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)

Fontema

First Lensman (1950)

Groundcar (or Ground Car) - the old-fashioned present

Galactic Patrol (1937)

Inertialess Drive

Triplanetary (1934)

Ingestible Communication Capsule - only in emergencies

Triplanetary (1934)

Invisibility Shield

Triplanetary (1934)

Lewiston

Triplanetary (1934)

Leybyrdite - Perfect for space axes

Subspace Explorers (1965)

Lifeboat - early mention

Triplanetary (1934)

Manual Search For Habitable Planet

Skylark of Valeron (Astounding)

Matched-Frequency Separable Units

Skylark Three (1930)

Mother Ship - first use of expression

Triplanetary (1934)

Moving a Planet - early use of idea

Triplanetary (1934)

Neutronium - how dense is it

Skylark Three (1930)

Pentavalent Nitrogen - most powerful chemical explosive.

Space Hounds of IPC (1931)

Platinum Alloy Disc - first CD or DVD?

Triplanetary (1934)

Pressor (Pressor Beam) - push not pull

Space Hounds of IPC (1931)

Pressure-Suit

Skylark of Space (1928)

Protective Shield - personal force field

Triplanetary (1934)

Radio-Dirigible Torpedo

Triplanetary (1934)

Shield

Skylark Three (1930)

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