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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Mentophone  
  A device that facilitates long-distance telepathy.  

A remarkable attempt at visualizing what it might be like to communicate with a telepath technology.

A buzzer hummed at Adams and he flipped up a tumbler on his desk.

"What is it?"

An android voice answered. "It's Mr. Thorne, sir, on the mentophone from Andrelon."

"Thank you, Alice," Adams said.

He clicked open a drawer and took out the cap, placed it on his head, adjusted it with steady fingers. Thoughts flickered through his brain, disjointed, random thoughts, all faint and faraway. Ghost thoughts drifting through the universe - residual thoughts from the minds of things in time and space that was unguessable...

Adams closed his eyes and settled back.

"Hello, Thorne," he thought.

Thorne's thought came in, thin and scratchy over the space of over fifty light years...

A high singsong thought came in and skipped across his brain...

"Start over again, Thorne. A ghost came along and blotted you out..."

From First He Died (Time and Again), by Clifford Simak.
Published by Dell in 1951
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Compare to the taprisiot monitor from Frank Herbert's Dosadi Experiment (1977).

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