Raymond Z. Gallun:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Raymond Z. Gallun (rhymes with "balloon") was born in rural Wisconsin in 1910. He attended one year of college at the University of Wisconsin, then left to travel in Europe. He started writing science fiction in 1929; he attained widespread recognition with Old Faithful in 1934.

(Raymond Z. Gallun)

Along with John W. Campbell, he did as much as anyone to help science fiction evolve from crude pulp stories to interesting literature. He died in 1994.

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Landing Stage
Parking spot for space craft.

Atomic Fire (1931)

Levitator Pack
Handy anti-gravity when you need it.

Gears for Nemesis (1942)

Lightweight Vacuum Armor
A simplified space suit, used where conditions were similar to Earth rather than in the more rigorous conditions of space.

Hotel Cosmos (1938)

Liquid Mirror Telescope on Mars - alien LMT
A large telescope using a spinning bowl of mercury as the mirror.

Old Faithful (1934)

Magnetic Boots
Special footgear holds spacemen to the metal deck in spite of the lack of gravity.

Atomic Fire (1931)

Micro-Android (Micro-Robot)
An extremely tiny robot or nanobot.

Dawn of the Demigods (1954)

Microsurgery Tool - first description
Miniaturized device for surgical precision.

Masson's Secret (1939)

Multispecies Hotel
A hotel set up to serve beings from different planets.

Hotel Cosmos (1938)

Neuronic Control Apparatus - put your experience in reverse
A device that communicated with a brain implant, granting both sight and control.

Masson's Secret (1939)

Neuronic Receptor-Transmitter
A device which, implanted in the brain, can both transmit sight and sound, and enable control of the body by a remote operator.

Masson's Secret (1939)

Paralyzing Gun
Renders senseless any human in its path.

The Achilles Heel (1940)

Protective Energy Halo
A device that cast a hemisphere of protective beams.

The Scarab (1936)

Proton Pistol (Proton Beam) - beams of fury
A device that unleashed a 'protonic storm' of energy.

A Menace in Miniature (1937)

Artificial life, tougher than protoplasm.

Dawn of the Demigods (1954)

Proxy Robot
A remote-controlled floating telepresence robot, for use by aliens who cannot share an atmosphere.

Hotel Cosmos (1938)

Rockets to slow down.

Brother Worlds (1951)

Rocket Engine Moves Moon
Using the propulsive mechanism of a space ship to move a small moon or asteroid.

The Space Dwellers (1929)

Scarab Robot Flying Insect - tiny robotic insect
A tiny flying robotic machine, used for surveillance.

The Scarab (1936)

Self-Guided Rocket Bullets
A rifle made for airless environments shoots rocket bullets.

The Planet Strappers (1961)

Self-Sealing Plastic
Transparent sheeting with a layer of material that would flow to staunch tiny leaks.

Asteroid of Fear (1951)

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