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"When you're making a revolution in cyberspace, things look rather different from the way the 1980s cyberpunks wrote it."
- Charles Stross

Locatimeter  
  A method for a plane to know its location over the Earth.  

This is a handy idea; it reminds me of a bombsight.

ALLEN JENNINGS, American, in the employ of the International Secret Service, glanced at the instrument board of his hurtling stratoplane. The altimeter showed that he was 50,000 feet above sea level, and the crossed wires above the turning globe in his locatimeter, that he was less than a hundred miles from the site of ancient Thebes. He cut the rocket blasts, and the ship continued its forward progress, but now it was dipping Earthward in a long curve.
Technovelgy from The Iron World, by Otis Adelbert Kline.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1937
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Compare to the cartograph from The Cometeers (1936) by Jack Williamson and to auto-navigation from The Dream Master (He Who Shapes) (1966), by Roger Zelazny.

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