Timeline of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Date Device Name (Novel Author)
1970 Sigfrid von Shrink - computer shrink (from Gateway by Frederik Pohl)
1970 Shadow Square - provider of darkness (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Shadow Square Wire - hold shadow squares in position (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Crash Balloons (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Robutler (from The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge by Harry Harrison)
1970 Osmosis Generator (Cziltang Brone) - the air lock (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Electromagnetic Cannon (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Translator Discs (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Sleep Set (Sleep Headset) (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Sonic Fold (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Kemplerer (Klemperer) Rosette - planets without a sun (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Airmaker - breathe it (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Sound Deadener (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Neck Radio (from Our Friends From Frolix 8 by Philip K. Dick)
1970 Great Ear (from Our Friends From Frolix 8 by Philip K. Dick)
1970 Unichapel (Robotic Confession Booth) - automated religion (from THX 1138 by George Lucas)
1970 Refrigeration Tape - ground cooling (from Tower of Glass by Robert Silverberg)
1970 Transmat - instant transport (from Tower of Glass by Robert Silverberg)
1970 Jack In - first use of term (from Tower of Glass by Robert Silverberg)
1970 Tower of Glass - SETI architecture (from Tower of Glass by Robert Silverberg)
1970 Inert-Wear - unfashionably static (from Say Goodby to the Wind by J.G. Ballard)
1970 Bio-Fabric - living cloth (from Say Goodby to the Wind by J.G. Ballard)
1970 Holo (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Screamer (from The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge by Harry Harrison)
1970 Powdered Alcohol (from The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge by Harry Harrison)
1970 Transparent Overalls (from The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge by Harry Harrison)
1970 Killalc Pills (from The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge by Harry Harrison)
1970 Luggage Robot (from The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge by Harry Harrison)
1970 Riding Robot (from The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge by Harry Harrison)
1970 Food Brick - tasty cubes (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Light-Sword - not an epee (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Gaussrifle (from The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge by Harry Harrison)
1970 Nerve Machine (from The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge by Harry Harrison)
1970 Flywheel Cycle (from The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge by Harry Harrison)
1970 Blackout Gas (from The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge by Harry Harrison)
1970 Robotnik Automated Hotel - no human interaction (from The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge by Harry Harrison)
1970 Flashlight Laser (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Variable Sword - better than Ginsu (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Slaver Disintegrator - ultimate plasma arc tool (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Tasp - right where you live (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Stepping Discs - open teleportation pads (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Ringworld - sun-girdling artifact (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Computer Virus (from The Scarred Man by Gregory Benford)
1970 Scrith - tensile strength (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Slaver Stasis Field - where time does not pass (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Flycycle - if a Harley could fly (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1970 Autodoc - automated medical device (from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
1971 Verse Transcriber (from Studio 5, The Stars by J.G. Ballard)
1971 Pocket Display Projector - a nano-projector (from The Anome by Jack Vance)
1971 Batacitor (from The Fabulous Riverboat by Philip Jose Farmer)
1971 Skin Suit - a second skin (from Dinosaur Beach by Keith Laumer)
1971 Launching Laser - power your craft with light (from The Fourth Profession by Larry Niven)
1971 Robot Pope - Urbi et Orbi et Digiti (from Good News From the Vatican by Robert Silverberg)
1971 Selektrogel (from And All The Stars A Stage by James Blish)
1971 Impact Suit - shear-thickening armor (from The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold (w/L, Niven))
1972 Nightmask (from Hellstrom's Hive by Frank Herbert)
1972 Chemical Orders (from Hellstrom's Hive by Frank Herbert)
1972 Procreative Stump (from Hellstrom's Hive by Frank Herbert)
1972 Flash Crowd (Flash Mob) - or flash mob (from Flash Crowd by Larry Niven)
1972 Go-Buggy (from The Godmakers by Frank Herbert)
1972 Implanted Tranceiver - totally hands free phone (from The Godmakers by Frank Herbert)
1972 Crechepod - full life support (from The Godmakers by Frank Herbert)
1972 Stunwand (from Hellstrom's Hive by Frank Herbert)
1972 Transmit-Paper - first use of this idea (from The Godmakers by Frank Herbert)
1972 Atlotl/Gibiril Regimen - regrow and rejuvenate (from The Godmakers by Frank Herbert)
1972 Artificial Muscles - for cyborgs (from Cyborg by Martin Caidin)
1972 Cyborg (from Cyborg by Martin Caidin)
