Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle):
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle have produced a number of very sucessful collaboration novels. Lucifer's Hammer was one of the first science fiction stories to deal with what would happen if a large mass (like a comet) fell upon the Earth in modern times. Footfall is a fine tale about alien viewpoint and the kinetic energy of very large masses moving at planetary speeds. The Mote in God's Eye is my favorite; great characters and a truly original and absorbing plot make it a great story.

Read more about works solely by Larry Niven and Niven with Stephen Barnes.

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Acceleration Chair
A specially-designed chair used to help crew stay mobile during periods of high acceleration.

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)

Acceleration Couch
A chair designed for use in during periods of high acceleration (multiple gravities).

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)

Alderson Point - a wormhole to the stars
One end of a tramline, a path between stars that can be traversed using a hyperdrive engine.

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)

Armor Cloth
Extremely tough synthetic fabric.

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)

Atmosphere Control
Recently terraformed planets require constant maintenance.

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)

Diagnostic Sleeve - smarter than a BP cuff
Worn on one arm, it diagnoses and adminsters medications.

Gripping Hand (1993)

Flying Crowbars - speed kills
Kinetic energy weapons deployed from space.

Footfall (1985)

Frictionless Toilet
A toilet bowl that does not require water, because its surface is frictionless.

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)

Fyunch(click)
An alien assigned to become an expert in just one person.

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)

Gee Bath - waterbeds for space craft
Essentially a waterbed designed to help older or untrained people cope with high acceleration aboard spacecraft.

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)

Langston Field - energy shield
A protective energy shield.

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)

Metal Paste
A conductive metal that could be easily squirted from a tube.

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)

Michael (Orion Ship) - atomic pulse rocket
A spacecraft using nuclear bombs for propulsion.

Footfall (1985)

Numbitol
You guessed it, a topical anesthetic.

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)

Pressure Curtain
A force field that creates a barrier that people can pass through but air cannot - an airlock in a spacecraft.

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)

Robot Probes (Arr-twos) - remote-controlled eyes and ears
Remote controlled robots that wander through a facility, bringing pictures and information to a central location.

Oath of Fealty (1981)

Superconductor of Heat
A light metal that accepts heat applied to its surface, and then dissipates the energy throughout the material, leaving the temperature of the material unchanged.

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)

Survival Bubble (Beach Ball) - personal rescue enclosure
Simplest possible space survival pod.

Footfall (1985)

Threat Team (of sf writers)
Gathering together a group of science fiction writers to try to predict what will happen, or to understand an unknown threat.

Footfall (1985)

Tramline
The line along which hyperspace (instantaneous travel) travel is possible.

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)


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