Smartwatches: Brian Daley called them back in the 80s in his Adventures of Hobart Floyt and Alacrity Fitzhugh series. From Jinx on a Terran Inheritance, Chapter one:

But Alacrity took his proteus gratefully; he had very few possessions, but it was just about his most treasured, a commo device, databank, systems accessor and more, in a wrist torc of overlapping, chitinous black metal plates tinged with verdigris.

The series featured omnipresent proteuses in forms limited only by the artistic and aesthetic whims — and, of course, available ducats, simoleons, and long green — of the characters; Hobart Floyt eventually got a prote shaped like an elaborate pocket watch.

The series is also notable for regularly including fanciful named interior design styles in scene descriptions. I can’t think offhand any other sci-fi series that does this — similar in that way to Firefly’s singular treatment of costumes: t-shirts and regular-type prints rather than unitards or double-ties.


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  1. Matmos says:

    Sci-fi clothing tends to be like dwarves in dreams — am I in the far future? Then I gotta be wearing some kinda solid-color unitard.

    Or something.

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