1972 Bionic Arm - $6M man arm (from Cyborg by Martin Caidin)
1972 Bionic Legs (from Cyborg by Martin Caidin)
1972 Newstaper Gear (from Flash Crowd by Larry Niven)
1972 Displacement Booth - instant transport via teleportation (from Flash Crowd by Larry Niven)
1972 Selectacol - automating interior design (from The Godmakers by Frank Herbert)
1972 Polawindow - change lighting instantly (from The Godmakers by Frank Herbert)
1972 Rotating House - turn the salon (from The Godmakers by Frank Herbert)
1972 Key Club - by booth id only (from Flash Crowd by Larry Niven)
1972 Spider Tripod Robot - three-legged cleaning bot (from Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke)
1972 Hubrizine (from We Can Build You by Philip K. Dick)
1972 P-Terminal Implant - turn yourself on (from The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton)
1972 The Krang - instrument or weapon? (from The Tar-Aiym Krang by Alan Dean Foster)
1972 Biot (from Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke)
1972 Copseye - a surveillance drone (from Cloak of Anarchy by Larry Niven)
1972 King's Free Park - a long narrow park (from Cloak of Anarchy by Larry Niven)
1972 Implant-Watch - this is so cool (from Cloak of Anarchy by Larry Niven)
1972 Ilse - first intelligent ship brain (from Long Shot by Vernor Vinge)
1972 WatchdØg (Watchdog) - guardian for a planet (from WatchdØg by Jack C. Haldeman)
1972 Window-Cleaner Robots (from Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke)
1972 Tickler - clears smog (from Eurema's Dam by R.A. Lafferty)
1973 Light-Sculpture (from Light Verse by Isaac Asimov)
1973 Monopole Mining (from Protector by Larry Niven)
1973 Implanted Interface With Retinal Nerves (from The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (The Unsleeping Eye) by D.G. Compton)
1973 Slowboat (from Protector by Larry Niven)
1973 Gravity Lens - see the stars (from Protector by Larry Niven)
1973 Softener Key (from Protector by Larry Niven)
1973 Ram Field - tweaked Bussard Ramjet (from Protector by Larry Niven)
1973 Artificial Gravity-Assisted Childbirth (from Time Enough For Love by Robert Heinlein)
1973 Ultramicrominiature Waldo (from Time Enough For Love by Robert Heinlein)
1973 Welton Cube - fine grain storage (from Time Enough For Love by Robert Heinlein)
1973 Decibel Alarms - shhh! we're protesting (from A Bridle for Pegasus by Anne McCaffrey)
1973 Twing - twine by NASA (from Protector by Larry Niven)
1974 Langston Field - energy shield (from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1974 Hand Computer (from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1974 Numbitol (from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1974 Pressure Curtain (from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1974 Metal Paste (from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1974 Superconductor of Heat (from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1974 Alderson Point - a wormhole to the stars (from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1974 Atmosphere Control (from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1974 Acceleration Chair (from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1974 Time Dingbat - time machine welfare (from The Computer Connection by Alfred Bester)
1974 Acceleration Couch (from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1974 Molemen (from The Computer Connection by Alfred Bester)
1974 Tramline (from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1974 Projection Commercials - 3D advertisements (from The Computer Connection by Alfred Bester)
1974 Talking Pamphlet - maybe too convenient (from Ellison Wonderland by Harlan Ellison)
1974 Armor Cloth (from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1974 Skull Bug - implanted RFID monitor (from The Computer Connection by Alfred Bester)
1974 Projection - be in two places at once (from The Computer Connection by Alfred Bester)
1974 Gee Bath - waterbeds for space craft (from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1974 Microtransmitter Dot (from Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick)
1974 Seed Bomb (from Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick)
1974 Frictionless Cups (from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1974 Assault Ship (from The Forever War by Joe Haldeman)
1974 Collapsar Jump (from The Forever War by Joe Haldeman)
1974 Acceleration Shell (from The Forever War by Joe Haldeman)
1974 Pressor Field (from The Forever War by Joe Haldeman)
1974 Stimtab - stay alert (from The Forever War by Joe Haldeman)
1974 Laser Finger (from The Forever War by Jack C. Haldeman)
1974 Powered Suit with Trauma Maintenance (from The Forever War by Joe Haldeman)
1975 Modded Dog (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Tiered Internet (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Data-Net (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Retaliatory Tapeworm (Counter-Worm) - take that! (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Government Data Transparency (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Coley Group (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Electronic Voting (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Delphi Pool (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Paid Avoidance Zone - primitive on purpose (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Hearing Aid - someone to listen (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Autoporter - personal baggage handler (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Computer Worm (Tapeworm) - first use of the concept (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Personal Smelter - make your own ingot (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Data-Retrieval Mode - data recovery for brains (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Inflatable Church (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1975 Net Shutdown Worm - computer tapeworm project (from The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner)
