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Timeline of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
(sorted by Publication Date)

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Date Device Name (Novel Author)
2000 Provigil-C (from A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo)
A special drug that promotes wakefulness in troops.
2000 Randominoes (from Nymphomation by Jeff Noon)
Dominoes that randomly generate new numbers.
2000 Floating Island (from Saturn's Race by Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes))
Large artificial islands floating on Earth's seas.
2000 Blurbflies (Sing. Blurbfly) (from Nymphomation by Jeff Noon)
Small robotic/organic advertisers.
2000 Artificial Intelligence Device (AID) (from A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo)
Hand-held device responds intelligently to military intelligence requests.
2000 Anti-Virus Design Software (from Super-Cannes: A Novel by J.G. Ballard)
Create a living space such that the spread of disease is less likely.
2000 Bubble (from Saturn's Race by Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes))
An undersea elevator.
2000 Napcap Induction Cap (from Saturn's Race by Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes))
A device that aids sleep and relaxation by working with the subject's brain waves.
2000 Napcap Capsule (from Saturn's Race by Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes))
A handy refuge for travelers in busy terminals; a sleep aid when you really need one.
2000 Beetle (from Saturn's Race by Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes))
A hard-shelled dirigible.
2000 Oceanic Thermal Energy Converter (from Saturn's Race by Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes))
A device that uses the sea to help create electricity.
2001 Weather Pod (from Dune: House Harkonnen by Brian Herbert)
Imperial technology available to planetologists only.
2001 Datapack (from Dune: House Harkonnen by Brian Herbert)
A compact device for carrying data.
2001 Inertial Bracelet (from Psychohistorical Crisis by Donald Kingsbury)
Device to still hand tremors.
2001 Smart Contact Lenses (from Fast Times At Fairmont High by Vernor Vinge)
Contact lenses that have a built-in computer display.
2001 Wearables (from Fast Times At Fairmont High by Vernor Vinge)
Slang for 'wearable computer.'
2002 Minority Report Ads (Biometric Personalized Ads) (from Minority Report (Movie) by Steven Spielberg)
Advertisements that speak directly to the consumer in public settings.
2002 Provigil (from When the Devil Dances by John Ringo)
A medication that makes the user 'untired' - not just more awake.
2002 Folding Computer Terminal (from The Merchants of Souls by John Barnes)
A foldable pocket computer.
2002 Maelstrom (from Maelstrom by Peter Watts)
A description of the next generation Internet
2002 E-paper Newspaper (from Minority Report (Movie) by Steven Spielberg)
A paper-thin, flexible LCD-style display that is large enough to display a full newspaper page.
2002 Gravity Tube (from Chindi by Jack McDevitt)
A special passage way that eases the movement of material within a ship.
2002 Pocket Dome (from Chindi by Jack McDevitt)
Handy easy-to-set-up shelter.
2002 Vagus Nerve Bio-Chip (from Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold)
Relief from nausea without drugs.
2002 Photo-Voltaic Robes (from Snow in the Desert by Neal Asher)
Outerwear made from material that absorbs sunlight and outputs electricity.
2002 Poppins (from Kiln People by David Brin)
An android body imprinted with the personality of a Master Nanny.
2002 Imprint (A Ditto Blank) (from Kiln People by David Brin)
Impress one's personality upon a 'ditto blank' android.
2002 Bullet-guard Overalls (from Kiln People by David Brin)
Very tough fabric.
2002 Robofish (Mitsubishi Robot Turbot) (from Slow Life by Michael Swanwick)
A powerful, meter-long robotic fish used to take samples from liquid lakes on other worlds (like Titan).
2002 E-Suit (Environmental Suit) (from Chindi by Jack McDevitt)
A forcefield that encloses air and heat around the body, but does not repel objects or radiation.
2002 Ditto Blank (from Kiln People by David Brin)
A mentally unformed android, upon which a personality could be impressed.
2002 Sick Stick (from Minority Report (Movie) by Steven Spielberg)
Baton that induces vomiting upon contact.
2002 AI-Based Hiring and Firing (from Manna by Marshall Brain)
Letting a computer system handle the hiring and firing of employees.
2002 Terrafoam Dorm Building (from Manna by Marshall Brain)
Maximum people in minimum space.
2002 Workplace Distancing (from Manna by Marshall Brain)
A computer application that arranges that workers never encounter each other, to reduce gossiping and wasted time.
2002 Durachrome (from Honor of the Regiment by Keith Laumer)
Very hard alloy for tanks.
2002 Manna (from Manna by Marshall Brain)
A software program that autonomously manages restaurants or other service industry businesses.
2002 Halo (from Minority Report (Movie) by Steven Spielberg)
Device that incapacitates a person by inducing unconsciousness.
2002 Wired Glove Interface Display (from Minority Report (Movie) by Steven Spielberg)
A large screen display that uses a wired glove interface.
