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)

Shield
Early name for a defensive force field.

Skylark Three (1930)

Spacehound
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)

Thionite
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)

Ultra-Communicator
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)

First Previous


(Records 41 to 56 of 56)

(Press the Refresh button on your browser if you see a generic ad)

Technovelgy.com is devoted to the creative inventions and technology of science fiction authors and movie makers. Look for the Science Fiction Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary of Science Fiction Inventions, the Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions, or see what's New.
Find
new authors and technologies - Shop for yourself, your library and your lab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New on Site

Solar Radiant Energy Weapon
( 6/12/2024)

Automatic Defensors
( 6/8/2024)

Electrically Heated Clothes
( 6/6/2024)

Survey Craft
( 6/5/2024)

Click-Band
( 5/21/2024)

Air-Mine
( 5/20/2024)

Nerve Control Lines
( 5/6/2024)

Cybercab
( 4/28/2024)

Hand Grip
( 4/24/2024)

Tubecar
( 4/24/2024)

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.