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"I did more research, and realized I almost would rather be a biologist than a writer, because there was incredible stuff going on!"
- Greg Bear

Opti-Phone  
  Yet another name for a videophone.  

The opti-phone bell rang.

Shelton snapped the “on” stud. The bewhiskered, jowled face of Grant Beatty, director of ETBI, flashed on the milky screen. One of the six men who, under the Earth Union's president, ruled the spaceways, his forceful personality reflected from a habitually grave face...

“Shelton,” he barked out of the speaker, “drop whatever you’re doing."

Technovelgy from The Impossible World, by Eando Binder.
Published by Startling Stories in 1939
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Compare to the detailed article about the telephonoscope from Le Vingtième Siècle (The Twentieth Century) (1882) by Albert Robida, the phonotelephote from In the Year 2889 (1889) by Jules Verne, the telephot from Ralph 124c 41 + (1911) by Hugo Gernsback, the video communicator from The Machine Stops (1909) by E.M. Forster, the zoom call visaphone system from John Jones's Dollar (1915) by Harry Stephen Keeler, the videophone from The Golden Girl of Munan (1928) by Harl Vincent and the optophone from Too Many Boards! (1931) by Harl Vincent.

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