Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
Laminated Mouse Brain Computer - extra fast computer Think Blue, Count Two Smith  1962
Landing-Grid Exploration Team Leinster  1956
Landspeeder - the future of hovercraft Star Wars Lucas  1976
Langston Field - energy shield The Mote in God's Eye Niven (w/J. Pournelle)  1974
Language Rectifier - first reference to machine translation Ralph 124c 41 + Gernsback  1911
Laputa - a floating island Gulliver's Travels Swift  1726
Laser Cannon - ground-based power for space craft Neutron Star Niven  1966
Laser Finger The Forever War Haldeman  1974
Laser Rifle - earliest use of term Door to Anywhere Anderson  1966
Lasgun - laser weapon Dune Herbert  1965
Lash-Tube The Golden Man Dick  1954
Launching Facility - in Florida From the Earth to the Moon Verne  1867
Launching Laser - power your craft with light The Fourth Profession Niven  1971
Law Clerk Robot The Midas Plague Pohl  1954
Law Expert System (LEX) - law software The Moat Egan  1991
Lawyer Program - AI goes to the dark side Earth Brin  1990
Leaf Screens Sparrowhawk Easton  1990
Learning Robot - learn from experience Callahan and the Wheelies Barr  1960
Learning-Cap - for thinking The Knowledge Machine Hamilton  1948
Lecton - be read to Return from the Stars Lem  1961
Legislation Analyzer - torn from the headlines The Trouble With Bubbles Dick  1953
Lens Image Second Foundation Asimov  1953
Levitating Path A Sound of Thunder Bradbury  1952
Lewiston Triplanetary Smith  1934
Leybyrdite - Perfect for space axes Subspace Explorers Smith  1965
Leyden Ball - grandfather of the taser 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Verne  1875
Librareome Project Rainbows End Vinge  2006
Lidar - radar with visible light The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Life Bank The Ophiuchi Hotline Varley  1977
Life Blanket Ogre Simak  1944
Life Chamber The Chamber of Life Wertenbaker  1929
Life Detector - I see you! Cease Fire Herbert  1958
Life Detector Shield - an early mention of life sensors Cease Fire Herbert  1958
Life Recorder - records your life automatically The Dream Master Zelazny  1966
Lifeboat - early mention Triplanetary Smith  1934
Lifelog - life record Halting State Stross  2007
Life-shield Blanket - save from sensors Heretics of Dune Herbert  1984
Lifezone - biosphere Tides of Light Benford  1989
Light Pressure Propulsion - first use of this idea From the Earth to the Moon Verne  1867
Light Sail (or Solar Sail) - propulsion for spacecraft Sail 25 Vance  1962
Lightsaber - the original light saber Star Wars Lucas  1976
Light-Sculpture Light Verse Asimov  1973
Light-Sword - not an epee Ringworld Niven  1970
Liquid Mirror Telescope on Mars - alien LMT Old Faithful Gallun  1934
Lithocule - building block The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Little Bird - surveillance drone (UAV) Darwin's Children Bear  2003
Live Carpet - sensor fibers are self-cleaning Queen of Angels Bear  1990
Live Memo - it reads itself to you The Simulacra Dick  Ace
Live News - prediction of newscasts In the Year 2889 Verne  1889
Living Advertising Character - meet Mr. Presto The Stars My Destination Bester  1956
Living Grass Carpet - not AstroTurf Stranger in a Strange Land Heinlein  1961
Living Metal Cubes The Metal Monster Merritt  1920
Lobster AI - brain scanned expert system Accelerando Stross  2005
Localizer - tiny network mote A Deepness in the Sky Vinge  1999
Logics - early home computer A Logic Named Joe Leinster  1946
Logics Service A Logic Named Joe Leinster  1946
Loiter-Drone - indefinite watch The Algebraist Banks  2004
Loitering Micro-Missile Invader on My Back High  1968
Loogie Gun - can't we have nonviolent AND sanitary? Snow Crash Stephenson  1992
Low-Gravity Velodrome Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Low-scale Detectors Brigands of the Moon Cummings  1930
Lucid Dreamer - it's a dream machine Starfish Watts  1999
Lucky Dragon ATM - an ATM with an attitude All Tomorrow's Parties Gibson  1999
Luggage - sentient container The Color of Magic Pratchett  1983
Luggage Robot The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge Harrison  1970
Luminescent Vial - Galadriel gave these out in LOTR The Dragon Masters Vance  1962
Lunar Concrete Mona Lisa Overdrive Gibson  1988
Lunar Disneyland - underground playground The Phantom of Kansas Varley  1976
Lunar Greenhouse Tunnel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Heinlein  1966
Lunar Ice Mining - water on the moon The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Heinlein  1966
Lunar Mining - moon mining camp Brigands of the Moon Cummings  1930
Lunar Used Spacecraft Lot - low (gravity) prices Methuselah's Children Heinlein  1941
Lunar Web Hothouse Aldiss  1962
Lunocycle (Lunar Bicycle) - better than Bessie the mule The Rolling Stones Heinlein  1952
Lux The Black Star Passes Campbell  1930
Luxvid Eyes (Jensen Wide-Angle) - unusual eye slits The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Dick  1965
Lyle Drive Stranger in a Strange Land Heinlein  1961

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