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)

Traffic Control Camera - automatic identification

Methuselah's Children (1941)

Truth Meter - a 50's lie detector

The Star Beast (1954)

Tumblebug - a gyro-stabilized monocycle

The Roads Must Roll (1940)

Two-Wheeled Car

The Roads Must Roll (1940)

Ultramicrominiature Waldo

Time Enough For Love (1973)

Universal Checkbook - radioactive checking

The Door Into Summer (1956)

Universal Dictionary - grandfather of the electronic dictionary

The Star Beast (1954)


Double Star (1956)

Vibroblade - not messy

If This Goes On... (1940)

Waldo - the origin of telefactoring

Waldo (1942)

Waterbed (Hydraulic Bed) - a waterbed

Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)

Weather Integrator - every day perfect

Methuselah's Children (1941)

Welton Cube - fine grain storage

Time Enough For Love (1973)

Wheelchair Space Station - home for the disabled in space

Waldo (1942)

Window-Willie - robot help for dirty windows

The Door Into Summer (1956)

Winged Rocket Shuttle

Between Planets (1951)

Zero-G Ashtray

Waldo (1942)

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