The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas
Thought-provoking novel that explores the price of fame; a man is forced to confront his humanity (all of it) and doesn't like what he finds. He takes refuge on an alien world with only one city; the city defends itself with scientific traps and illusions. How can the government bring him out when he is needed one more time?
A city designed to protect itself and maintain itself over millions of years.
A device able to diagnose and treat most human ailments.
A bomb with a very special purpose; when detonated in space, it makes it impossible to detect the center of the explosion from the dispersion of the fragments.
Automated devices that seek underground routes, burrowing as they go.
A means of softening the landing for humans inside spacecraft.
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