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  1966
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
Barber Helmet Ben Gleed, King of Speed Wilcox  1939
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
Beam-Powered Propulsion The Prince of Space Williamson  1931
Beanstalk Friday Heinlein  1982
Beckerley Electrical Field Smothered Seas Farley (w/SG Weinbaum)  1936
Bedog - a comfy canine The Dosadi Experiment Herbert  1977
Bee Cam City of Pearl Traviss  2004
Bee Wing Slacker's Paradise Jameson  1941
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
Belter The Warriors Niven  1966
Bendix Anxiety Reducer Bad Medicine Sheckley  1956
Bergenholm Drive Triplanetary Smith  1934
Beta Beam Satellite Limits Niven  1985
Bethé blasters Cities in Flight Blish  1957
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
Blastick The Traitor von Rachen  1941
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
Brains The Cosmic Blinker Binder  1953
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
Bubbleworld At the Bottom of a Hole Niven  1966
Bug Brightside Crossing Nourse  1956
Bugged Money - money rigged for surveillance Distraction Sterling  1998
Building With Lunar Materials The Moon is Hell Campbell  1950
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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