wallscreen n.

a large wall-mounted video display

  • 1931 E. E. Smith Spacehounds of IPC in Amazing Stories Aug. 427/2 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    All three prisoners stared at the wall-screen, upon which was pictured a huge football of scarred grey steel.

  • 1941 J. Williamson Star of Dreams in Comet Mar. 19/1 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    Alone in his comfortable inner office, he had relaxed and snapped on the news-repeater. The wall screen lit with the image of a doll-faced platinum blond.

  • 1950 ‘P. Reed’ Gift of Darkness in Super Science Stories Apr. 76/1 page image John D. MacDonald bibliography

    The communi-phones were right here, of course, and the wall screen buttons right there.

  • 1959 R. Bloch Sneak Preview in Amazing Stories Nov. 128/2 page image Robert Bloch bibliography

    Hix glanced at the dark and crackling wallscreen…. Sigmond was staring at the screen. The wall had brightened and now the crackling faded. Suddenly a face appeared before them.

  • 1962 K. Laumer Retief of the Red-Tape Mountain in Worlds of If May 7/2 page image Keith Laumer bibliography

    He turned to the wall-screen and pressed a button. A system triagram appeared: eight luminous green dots arranged around a larger disk.

  • 1978 C. Sheffield Sight of Proteus in Amazing Stories May 6/1 page image Charles Sheffield bibliography

    ‘Bey? Put me up on visual, will you,’ said the wall screen. Wolf touched his wrist again adn the cheeful, ruddy face of John Larsen appeared on the wall holo.

  • 1992 R. Reed After All in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan. 22 page image Robert Reed bibliography

    For a while he made weekly calls to his daughters, him sitting in his favorite chair while watching them on the wallscreen.

  • 2006 I. Creasey Golden Record in Asimov’s Science Fiction Dec. 91 page image Ian Creasey bibliography

    He turned to the wallscreen of his office, where the museum’s legal AI supervised the conversation. ‘Isn’t that right?’

  • 2015 A. M. Steele Long Wait in Asimov’s Science Fiction Jan. 88 page image Allen Steele bibliography

    I looked up. The wallscreen was logoned to a newsnet, and the first thing I saw was something that looked like a fuzzy little white blob against a black background.

Research requirements

antedating 1931

Earliest cite

Doc Smith, "Spacehounds of IPC", in Amazing

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Jacques Jean Ferrat's "Snowstorm on Mars".
There's an example in Edward Chappelow's "Return of the Air Master", in the March 1930 Air Wonder Stories, but it refers to a wall-mounted projection screen, which feels different.

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