The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Thought-provoking novel that explores the price of fame; a man is forced to confront his humanity (all of it) and doesn't like what he finds. He takes refuge on an alien world with only one city; the city defends itself with scientific traps and illusions. How can the government bring him out when he is needed one more time?

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Automated Drone Probes
Human-sized robot probes for exploration.

Automatic City
A city designed to protect itself and maintain itself over millions of years.

Device Replication
Manufacturing devices from a template to save space on space craft.

Diagnostat
A device able to diagnose and treat most human ailments.

Disruptor Bomb
A bomb with a very special purpose; when detonated in space, it makes it impossible to detect the center of the explosion from the dispersion of the fragments.

Drop-Capsule
Minimal spaceship.

Flying Robot Drone Probe
A remote-controlled flying drone used for remote investigation and surveillance.

Mass Detector
Hunting aid.

Mole Probe
Automated devices that seek underground routes, burrowing as they go.

Protective Field (Safety Field)
An static energy field used to protect a city.

Recording Eye - interplanetary surveillance
A surveillance device that can survive being dropped from space; transmits images in a wide view.

Remote-Control Slavery
Mental control (possibly mediated by radio waves) of individuals of other species.

Viewing Tank
A display monitor.

Vision Cube
A solid-state memory device.

Webfoam Cradle
A means of softening the landing for humans inside spacecraft.

 

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