vision plate n.

= viewscreen n.

  • 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

    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 Rull in Astounding Science Fiction May 10/2 A. E. van Vogt

    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

    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

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