Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
ICE (intrusion countermeasures electronics) - anti-hacker Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Ice Dart - shot with an icicle Nanotime Kosko  1987
Iceberg Water Tub - fresh water mountain Oath of Fealty Pournelle (w/L. Niven)  1981
Ice-Nine - the final form of water Cat's Cradle Vonnegut, Jr.  1963
Icon Thumbsized Image - first reference? 2001: A Space Odyssey Clarke  1968
Ideator - gene identification Darwin's Children Bear  2003
Ident Darts -track your brain The Electric Ant Dick  1969
Identificator - holographic signage The Star King Vance  1964
Ident-Key The Penultimate Truth Dick  1964
Idoru - a software-generated personality Idoru Gibson  1996
Igloo Inflatable Moon Habitat - inflate and use A Fall of Moondust Clarke  1961
Illuminum - glows with its own light Altered Carbon Morgan  2003
Ilse - first intelligent ship brain Long Shot Vinge  1972
Image-Amps Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Immunocules - nanotechnology imitates life The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Imp Personal Robot Rocheworld Forward  1985
Impact Suit - shear-thickening armor The Flying Sorcerers Gerrold (w/L, Niven)  1971
Impactor Determines Composition The Mechanical Monarch Tubb  1958
Imperial Handicraft Globe Dune Herbert  1965
Impervium - the way is shut Clash by Night O'Donnell  1943
Implanted Credit Card - wherever you want it to be The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Implanted Interface With Retinal Nerves The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (The Unsleeping Eye) Compton  1973
Implanted Microprocessor Monitor Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Implanted Steel Teeth The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Dick  1965
Implanted Tranceiver - totally hands free phone The Godmakers Herbert  1972
Implant-Watch - this is so cool Cloak of Anarchy Niven  1972
Imprint (A Ditto Blank) - pseudo-you Kiln People Brin  2002
Improve Memory Methuselah's Children Heinlein  1941
Indestructible Contract Dorsai! Dickson  1960
Individualized Clothing Manufacture - clothes just for you When the Sleeper Wakes Wells  1899
Indoor Weighted Belt Blood of the Moon Cummings  1936
Inert Resin - resinous coatings Islands in the Net Sterling  1988
Inertia Screen - next up, right angle turns Space Rating Berryman  1939
Inertia Tank Masson's Secret Gallun  1939
Inertial Bracelet Psychohistorical Crisis Kingsbury  2001
Inertialess Drive Triplanetary Smith  1934
Inertron - light but strong Armageddon: 2419 A.D. Nowlan  1928
Inert-Wear - unfashionably static Say Goodby to the Wind Ballard  1970
Infinite Improbability Drive - what are the odds it exists? The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Adams  1979
Inflatable Air Lock - very early reference Space Tug Leinster  1953
Inflatable Church The Shockwave Rider Brunner  1975
Inflatable Expansion Bubble - temporary room for space craft Crashlander Niven  1994
Inflatable Lunar Resort Solar Lottery Dick  1955
Inflatable Roofed Valley - early inflatable reference Misfit Heinlein  1939
Infowar Operation Distraction Sterling  1998
Ingestible Communication Capsule - only in emergencies Triplanetary Smith  1934
Inorganic Evolution The Invincible Lem  1954
Insosuit Runaround Asimov  1942
Instant Customized Clothing - mass customization Methuselah's Children Heinlein  1941
Instantaneous Kodaks (Traffic Control) A Journey In Other Worlds Astor IV  1894
Integral Calculator Exiles of the Moon Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Intellectual Cell - cellular computing Blood Music Bear  1984
Intelligent Trash Sorting The Velvet Glove Harrison  1956
Interactive Blackboard Vulcan's Hammer Dick  1960
Interactive Map - very early concept Return from the Stars Lem  1961
Interactive Suicide Note Press Enter Varley  1984
Interactive Video Column - see the world -- from convenience stores? All Tomorrow's Parties Gibson  1999
Interchangeable Hands - mechanical variety The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Dick  1965
Interests Profile - an intelligent agent The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Internal Body Power Pack - AAAAAAAA size The Stars My Destination Bester  1956
International Fantasy Gaming Society (IFGS) - the fictional basis for the real one Dream Park Niven (w/S. Barnes)  1981
Internet Addiction Hyperion Simmons  1989
Interplanetary Communications Center - sol system switchboard QRM - Interplanetary Smith  1942
Interplanetary Passport Murder in the Void Hamilton  1938
Interplanetary Radiograph Station On The Martian Way Bishop  1907
Interplanetary Union Of Spacemen Old Fireball Schachner  1941
Inter-Universal Messenger Cities in Flight Blish  1957
Inter-Vehicle Communication The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Dick  1965
Interway - computer-controlled highway The Tels Black  2003
Invisibility - now you see it - The Invisible Man Wells  1897
Invisibility Shield Triplanetary Smith  1934
Invisible Cloak -long before Harry Potter Brigands of the Moon Cummings  1930
Invisible Watchmen Murder in the Void Hamilton  1938
Ion Cannon Star Wars Lucas  1976
Ion Drive - weak but strong Equalizer Williamson  1947
Iridium Spirals (Street Lights) Ralph 124c 41 + Gernsback  1911
Iridium-Sponge Brain Adam Link's Vengeance Binder  1940
Ironing Robot Iron (утюг) Mikheev  1972
Isolation Barrage Wandl, The Invader Cummings  1939
Ixian Probe Heretics of Dune Herbert  1984
Ixian Sight Mask Children of Dune Herbert  1976

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