1943 Micro Book (Microbook) - perfect for space travel (from One Way Trip by Anthony Boucher)
1944 Battle Integrator - a moving solidograph (from The Bureaucrat by Malcom Jameson)
1944 Robot Lawn Mower - already here (from City by Clifford Simak)
1944 Suit-Radio - space suit comm (from Long Way by George O. Smith)
1944 Automatic Massager - robot masseuse (from Far Centaurus by A.E. van Vogt)
1944 Life Blanket (from Ogre by Clifford Simak)
1944 Relations with Extraterrestrial Life - before the Prime Directive (from Ogre by Clifford Simak)
1944 Asteroid Mining Robot (from Catch That Rabbit by Isaac Asimov)
1944 Robot Voice (from Catch That Rabbit by Isaac Asimov)
1944 Multiple Robot Team - a squad plus leader (from Catch That Rabbit by Isaac Asimov)
1944 Star Base (from Star Base X by R.M. Williams)
1944 Robotic Arm - handy for robots (from City by Clifford Simak)
1944 Eternity Drug (from Far Centaurus by A.E. van Vogt)
1945 Overdrive - it's FTL (from First Contact by Murray Leinster)
1945 Sleeve Communicator - before ST:TNG (from First Contact by Murray Leinster)
1945 Meteor Blasters - clear the spaceways (from First Contact by Murray Leinster)
1945 Electronic Locator (from World of Null-A by A.E. van Vogt)
1945 Games Machine (from World of Null-A by A.E. van Vogt)
1945 Videophone (from World of Null-A by A.E. van Vogt)
1945 Plastic Constructor (3D Printer) (from Things Pass By by Murray Leinster)
1945 Vision Plate - early flat screen (from First Contact by Murray Leinster)
1945 Geosynchronous Satellite - invention of idea (from V2 for Ionospheric Research by Arthur C. Clarke)
1945 Deflector (from The Ethical Equations by Murray Leinster)
1946 Logics Service (from A Logic Named Joe by Murray Leinster)
1946 Carson Circuit - the secret of the Internet (from A Logic Named Joe by Murray Leinster)
1946 Tanks - massive mass storage (from A Logic Named Joe by Murray Leinster)
1946 Logics - early home computer (from A Logic Named Joe by Murray Leinster)
1946 Gravity Port (from Shadow Over Venus by Frank Belknap Long, Jr.)
1946 Star Travel (from Forgotten World by Edmond Hamilton)
1946 Asteroid Mine - ore from space (from Love Among The Robots by Emmett McDowell)
1946 Mining Worm (Robot) - dig, robot, dig! (from Love Among The Robots by Emmett McDowell)
1946 Plastic Igloo - with an airlock (from Love Among The Robots by Emmett McDowell)
1947 Psychoscanner (from Propagandist by Murray Leinster)
1947 Ion Drive - weak but strong (from Equalizer by Jack Williamson)
1947 Mechanical Funeral (from The Coffin by Ray Bradbury)
1947 Wango Wave - sign of hyperspace (from Propagandist by Murray Leinster)
1947 Synchrophased Power Beams (from Propagandist by Murray Leinster)
1947 Hedgerly Effect (from Meddler's Moon by George O. Smith)
1947 Gravitic Generator (from Meddler's Moon by George O. Smith)
1947 Gyrocab - first use (from You Are Forbidden! by Jerry Shelton)
1947 Planet-Smasher (from Propagandist by Murray Leinster)
1948 Solidograph-Projector - gives you that 3D image (from Police Operation by H. Beam Piper)
1948 Personal Rocket Jet (from Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein)
1948 Atmospheric Braking (from Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein)
1948 Microwavable Food - pre-packaged ready to heat-n-eat (from Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein)
1948 Portable Telephone - early reference (from Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein)
1948 Learning-Cap - for thinking (from The Knowledge Machine by Edmond Hamilton)
1948 Moonbase (or Moon Base) - first reference (from 240,000 Miles Straight Up by L. Ron Hubbard)
1948 Electro-Education (from The Knowledge Machine by Edmond Hamilton)
1948 Moonquake-Proof Habitats - thanks to Robert Heinlein (from Gentlemen, Be Seated by Robert Heinlein)
1948 Tag-Along Balloon - find the space station leak (from Gentlemen, Be Seated by Robert Heinlein)
1948 Doublethink (from 1984 by George Orwell)
1948 Speakwrite - transcription of tyranny (from 1984 by George Orwell)
1948 Star Drive (from Genius by Poul Anderson)
1948 Solidograph - tiny 3D projection (from Police Operation by H. Beam Piper)
1948 Space Ark - moving to another world (from Decision Illogical by N.B. Wilkinson)
1948 Brain Erasure (from The Knowledge Machine by Edmond Hamilton)
1948 Novel-Writing Machines (from 1984 by George Orwell)
1948 Telescreen - Big Brother is watching (from 1984 by George Orwell)
1948 Crimestop - no dangerous thoughts (from 1984 by George Orwell)
1948 Memory Hole (from 1984 by George Orwell)
1948 Precog (v) - I see you (from Police Operation by H. Beam Piper)
1948 High-Frequency Oven - essence of the microwave (from Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein)
1949 Gee (from Sacred Martian Pig by Margaret Saint Clair)
1949 Synthetigrav (from Agent of Vega by James Schmitz)
1949 Emergency Treatment Tank (Chamber) (from Agent of Vega by James Schmitz)
1949 Stationary Automatic Blaster (from Red Planet by Robert Heinlein)
1949 Repulsor (from What Mad Universe by Frederic Brown)
1949 Spacewarp Drive (from What Mad Universe by Frederic Brown)
1949 Metal Calculator Planet - the Burroughs planet (from Limiting Factor by Clifford Simak)
1949 'Fresher (from Gulf by Robert Heinlein)
1949 Desert Cabbage (from Red Planet by Robert Heinlein)

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