1976 Poster TV - flattest of flat screen TVs (from A World Out of Time by Larry Niven)
1976 Gravity-assisted Subway - the shortest possible distance (from A World Out of Time by Larry Niven)
1976 Womb Room - return to the control room (from A World Out of Time by Larry Niven)
1976 RNA Shots - don't read Cliff notes; eat Cliff (from A World Out of Time by Larry Niven)
1976 Remote (or Seeker Remote) - Jedi training device (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Robot Surgeon (from The Bicentennial Man by Isaac Asimov)
1976 Deflector Shield (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Bubble Car - does it come in moiré? (from A World Out of Time by Larry Niven)
1976 Biological Package Probe - automaton Johnny Appleseed (from A World Out of Time by Larry Niven)
1976 Bussard Ramjet - hydrogen ramscoop (from A World Out of Time by Larry Niven)
1976 Supralight Drive (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Restraining Bolt - keeps robots in check (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Death Star - that's no moon (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Smother-Charge (from My Name is Legion by Roger Zelazny)
1976 Empty Man - a body ready for a mind (from A World Out of Time by Larry Niven)
1976 Zero-Time Jail - no time off for good behavior (from A World Out of Time by Larry Niven)
1976 Vaporator (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Stimic - instrument for cool disapproval (from The Moon Moth by Jack Vance)
1976 R2-D2 (Artoo-Detoo) - the original (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Sensor Arm (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 T.I.E. Fighter (Tie Fighter) - the bane of the rebel resistance in Star Wars (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Moon Moth - a plain and timid mask (from The Moon Moth by Jack Vance)
1976 3D 'Chess' Game Board - let the wookie win (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Ion Cannon (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Hangman - robot telefactor (from My Name is Legion by Roger Zelazny)
1976 RUMOKO - island builder (from My Name is Legion by Roger Zelazny)
1976 Sonic Curtain (Sound Lock) - undersea door (from My Name is Legion by Roger Zelazny)
1976 Bubble City (from My Name is Legion by Roger Zelazny)
1976 Neuristor Brain (from My Name is Legion by Roger Zelazny)
1976 Young-Forever (from A World Out of Time by Larry Niven)
1976 Dray-Fish - harness fish power (from The Moon Moth by Jack Vance)
1976 Ixian Sight Mask (from Children of Dune by Frank Herbert)
1976 Strakh - prestige in payment (from The Moon Moth by Jack Vance)
1976 Landspeeder - the future of hovercraft (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Lunar Disneyland - underground playground (from The Phantom of Kansas by John Varley)
1976 Dog Suit - costumes for aliens that work (from Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny)
1976 Star Stone (Speicus) - this is a recording (from Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny)
1976 Skyhook - unique lifter (from West of Honor by Jerry Pournelle)
1976 Nemourlon (from West of Honor by Jerry Pournelle)
1976 Minisec (from Imperial Earth by Arthur C. Clarke)
1976 Environmental Happening (from The Phantom of Kansas by John Varley)
1976 Rhennius Machine - reverse yourself (from Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny)
1976 Asymptotic Drive (from Imperial Earth by Arthur C. Clarke)
1976 Tagalong (from In the Bowl by John Varley)
1976 Comlink (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Droid - lucas trademark (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Lightsaber - the original light saber (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Sandcrawler - Jawa condo (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1976 Escape Pod - check the pod, Darth (from Star Wars by George Lucas)
1977 Centrifuge Room (from The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley)
1977 Holomist (from The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley)
1977 Pork Tree - long and lean (from The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley)
1977 Nullfield (from The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley)
1977 Null-Suit (from The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley)
1977 Life Bank (from The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley)
1977 Memory Recording (from The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley)
1977 Symb (from The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley)
1977 Gravity Train (from The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley)
1977 Ghostsmoke (from The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley)
1977 Daily Schedule (DS) - intelligent day planner (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Genoprinter (from The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley)
1977 High Kavalaan Aircar - superbad SUV of the air (from Dying of the Light by George RR Martin)
1977 Transmitter Eyes (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Holo-Cube (from A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick)
1977 Cephalochromoscope (Cephscope) - see what's going on in there (from A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick)
