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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Tik-Talker  
  A method of scrambling spoken speech for encoded transmission.  

The tik-talker reduced speech to a burst of seven pulse characters, reassembling and unscrambling them at the receiving end. It was quite reliable, but the speech itself always had the tonal curiosities of electronically sliced language, and was easily identified by anyone who had heard it before. Other men who were questioned all confirmed the "curious singsong of a tik-talker intermediary."
From The Sign of the Tiger, by Alan Nourse (w/Meyer).
Published by Amazing Science Fiction Stories in 1958
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We think of unusual speech effects as being part of the modern era, but compare the Tik-Talker to the multiple sample voice used in Nat Schachner's 1937 story The Shining One, which provided "that queer, slurred, alien-sounding accent of the future".

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