Troubled Star by George O. Smith:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Potboiler novel with several interesting premises: stars can be tinkered with to make them into variable stars and otherwise superintelligent aliens mistake a television "space captain" for a real space-going person. Select an invention:

Barytrine Field - planet moving

Menslator - mental translation

Space Beacon - variable star will guide you

 

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