Murray Leinster:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Murray Leinster (b. 1896 - d. 1975) was the nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, born in Norfolk, VA. He served in WWI in the Army, also serving in WWII in the Office of War Information. His science fiction output was voluminous, starting in 1919 and continuing until 1970; he used the Leinster name almost exclusively for sf writing (except of course for A Logic Named Joe, which he wrote under the name Will F. Jenkins).


(Murray Leinster)

He won a 1956 Hugo for Exploration Team and a retro-Hugo in 1996 for First Contact.

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Carson Circuit - the secret of the Internet
A means of distinguishing betweem millions of different information sources - the secret of the Internet.

A Logic Named Joe (1946)

Dimensoscope - see into new dimensions
A telescope for peering into other dimensions.

The Fifth-Dimension Catapult (1931)

Disposal-Safe
Device to store and, if necessary, destroy documents.

Exploration Team (1956)

Escapecraft
A small spacecraft used when abandoning the main ship.

The Ethical Equations (1945)

First Contact
The initial encounter with a non-human race.

Proxima Centauri (1935)

Garbage Screen - chaff in space
Use of bits of metal to confuse radar targeting of space stations.

Space Tug (1953)

Gravity-Simulator Harness - maintain muscle and bone in space
Device that simulates gravity's effect on muscles to keep in shape while in space.

Space Tug (1953)

Inflatable Air Lock - very early reference
Air lock making use of inflatable side walls to achieve large size.

Space Tug (1953)

Landing-Grid
A designated landing area on a planetary surface for space craft.

Exploration Team (1956)

Living Space Ship
A space ship made of a living substance, in this case cellulose.

Proxima Centauri (1935)

Logics - early home computer
Machines that let you request information, and then display it for you on a screen.

A Logic Named Joe (1946)

Logics Service
A networked service that retains all of your personal information, schedules and phone messages online.

A Logic Named Joe (1946)

Magnetic-Soled Shoes - required for space walks
A means of walking on a surface in zero gravity.

Space Tug (1953)

Meteor Blasters - clear the spaceways
Energy beams that would destroy space debris or rocks that lay in the path of a spacecraft.

First Contact (1945)

Mutated Kodiak Bears
Animals modified for increased intelligence for defense and companionship.

Exploration Team (1956)

Overdrive - it's FTL
A propulsion technology that allows a craft to travel at faster-than-light speed.

First Contact (1945)

Pilot Beam
A signalling device that space craft in orbit descending to Earth could home in on and land.

Methuselah's Children (1941)

Planet-Smasher
Devices capable of destroying an entire planet.

Propagandist (1947)

Plastic Constructor (3D Printer)
A 3D printer - for spaceships.

Things Pass By (1945)

Pocket Universe
A created, separate space within the normal space of the universe.

Pocket Universes (1946)

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