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. 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)

Adam Selene

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966)

Air Blast - the first air dryer

Coventry (1940)

Alterable License Number

Methuselah's Children (1941)

Artificial Gravity-Assisted Childbirth

Time Enough For Love (1973)

Astrogation (to Astrogate) - steer to the stars

Methuselah's Children (1941)

Atmospheric Braking

Space Cadet (1948)

Audio Relay - personal RFID transceiver

The Puppet Masters (1951)

Autocab

Between Planets (1951)

Automated Hotel Reservation

Methuselah's Children (1941)

Automated Travel Bureau

Friday (1982)

Automatic Light Switch

The Man Who Sold The Moon (1950)

Ballistic Calculator - trajectories between planets

Misfit (1939)

Barrier (Force Field) - force field fence

Coventry (1940)

Bats' Cave

The Menace From Earth (1957)

Beanstalk

Friday (1982)

Bounce Tube - pneumatic tube system for people

Double Star (1956)

Broomstick Speedster

Waldo (1942)

Camden Speedster - compare this to an SUV

Methuselah's Children (1941)

Capillotomer

Beyond This Horizon (1942)

Car Sound Tape - what does a hybrid sound like?

The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (1985)

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