Science Fiction Dictionary: Ideas, Terms and Technology
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
Ubik Spray Can
One of many definitions of Ubik. Take only as directed.
Ubik Dick  1969
Ugly T-Shirt
Uses disruptive patterning to make the wearer invisible to computerized surveillance techniques.
Zero History Gibson  2010
UHF Shower
And ultra high frequency shower, which do used energy instead of water to wash off.
Eye of Cat Zelazny  1982
Ullran Enunciator
Special prosthesis needed to aid humans in speaking an alien language.
Uller Uprising Piper  1952
Ultimate Football League (UFL)
A football league without restrictions on human modification.
The Sun Also Explodes Nakashima-Brown  2008
Ultra-Communicator
A communication system that transfers voice commands from one person to selected others.
Galactic Patrol Smith  1937
Ultraflash
A device that sterilizes the skin by a pulse of light.
The Andromeda Strain Crichton  1969
Ultra-Light
Allows the user to see into rock or other solid matter.
Rock Diver Harrison  1951
Ultra-Light Vision System
A viewing technology able to see through and even within most objects.
Spacehounds of IPC Smith  1931
Ultramicrominiature Waldo
A device for transforming ordinary human hand movements into extremely small-scale surgical motions.
Time Enough For Love Heinlein  1973
Ultra-microrobot
A nanomachine; a machine whose parts are no bigger than atoms.
A Menace in Miniature Gallun  1937
Ultraminiature Spy-Circuit
Tiny bits of 'smart dust' used as surveillance devices.
The Unknown Anvil  1972
Ultraphone Ear-Disc
Wireless receivers that fit directly over the ears; they also offered noise reduction.
Armageddon: 2419 A.D. Nowlan  1928
Ultraset (Ultrawave Set)
A device that used ultrawave faster-than-light (FTL) communication.
Habit del Rey  1939
Ultra-Telescope Ray
A transporter Ray that works over interplanetary distances.
The Moon Weed Vincent  1931
Ultra-Terrene
Originating from some world other than Earth.
An Adventure in Futurity Smith  1931
Ultra-Vibrator
Transports objects into another dimension through intense vibration.
Into Another Dimension Duclos  1939
Ultrawave
A means of faster-than-light (FTL) communication.
Triplanetary Smith  1934
Ultrawave Relay or Hyperwave Relay
Instantaneous, faster-than-light communication system.
Foundation Asimov  1951
Ultron
Very handy material is invisible and non-reflective.
Armageddon: 2419 A.D. Nowlan  1928
Ultron Wire
Invisible metal makes the thinnest, strongest wire.
Armageddon: 2419 A.D. Nowlan  1928
Ultrophone
A means of communication that transmits and receives simultaneously.
Armageddon: 2419 A.D. Nowlan  1928
Undercover Detective Robot
Specialized robot masquerades as different robot types to spy on criminals.
The Velvet Glove Harrison  1956
Underground MagLev Train
Magnetic levitation train that travels through a tunnel; a vacuum reduces drag.
Dream Park Niven (w/S. Barnes)  1981
Underpeople
An animal modified to be human in shape and intellect.
The Ballad of Lost C'Mell Smith  1950
Undersea City
A great city under the sea, covered by a crystal dome.
The Crystal City Under the Sea Laurie  1895
Undersea Mining
Conducting mining operations on the sea floor.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Verne  1875
Undersea Restaurant
A restaurant located in its entirety under the sea.
The Star King Vance  1964
Underwater Robot
An autonomous mechanical for use underwater.
The Velvet Glove Harrison  1956
Unicephalon 40-D
A problem-solving supercomputer.
Stand-By Dick  1963
Unichapel (Robotic Confession Booth)
Automated religious confessional with monotone, programmed responses.
THX 1138 Lucas  1970
Uniflesh
A type of artificial skin and underlying flesh.
The Dosadi Experiment Herbert  1977
Unit Analyst Robot
A robotic psychoanalyst.
The Chromium Fence Dick  1955
Universal Card
A device that mimics every credit card and identification card you possess.
Hyperion Simmons  1989
Universal Checkbook
Fully electronic banking system, which allows easy withdrawal of funds from any bank.
The Door Into Summer Heinlein  1956
Universal Dictionary
A machine that provided references to anything known.
The Star Beast Heinlein  1954
Universal Sterilization Law
All young people were sterilized, and replacement people were generated artificially.
A Biological Experiment Keller  1928
Universal Technical Consultative Service
Interstellar travel plans calculated, reserved and confirmed.
The Star King Vance  1964
Unobtainium
A humorous reference to a substance both rare and unlikely.
Startide Rising Brin  1983
UPUD
Universal Positionator Up-Downlink.
First to Fight Sherman (w/Cragg)  1997
Uranatomic
An atomic pile that generates electricity.
Backlash Williamson  1941
U-Stor-It
A storage unit converted for use as an apartment.
Snow Crash Stephenson  1992
Usuform Robot
A robot designed strictly along functional lines.
Q.U.R. Boucher  1943
Usuform Robot Bartender
A robotic bartender that is designed along purely functional lines.
Q.U.R. Boucher  1943
Uterine Replicator
A device that simulates the functions of the human uterus.
Shards of Honor Bujold  1986

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