The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle):
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas
Highly original book and an excellent read. Some of the best and most readable alien characters; we can understand them and yet they are alien to us. Tells the story of the Motie home world, one which is isolated from the Alderson points (wormhole entrances) that tie the far flung human civilization together. They conceal a terrible secret. Select
A specially-designed chair used to help crew stay mobile during periods of high acceleration.
A chair designed for use in during periods of high acceleration (multiple gravities).
A toilet bowl that does not require water, because its surface is frictionless.
An alien assigned to become an expert in just one person.
A conductive metal that could be easily squirted from a tube.
You guessed it, a topical anesthetic.
A force field that creates a barrier that people can pass through but air cannot - an airlock in a spacecraft.
Superconductor of Heat
A light metal that accepts heat applied to its surface, and then dissipates the energy throughout the material, leaving the temperature of the material unchanged.
The line along which hyperspace (instantaneous travel) travel is possible.
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