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"A science fiction story is a story built around human beings, with a human problem and a human solution, which would not have happened at all without its scientific content."
- Theodore Sturgeon

3D Tank Display  
  A transparent cube showing a three-dimensional display.  

Every space-ship within range of her powerful detectors was represented by two brilliant, slowly moving points of light; one upon a great micrometer screen, the other in the "tank"--the immense, three-dimensional, minutely cubed model of the entire Solar System.
From Triplanetary, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Not known in 1934
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In a letter to Astounding magazine, editor John W. Campbell stated the acknowledgement of Captain Cal Lanning that Doc Smith's ideas were used extensively in the design of US Navy warship's Combat Information Centers.

"The entire set-up was taken specifically, directly, and consciously from the Directrix. In your story, you reached the situation the Navy was in—more communication channels than integration techniques to handle it. You proposed such an integrating technique and proved how advantageous it could be. You, sir, were 100% right. As the Japanese Navy—not the hypothetical Boskonian fleet—learned at an appalling cost."

Probably the source for Heinlein's stereo tank in his 1961 novel Stranger in a Strange Land.

Compare to the Telechart, from Edmond Hamilton's 1928 story Crashing Suns (the "one indispensable aid to interstellar navigation").

Thanks to Mark Charters for pointing this one out.

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