Ray Cummings:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Ray Cummings (1877-1957) was a prolific author, writing hundreds of sf stories and novels. He learned about inventing worlds and technology in the best way possible; he did technical writing and editing while working with inventor Thomas Edison.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Artificial Gravity - first mention
Procuring gravitational forces without a suitably large mass.

Brigands of the Moon (1930)

Asteroid From Outside Solar System
An asteroid or similar body that comes from outside the solar system; an interstellar body.

Brigands of the Moon (1930)

Audiphone
Communication between space suits in the airless void of space.

Blood of the Moon (1936)

Bloodhound Machine
Could positively identify a person using their scent alone.

Crimes of the Year 2000 (1935)

Eavesdropping Ray - hears through walls
A device that allows others to hear from outside ordinary locked rooms.

Brigands of the Moon (1930)

Electronized Gravity Plate - artificial gravity
Artificial gravity for use on space stations and spacecraft.

Blood of the Moon (1936)

Electro-Telescope
A device that could clearly image space battles from a great distance.

Blood of the Moon (1936)

Emergency Repulsion (Repulsive Ray)
A beam of force that repels one object from another.

Blood of the Moon (1936)

Glassite
A transparent material of great strength.

Brigands of the Moon (1930)

Grantline Comptometer - long before Mathematica
Key-driven computer/calculator that easily solves even calculus problems.

Beyond the Stars (1928)

Gravity Assist - very early use
Using the gravity and orbital speed of a celestial body to change speed and course of a spacecraft.

Brigands of the Moon (1930)

Indoor Weighted Belt
Device to stay grounded in low gravity on the Moon.

Blood of the Moon (1936)

Invisible Cloak -long before Harry Potter
A cloak that renders the wearer invisible.

Brigands of the Moon (1930)

Isolation Barrage
Device prevents eavesdropping.

Wandl, The Invader (1939)

Low-scale Detectors
Magnifies even the smallest sound.

Brigands of the Moon (1930)

Lunar Mining - moon mining camp
Very early (first?) reference to mining operations on the moon.

Brigands of the Moon (1930)

Mirror Grid Multiple-View Surveillance Panel
Very modern presentation combining multiple camera viewpoints, selectable using one monitor screen.

Wandl, The Invader (1939)

Moon Dome - first reference
A permanent domed structure for living on the Moon.

Brigands of the Moon (1930)

Moon Walk - presages Apollo
Very early realistic depiction of walking on the moon in low gravity.

Brigands of the Moon (1930)

Needle Pipe - needle gun
A device that could project slivers of metal at near light speed.

Beyond the Stars (1928)

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