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"To get anywhere, or even live a long time, a man has to guess, and guess right, over and over again, without enough data for a logical answer."
- Robert Heinlein

Cosmic Teletype  
  A device that utilizes the fourth dimensional continuum to achieve communication at great distances.  

Joseph Rane was not a scientist, but he applied his own special talents in the creation of the cosmic teletype.

First, he mounted the two teletypes on a wooden bench, side by side... He next turned his attention to his cosmic radio.


(Cosmic Teletype from 'Cosmic Teletype' by Carl Jacobi)

He called it that for want of a better term. The earlier developments of this machine were lost in a frenzy of experimentation. Starting with a study of atomic power, Rane had developed a miniature atom-smasher; later he elaborated his instrument into a device of which he himself stood a little in awe.

"You see," he said one day to his housekeeper, "this machine as it now stands is based on a concept of the relation between time and space. It will project a ray through the fourth dimensional continuum. In other words, when turned to full power, is will cause a disruption of the space-time coordinates, a channel so to speak which leads from our own three-dimensional world into the fourth dimension. I am convinced that such a channel is being utilized by beings of other planets as a means of communication."

Rane then connected the two teletypes to the machine, with a loading coil between each. He pulled the switch, set the dynamos in action and awaited results.

From Cosmic Teletype, by Carl Jacobi.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1938
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Jacobi also describes it as a "cosmic radio."

In use throughout the story, it is clear that it is as quick a mode of communication as a teletype; instantaneous transmission, followed by a short interval in which a message is read and responded to.

Read more about the hyperwave concept.

Take a look at some of these explicitly FTL communication methods:

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