William Tenn:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
William Tenn was the pseudonym of Philip Klass (1920 - 2010), a science fiction author born in London. He grew up in Brooklyn, and served during WWII as a combat engineer in Europe. He started writing stories while working at Bell Labs as a technical editor. He taught English and comparative literature at Penn State University for 24 years.

(Phil Klass, who wrote as William Tenn)

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Butler-Valet Robot
A gentleman's servant, roboticized.

The Jester (1951)

Flavor-Fix Rheostat - perfect flavor every time
Technology makes sure that the flavor of automatically-produced food is perfect.

The Jester (1951)

Meson Filter - a robotic sense of humor
Provides robots with the ability to tell the difference between jokes that provide a chuckle and jokes that provide a belly laugh.

The Jester (1951)

Robot Comedian - laughs at its own jokes
Joke-telling feature added to a standard butler robot.

The Jester (1951)

Self-Opening Box
Don't show this to Apple.

Child's Play (1947)

Teledar - 3D TV
Three-dimensional television.

The Jester (1951)

Variable Modifier - snicker or belly laugh
Provides the capability of altering standard jokes to fit new circumstances.

The Jester (1951)

Vocalex Kitchen - auto eats
Voice command automatic kitchen.

The Jester (1951)

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