E.E. 'Doc' Smith:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Edward Elmer Smith (1890-1965) was the science fiction author who wrote the Lensman series and the Skylark series. He was born in Idaho; he received his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from George Washington University in 1919. He worked as a 'food technologist' for the Dawn Doughnut Company, then worked for the US Army from 1941-1945. His novels are considered by most fans to be the progenitors of the 'space opera' genre; Smith himself stated that he preferred to invent fictional technologies that are not strictly impossible.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

3D Tank Display

Triplanetary (1934)

Ablative Heat (Reentry) Shield - very early reference

Triplanetary (1934)

Acceleration-tank - very early reference

Triplanetary (1934)


Skylark of Space (1928)

Artificial eye - first use of this idea?

Galactic Patrol (1937)

Artificial Planet - before the Death Star

Triplanetary (1934)

Bergenholm Drive

Triplanetary (1934)

Black Coating - very early reference

Gray Lensman (1942)

Cone of Battle - the ultimate weapon

Triplanetary (1934)

Deep-Space - my dwelling place

Triplanetary (1934)

Dekon Type DCQ - radiation decontamination

Subspace Explorers (1965)

Directrix Z9M9Z

Gray Lensman (1942)

Drop Shaft (Neutralization of Inertia) - watch that first step

Galactic Patrol (1937)

Emergency Lifeboat - very early space rescue vehicle

Triplanetary (1934)

Ether-Wall - an invisibility field.

Triplanetary (1934)

Extradimensional - out of here

Skylark of Valeron (1934)


Skylark Three (1930)


Vortex Blaster (1941)

Flying Harness

Skylark of Space (1928)

Flying Wing - Northrup's all-metal dream

Triplanetary (1934)

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