Crashlander by Larry Niven:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Fascinating series of stories by Larry Niven. This collection brings together the short stories about Beowulf Shaeffer, an itinerant adventurer and starship pilot; Neutron Star (1966, Hugo Award winner, 1967), At the Core (1966), Flatlander (1967), Grendel (1968), The Borderland of Sol (1975, Hugo Award winner, 1976), and Procrustes (1993). Select an invention:

Crash Web
A simple mechanical linkage to activate a crash field.

Escalladder - a ladder you can ride
A ladder that you don't have to climb to get to the top.

Inflatable Expansion Bubble - temporary room for space craft
Inflatable chamber to provide temporary additional space for cramped space craft.

Mass Pointer
Tells you where the really large (star-sized) masses are while you travel in hyperspace.

Tannin-Secretion Pills
Artificially darkens skin, for skin protection.

 

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