History Creator / MurrayLeinster

5th Apr '16 2:28:20 AM PaulA
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"Sidewise in Time" (1934) has a claim as the first science fiction story featuring alternate histories, and also the first AlternateHistory story specifically to ask that perennial favorite question, ''[[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar What if the South won?]]''. "Literature/FirstContact" (1945) has a claim to first UniversalTranslator and first use of "FirstContact" as the term for two alien races meeting. "A Logic Named Joe" (1946) predicts the use of home computers and depicts a public computer network very similar to the Internet.

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"The Runaway Skyscraper" (1919), his first published SF story, is one of the first works in which a location or structure and all its inhabitants are transported to an earlier point in history. "Sidewise in Time" (1934) has a claim as the first science fiction story featuring alternate histories, and also the first AlternateHistory story specifically to ask that perennial favorite question, ''[[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar What if the South won?]]''. "Literature/FirstContact" (1945) has a claim to first UniversalTranslator and first use of "FirstContact" as the term for two alien races meeting. "A Logic Named Joe" (1946) predicts the use of home computers and depicts a public computer network very similar to the Internet.


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* MassTeleportation: One of the earliest examples of the transported-through-time version is "The Runaway Skyscraper", from 1919, in which a Manhattan tower block and its 2000 inhabitants are transported millennia into the past.
27th Feb '16 7:00:44 AM PaulA
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* ''Literature/FirstContact''

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* ''Literature/FirstContact''"Literature/FirstContact"



** In "First Contact", FTL travel is only possible in a perfect vacuum. At the time, many astrophysicists believed that interstellar space was completely particle-free, which later turned out not to be the case.



* FirstContact: ''Literature/FirstContact''



* NoWarpingZone: When ''Literature/FirstContact'' was published, many astronomers believed that outer space was a perfect vacuum. The human-piloted starship in that story could only travel faster-than-light in a ''total'' vacuum -- even the slightest wisp of atmosphere or nebula would be enough to prevent it.



* UniversalTranslator: ''First Contact''
27th Feb '16 6:07:01 AM HiddenWindshield
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"Sidewise in Time" (1934) has a claim as the first science fiction story featuring alternate histories, and also the first AlternateHistory story specifically to ask that perennial favorite question, ''[[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar What if the South won?]]''. "First Contact" (1945) has a claim to first UniversalTranslator and first use of "FirstContact" as the term for two alien races meeting. "A Logic Named Joe" (1946) predicts the use of home computers and depicts a public computer network very similar to the Internet.

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"Sidewise in Time" (1934) has a claim as the first science fiction story featuring alternate histories, and also the first AlternateHistory story specifically to ask that perennial favorite question, ''[[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar What if the South won?]]''. "First Contact" "Literature/FirstContact" (1945) has a claim to first UniversalTranslator and first use of "FirstContact" as the term for two alien races meeting. "A Logic Named Joe" (1946) predicts the use of home computers and depicts a public computer network very similar to the Internet.



* Literature/MedShip

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* Literature/MedShip''Literature/MedShip''
* ''Literature/FirstContact''



* FirstContact: "First Contact"

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* FirstContact: "First Contact"''Literature/FirstContact''



* NoWarpingZone: When "First Contact" was published, many astronomers believed that outer space was a perfect vacuum. The human-piloted starship in that story could only travel faster-than-light in a ''total'' vacuum -- even the slightest wisp of atmosphere or nebula would be enough to prevent it.

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* NoWarpingZone: When "First Contact" ''Literature/FirstContact'' was published, many astronomers believed that outer space was a perfect vacuum. The human-piloted starship in that story could only travel faster-than-light in a ''total'' vacuum -- even the slightest wisp of atmosphere or nebula would be enough to prevent it.



* UniversalTranslator: "First Contact"

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* UniversalTranslator: "First Contact"''First Contact''
7th Oct '15 3:36:30 AM Korodzik
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24th Apr '14 1:36:19 PM LongLiveHumour
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"Sidewise in Time" (1934) has a claim as the first science fiction story featuring alternate histories, and also the first AlternateHistory story specifically to ask that perennial favorite question, ''[[TheAmericanCivilWar What if the South won?]]''. "First Contact" (1945) has a claim to first UniversalTranslator and first use of "FirstContact" as the term for two alien races meeting. "A Logic Named Joe" (1946) predicts the use of home computers and depicts a public computer network very similar to the Internet.

