H. Beam Piper:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Henry Beam Piper (b. 1904 - d. 1964) was an American writer and gun collector, employed as a detective on the Pennsylvania Railroad until made redundant in the mid-1950s. Though he wrote for other genres, he is best remembered for his science fiction, much of which appeared in Astounding from 1947, when he began with "Time and Time Again" (April 1947 Astounding).
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Aircab
A flying autonomous taxi cab.

Time Crime (1955)

Airjeep
A small military air vehicle.

Uller Uprising (1952)

Alcodote
A compound that maintains sobriety while drinking.

Space Viking (1962)

Animal-tissue Culture Vat
A means of producing artificial meat for food.

Uller Uprising (1952)

Carniculture Plants - grow your own meat
Industrial plants that grow meat protein.

Four-Day Planet (1961)

Carniculture Vat - cultured meat
Technology to grow meat sans animal.

Space Viking (1962)

Cataclysmite - high explosive
A high explosive.

Little Fuzzy (1962)

Contragravity Suit
A suit with antigravity.

Uller Uprising (1952)

Neutron Disruption Blaster
Beam pistol which splits neutrons into protons and electrons, releasing enormous energy.

The Complete Paratime (1951)

Off-Planet
Away from a planet, towards another or into space.

Uller Uprising (1952)

Precog (v) - I see you
To see the future.

Police Operation (1948)

Recording Radio
A handheld device that both recorded sound and transmitted it live to a remote broadcasting location.

Four-Day Planet (1961)

Serving Robot - a smooth ovoid
A non-humanoid robot designed to serve.

Space Viking (1962)

Solidograph-Projector - gives you that 3D image
A device that projected a 3D image of objects or a person.

Police Operation (1948)

Teleprinter
A device that printed out a copy of today's newspaper.

Four-Day Planet (1961)

Transmit Camera
A camera that both takes pictures and uploads it directly to a news station.

Four-Day Planet (1961)

Triple Airlock
Special device to protect against extremely corrosive atmospheres.

Uller Uprising (1952)

Ullran Enunciator
Special prosthesis needed to aid humans in speaking an alien language.

Uller Uprising (1952)

Veridicator - lie detector that works
A device that measured physiologic responses (biometric data) and translated it to a set of colors that unerringly reported whether or not the measured person was telling the truth.

Little Fuzzy (1962)


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