"Does it open a new horizon for my thinking? Does it lead me to think new kinds of thoughts, that I would not otherwise perhaps have thought at all? These qualities are what [make] science fiction ...unique."
This is a very early reference to this idea.
Robert Heinlein had a more "modern" version of this in Methuselah's Children, published in 1941; see the traffic control camera.
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