1977 Scramble Suit - instant anonymity (from A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick)
1977 Odalarm - aromatherapy wake-up call (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Zoo Fences - made of acid (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Briefcase Computer - early reference (from Inherit the Stars by James P. Hogan)
1977 Network Monitoring Detection - why the slowdown? (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Holo-Scanner (from A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick)
1977 Sonabarrier - keep the vultures out (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Uniflesh - skin for every occasion (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Rogue World (from Dying of the Light by George RR Martin)
1977 Darkdawn City - the venue is musical (from Dying of the Light by George RR Martin)
1977 Chameleon Cloth - great camouflage (from Dying of the Light by George RR Martin)
1977 Sky-Scoot - flying foils (from Dying of the Light by George RR Martin)
1977 Taprisiot - galactic long distance calling (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Taprisiot Monitor Bead - last chance to surveil (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Bedog - a comfy canine (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Graluz - breeding pond for frog people (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Personality Simulator - game your office politics (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Tracked Vehicle - better than Hummer (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Swimming Tubes - water-filled for frog people (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Armored Clothing - modern armor (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Antiholo Generator (from The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley)
1977 Caleban Contact - listen to the stars (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Glowstone - great at parties (from Dying of the Light by George RR Martin)
1977 Grapple Tracks - auto parking (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Trimagniscope - see inside any object (from Inherit the Stars by James P. Hogan)
1977 Skitter - electric carts on Dosadi (from The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert)
1977 Holo-Printing (from A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick)
1978 Holopad (from The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke)
1978 CORA - Coronary Alarm (from The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke)
1978 Spider Space Elevator Test Vehicle - test the cables (from The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke)
1978 Personal Interest Profile (PIP) - invention of Google Alerts (from The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke)
1978 1D Diamond Crystal - might be a carbon fullerene molecule (from The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke)
1978 Operation Cleanup - remove orbital debris the brute force way (from The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke)
1978 Spinnerettes - handling nanofibers (from The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke)
1978 Space Elevator (Orbital Tower) - best novel reference (from The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke)
1978 Hyperfilament (from The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke)
1979 GPP Genuine People Personalities (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)
1979 Infinite Improbability Drive - what are the odds it exists? (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)
1979 Conductive Film - spray on wire (from The Face by Jack Vance)
1979 Receptor Tape - very thin microphone (from The Face by Jack Vance)
1979 Spider (from The Web Between the Worlds by Charles Sheffield)
1979 Whale Waldo (from Sundiver by David Brin)
1979 Needles (Chocolate and Vanilla) (from Sundiver by David Brin)
1979 Whoopee Drive (from Space Angel by John Maddox Roberts)
1979 Mobile Suit (from Mobile Suit Gundam by Yoshiyuki Tomino)
1979 Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)
1979 Nutri-Matic - not quite tea (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)
1979 Deep Thought - second largest computer (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)
1979 Marvin the Robot - brain the size of a planet (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)
1979 Gesture-Controlled Device (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)
1979 Self-Satisfied Door - aaaahh! (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)
1979 Repair Drones - flying fix-it bot (from The Two Faces of Tomorrow by James P. Hogan)
1979 Babel Fish - improbable translator (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)
1979 Sub-Etha Sens-O-Matic - better range than your thumb (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)
1979 Towel - massively useful (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)
1979 Minovsky Particles (from Mobile Suit Gundam by Yoshiyuki Tomino)
1979 Wire-Gun (from Mobile Suit Gundam by Yoshiyuki Tomino)
1979 Solar Flare System (from Mobile Suit Gundam by Yoshiyuki Tomino)
1979 Mobile Armor (from Mobile Suit Gundam by Yoshiyuki Tomino)
1979 Gundarium (from Mobile Suit Gundam by Yoshiyuki Tomino)
1979 Computer Generated DigItal Music (from The Moon Goddess and the Son by Donald Kingsbury)
1979 Powergun (from Hammer's Slammers by David Drake)
1979 Supertank (from Hammer's Slammers by David Drake)
1979 Electronic Book - more massively useful than a towel (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)

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