Harry Harrison:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Harry Harrison was born in 1925 in Stamford, Ct. He worked in sf as an illustrator before becoming an editor. He wrote short fiction under various pseudonyms; he also wrote for syndicated comic strips. He is probably best known for the Stainless Steel Rat series; his novel Make Room! Make Room! formed the basis of the sf film Soylent Green.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Blackout Gas
Cuts input from the optic nerve.

The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970)

Blue Collar Robot
An autonomous robot required to find its own work.

The Velvet Glove (1956)

Flying Eye - I see you
A remote-controlled device for surveillance overflight.

The Repairman (1959)

Flywheel Cycle
A motorcycle powered by a flywheel.

The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970)

Gaussrifle
Projectiles driven by electromagnetic forces.

The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970)

Helmet-Mounted Display Screen - display where you need it
A small electronic display mounted for easy viewing.

Rock Diver (1951)

Human Object Recognition - people making robotic life easier
System uses human beings as an aid to robotic object recognition.

The Velvet Glove (1956)

Hyperspace Beacon - find your way between the stars
Located in real space, these devices provide reference points in hyperspace to make navigation possible.

The Repairman (1959)

Hypo Arm - tentacle with a needle
A robotic arm used to autonomously deliver pharmaceuticals to patients.

Simulated Trainer (1958)

Intelligent Trash Sorting
Robots sort the garbage - almost completely.

The Velvet Glove (1956)

Jump Drive
A means of propulsion used on spacecraft that allows a ship to travel from point to distant point without actually needing to traverse the space in between.

Ethical Engineer (1963)

Killalc Pills
Counteracts the effects of alcohol consumption.

The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970)

Luggage Robot
Perfect helper at robotic hotels.

The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970)

Metallic Marx
A robot who strikes for better working conditions.

The Robots Strike (1959)

Nerve Machine
A device that delivers pure pain via neural currents.

The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970)

Nose Gun
Weapon system located up high.

Arm of the Law (1958)

Personality Death - you're dead to yourself
Punishment leaves the body intact.

Robot Justice (1959)

Personalized Fashion Display
A set of displays that show you dressed in different uniforms.

Bill the Galactic Hero (1965)

Police Robot - a rookie cop bot
A fully autonomous, man-shaped robotic police officer.

Arm of the Law (1958)

Powdered Alcohol
Alcohol in non-liquid form.

The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970)

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