Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
Babble Machine - you know When the Sleeper Wakes Wells  1899
Babel Fish - improbable translator The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Adams  1979
Babel-17 - words are telling Babel 17 Delany  1968
Baby Robot - how cute! Brother Robot Slesar  1958
Bacteria-Destroying Radiation Dr. Futurity Dick  1960
Ball and Hammer Ship Dorsai! Dickson  1960
Ballistic Calculator - trajectories between planets Misfit Heinlein  1939
Ballisticules - nanomachines throw their weight around The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Bambakias Hotel - help it come into being Distraction Sterling  1998
Bank Chip - a smart credit card Mona Lisa Overdrive Gibson  1988
Barker - hacking medical implants The Human Blend Foster  2010
Barrels of Air The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century Loudon  1828
Barrier (Force Field) - force field fence Coventry Heinlein  1940
Barytrine Field - planet moving Troubled Star Smith  1952
Bat Wings - enable personal flight Limits Niven  1985
Batacitor The Fabulous Riverboat Farmer  1971
Bats' Cave The Menace From Earth Heinlein  1957
Battery-Powered 3D Comic Book The Zap Gun Dick  1965
Battle Integrator - a moving solidograph The Bureaucrat Jameson  1944
Battle Language Dune Herbert  1965
Battle Sphere The Space Rover Sloat  1932
Battle Tank Display Cities in Flight Blish  1957
Battleroom - ultimate antigrav gaming Ender's Game Card  1985
Beam-Pistol Murder in the Void Hamilton  1938
Beanstalk Friday Heinlein  1982
Bedog - a comfy canine The Dosadi Experiment Herbert  1977
Bee Cam City of Pearl Traviss  2004
Bee Zapper - Star Wars for bugs Earth Brin  1990
Beetle - a balloon with a shell Saturn's Race Niven (w/S. Barnes)  2000
Belt Sword - bendable weapon All Tomorrow's Parties Gibson  1999
Bendix Anxiety Reducer Bad Medicine Sheckley  1956
Beta Beam Satellite Limits Niven  1985
Betrization Return from the Stars Lem  1961
Bibs - cold storage for people Cantata 140 Dick  1964
Big Computer - wide-screen Jehovah Millenium Varley  1983
Big Flue Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury  1953
Big Noodle The Divine Invasion Dick  1981
Big Push - miles long slingshot Limits Niven  1985
Big Screen Control - right from your personal device The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Biltong Life Form Pay for the Printer Dick  1956
Bio-Energy - produce electricity from organic material Gulliver's Travels Swift  1726
Bio-Fabric - living cloth Say Goodby to the Wind Ballard  1970
Bioform House - pumpkin house Sparrowhawk Easton  1990
Biological Circuit Fabrication The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Unknown  1984
Biological Package Probe - automaton Johnny Appleseed A World Out of Time Niven  1976
Biological Warfare - first use of the concept in fiction The War of the Worlds Wells  1898
Biologics - organic computing Blood Music Bear  1984
Biolution - biological manufacturing The Tels Black  2003
Bionic Arm - $6M man arm Cyborg Caidin  1972
Bionic Legs Cyborg Caidin  1972
Biosoft Count Zero Gibson  1986
Biot Rendezvous With Rama Clarke  1972
Birthing egg - IVF without the bother Nanotime Kosko  1987
Black Coating - very early reference Gray Lensman Smith  1942
Black Power - solar power in a spray can The Woman in Del Rey Crater Niven  1995
Black Smoke - run for your lives! The War of the Worlds Wells  1898
Blacknet - antisocial networking Halting State Stross  2007
Blackout Gas The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge Harrison  1970
Blast Rifle Exiles of the Stratosphere Long, Jr.  1937
Blaster - a deadly energy weapon. When the Green Star Waned Dyalhis  1925
Blaupunkt Holostage - a tabletop 3D projector Snake-Eyes Maddox  1986
Blithe Anathem Stephenson  2008
Blue Collar Robot The Velvet Glove Harrison  1956
Blue Ray of Death Across Space Hamilton  1926
Blurbflies (Sing. Blurbfly) - corporate gadflies create a buzz Nymphomation Noon  2000
Boat-Tree The Houses of Iszm Vance  1954
Bohemias - a cultural incubator All Tomorrow's Parties Gibson  1999
Boink Biosensor - handheld The Cobra Event Preston  1997
Bokanovsky's Process Brave New World Huxley  1932
Bolo Combat Unit Laumer  1960
Bone-Building Compounds A Conquest of Two Worlds Hamilton  1932
Boob Cube - 3D TV is no better The Best of all Possible Wars Niven  1998
Book of the Kalends - no author, no title Galactic Pot-Healer Dick  1969
Book-Film - literary storage Prelude to Foundation Asimov  1988
Boomer Park - where we're going Nanotime Kosko  1987
Boosterspice - anti geriatric drug Ringworld Engineers Niven  1980
Boppers - robots do their own thing Wetware Rucker  1988
Bore-Pellets Foster, You're Dead Dick  1955
Boulder Cantata 140 Dick  1964
Bounce Tube - pneumatic tube system for people Double Star Heinlein  1956
Brain Erasure The Knowledge Machine Hamilton  1948
Brain Placed In Metal Body The Comet Doom Hamilton  1929
Brain-Case Murder in the Void Hamilton  1938
Brainlock - life in the now Mona Lisa Overdrive Gibson  1988
BrainPal Old Man's War Scalzi  2005
Breathing Dresses A Honeymoon In Space Griffith  1901
Breed Humans For Machines The Machine Stops Forster  1909
Brick Moon - first space station The Brick Moon Hale  1869
Briefcase Computer - early reference Inherit the Stars Hogan  1977
Briefcase Console - the original notebook computer Oath of Fealty Pournelle (w/L. Niven)  1981
Brood Assembly - first self reproducing automata Cities in Flight Blish  1957
Broomstick - move in space Islands in the Sky Clarke  1952
Broomstick Speedster Waldo Heinlein  1942
Browser Paper - one page IE Rainbows End Vinge  2006
Bubble - undersea elevator Saturn's Race Niven (w/S. Barnes)  2000
Bubble Car - does it come in moiré? A World Out of Time Niven  1976
Bubble City My Name is Legion Zelazny  1976
Bubble-Gum Pylon Quantico Bear  2007
Bubblehead - big-head brainiacs The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Dick  1965
Bugged Money - money rigged for surveillance Distraction Sterling  1998
Bullet-guard Overalls Kiln People Brin  2002
Burbclave - autonomous suburban enclave Snow Crash Stephenson  1992
Bussard Ramjet - hydrogen ramscoop A World Out of Time Niven  1976
Butcher Plant - a plant that grows steaks Time is the Simplest Thing Simak  1961
Butler-Valet Robot The Jester Tenn  1951

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