Waldo by Robert Heinlein:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Still a readable tale; this novella by Heinlein is available in various collected works. Worth reading for the remarkable science (see how people should be working in space) and for the fully realized characters.

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Broomstick Speedster
A two-seater craft capable of spaceflight; it used radiant power to achieve orbit.

Fairy Digits (Tiny Waldoes)
Waldoes used for very fine work.

Groundhog
Not a space professional.

Radiant Power Receptor (DeKalbs) - broadcast power receiver
A device which received and used energy transmitted from a station or satellite.

Radiation Garment
Clothing worn by ordinary citizens to reduce the risk of radiation exposure.

Waldo - the origin of telefactoring
A telefactoring device; also known as the Waldo F. Jones Synchronous Reduplicating Pantograph.

Wheelchair Space Station - home for the disabled in space
A home in space.

Zero-G Ashtray
An ashtray designed for use on a space station.

 

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