Jack Williamson:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Jack Williamson's (b. 1908 - d. 2006) first published story appeared in 1928. He has received a Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement. He was the second science fiction author (after Robert A. Heinlein) to be named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Williamson has taught since the 1950s at Eastern New Mexico University.


(Jack Williamson)

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Android
A synthetic being having the form of a human being.

The Cometeers (1936)

Asterite
A person who was born and lived amongst the asteroids.

Collision Orbit (1942)

Asteroid Prison
A jail is the sole occupant of an asteroid.

One Against The Legion (1939)

Asteroid Rocket
An engine attached to an asteroid to drive it through space.

Salvage in Space (1933)

Atomic Torch
An atomic-powered cutting and welding tool.

One Against The Legion (1939)

Autosight Achronic Beam
A range-finder for weaponry that isn't limited by time, for the ultimate in accuracy.

Hindsight (1940)

Beam-Powered Propulsion
Using a powerful energy source as motive power for a projectile.

The Prince of Space (1931)

Black Cube Teaching Machine
A device that offers recorded images, teaching the user.

The Flame From Mars (1934)

Cartograph - a GPS-like trip readout
A device that shows you a record of your travels - a GPS readout.

The Cometeers (1936)

Centrifugal Force Creates 'Artificial Gravity'
Using centrifugal force in a rotating cylinder as a substitute for gravity.

The Prince of Space (1931)

Chardion Field
Electronic 'envelope' that retained atmosphere on tiny worldlets.

Star of Dreams (1941)

Chart Cabinet
Used in astrogation, this device can see the positions of stars and planets over a thousand year period.

One Against The Legion (1939)

Chronoscope
A device used to see into specific internals of time.

Legion of Time (1938)

City of Space - rotating habitat
A very early reference to an enormous cylindrical space station.

The Prince of Space (1931)

Communicator
A small, pendant-shaped device that works to communicate over large distances.

One Against The Legion (1939)

Contraterrene Matter (Antimatter)
Contraterrene (CT) Matter (sometimes abbreviated "Seetee").

Collision Orbit (1942)

Cube Being
A living being comprised of linked cubes.

The Infinite Enemy (1938)

Dirigible Space Armor (Working Space Suits)
Heavy-duty space suits for mining work on asteroids.

Collision Orbit (1942)

Earth Normal
Using the earth standard.

The Pygmy Planet (1932)

Fire Storm
When clouds of antimatter dust encountered ordinary matter spaceships.

Collision Orbit (1942)

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