Edmond Hamilton:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Edmond Hamilton (1904-1977) began writing science fiction in 1924. Along with E.E. "Doc" Smith, he created the space opera genre. He started writing for DC Comics, in their Superman series, in the 1940's. He continued in this activity through the 1960's.

"Entered Westminster College at the ripe age of 14. Three years later the dean summoned me and gently informed me that regular attendance was necessary to an education and that mine had become so irregular he had decided to suspend it altogether. Education over, I did some newspaper work, for a while getting out a most unhumorous humor column. Then because I hated, and still hate, indoor work, graduated to railroading and an assistant-yardmaster’s job.

I sold my first story to a weird magazine in 1925. Thus I started on the downward path. Right now I am tackling fiction as a whole-time proposition.

Height, five feet ten, weight, one hundred and fifty, white and unmarried. Swimming is my favorite amusement, though I like hiking, too. I consider golf and bridge games for dimwits, but like poker."


(Edmond Hamilton)

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Space-Sailor
A spaceman; someone who makes his living by voyaging in space.

The Star-Roamers (1933)

Spaceyacht
Interplanetary spacecraft for the well-to-do.

The Sargasso of Space (1931)

Star Travel
Undertaking a journey between the stars.

Forgotten World (1946)

Steering a Star - driving a sun
Steering a star, altering its path, taking it to a new location.

Crashing Suns (1928)

Suit-Phone
A means of wireless communication between individuals dressed in space suits.

The Sargasso of Space (1931)

Telaudiogram
An interplanetary communication method.

The World With A Thousand Moons (1942)

Telechart - the one indispensable aid
An interactive metal plate upon which were displayed celestial objects for interstellar navigation.

Crashing Suns (1928)

Telespectroscope
Device for searching for habitable (Earth-like) planets.

Cosmic Quest (1936)

Telestereo - earliest reference to holograms?
A disk, upon which the projected image of the distant sender appears.

Crashing Suns (1928)

Tentacle Machines
Enormous robots, cylindrical of body, tentacular of arms, autonomous of brain, sinister of intent.

The Metal Giants (1926)

Tubular Space-Gangway
A means of traversing the short distance between two ships in space.

The Star-Roamers (1933)

Vestan Parasite
Semi-intelligent creatures that take control of the nervous system of other animals.

The World With A Thousand Moons (1942)

Vibration Machine
A device that neutralized the gravitational force of the sun on the earth.

The Comet Doom (1929)

Vibration-Propelled Cruiser - waves in spacetime
A spacecraft with a propulsion system relying on waves in spacetime itself.

Crashing Suns (1928)

Weight-Shoes
Devices intended to make it easier to walk on celestial bodies with weaker gravity.

The World With A Thousand Moons (1942)

Wreck-Pack
An agglomeration of wrecked spacecraft drawn together by mutual gravitational attraction in the 'dead area' of the solar system.

The Sargasso of Space (1931)

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