Poul Anderson:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania; he received a degree in physics from the University of Minnesota. A SFWA Grand Master, he won the Hugo Award seven times, and the Nebula Award three times.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Airmakers
Machine to create breathable air from the constituent materials on an alien planet.

The Big Rain (1954)

Chowlock
A small opening in a space helmet for food insertion.

The Starfox (1965)

Electrotruck
An autonomous, electric truck.

The Corkscrew of Space (1956)

Galactic Damping Field
A vast field of force emanating from the center of the galaxy.

Brain Wave (1953)

Gravity Drive
A spaceship propulsion method that uses gravity or gravity waves.

Star Ship (1950)

Gravity Well
If you visualize spacetime as a flat, elastic plane, a planet will deform it, and it sits at the bottom of its own hole.

Life Cycle (1957)

Laser Rifle - earliest use of term
A laser weapon shaped (and fired) like a traditional rifle.

Door to Anywhere (1966)

Oxygen Concentrator
Gathers oxygen from a thin atmosphere until it is breathable, supporting life.

Duel on Syrtis (1951)

Rogue Planet
A planet without a sun, it wanders through galactic space.

Satan's World (1967)

Rotated Solid Space Habitat - a solid can city
A solid version of a artifact rotated to achieve artificial gravity.

Iron (1989)

Star Drive
The propulsion unit for an interstellar space craft.

Genius (1948)

Suspensine
Slows biological functions enough to survive in airless space - for a time.

Duel on Syrtis (1951)


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