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)

Radio Meteor Detector

Islands of Space (1931)

Ray Gun

The Black Star Passes (1930)

Solar-Powered Aircraft

The Black Star Passes (1930)

Space Liner - first use of phrase

Electronic Siege (1932)

Space Lock

The Black Star Passes (1930)


Invaders From The Infinite (1932)

Synthetic Food Dispenser - before the Jetsons

Twilight (1934)

Synthite Food - Artificially Flavored Solids

Planet of Eternal Night (1939)


Islands of Space (1931)


Planet of Eternal Night (1939)


Blindness (1935)

Tiny Atomic-Power Drive Unit - compact power of the atom

The Brain Pirates (1938)


The Moon is Hell (1950)

Water to Cushion Acceleration

The Derelicts of Ganymede (1932)

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