Murray Leinster:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Murray Leinster (b. 1896 - d. 1975) was the nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, born in Norfolk, VA. He served in WWI in the Army, also serving in WWII in the Office of War Information. His science fiction output was voluminous, starting in 1919 and continuing until 1970; he used the Leinster name almost exclusively for sf writing (except of course for A Logic Named Joe, which he wrote under the name Will F. Jenkins).


(Murray Leinster)

He won a 1956 Hugo for Exploration Team and a retro-Hugo in 1996 for First Contact.

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Meteor Blasters - clear the spaceways
Energy beams that would destroy space debris or rocks that lay in the path of a spacecraft.

First Contact (1945)

Mutated Kodiak Bears
Animals modified for increased intelligence for defense and companionship.

Exploration Team (1956)

Observation Room Recreation Center
A vast internal space in a space station, often used for exercise and amusement.

The Power Planet (1931)

Overdrive - it's FTL
A propulsion technology that allows a craft to travel at faster-than-light speed.

First Contact (1945)

Pilot Beam
A signalling device that space craft in orbit descending to Earth could home in on and land.

Methuselah's Children (1941)

Planet-Smasher
Devices capable of destroying an entire planet.

Propagandist (1947)

Plastic Constructor (3D Printer)
A 3D printer - for spaceships.

Things Pass By (1945)

Pocket Universe
A created, separate space within the normal space of the universe.

Pocket Universes (1946)

Power Planet - power for Earth
A satellite that supplies the Earth with power.

The Power Planet (1931)

Psychoscanner
A device capable of taking impressions, feelings and memories from living brains; it can be used on animals as well.

Propagandist (1947)

Pushpot
An independent rocket motor that can attach itself to an object bound for space.

Space Tug (1953)

Reserve Bracelet
A means of sending a message via tiny shocks in code, delivered to the wrist.

Plague (1944)

Scanning-Disk Telescope
A telescope which uses a television-like monitor instead of an eyepiece.

The Power Planet (1931)

Ship Hull Thermobatteries
Solar activated and charged batteries built into the hull of a spacecraft.

The Ethical Equations (1945)

Sleeve Communicator - before ST:TNG
An electronic device controller built into clothing.

First Contact (1945)

Space Flight Simulator
Very early description of a way to practice flying in space while still on Earth.

Space Tug (1953)

Space Wagon
A space vehicle without a cabin, used for short-range towing.

Space Tug (1953)

Space Weakness
Early description of what happens to the human body in zero gravity.

Space Tug (1953)

Space-Beacon
Device used to guide a space craft into finding an inhabited planet or colony on a planet.

Exploration Team (1956)

Space-Boat (Rocket Boat)
Small craft designed for descent and then take-off from a planetary surface.

Exploration Team (1956)

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