Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
( 2500 Inventions Available)

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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
Vacutubes Double Star Heinlein  1956
Vacuum Armor Skylark Three Smith  1930
Vacuum Suit Skylark Three Smith  1930
Vagus Nerve Bio-Chip Diplomatic Immunity Bujold  2002
Vai-Chi - virtual tai chi Rim Besher  1994
Vaporator Star Wars Lucas  1976
Variable Modifier - snicker or belly laugh The Jester Tenn  1951
Variable Sword - better than Ginsu Ringworld Niven  1970
Vat Grown Meat - no animals harmed Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Vehicle Energy Reclamation A Journey In Other Worlds Astor IV  1894
Venus Equilateral Relay Station QRM - Interplanetary Smith  1942
Verhaeren Factor - creative machines Robinc Boucher  1943
Veridicator - lie detector that works Little Fuzzy Piper  1962
Verse Transcriber Studio 5, The Stars Ballard  1971
Vestan Parasite The World With A Thousand Moons Hamilton  1942
Vibration Machine The Comet Doom Hamilton  1929
Vibration Screen - keep spy beams out! The Shining One Schachner  1937
Vibration-Propelled Cruiser - waves in spacetime Crashing Suns Hamilton  1928
Vibratory Mass Penetrator - not what you're thinking Rock Diver Harrison  1951
Vibra-Transmitter (Teleportation) Into the Meteorite Orbit Kelly  1933
Vibroblade - not messy If This Goes On... Heinlein  1940
Vibrowriter - automatic transcription The Lost Language Keller  1934
Video Communicator The Machine Stops Forster  1909
Video Unit - big bro Idoru Gibson  1996
Video Wallpaper A Deepness in the Sky Vinge  1999
Video-Glasses - see in all directions at once Islands in the Net Sterling  1988
Video-Manicuring Program Schismatrix Sterling  1985
Videophone World of Null-A van Vogt  1945
Videoshades - be sure to get wraparound style Islands in the Net Sterling  1988
Viewplate Armageddon: 2419 A.D. Nowlan  1928
Virtual Childrearing - long distance childcare Natulife Brin  1994
Virtual Keyboard The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Virtual Kiss (Tactile Net) - affection by wire The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Virtual Meeting - grandson of the web conference Idoru Gibson  1996
Virtual Panopticon The Traveler Twelve Hawks  2005
Virtual Punishment Complete Sentence Haldeman  2011
Virtual Reality (Virtual Matrix) - early usage The Judas Mandala Broderick  1982
Virtual Reality Ceremony - serving up VR Rim Besher  1994
Virtual Reality Construct - VR without headgear The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Virtual Reality Video Game - very early description The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Virtual World Kiss True Names Vinge  1981
Virtual world metaphor - early use True Names Vinge  1981
Virtual World Theft - faux thievery Halting State Stross  2007
Virtuality Helmet ('Virching' Helmet) Heavy Weather Sterling  1994
Vision Cube The Man in the Maze Silverberg  1969
Vision Implant The Dream Master Zelazny  1966
Vision Plate - early flat screen First Contact Leinster  1945
Vision Tubes The Scarab Gallun  1936
Visiphone Triplanetary Smith  1934
Visiplate - early flat panel viewer Skylark Three Smith  1930
Visi-Screen - future display Satellite Five Barnes  1938
Visi-Sonor - emotional brain multi-media Foundation and Empire Asimov  1952
Visor - personal screen Freezone Shirley  1985
Visual Ad Sales Pitch Dick  1954
Visual Report Screen Nanny Dick  1955
Vivification In the Deep of Time Lathrop  1879
Vivisector - software deconstruction Earth Brin  1990
Vizzyprint - phone printer Wetware Rucker  1988
Vocalex Kitchen - auto eats The Jester Tenn  1951
Voice Dune Herbert  1965
Voice Dialing The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Voice Encyclopedia - a robot has answers Galactic Pot-Healer Dick  1969
Voice-Changing Bowtie - hey, it's me Case Closed (Detective Conan) Aoyama  1994
Voice-Clock The Martian Chronicles Bradbury  1950
Voice-Enabled Smartphone - I talk, it listens The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Voight-Kampff Empathy Test - can you pass? Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick  1968
Voight-Kampff Test - are you human? Blade Runner Scott  1982
Volplane Blood of the Moon Cummings  1936
Vortal Tube Whipping Star Herbert  1969
Voxbox - talking back Tekwar Shatner  1989
Voxcoder - secret comm Storm Thief Wooding  2006
VR Dyslexia - take those glasses off! Rim Besher  1994
Vulcan 3 - endless self-modifying computer Vulcan's Hammer Dick  1960

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