Cordwainer Smith:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Pseudonym used by Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (1913-1966) for science fiction works. Through his father, a lawyer and political activist, he knew Sun Yat-sen, the father of Chinese nationalism. By adulthood, he could speak six languages and received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University at the age of 23. He served in the US Army during WWII, where he helped create the Office of War Information, and helped organize the Army's first psychological warfare section. His science fiction writings comprise only one novel and about thirty short stories.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Adiabatic Pods - personal cold sleep
Tiny space capsules large enough to hold one passenger.

The Lady Who Sailed The Soul (1960)

Dromozoa
Life forms that cause the human body to bud new parts for harvesting.

A Planet Named Shayol (1961)

Earthport
A massive spaceport that reared up from the surface of the earth to the edge of the atmosphere.

The Ballad of Lost C'Mell (1950)

Espionage Machine - reading minds scientifically
A machine that makes it possible to experience the sensations of another person at a distance.

No, No, Not Rogov! (1958)

Freezebox
A chamber for long term sleep between the stars.

Think Blue, Count Two (1962)

Haberman
Modified humans controlled by cybernetic implants.

Scanners Live in Vain (1950)

Heat-Removing Staff
Device absorbs all heat from its target.

The Dead Lady of Clown Town (1965)

Laminated Mouse Brain Computer - extra fast computer
A computing device that makes use of neurons from a mouse.

Think Blue, Count Two (1962)

Light-Sail Ship
A spacecraft that used a huge sail moved by light pressure.

Think Blue, Count Two (1962)

Manshonyagger - fighting robot
An autonomous fighting robot.

Mark Elf (1957)

Mind Destroyer
A method for wiping clean the mind of a human being, leaving only enough to run the body's functions.

A Planet Named Shayol (1961)

Photonic Sail
A sail that uses light pressure for propulsion.

Think Blue, Count Two (1962)

Pinlight
Thimble-sized photonuclear bomb.

The Game of Rat and Dragon (1953)

Planoforming
A form of "faster than light" travel allows for interstellar travel.

The Game of Rat and Dragon (1953)

Pleasure Cap
A device that delivers amps of pleasure directly to the brain.

A Planet Named Shayol (1961)

Starlight Sail (Light Sail) - very early reference
A light sail capable of sailing between solar systems.

The Lady Who Sailed The Soul (1960)

Underpeople
An animal modified to be human in shape and intellect.

The Ballad of Lost C'Mell (1950)


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