visiphone v.

to use a visiphone to call or speak to someone


  • 1940 β€˜L. del Rey’ in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 24/1 page image Lester del Rey bibliography

    Stewart had visiphoned that he was coming under a temporary truce, so Erin was not surprised.

  • 1953 H. F. Parker Sword of Johnny Damokles in Tops in Science Fiction Fall 104/2

    One must accept facts intelligently. Visiphone your Terrestian diplomats. Neptune will accept any reasonable terms.

  • 1987 T. R. McDonough Architects of Hyperspace 107 Thomas R. McDonough bibliography

    β€˜Plum, try viziphoning them.’ Plum pushed a key and said, β€˜CQ, this is the starship Shillelagh of the Asteroid Federation, calling CQ.’ Horrendous static burst from the speaker. Plum lowered the volume. The static roared erratically, like a massive thunderstorm. Random daggers of multicolored snow shot across the comscreen.

Research requirements

antedating 1940

Earliest cite

L. del Rey, 'The Stars Look Down'

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1940 cite from Lester del Rey's "The Stars Look Down".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1953 reprint of Hugh Frazier Parker's 1943 story, "The Sword of Johnny Damokles"
Fred Galvin submitted cites for "visaphoned" from a 1956 reprint of the 1955 story "The Cyber and Justice Holmes" by Frank Riley (pseudonym of Frank Rhylick), which Mike Christie verified in the original
Fred Galvin submitted a 1960 cite for "visa-phone" from William F. Temple's '"L" is for Lash'
Fred Galvin submitted a 1987 cite for "viziphoning" from Thomas R. McDonough's "The Architects of Hyperspace"

We would be interested in any other cites from other sources.

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