chronoscopy n.

viewing past or future events

Time Travel

  • 1956 I. Asimov Dead Past in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 7/1 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    Mr. Araman, I came to you because you’re top man in chronoscopy…I've come to you, sir, because for two years I have been trying to obtain permission to do some time viewing—chronoscopy, that is—in connection with my researches on ancient Carthage.

  • 1956 I. Asimov Dead Past in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 8/1 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    You must realize, Dr. Potterley, that chronoscopy, or time-viewing, if you prefer, is a difficult process…And there is a long waiting line for the chronoscope and an even longer waiting line for the use of Multivac which guides us in our use of the controls.

  • 1956 I. Asimov Dead Past in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 17/1 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    ‘I can’t be sure yet, Caroline, but when I've got enough evidence, I'll apply for permission to use chronoscopy, which will settle the matter once and for all.’ ‘Chronoscopy?’ ‘Time-viewing. We can focus on ancient Carthage at some time of crisis, the landing of Scipio Africanus in 202 B.C., for instance, and see with our own eyes exactly what happens.’


Research requirements

any evidence 1956

Earliest cite

Isaac Asimov, The Dead Past

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1959 reprint of Isaac Asimov's 1956 "The Dead Past", shich Mike Christy verified in its 1956 first publication.

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