Science Fiction Dictionary: Ideas, Terms and Technology
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
Zag House
A means of implanting dreams.
First He Died (Time and Again) Simak  1951
Zed-Ray
A penetrating beam that would disclose the details inside of a closed object.
Blood of the Moon Cummings  1936
Zero 'g' (Zero Gee)
In a ship in orbit, in free fall.
Islands in the Sky Clarke  1952
Zeroentropy Spray
A method of reducing the disorder of an object as much as possible, reducing the temperature close to absolute zero.
Gather, Darkness! Leiber  1943
Zero-G Ashtray
An ashtray designed for use on a space station.
Waldo Heinlein  1942
Zero-G Cups
Cups that were specially designed to be usable under zero gravity conditions.
Space Tug Leinster  1953
Zero-Gravity
A state in which gravity is effectively absent or cancelled out.
If Science Reached the Earth's Core Binder  1938
Zero-Ray
Inflicts a fatal frostbite on living tissue.
An Adventure in Futurity Smith  1931
Zero-Time Jail
A building in which an energy field prevents time from passing.
A World Out of Time Niven  1976
Zeta-Ray
Makes and maintains vast holes - even in ocean water!
The Death Cloud Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Zip Paper
Very thin display like a single sheet of paper.
Mariposa Bear  2009
Zoo Fences
Caustic water moat
The Dosadi Experiment Herbert  1977
Zoom Call Visaphone System
An amazingly early description of a modern zoom call on a big screen monitor.
John Jones's Dollar Keeler  1915

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Wearable Energy Harvester
re: Frank Herbert
(11/23/2023)

Drones Participate In Buddhist Rites
re: Roger Zelazny
(11/21/2023)

Anna Indiana AI Singer-Songwriter
re: William Gibson
(11/19/2023)

Video Manicuring ala Schismatrix
re: Bruce Sterling
(11/17/2023)

'Feel the AGI' OpenAI Leader Now OpenWorship
re: Miles Breuer
(11/15/2023)

NASA Tests Prototype Europa Lander
re: Various
(11/13/2023)

Tailsitter Drone Aircraft For SAR
re: RH Roman
(11/11/2023)

Forward CarePod The AI Doctor's Office
re: Robert Silverberg
(11/9/2023)

Mika The Robot-Boss
re: David C. Cooke
(11/7/2023)

Yamaha Motoroid 2 No Handlebars Self-Balancing Motorcycle
re: Bruce Sterling
(11/5/2023)

San Francisco Autobus
re: Stanley G. and Helen Weinbaum
(11/3/2023)

Should Your Car Decide If You Can Drive?
re: Philip K. Dick
(11/1/2023)

Lucid Dreams On Demand From Prophetic and Card79
re: Clifford Simak
(10/29/2023)

Honda UNI-ONE Hands-Free Wheelchair Follows 100 Year-Old Design
re: David H. Keller
(10/27/2023)

EBS-260 Handjet Free Hand Dot Matrix Printer
re: Frank Herbert
(10/25/2023)

Sensitive, Soft Robot Skin
re: Harl Vincent
(10/23/2023)

BibleGPT - King James Version Padre Booth, ala Philip K. Dick
re: Philip K Dick
(10/21/2023)

Finger Sensors For Robot Hands
re: Ray Cummings
(10/19/2023)

LiquidView Ersatz Windows, ala Philip K. Dick
re: Philip K. Dick
(10/17/2023)

Omniphobic Liquid-like Surfaces And de Camp's Telelubricator (1940)
re: de Camp
(10/15/2023)

A Vacuum With An Arm - Engineers Create Heinlein's Hired Girl Robot
re: Robert Heinlein
(10/13/2023)

Iron Beam Laser Under Development To Shoot Down Missiles With Lasers
re: HG Wells
(10/11/2023)

Feel The Rhythm, Robots - Especially You Biomimics
re: Various
(10/9/2023)

NASA's Psyche Mission To Metal Asteroid Launches Thursday!
re: E.C. Tubb
(10/7/2023)

 

 

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