Harry Harrison:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Harry Harrison was born in 1925 in Stamford, Ct. He worked in sf as an illustrator before becoming an editor. He wrote short fiction under various pseudonyms; he also wrote for syndicated comic strips. He is probably best known for the Stainless Steel Rat series; his novel Make Room! Make Room! formed the basis of the sf film Soylent Green.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Power Holster
Puts the sidearm right in your hand.

Deathworld (1960)

Small collection of cells that can regrow into human limbs.

The Velvet Glove (1956)

Riding Robot
A single person means of bipedal transportation.

The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970)

The robotic equivalent of a mule.

Bill the Galactic Hero (1965)

Robot Bar - ancestor of R2D2
A combination bartender and bar; a robot capable of dispensing beverages.

Bill the Galactic Hero (1965)

Robot Earthworm - spaghettibot
Autonomous swarming robots the size of earthworms, with similar earth-digging capabilities.

War With The Robots (1962)

Robot Judge - before Dred
Artificially intelligent legal machine - robes and all.

Robot Justice (1959)

Robot Librarian Filer
A device that works as a librarian, automatically filing books in the stacks.

The Robot Who Wanted to Know (1962)

Robot Spectra Analyzer
Device used to find ones position in real space.

The Repairman (1959)

Robot Trash Collectors
Robots that drive and operate garbage trucks.

The Velvet Glove (1956)

Robotic Trash Can - watch it
A sensor-equipped waste can capable of autonomous cleaning - and legal judgement.

Robot Justice (1959)

Robotnik Automated Hotel - no human interaction
A fully-automated hotel; no human interaction required.

The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970)

A robotic butler.

The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970)

An acoustic weapon.

The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970)

Spatial-Postal Card
Mail from home - that hungry soldiers can also eat.

Bill the Galactic Hero (1965)

Sven - AI investigator
Sven is an artificially intelligent computer detective.

The Turing Option (1992)

Teddy Bear Robot
A special toy bear given to every child in the world.

I Always Do What Teddy Says (1965)

Transparent Overalls
Perfect for prisoners, because nothing can be concealed.

The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970)

Allows the user to see into rock or other solid matter.

Rock Diver (1951)

Undercover Detective Robot - who am I?
Specialized robot masquerades as different robot types to spy on criminals.

The Velvet Glove (1956)

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