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"To get anywhere, or even live a long time, a man has to guess, and guess right, over and over again, without enough data for a logical answer."
- Robert Heinlein

Discorporaphone  
  For speaking with the electronic dead.  

"...Sometimes worlds exist under your eyes and you never see- This room might be filled with phantoms, you'd never know. Even the rest of the crew can't be sure what we're saying now. But Captain Wong, she never used a discorporaphone. She found a way to talk with us without one. She cut through worlds, and joined them—that's the important part—so that both became bigger."
From Babel-17, by Samuel R. Delany.
Published by Ace Books in 1966
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Compare to the Protophason Amplifier from Ubik (1969) by Philip K. Dick.

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