Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
O-220 Tarzan at the Eath's Core Burroughs  1929
Oat-Tropic Circuit Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick  1968
Object-Finder Beam The Conquest of Gola Stone  1931
Oceanic Thermal Energy Converter - energy from the sea Saturn's Race Niven (w/S. Barnes)  2000
Odalarm - aromatherapy wake-up call The Dosadi Experiment Herbert  1977
Odorophonics - scent player The Illustrated Man Bradbury  1951
Office Hand The Human Blend Foster  2010
Oil Lens - infinitely adjustable lens Dune Herbert  1965
Olfactory Wakeup Call - wakey wakey eggs and bakey Altered Carbon Morgan  2003
Onionskin Transparent Jeans Super Sad True Love Story Shteyngart  2011
Online Employability Profile Testing - get the right job first The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Online Job Search - via cellphone The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Operation Cleanup - remove orbital debris the brute force way The Fountains of Paradise Clarke  1978
Optic Prosthesis Changeling Zelazny  1980
Optic Television Twenty Evocations Sterling  1984
Optical-Effect Suit A Plague of Demons Laumer  1965
Opton - electronic book Return from the Stars Lem  1961
Orbital Mirror - sunlight when you want it Completely Automatic Sturgeon  1941
Orbital Retirement Hotel Contact Sagan  1985
Orbital Terminus - airport in orbit Count Zero Gibson  1986
Orbital Weapon Lancet (OWL) - watch the skies Quantico Bear  2007
Orbiting Factories The Fountains of Paradise Clarke  1978
Orbiting Penal Colony - Alcatraz in orbit Tekwar Shatner  1989
Organic Superlubricant Alpha Centauri Meier  1999
Organlegging - first mention of organ smuggling The Jigsaw Man Niven  1967
Ornithopter - flies like a bird Dune Herbert  1965
Orphids Postsingular Rucker  2007
Osmosis Generator (Cziltang Brone) - the air lock Ringworld Niven  1970
Overdrive - it's FTL First Contact Leinster  1945
Overlay Specs Halting State Stross  2007
Ownership of Machines The Revolt of the Machines Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Oxygen Fountain War Dogs Bear  2014
Oxygen Freshener - breath of fresh air Lost Rocket Wellman  1941
Oxygen Hip Flask - just a quick nip Earth Brin  1990

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Storing 1 Zettabyte In 10 Grams
re: Robert Heinlein
(6/20/2015)

Laser-Powered Spacecraft To Explore The Solar System
re: Niven/Pournelle
(6/19/2015)

Skin Chair For That 'Sitting On A Fat Guy' Feeling
re: Frank Herbert
(6/18/2015)

Pneumatic Micro-Tentacles Kidnapping Ants
re: H.G. Wells
(6/17/2015)

Bee Narcs To Perform Drug 'Stings'
re: Philip K. Dick
(6/16/2015)

3D Printed Spherical Flying Machine
re: Larry Niven
(6/15/2015)

Airbus E-Fan All-Electric Plane Now Ready
re: John W. Campbell
(6/14/2015)

Robot Swarms Improve Culture By Forgetting
re: Roger Zelazny
(6/13/2015)

Melomics Avant Garde Computer Musician
re: Herbert Goldstone
(6/12/2015)

Samsung's Transparent Display Finally As Big As HG Wells'
re: HG Wells
(6/11/2015)

Nanotech Used To Create Custom Water Filters In Tanzania
re: Paolo Bacigalupi
(6/11/2015)

This Robot Swordmaster: Yaskawa Bushido Project
re: Frank Herbert
(6/11/2015)

Thync Mood-Changing Wearable Device
re: Philip K. Dick
(6/10/2015)

What Science Fiction Inspires Russia's New Robot?
re: Various
(6/9/2015)

LightSail Solar Sail Deploys
re: Arthur C. Clarke
(6/8/2015)

Living Concrete Repairs Itself
re: Raymond Z. Gallun
(6/7/2015)

HEL MD Laser Weapons Will Sound Like Star Wars, Star Trek
re: Niven/Pournelle
(6/6/2015)

x.ai And The Quest For A Digital Personal Assistant
re: Frank Herbert
(6/5/2015)

First Biolimb Grown In Lab
re: Frank Herbert
(6/4/2015)

Suit Up! Fifty Years Of Spacewalks Video
re: Garrett P. Serviss
(6/3/2015)

Do Mutant Chickens Offer 'Maximum, Diabolical Meatiness'?
re: Margaret Atwood
(6/3/2015)

Google Project Soli - Control Devices With A Gesture
re: Philip K. Dick
(6/2/2015)

SoundCloud's Hound Provides Conversational Interface (Video)
re: John W. Campbell
(6/1/2015)

Robot Swarm Performs Colonoscopy And Biopsy
re: Neal Stephenson
(5/29/2015)

 

 

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