Robert Heinlein:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Missouri in 1907; he died in 1988. He entered the Naval Academy in 1925 and was commissioned in 1929; his career as a naval officer was cut short by ill health. He studied engineering and mathematics at UCLA.

Heinlein also wrote as Anson MacDonald and Lyle Monroe. He wrote his first short story (Lifeline) in 1939. He wrote many well-known novels (see below). He received the Nebula Grand Master award in 1975.

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Wheelchair Space Station - home for the disabled in space
A home in space.

Waldo (1942)

Window-Willie - robot help for dirty windows
A robot that cleaned windows by electrostatic repulsion of dust and grime.

The Door Into Summer (1956)

Winged Rocket Shuttle
A sort of plane that briefly reached space while traveling between points on a planet.

Between Planets (1951)

Young Blood - New Blood For Old
Replacing the blood plasma of older people with material from younger people.

Methuselah's Children (1941)

Zero-G Ashtray
An ashtray designed for use on a space station.

Waldo (1942)

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