Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat):
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Nathaniel Schachner (1895-1955) was an American author of science fiction ans well as historical novels and biographies. His first eleven stories were written in collaboration with Arthur Leo Zagat. Schachner was trained as a lawyer and a chemist; he was one of Isaac Asimov's favorite writers. (Also, take a look at the stories Nathaniel Schachner wrote on his own, and of course the stories that Leo Zagat wrote on his own..)

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Alpha Insert
A special compound used to seal punctures in space craft.

Exiles of the Moon (1931)

Argento-Platinoid Dispatch Box
Impenetrable message carriers.

Venus Mines, Incorporated (1931)

Artificial Atmosphere Machine
Not just oxygen, this gives you what you need in space.

Venus Mines, Incorporated (1931)

Atmosphere Tester
A device used to test the composition of a sample of the atmosphere on another planet, to see if it is breathable by humans.

The Emperor of the Stars (1931)

Communication Disk
A wearable device that told the time as updated from a central source.

Exiles of the Moon (1931)

Conveyor Ribbon
A moving sidewalk.

Exiles of the Moon (1931)

Curtain (Force Barrier)
An easily set-up protective force barrier.

Venus Mines, Incorporated (1931)

Death Bath
A suicide chamber.

The Revolt of the Machines (1931)

Deviatoscope
A device that registered how much your course diverged from what you intended.

The Emperor of the Stars (1931)

Disintegrator Plate Ray
Ray cuts through metal like butter.

The Revolt of the Machines (1931)

Disruptor Tube (Disruptor Ray) - pale beam of destruction
A device that interrupted the very bonds between atoms.

The Emperor of the Stars (1931)

Dressing Machines
Semi-autonomous guided devices that could dress a person in ordinary clothing.

The Revolt of the Machines (1931)

Emergency Corrective Rockets
Used when you seem to be off-course in your spaceship.

The Emperor of the Stars (1931)

Energy Curtain Key
A small handheld "key" to shut off a force field.

Venus Mines, Incorporated (1931)

Food Factory
Mechanized production of food by entirely artificial means.

Exiles of the Moon (1931)

Gravito-Statoscope
An instrument used to detect the gravitational influences on a space ship.

The Emperor of the Stars (1931)

Gravity Belt
Adds 'weight' for walking on asteroids.

Venus Mines, Incorporated (1931)

Groundling
A person who does not fly, especially into space.

Exiles of the Moon (1931)

Integral Calculator
A device that accepts complex equations and solves them.

Exiles of the Moon (1931)

Jovium
Rocket fuel catalyst that makes space travel commercially practical.

Venus Mines, Incorporated (1931)

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