The Mechanical Monarch by E.C. Tubb:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Interesting novel that starts in the early Post-Atomic era and concludes far into the future. The first "space flier" (astronaut) dies in the attempt, frozen in interplanetary space. Rescued and defrosted, he does not find the future, run by a perfect computing mechanism obeyed to the letter by a matriarchal government, to his liking. This novel started out a bit slowly, but is ultimately likable. Select an invention:

Asteroid-Metal - raw materials from space
Metal mined from asteroids.

Flexible Wall Sheet Display - flexy flat panel
A large clear sheet that displays information.

Impactor Determines Composition
The use of an impactor to smash into a small celestial body; watching the impact can determine the composition of the small body.

Metamen - live in a robot body
A human brain placed in a purely mechanical, robotic body.

Palm Plate - your hand is the key
A device that scanned for a palm print prior to opening a door.

Para-Beam - light of paralysis
A beam of energy that paralyzes the victim.

Self-Service Cafeteria
Food on demand.

 

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