Edmond Hamilton:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Edmond Hamilton (1904-1977) began writing science fiction in 1924. Along with E.E. "Doc" Smith, he created the space opera genre. He started writing for DC Comics, in their Superman series, in the 1940's. He continued in this activity through the 1960's.

"Entered Westminster College at the ripe age of 14. Three years later the dean summoned me and gently informed me that regular attendance was necessary to an education and that mine had become so irregular he had decided to suspend it altogether. Education over, I did some newspaper work, for a while getting out a most unhumorous humor column. Then because I hated, and still hate, indoor work, graduated to railroading and an assistant-yardmaster’s job.

I sold my first story to a weird magazine in 1925. Thus I started on the downward path. Right now I am tackling fiction as a whole-time proposition.

Height, five feet ten, weight, one hundred and fifty, white and unmarried. Swimming is my favorite amusement, though I like hiking, too. I consider golf and bridge games for dimwits, but like poker."


(Edmond Hamilton)

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Air-Tight Cities
Cities with breathable air constructed on worlds with no atmosphere.

The Cosmic Pantograph (1935)

Artificial Brain
A non-organic device structured like a human brain.

The Metal Giants (1926)

Artificial Life
Creating living beings from inorganic elements.

Across Space (1926)

Atom-Gun
A handheld device that sprays atomic fire.

Revolt on the Tenth World (1940)

Attractive Ray - first use of idea?
A beam of radiation that pulls.

Crashing Suns (1928)

Automated Search For Habitable Planets
Automated use of telescopes and other devices to search the universe for Earth-like planets.

Cosmic Quest (1936)

Beam-Pistol
A handheld ray gun.

Murder in the Void (1938)

Belt Automatic-Equalizers
The wearer's experience of gravity will be just like Earth's.

The Star-Roamers (1933)

Bifocal TV Screen Lenses
Using the bottom lens of bifocals as a TV screen.

Doom Over Venus (1940)

Blue Beam
A pitiless pale blue beam of death!

The Reign of the Masters (1931)

Blue Ray of Death
A ray that reduces an organic being to ash instantly.

Across Space (1926)

Bone-Building Compounds
Combat heavy gravity on other planets by building greater bone density in workers and colonists.

A Conquest of Two Worlds (1932)

Brain Erasure
Deleting selected knowledge from the brain using electrical impulses.

The Knowledge Machine (1948)

Brain Placed In Metal Body
A robotic body with a support system for a connected organic brain.

The Comet Doom (1929)

Brain-Case
A device designed to transport a living human (or alien, if similar) brain.

Murder in the Void (1938)

Centipede-Machine
Multi-legged transport.

Monsters of Mars (1931)

Checker-City
A city planned as a checker-board of alternating vegetation and buildings.

The Star-Roamers (1933)

Cold Ray
A device that pulled warmth from anything it was aimed at.

The Atomic Conquerors (1927)

Computer Vision (Artificial Eye)
A device which, attached to a suitable computer, will allow the device to see.

The Metal Giants (1926)

Control Helmet
A device which causes an entire race of people to think and feel the same as the wearer.

Easy Money (1938)

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