Between Planets by Robert Heinlein:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

In this novel, a young man is called from the Earth to an alien world. He finds a revolution, one that is based on a matter of that is dear to American's hearts, the disregard of government for the rights of the individual. Great Heinlein juvenile novel. (This story was published that same year in a more condensed version in three parts in Blue Book Magazine under the title Planets in Combat.) Select an invention:

Autocab
An fully automated taxi cab.

Booklegger
A smuggler of books.

Cold-Sleep - hibernation between the stars
A form of induced suspended animation, in which a person enters a state like hibernation.

Guided Missile Control Station
An orbital missile base.

Half-Sphere Force Field - not an ordinary spherical force field
A protective force field that can manifest even as a half-sphere.

Martian Perambulator
A mechanized transport for heavy gravity environments for beings born in lower gravity environments.

Microwire
A very thin wire used for recording purposes.

Molecule Matrix
Storing information in individual molecules and atoms.

Movable Slideway - it comes to you
A slideway (moving sidewalk) that can be extended to a spaceship to ease the debarkation process.

Powered artificial exoskeleton
A robotic device designed to support someone too weak to comfortably move in high gravity.

Security Restraint Field
A force field that restricts personal movement.

Shuttle Ship - early Space Shuttle
A spacecraft that could take off from a planet, rendezvous with an object in orbit, and fly back to the surface like a glider.

Space Transfer Station
An orbiting space station primarily used as a stepping-off point from Earth.

Spinning Pressurized Drum
Put a spin on just a part of a space station.

Winged Rocket Shuttle
A sort of plane that briefly reached space while traveling between points on a planet.

 

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