George O. Smith:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
George Oliver Smith (b. 1911 - d. 1981) was an American science fiction writer and electronics engineer. He contributed to Astounding Science Fiction in the 1940's; his best-kown work is probably the Venus Equilateral Station story series.

Writing in 1976, Arthur C. Clarke said that George O. Smith was "probably the first writer - certainly the first technically qualified writer - to spell out the uses of space stations for space communications. George Smith, I'm sure, correctly anticipates the future."

(George O. Smith)

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Barytrine Field - planet moving
Very large scale stasis field.

Troubled Star (1952)

Electromechanical Educator
An automated teaching machine.

The Fourth R (1959)

Gravanol - good at high accelerations
A medicine or supplement that helps astronauts deal better with high accelerations.

QRM - Interplanetary (1942)

Gravitic Generator
A device that produces an artificial gravity field.

Meddler's Moon (1947)

Hedgerly Effect
A means of producing a gravitational field artificially.

Meddler's Moon (1947)

Interplanetary Communications Center - sol system switchboard
The backbone for a solar system-wide communications system.

QRM - Interplanetary (1942)

Mal de Void
Literally, space sick.

Off the Beam (1944)

Martian Sawgrass - air plant
Specialized variety of plant that is used to provide oxygen for space stations.

QRM - Interplanetary (1942)

Matter Duplicator
Makes a perfect copy of any material object.

Pandora's Millions (1945)

Menslator - mental translation
A translator that works by examining the mental image of what you are trying to say.

Troubled Star (1952)

Meteor-Spotting Radar
A device to warn spacecraft of oncoming meteors.

Recoil (1943)

Solar Beam
Obtaining solar power by means of a direct connection with the sun.

The Long Way (1944)

Space Beacon - variable star will guide you
An ordinary sun is transformed into a beacon for use by spacecraft when in hyperspace.

Troubled Star (1952)

Suit-Radio - space suit comm
A means of communication between two individuals clad in space suits.

The Long Way (1944)

The point in a torchship's trajectory when it must flip over and point its fiery tail toward its destination to decelerate.

Off the Beam (1944)

Venus Equilateral Relay Station
A converted asteroid that served as the relay station for telecommunications throughout the solar system.

QRM - Interplanetary (1942)

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