vision plate n.

= viewscreen n.

  • 1930 C. F. Beck When Moons Met! in Wonder Stories Aug. 237/1 page image Clyde Beck bibliography

    By pushing a lever, he brought the vision-plates to life. ‘Give me the rest of the fleet on plates one, two and three,’ he instructed the communications operator whose features were mirrored in the viewing discs. As the operator made his connections, the vision-plates lighted up, each showing the interior of one of the other three craft which comprised the Expedition.

  • 1932 J. M. Walsh Vanguard to Neptune in Wonder Stories Quarterly Spring 309/2 page image J. M. Walsh bibliography

    ‘I say, skipper,’ said the man whose face showed in the vision-plate, ‘what are you doing there? Someone monkeying with things?’

  • 1943 ‘L. O'Donnell’ Clash By Night in Astounding Science-Fiction Mar. 28/1 Henry Kuttner C. L. Moore bibliography

    Scott, craning his neck at a painfully awkward angle and trying to see through the mud-smeared vision plates, kept a rattrap grip on his end of the pole, hoping its slickness would not slip through his fingers.

  • 1948 A. E. van Vogt The Rull in Astounding Science Fiction May 10/2 A. E. van Vogt bibliography

    It was shortly after midnight—Laertes III had a twenty-six hour, sidereal time, day—when Jamieson saw a movement at the perimeter of his all-wave vision plate. Finger on blaster control, he waited for the object to come into sharper focus.

  • 1956 R. E. Lowe Ninety-Minute War in Fantastic Universe Apr. 107/2 bibliography

    The smoke boiled and roiled and plummeted above the planet of Likk, and shock waves made blurs across the vision plate.

  • 2002 D. Duane Stealing Elf-King’s Roses 54 Diane Duane

    Under the spreading Whatsit Tree, in one of the cubicles, a young, short, round, dark-haired, dark-skinned man sat staring at the high-res vision plate set into the cubicle wall.

Research requirements

antedating 1932

Earliest cite

H. G. Winter, "Seed of the Arctic Ice"

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from Murray Leinster's "Planet of Sand".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 reprint of Lawrence O'Donnell's (aka Kuttner/Moore) 1943 "Clash by Night".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1935 cite from Alexander M. Phillips' "Martian Gesture".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1950 reprint of Clifford D. Simak's 1939 "Cosmic Engineers".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Ross Rocklynne's "Distress Signal".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Richard E. Lowe's "The Ninety-Minute War".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite for "vision-plate" from "Seed of the Arctic Ice" by H. G. Winter (pseudonym of Harry Bates and Desmond Winter Hall), though in the story this appears to be a view port in a submarine.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1930 cite from Clyde Beck.

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