Waterbed Fact #3
June 2018

Charlie Hall, the inventor of the modern waterbed, was unable to patent his invention because Robert Heinlein had described the waterbed is such precise and exacting detail in several books he had written years earlier.

Heinlein, most famous for his novels Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers had come up with the idea of the waterbed while he was hospital bound. He found the beds were so uncomfortable and he new there must be a better way for patients to sleep without pain.

His novel Beyond This Horizon, which came out in 1942, 26 years before Charlie Hall invented the modern waterbed, is the first of many works by Heinlein that describe waterbeds.

I’m glad science fiction authors were able to predict waterbeds. But they also predicted jet packs and I’m still waiting for those.

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