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"Sidewise in Time" (1934) has a claim as the first science fiction story featuring alternate histories, and also the first AlternateHistory story specifically to ask that perennial favorite question, ''[[TheAmericanCivilWar ''[[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar What if the South won?]]''. "First Contact" (1945) has a claim to first UniversalTranslator and first use of "FirstContact" as the term for two alien races meeting. "A Logic Named Joe" (1946) predicts the use of home computers and depicts a public computer network very similar to the Internet.



* AlternateHistory: In "Sidewise in Time", a mysterious cataclysm causes several timelines to overlap, allowing glimpses of a variety of alternate histories, including one where the Vikings colonized North America, one where no Europeans colonized America, and of course one where TheAmericanCivilWar went to the other side.

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* AlternateHistory: In "Sidewise in Time", a mysterious cataclysm causes several timelines to overlap, allowing glimpses of a variety of alternate histories, including one where the Vikings colonized North America, one where no Europeans colonized America, and of course one where TheAmericanCivilWar UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar went to the other side.
23rd Jan '14 11:13:27 AM Alphagamma
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*BearsAreBadNews: "Combat Team" is set on a planet where the wildlife is so dangerous that the only way people can survive is with the help of domesticated mutant Kodiak bears.
16th May '13 7:47:05 PM PaulA
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: In "The Skit-Tree Planet", the exploration advance team carry a film camera to record things they'll want to look at again later, and a television camera for transmitting vision back to base. It's taken for granted that these two processes can't be combined in a single camera set-up.
16th May '13 7:32:41 PM PaulA
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* HardLight: In "The Skit-Tree Planet", explorers investigate a planet that shows signs of having been inhabited by an alien race that somehow disappeared without leaving any buildings or artifacts behind. They eventually figure out that the aliens used hard light projections for everything, summoning them as needed and disappearing them when done.
3rd Mar '13 10:05:32 PM PaulA
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* InMysteriousWays: In "Anthropological Note" the native tribes on an alien planet are saved from extermination by the consequences of a chance encounter between two humans visiting the planet. The narrator notes that the two humans were acting entirely independently and without knowledge of each other, and that if they had not met, or had met under other circumstances, the same outcome would not have resulted, and suggests that this might be seen as evidence of the tribal deity taking a hand, if one believes in such things as tribal deities, which the narrator doesn't.


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* LadyLand: The tribal culture of the alien planet in "Anthropological Note" is a matriarchy in which male children are treated with scorn and banished into the wilderness on reaching adulthood; occasionally an adult male will return to the tribe bearing lavish gifts, and if these find favour he will be permitted an opportunity to contribute his genes to the next generation (after which he will be efficiently disposed of).
16th Jan '13 8:08:34 AM PaulA
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* ArtificialGravity: In the future-history setting that includes the Colonial Survey stories and the Literature/MedShip stories, most spaceships are equipped with artificial gravity. No description is given of how it works; indeed, it's usually not mentioned at all except when it goes wrong.



** In the future-history setting that includes the Space Survey stories and the Literature/MedShip stories, FTL travel is possible, but FTLRadio isn't; messages have to be physically carried between solar systems by space ships, and it is often months before a message can reach its destination. (The dramatic result is that the protagonists of the stories are often forced to come up with their own solutions, as there is no way to summon help in time.)

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** In the future-history setting that includes the Space Colonial Survey stories and the Literature/MedShip stories, FTL travel is possible, but FTLRadio isn't; messages have to be physically carried between solar systems by space ships, and it is often months before a message can reach its destination. (The dramatic result is that the protagonists of the stories are often forced to come up with their own solutions, as there is no way to summon help in time.)



* GenreSavvy: Early in "Sand Doom", Aletha Redfeather makes a remark about what would happen next "if this were an adventure story". It does.



* TractorBeam: In the future-history setting that includes the Space Survey stories and the Literature/MedShip stories, the space-age equivalent of air traffic control towers are equipped with force fields used to bring arriving spaceships in to controlled landings, and to loft departing spaceships out of the planet's gravity well without the limitations of rockets and having to carry rocket fuel.

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* TractorBeam: In the future-history setting that includes the Space Colonial Survey stories and the Literature/MedShip stories, the space-age equivalent of air traffic control towers are equipped with force fields used to bring arriving spaceships in to controlled landings, and to loft departing spaceships out of the planet's gravity well without the limitations of rockets and having to carry rocket fuel.
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