time viewer n.
Wanted: a chronoscope. Such a time viewer would be darned handy in many ways, but at the moment—and this moment in which I am writing is so long gone as to be difficult to recall from its point of history by the time this is read—one would be useful in devising this page.
in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 6
Trace it back, you know, with a temporal viewer. Hour to hour, day to day. Record in detail…everything that transpired.]
Fence in Space Science Fiction Sept. 37/1
‘Do you have a time viewer here, Dr. Foster?’… ‘Yes, I do, Mrs. Potterley. A kind of time-viewer. Not a good one. I can’t get sound yet and the picture is darned blurry, but it works.’
Dead Past in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 34/2
The future was unalterable—Hollister had proved that. No matter what steps you took to change it, it always snapped back to the form the time-viewer revealed, one way or another.
Monday Immortal in Fantastic May 49/2
I came up with the ida, although of course it’s just a variant on the long sub-genre of time-viewer stories.
in M. Swanwick Being Gardner Dozois 140
John W. Campbell, Jr., 'Wanted: A Chronoscope'
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a 1957 cite from Ralph Burke's "Monday Immortal". Jeff Prucher located and Fred Galvin verified a 1952 cite from Clifford D. Simak's "The Fence" for the form "temporal viewer".
NB: the 1940 JW Campbell citation for "chronoscope" includes the phrase "time viewer", but it is not flagged and will not appear in a catchword search in Incomings.
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