John W. Campbell:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
John W. Campbell was born in 1910; he died in 1971. He received a degree in Physics from MIT in 1923, publishing his first stories when still a student. In 1937 he became editor of Astounding Stories and discovered many great talents of sf, including Asimov, Heinlein, Sturgeon, van Vogt and others. He freely offered his ideas to his writers; Isaac Asimov has credited Campbell with the Three Laws of Robotics.

(John W. Campbell [1931 Wonder Stories])

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Altitude Suit

The Black Star Passes (1930)

Atomic-Powered Lifting Suits

The Brain Pirates (1938)

Automatic Cultivators

Piracy Preferred (1930)

Building With Lunar Materials

The Moon is Hell (1950)

Credit - first use

The Mightiest Machine (1934)

Darkness Bomb - infra-infra-infra fluorescence!

The Mightiest Machine (1934)

Electric Machine Gun (Railgun) - electromagnetic acceleration

The Battery of Hate (1933)

Electric-Space-Strain Projector - wireless power transmission

The Mightiest Machine (1934)

Faster-Than-Light - ftl

Islands of Space (1931)

Floater (Vehicle)

The Machine (1935)

Force-Field - an energy barrier

Islands of Space (1931)

Free Fall

Islands of Space (1931)

Gyroscope Seats

The Black Star Passes (1930)


The Black Star Passes (1930)


Invaders From The Infinite (1932)


The Black Star Passes (1930)

Machine (Thinking Machine) - very early description of an intelligent computer

The Machine (1935)

Machine City

Twilight (1934)

Normal Space

Islands of Space (1931)

Pneumatic Bumpers

The Brain Pirates (1938)

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