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"it slowly dawned on me that the landscape of science is maybe what interests people a great deal in science fiction."
- Gregory Benford

Tight-Beam  
  A method of communication that uses a very narrowly-focused stream of energy.  

Very early use of this idea in science fiction.

"Pardon, your majesty—we have just received a first-degree emergency torpedo from flagship Y427W of fleet 42. In readiness."

"Put it on, here in the council chamber," a deep voice snapped.

"If he's broadcasting it, we're in for a spell of hunting," Seaton remarked. "Nope, he's putting it on a tight beam—that's fine, we can chase it up," and with a narrow detector beam he traced the invisible transmission beam into the council room.

From Skylark Three, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1930
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Here’s another use of this expression in 1941, in Masquerade by Clifford Simak:

Power carried across millions of miles on Addison's tight-beam principle.

Compare to the solar energy beam from Masquerade (1941) by Clifford Simak, the ultra-communicator from Galactic Patrol (1937) by Doc Smith. needlecast in Richard Morgan's 2003 novel Altered Carbon.

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