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"What television does is rent us friends and relatives who are quite satisfactory. This is quite something, to rent artificial friends and relatives right inside the house."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Battle Integrator  
  A three-dimensional representation of warfare in space.  

Collected in Bullard of the Space Patrol.

But as the machine slid swiftly along gleaming passages, Benton saw that the private suite of the grand admiral was no small place. Through door after door he glimpsed tremendous activities. Occasionally they whizzed through open bays of desks where scraps of conversation could be overheard, while all about were annunciators flashing weird symbols incessantly.

"Sector 4," droned a voice, "Pegasus and Altair joining action....Pegasus hit....Pegasus blows up....Cruiser Flotilla 36 moving in from lower port quarter....Altair hit "

As that faded, the orderly cut across the back of a balcony overlooking a great hall. Far down in the pit Benton could see a huge swirling ball of vapor, glittering with pinpoints of varicolored lights cast upon it by unseen projectors. That would be the ultra-secret Battle Integrator the marvelous moving solidograph that resolved six dimensions into four. Stern-faced officers watched it intently, snapping orders into phones, and uniformed girl messengers dashed everywhere.

Technovelgy from The Bureaucrat, by Malcolm Jameson.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1944
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Compare to the Directrix Z9M9Z from 'Doc' Smith's Gray Lensman (1942) and the solidograph from Police Operation (1948) by H. Beam Piper.

Thanks to Winchell Chung for the quote on this item.

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