Science Fiction Dictionary: Ideas, Terms and Technology
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
O-220
Ultralight zeppelin
Tarzan at the Eath's Core Burroughs  1929
Oat-Tropic Circuit
A robotic feature that caused electronic animals to move toward offered food.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick  1968
Object-Finder Beam
A unique device that projected a beam that found what you wanted.
The Conquest of Gola Stone  1931
Observation Room Recreation Center
A vast internal space in a space station, often used for exercise and amusement.
The Power Planet Leinster  1931
Oceanic Thermal Energy Converter
A device that uses the sea to help create electricity.
Saturn's Race Niven (w/S. Barnes)  2000
Odalarm
An alarm clock that awakens the sleeper with a selected odor.
The Dosadi Experiment Herbert  1977
Odorophonics
A system capable of reproducing selected scents capable of fooling the human nervous system.
The Illustrated Man Bradbury  1951
Office Hand
A robotic hand with each finger customized for a different function.
The Human Blend Foster  2010
Off-Planet
Away from a planet, towards another or into space.
Uller Uprising Piper  1952
Off-World
Not of Earth.
Judgement Night Moore  1943
Oil Lens
Oil held in tension in an enclosing force field, used as an optical component.
Dune Herbert  1965
OLED Body Film
Attaching or implanting flexible screen material to the body as decoration.
Waste Tide Qiufan  2019
Olfactory Wakeup Call
An alarm clock that works by wafting scents your way.
Altered Carbon Morgan  2003
One-Man Car
A small transport vehicle.
The Houses of Iszm Vance  1954
One-Man Rocket
A small rocket ship with only a pilot.
Evans of the Earth-Guard Hamilton  1930
One-Way Passage
A different way to assure permanent egress.
The Houses of Iszm Vance  1954
Onionskin Transparent Jeans
See-through pants.
Super Sad True Love Story Shteyngart  2011
Online Employability Profile Testing
An online test that determines the best areas in which you might search for a job.
The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Online Job Search
Networked assets allow ordinary people to search through nationwide job listings upon providing a short set of qualifications.
The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Ontogenetic Adaptation
Immediate genetic-level ability to eat alien plants.
The End of the Line Schmitz  1951
Oort Cloud Processor
An alien ship that processes Oort cloud into food.
Beyond the Blue Event Horizon Pohl  1980
Open-Air Moving Picture Shows
Public news outlets
The Messiah of the Cylinder Rousseau  1917
Operation Cleanup
The program that removed space debris in LEO that could harm the space elevator.
The Fountains of Paradise Clarke  1978
Optic Prosthesis
A replacement for a damaged eye.
Changeling Zelazny  1980
Optic Television
An eye that "sees" more than just its surroundings.
Twenty Evocations Sterling  1984
Optical-Effect Suit
An invisibility garment.
The Hounds of Hell Laumer  1964
Opti-Phone
Yet another name for a videophone.
The Impossible World Binder  1939
Opton
Very early description of an electronic book, with storage media.
Return from the Stars Lem  1961
Optophone (Opto)
A video call system.
Too Many Boards! Vincent  1931
Orbital Factory
Putting manufacturing in space, orbiting the planet.
Bind Your Sons To Exile Pournelle  1976
Orbital Mirror
A huge reflective surface in orbit around a planet or moon, the purpose of which is to focus sunlight onto the surface.
Completely Automatic Sturgeon  1941
Orbital Retirement Hotel
A retirement home placed in low earth orbit.
Contact Sagan  1985
Orbital Terminus
An airport in space; a terminal for low earth orbit flights.
Count Zero Gibson  1986
Orbital Weapon Lancet (OWL)
A kinetic energy weapon placed in Earth orbit.
Quantico Bear  2007
Orbiting Casino Advertising Sign
The mightiest billboard in the Solar System!
One Against The Legion Williamson  1939
Orbiting Factories
Manufacturing centers in orbit around the Earth.
The Fountains of Paradise Clarke  1978
Orbiting Penal Colony
A prison placed in orbit (better than Alcatraz).
Tekwar Shatner  1989
Organic Superlubricant
Advanced lube that can "learn" how to be more effective.
Alpha Centauri Meier  1999
Organlegging
Technology needed to deal in illicitly obtained body parts.
The Jigsaw Man Niven  1967
Ornithopter
Also called a 'thopter, it had adjustable wings and was jet-powered. Describes any plane capable of wing-beat flight in the manner of birds.
Dune Herbert  1965
Orphids
Nanomachines replicate theselves from dust - and cover the Earth.
Postsingular Rucker  2007
OSMO (Osmic Mobile Observers)
UAV with the ability to "smell" their human quarry.
Quantico Bear  2007
Osmosis Generator (Cziltang Brone)
A device that can render a solid permeable to matter.
Ringworld Niven  1970
Osprey Space Armor
Space suit you can live in.
Salvage in Space Williamson  1933
Ostler Insulation Beam
A beam of energy stretching from one planet to another that protects space craft from radiation.
The Radium World Kelly  1932
Outbound Interplanetary Traffic
The rules of the spacelanes.
One Against The Legion Williamson  1939
Out-Worlder
A person from another planet.
A Matter of Size Bates  1934
Overdrive
A propulsion technology that allows a craft to travel at faster-than-light speed.
First Contact Leinster  1945
Overlay Specs
Glasses that provide an additional feature; an overlay that lets you see information and graphics along with the real-world view.
Halting State Stross  2007
Overmind
A consciousness that supersedes the minds of many individuals.
The Chemical Brain Flagg  1929
Ovoid 3D Galactic Model
A handheld display of a galaxy.
Second Foundation Asimov  1953
Ownership of Machines
Who will own the machines that produce material abundance?
The Revolt of the Machines Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Oxygen Concentrator
Gathers oxygen from a thin atmosphere until it is breathable, supporting life.
Duel on Syrtis Anderson  1951
Oxygen Fountain
A small factory for making oxygen on the Martian surface.
War Dogs Bear  2014
Oxygen Freshener
A device that removed carbon dioxide from air and replaced it with fresh oxygen.
Lost Rocket Wellman  1941
Oxygen Hip Flask
A small, portable source of pure oxygen for breathing.
Earth Brin  1990
Oxygen Pill
Meets your need for oxygen without additional breathing.
Get Out Of Our Skies! Jarvis  1957
Oxygen Space Flare
A flare that burns inside a glass bulb with oxygen.
Brigands of the Moon Cummings  1930
Oxygen Weeds
Plants that create oxygen on a planet with little breathable air.
The Sands of Mars Clarke  1951
Ozone Radiation Shield
Filling the gap between the inner and outer hull with ozone.
A Daring Trip To Mars Valier  1931

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