Science Fiction Dictionary: Ideas, Terms and Technology
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
Kamikaze Andy
An android that is designed as an assassination weapon.
Tekwar Shatner  1989
Karatand
A special glove made of impact-sensitive plastic.
Stand on Zanzibar Brunner  1968
Kemplerer (Klemperer) Rosette
Planets without a sun; they orbit a central point.
Ringworld Niven  1970
Key Club
A social club made exclusive by teleportation booth; may be in a chain with other physically identical locations.
Flash Crowd Niven  1972
Keyboard With Changing Keys
A computer keyboard with keys faced with little displays, so the label could change based on the application or language.
Imperial Earth Clarke  1976
Killalc Pills
Counteracts the effects of alcohol consumption.
The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge Harrison  1970
Killer Robot
An autonomous robot made for the express purpose of killing living creatures.
Rust Kelleam  1939
Kinagram
Small print-size icons that presented a moving image.
Anathem Stephenson  2008
Kinetiscope Appliance
A small object that could show a variety of artificially created or extrapolated images.
When the Sleeper Wakes Wells  1899
Kingdom in a Box
An entire civilization in miniature - in an interactive box.
The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age Lem  1965
King's Free Park
A park in which anarchy reigned; a very long, narrow park.
Cloak of Anarchy Niven  1972
Kink-Spring
A device that stores energy with near-perfect efficiency.
The Calorie Man Bacigalupi  2005
Kinotrope
Small bits of painted wood in a grid that spin around to form different pixelated images.
The Difference Engine Gibson (w/B. Sterling)  1990
Kipple
The collection of useless bits of trash we wallow in; all the paper and junk that is not recycled.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick  1968
Kitchen Korner
Just exactly what futurists say you're going to get, like or not, in a refrigerator.
Idoru Gibson  1996
Kite-Copter Car
An observation car suspended below a device that supplies lift.
The Kokod Warriors Vance  1952
KloraDerm
Human skin variant that contains chlorophyll to provide energy.
Old Man's War Scalzi  2005
Knife Missile
A sharp-edged weapon that can maneuver in space.
Use of Weapons Banks  1990
Knockdown Cabin
A portable shelter; had solid walls and could be assembled quickly.
Coventry Heinlein  1940
Knowledge Engine
The first reference to a machine that could create sentences or write books.
Gulliver's Travels Swift  1726
Korsakov's
A type of mind control imposed on prisoners to make them more manageable during their prison time.
Mona Lisa Overdrive Gibson  1988
KR-3
A drug that breaks down the ability of the brain to perceive space and physical objects properly, or in sequence; a new universe opens.
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said Dick  1974
Krimskell Fiber
A "claw" fiber which will rubs against itself in such a way that, the tighter the rope is pulled, the stronger the knot becomes.
Dune Herbert  1965
Kuang Grade Mark Eleven Penetration Program
Chinese virus software for breaking the ICE.
Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Kundrenaline
Revives even a dead man's heart.
The Hands of Aten Winter  1931
Kzinti Lesson - Propulsion As Weapon
The power of a craft's means of propulsion repurposed as an offensive weapon.
The Warriors Niven  1966

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