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"It was [H.G. Wells'] adolescent fiction, his imaginative stories, that live forever - and yet are not acknowledged in literature classes as being great literature. So to hell with the academics!"
- Greg Bear

Audiphone  
  Communication between space suits in the airless void of space.  

How will people in space suits communicate?

The air bloated their suits grotesquely; the batteries and mechanisms — all the tiny equipment of air-generators, oxygen renewers, carbon dioxide absorbers, the circulatory system, and the Erentz pressure- equalizing current — were lumped across the back and shoulders; the helmets were huge, with a round, single-eyed visor-pane.

Georg touched the metal tip of one of his bloated, gloved fingers to the metal plate on Aura's shoulder to give audiphone contact.


('Blood of the Moon' by Ray Cummings)

"All working correctly?"

"All correct, Georg..."

Georg, turning, saw through Aura’s visor-pane, her white, strained face illumined by the tiny interior light within her helmet.

Technovelgy from Blood of the Moon, by Ray Cummings.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1936
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Used another way:

Then he found Aura with him, her hand on his shoulder, her audiphoned voice microphonic in his ears.

Compare to the suit-phone from The Sargasso of Space (1931) by Edmond Hamilton and the Aerial Telegraph from Garret P. Serviss' 1898 novel Edison's Conquest of Mars.

The word "audiphone" has been in use since the 1880's to describe devices for the deaf that transmit sound by direct contact. Compare to the Aerial Telegraph from Garret P. Serviss' 1898 novel Edison's Conquest of Mars, the suit-phone from The Sargasso of Space (1931) by Edmond Hamilton and the suit-radio from The Long Way (1944) by George O. Smith.

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