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"...science fiction is sort of like a sociological genome. It's a huge range of possible futures, most of them useless; some vital. You never really know in advance."
- Peter Watts

Voxcoder  
  Device for secure communication.  

"I get it," Finch had said dryly. He was seething. Being executed was one thing, but being forced to serve the Secret Police was something entirely different. "How do I contact you?"

"With this." Bane had handed him a short, thick brass tube with a press-stud on top. "You know Tick-Tap, don't you?" He brandished another tube. "We call these voxcoders. I'll keep this one. Just tap out your message with the press-stud, and I will hear it. I can contact you the same way."

From Storm Thief, by Chris Wooding.
Published by Scholastic in 2006
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Compare to the distrans from the 1964 novel Dune by Frank Herbert.

Thanks to Connor Lawrence for contributing this item.

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