E.E. 'Doc' Smith:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Edward Elmer Smith (1890-1965) was the science fiction author who wrote the Lensman series and the Skylark series. He was born in Idaho; he received his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from George Washington University in 1919. He worked as a 'food technologist' for the Dawn Doughnut Company, then worked for the US Army from 1941-1945. His novels are considered by most fans to be the progenitors of the 'space opera' genre; Smith himself stated that he preferred to invent fictional technologies that are not strictly impossible.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Radio-Dirigible Torpedo
A drone missile that is controlled remotely by an operator.

Triplanetary (1934)

Early name for a defensive force field.

Skylark Three (1930)

An experienced spaceman.

Spacehounds of IPC (1931)

Spy Ray Goggles - see through walls
A form of radiation that can penetrate walls to allow the user to 'see' what is happening on the other side.

Triplanetary (1934)

Standish - a mean beam of energy
A beam weapon of frightful intensity.

Triplanetary (1934)

Super-Weapon - first use of term
A generic term for an advanced destructive device or technology.

Robot Nemesis (1939)

A deadly drug.

Galactic Patrol (1937)

Thought-Screen - stop alien mind control
A device that prevents other people from taking over control of your thoughts and mind.

Gray Lensman (1942)

Tight-Beam - hard to find
A method of communication that uses a very narrowly-focused stream of energy.

Skylark Three (1930)

Tractor Beam - pulling force at a distance
A force field used to pull objects.

Spacehounds of IPC (1931)

Two-Wheeled Ground Car - gyro-stabilized
A gyro-stabilized vehicle like an enclosed motorcycle.

First Lensman (1950)

A communication system that transfers voice commands from one person to selected others.

Galactic Patrol (1937)

Ultra-Light Vision System
A viewing technology able to see through and even within most objects.

Spacehounds of IPC (1931)

Ultrawave - FTL communication
A means of faster-than-light (FTL) communication.

Triplanetary (1934)

Vacuum Armor
An armor-plated space suit.

Skylark Three (1930)

Visiplate - early flat panel viewer
A flat screen for viewing remote images.

Skylark Three (1930)

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