"[Science fiction] has become big business, where books are merchandised and promoted and distributed and placed on sale like slabs of bacon or cans of soup."
Probably the first use of this term.
Here is a copy of the original illustration from Astounding Stories of March, 1933.
(Gateway from Wanderer of Infinity)
The device that is used to travel from one dimension to another is described as a silvery sphere:
They stood in a spherical chamber of silvery metal, Bert and this giant, and the gentle vibration of delicately balanced machinery made itself felt in the structure. Of Joan and Tom there was no sign.
The idea of a silvery sphere that travels through dimensions or time is carried through to our time, as in this scene from Terminator 2: Judgement Day:
Compare to the gate from The Gate to Xoran (1931) by Hal K. Wells, the Invasion Gate for Aliens from Monsters of Mars (1931) by Edmond Hamilton, the Jiffy-Scuttler from Prominent Author (1954) by Philip K. Dick, Ramsbotham Gate from Tunnel in the Sky (1955) by Robert Heinlein, the farcaster from Hyperion (1989) by Dan Simmons.
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