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)

Car Sound Tape - what does a hybrid sound like?

The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (1985)

'Chatterbox' News-Receptor

Methuselah's Children (1941)

Chin Plates - hands-free controls

Have Space Suit - Will Travel (1958)

Chin Window

Have Space Suit - Will Travel (1958)

Chronovitameter - your birth and death revealed

Lifeline (1939)

Cider Press - acceleration made bearable

Double Star (1956)

Cold-Rest - reduced temperature somnolence

Methuselah's Children (1941)

Cold-Sleep - hibernation for humans

Methuselah's Children (1941)

Cold-Sleep - hibernation between the stars

Between Planets (1951)

Computer Humorist

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966)

Control Natural

Beyond This Horizon (1942)


Methuselah's Children (1941)

Copter Harness

The Star Beast (1954)

Cyborg - man plus machine

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966)

Delayed Action Stereoscopic Principle

Methuselah's Children (1941)

Desert Cabbage

Red Planet (1949)


Starman Jones (1953)

Drafting Dan - born before CAD

The Door Into Summer (1956)


Misfit (1939)

Eager Beaver - your friendly robot helper

The Door Into Summer (1956)

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