Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Triplanetary is the first in E. E. "Doc" Smith's series of six Lensman books; this novel provides necessary background information for the grand space-opera that follows. The patient reader will learn how the good-guy Arisians and the bad-guy Eddorians battled it out over eons. These novels set the standard for many other writers, including Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy. Select an invention:

3D Tank Display

Ablative Heat (Reentry) Shield - very early reference

Acceleration-tank - very early reference

Artificial Planet - before the Death Star

Bergenholm Drive

Cone of Battle - the ultimate weapon

Deep-Space - my dwelling place

Emergency Lifeboat - very early space rescue vehicle

Ether-Wall - an invisibility field.

Flying Wing - Northrup's all-metal dream

Inertialess Drive

Ingestible Communication Capsule - only in emergencies

Invisibility Shield


Lifeboat - early mention

Mother Ship - first use of expression

Moving a Planet - early use of idea

Platinum Alloy Disc - first CD or DVD?

Protective Shield - personal force field

Radio-Dirigible Torpedo

Spy Ray Goggles - see through walls

Standish - a mean beam of energy

Ultrawave - FTL communication

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