Robert Silverberg:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Robert Silverberg (b. 1935) in Brooklyn, NY, is a remarkably prolific author and winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards. He began submitting stories to science fiction magazines in his early teens. He received an A.B. degree in English Literature in 1956.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Automated Drone Probes
Human-sized robot probes for exploration.

The Man in the Maze (1969)

Automatic City
A city designed to protect itself and maintain itself over millions of years.

The Man in the Maze (1969)

Device Replication
Manufacturing devices from a template to save space on space craft.

The Man in the Maze (1969)

Diagnostat
A device able to diagnose and treat most human ailments.

The Man in the Maze (1969)

Disruptor Bomb
A bomb with a very special purpose; when detonated in space, it makes it impossible to detect the center of the explosion from the dispersion of the fragments.

The Man in the Maze (1969)

Drop-Capsule
Minimal spaceship.

The Man in the Maze (1969)

Flying Robot Drone Probe
A remote-controlled flying drone used for remote investigation and surveillance.

The Man in the Maze (1969)

Jack In - first use of term
To open one's nervous system to a computer's virtual world.

Tower of Glass (1970)

Mass Detector
Hunting aid.

The Man in the Maze (1969)

Mole Probe
Automated devices that seek underground routes, burrowing as they go.

The Man in the Maze (1969)

Protective Field (Safety Field)
An static energy field used to protect a city.

The Man in the Maze (1969)

Recording Eye - interplanetary surveillance
A surveillance device that can survive being dropped from space; transmits images in a wide view.

The Man in the Maze (1969)

Refrigeration Tape - ground cooling
A strip of material that can be used to keep large tracts of tundra nicely frozen.

Tower of Glass (1970)

Remote-Control Slavery
Mental control (possibly mediated by radio waves) of individuals of other species.

The Man in the Maze (1969)

Robot Pope - Urbi et Orbi et Digiti
An artificially intelligent robotic cardinal ascends to the Throne of St. Peter.

Good News From the Vatican (1971)

Tower of Glass - SETI architecture
An enormous glass tower built to communicate outside the solar system.

Tower of Glass (1970)

Transmat - instant transport
A teleportation device.

Tower of Glass (1970)

Viewing Tank
A display monitor.

The Man in the Maze (1969)

Vision Cube
A solid-state memory device.

The Man in the Maze (1969)

Webfoam Cradle

The Man in the Maze (1969)


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