Jack Williamson:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Jack Williamson's (b. 1908 - d. 2006) first published story appeared in 1928. He has received a Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement. He was the second science fiction author (after Robert A. Heinlein) to be named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Williamson has taught since the 1950s at Eastern New Mexico University.


(Jack Williamson)

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Android
A synthetic being having the form of a human being.

The Cometeers (1936)

Antimatter
Contraterrene Matter (Seetee)

Collision Orbit (1941)

Asterite
A person who was born and lived amongst the asteroids.

Collision Orbit (1941)

Asteroid Prison
A jail is the sole occupant of an asteroid.

One Against The Legion (1939)

Asteroid Rocket
An engine attached to an asteroid to drive it through space.

Salvage in Space (1933)

Atomic Torch
An atomic-powered cutting and welding tool.

One Against The Legion (1939)

Beam-Powered Propulsion
Using a powerful energy source as motive power for a projectile.

The Prince of Space (1931)

Cartograph - a GPS-like trip readout
A device that shows you a record of your travels - a GPS readout.

The Cometeers (1936)

Centrifugal Force Creates 'Artificial Gravity'
Using centrifugal force in a rotating cylinder as a substitute for gravity.

The Prince of Space (1931)

Chart Cabinet
Used in astrogation, this device can see the positions of stars and planets over a thousand year period.

One Against The Legion (1939)

Chronoscope
A device used to see into specific internals of time.

Legion of Time (1938)

City of Space - rotating habitat
A very early reference to an enormous cylindrical space station.

The Prince of Space (1931)

Communicator
A small, pendant-shaped device that works to communicate over large distances.

One Against The Legion (1939)

Dirigible Space Armor (Working Space Suits)
Heavy-duty space suits for mining work on asteroids.

Collision Orbit (1941)

Fire Storm
When clouds of antimatter dust encountered ordinary matter spaceships.

Collision Orbit (1941)

Floating Spherical Pool
Control of gravity permits mid-air pools of water.

One Against The Legion (1939)

Genetic Engineering
Direct manipulation of genetic material

Dragon's Island (1951)

Geodynes - pushing against the fabric of space
Spacecraft propulsion that pushes against the very fabric of space itself.

The Cometeers (1936)

Geofractor
Device provides instantaneous teleportation of selected objects over vast distances.

One Against The Legion (1939)

Geofractor Shield
Protects the bearer against unwanted geofractor use.

One Against The Legion (1939)

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