thought screen n.
He invented a thought screen that, when worn, effectually shields the wearer from intrusion into his private thoughts.
Back to 20,000 A.D. in Wonder Stories Mar. 1132/2
For the past few minutes I have had my thought screen switched off so that they could read my mind and learn of the plot against them here. I concealed only the manner of the weapon itself.
Invincible Midge in Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr. 41/2
There is a blank space which I cannot penetrate, in teh seventh room of the fourth corridor. In all probability it is one of our guests, hiding now behind a thought screen.
Galactic Patrol in Astounding Stories Dec. 79/2
Tregonsee should have stayed out in deep space, concealed behind a solid thought-screen.
Children of the Lens in Astounding Science Fiction Nov .54/1
It’s a portable thought screen. As long as you wear it, you’re safe. It hides your thoughts from the Paths.
Think No Evil in Science Fiction Quarterly Feb. 8/2
Rhodan had plunged into deep thought and retired to his cabin. The thought-screen he put up around his mind could not be broken even by the curious Pucky.
tr. Perry Rhodan #68: Under the Stars of Druufon v. 88
It did Paul no good to erect a thought-screen when that young devil was around—not that the lowliest normal could have failed to read on Paul’s face what the decision had been.
Jack the Bodiless 346
Maisel could feel that maddening itch at the back of her mind, threatening to get stronger again…. ‘Even with the thought screen, that thing’s trying to dig through.’
Nat Schachner & A. L. Zagat
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1950 reprint of Edward E. Smith's 1937-38 "Galactic Patrol"; Mike Christie verified it in the original serial publication.
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