2002 Mobile Persocom (from Chobits by Manga Clamp)
A personal computer in human form.
2002 Hyperpig (from Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds)
A genetic chimera of pig and human.
2002 Spider Robot (from Minority Report (Movie) by Steven Spielberg)
Tiny spider-sized robots that are able to search buildings and identify occupants.
2002 Reggie the Bartending Machine (from The Outpost by Mike Resnick)
A mechanism able to mix drinks; a robot bartender.
2002 Public Iris Scanner (from Minority Report (Movie) by Steven Spielberg)
A device that uses iris-scanning for identification, and does not require subject awareness.
2002 Data Tiles (from Minority Report (Movie) by Steven Spielberg)
Transparent panes that contain data and programs.
2003 Little Bird (from Darwin's Children by Greg Bear)
A remote-control "eye-in-the-sky" miniature drone plane (UAV).
2003 Cortical Stack (from Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan)
Implanted hardware device that contains a backup copy of your mental self.
2003 Synthetic Sleeve (from Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan)
An artificial body, into which a person can be downloaded.
2003 Needlecast (from Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan)
A tightbeam transmission of your very being.
2003 Touch Tablet (from Darwin's Children by Greg Bear)
Another name for a wireless Tablet PC.
2003 Automated Sentry (from Darwin's Children by Greg Bear)
A biometric device that scans facial features for identification.
2003 Speaker Chips (from Darwin's Children by Greg Bear)
Integrated circuit chips placed in books; they could read the book and advertise it.
2003 Illuminum (from Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan)
A metal that glows with its own light.
2003 Specimen Track (from Darwin's Children by Greg Bear)
A means for transporting laboratory specimens from one workstation to another in an automated lab.
2003 Mandroid (from Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan)
A humanoid robot; a robot in the shape of a person.
2003 E-Sheet (from Darwin's Children by Greg Bear)
A disposable medium for reading electronic messages.
2003 Self-Cleaning Gym Suit (from Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood)
Removes the source of odor.
2003 Email Shirt (from Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood)
See your email on your shirt.
2003 Goat/Spider Silk (from Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood)
High tensile strength fibers from - goats.
2003 Autosurgeon (from Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan)
A mechanical aid to physicians, performing surgical procedures with surgeons present.
2003 Traction City Gut (from Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve)
The area of a Traction City used for taking apart and consuming captured prey cities.
2003 Municipal Darwinism (from Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve)
The process by which smaller towns were eaten by larger ones.
2003 Pigoon (from Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood)
A transgenic pig, bred to grow replacement organs for humans.
2003 Ideator (from Darwin's Children by Greg Bear)
A computer device specifically made to help model genes and proteins for identification.
2003 E-paper Hologram (from Darwin's Children by Greg Bear)
A cover image that really pops out at the viewer.
2003 Alibi Archive (from Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax) by Robert J. Sawyer)
A recording made of transmissions from a personal implant that perceived everything that happened to that individual.
2003 ChickieNobs (from Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood)
Chicken meat sliced from a transgenic organism.
2003 Smart Wallpaper (from Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood)
Wallpaper that can sense your mood and provide an appropriate color scheme.
2003 Happicuppa Coffee Bush (from Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood)
A species of coffee bush designed for ease of harvesting.
2003 Whuffie (from Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow)
A system in which one's actions, as perceived by others, directly procure the necessities of life; reputation-based currency.
2003 Tuned-Laser Decontamination (from Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax) by Robert J. Sawyer)
Process to destroy foreign biomolecules within the body.
2003 Alien Tarantula (from Engine City by Ken MacLeod)
Interesting illustration of an animal with gecko-like manipulative capabilities.
2003 Olfactory Wakeup Call (from Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan)
An alarm clock that works by wafting scents your way.
2003 Traction City (from Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve)
Cities re-engineered as enormous, lumbering machines.
2003 Interway (from The Tels by Paul Black)
Computer-controlled highway.
2003 Philips Squeeze Gun (from Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan)
A handheld railgun
2003 Automatic Hotel (Hotel Hendrix) (from Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan)
A fully automated hotel; complete services provided from check-in to check-out.
2003 Spray-on Surgical Gloves (from Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan)
Effective glove for surgeons that is skin tight.
2003 Biolution (from The Tels by Paul Black)
The revolution in biological manufacturing techniques.
2003 Causality-violation Device (or Weapon) (from Singularity Sky by Charles Stross)
Any of a variety of technologies intended to exploit time travel as a weapon.
2003 Handipad (from Wyrmhole by Jay Caselberg)
An electronic tablet for information browsing.
2003 Companion Implant (from Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax) by Robert J. Sawyer)
Electronic device placed within the body; it has a wide variety of uses.
2003 External Eyelenses (from Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan)
Way retro means of correcting vision problems in human beings.
2003 Slow Gun (from Singularity Sky by Charles Stross)
Device shoots slow projectiles that use neurotoxin.

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