visiphone n.

= videophone n.

Also in form visaphone.


  • 1934 E. E. Smith Triplanetary in Amazing Stories Jan. 13/2 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    Then, as she sat upon a bench, recovering her strength, he flipped on the lifeboat’s visiphone projector and shot its invisible beam up into the control room, where he saw space-armored figures furiously busy at the panels.

  • 1935 ‘M. Leinster’ Proxima Centauri in Astounding Stories Mar. 29/2 Murray Leinster bibliography

    Calling the Rocket Chief! Report immediately on personal visiphone. Emergency!

  • 1938 A. K. Barnes Satellite Five in Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct. 22/1

    Gerry picked up a visiphone and called the space-port.

  • 1940 V. Reid Future's Fair in Astonishing Stories Oct. 54/2 page image

    He stopped, breathless and disheveled, before the administrative building, tore over to his private tube, and, in his office, clamped down fiercely on the Visaphone set to Terrestian Council’s wavelength.

  • 1940 ‘L. del Rey’ Stars Look Down in L. del Rey Early del Rey (1975) 136 Lester del Rey

    The frown was still on his face as he got up and went out to the new office where he could use the visiphone.

  • 1941 R. Heinlein in Astounding Science Fiction July 21/2 Robert A. Heinlein

    He moved toward the visiphone.

  • 1944 C. Simak in Astounding Science-Fiction Jan. 151/1

    Nelson Harper…was lighting up his pipe when the visiphone signal buzzed and the light flashed on… Mackenzie’s face came in, a face streaked with dirt and perspiration, stark with fear.

  • 1945 ‘M. Leinster’ Pipeline to Pluto in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 73/1 Murray Leinster

    Moore turned away from the pay-visiphone, into which he had talked in a confidential murmur while the screen remained blank.

  • 1946 I. Asimov in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 136/2 Isaac Asimov

    ‘Good-by’, said Quinn, with his first touch of viciousness, and the visiphone slammed off.

  • 1950 H. B. Piper Last Enemy in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 84 H. Beam Piper

    He left the room to make the necessary visiphone call.

  • 1951 I. Asimov Foundation Trilogy–Foundation iii.ii.89 Isaac Asimov

    He threaded his way through the crowd at the spaceport and called up City Hall at a public visiphone.

  • 1952 L. Brackett Starmen (1976) 129 Leigh Brackett

    Kerrel’s face appeared on the small screen. There was no need now for the ultra-wave and the ordinary visiphone unit had been cut in.

  • 1963 ‘M. Phillips’ Impossibles 112

    He inclined his head in as courtly a bow as he could manage over a visiphone. ‘I am deeply honored,’ he said, ‘that Your Majesty has called on me. Is there any way in which I might be of service?’

  • 1971 P. Anderson Byworlder in Fantastic Science Fiction & Fantasy Stories June vi. 42/1 Poul Anderson bibliography

    She had expected to savor her triumph. And the congratulations, from personnel at Armstrong Base, by visiphone from Dad and Mother and the whole family, from the President and her colleagues around the globe, certainly they warmed her to the marrow.

  • 1983 P. Anderson & G. R. Dickson Napoleon Crime in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Mar. 34/2 Poul Anderson Gordon R. Dickson bibliography

    The man had called ahead for this appointment; even the most archaic-minded Hokas maintained essential modern equipment in their more important offices, although in the present case the visiphone was disguised as a Chippendale cabinet.

  • 1984 M. Z. Bradley World Wreckers 15 Marion Zimmer Bradley bibliography

    Making an average visiphone call was a process made lengthier by the need for overcoming his revulsion and he made it as brief as he could.

  • 1987 T. R. McDonough Architects of Hyperspace 15 Thomas R. McDonough bibliography

    Ariadne listened to the English message on the viziphone: ‘Call Lunar Farside Operator. You have an interstellar message. Dial white-gray-purple, black-red-green.’

  • 1996 M. Coney Werewolves in Sheep's Clothing in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Sept. 140

    Sunday morning, and a lined and elderly face stared out of the visiphone screen trying to look sincere and honest.

Research requirements

antedating 1934

Earliest cite

E. E. Smith 'Triplanetary'

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1941 cite from Robert Heinlein's "Methuselah's Children".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Clifford Simak's "Ogre"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1944 original magazine appearance.
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1976 reprint of Leigh Brackett's 1952 "The Starmen of Llyrdis".
Mike Christie submitted a 1946 cite from Isaac Asimov's "Evidence".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of H.Beam Piper's "Last Enemy"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1950 first magazine appearance.
Mike Christie submitted a 1945 cite from Murray Leinster's "Pipeline to Pluto".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Mark Phillips "The Impossibles"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1963 first edition.
Mike Christie submitted a 1938 cite from Arthur K. Barnes' "Satellite Five".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1978 reprint of Murray Leinster's "Proxima Centauri"; Alistair Durie verified this in the 1935 first publication.
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1972 reprint of E.E. Smith's "Triplanetary", and Alistair Durie verified this in the 1934 first magazine publication.
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Poul Anderson's "The Byworlder". Mike Christie verified this in the 1971 original magazine publication.
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1996 cite from Michael Coney's "Werewolves in Sheep's Clothing".
Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a 2000 reprint of Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson's "The Napoleon Crime", which Mike Christie verified in the 1983 first publication.

Variant forms:
Fred Galvin submitted a cite for "visaphone" from a 1958 reprint of Harry Stephen Keeler's 1915 "John Jones' Dollar". Alistair Durie verified this in a 1927 Amazing Stories reprint; we would be interested in verification from the August 1915 original publication in "Black Cat Magazine".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1940 cite for "visaphone" from "The Future's Fair", by Vincent Reid
Fred Galvin submitted a 1955 cite for "visaphone" from "The Chaos Fighters", by Robert Moore Williams
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite for "visaphone" from "Asteroid Justice" by V.E. Thiessen
Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite for "visophone" from Cyril G. Wates, "A Modern Prometheus"
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite for "viziphone" from a 2002 reprint of C.L. Moore's 1935 "The Cold Gray God".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1987 cite for "viziphone" from Thomas R. McDonough's "The Architects of Hyperspace"

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