Robert Forward:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Robert Lull Forward (b. 1932 d. 2002) was an American physicist and science fiction writer. His literary work was noted for its scientific credibility and use of ideas developed from his career as an aerospace engineer.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Christmas Bush Motile Robot - very fine fingers
Repair robot with extra-sensitive hands.

Rocheworld (1985)

Imp Personal Robot
A small 'subtree' robot that is designed for the personal use of astronauts.

Rocheworld (1985)

Interstellar Laser Propulsion System
A means of traveling to the stars, using a Sol-based laser system and light sail-equipped ship.

Rocheworld (1985)

Negative Matter Space Drive
A reactionless space drive using negative matter.

Timemaster (1992)

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