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"...science fiction is sort of like a sociological genome. It's a huge range of possible futures, most of them useless; some vital. You never really know in advance."
- Peter Watts

Simulacrum Window  
  A 'window' that provides a realistic outdoor view in an interior room.  

The community corporation had tried to coerce them into covering [their actual window] up and had offered to replace it with a simulacrum window such as the underground apartments used, with a relayed view of the canyon. But Rod's father was a stubborn man and maintained that with weather, women, and wine there was nothing "just as good."
From Tunnel in the Sky, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Not Available in 1955
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Compare Heinlein's simulacrum window with the sky ceiling from the 1961 novel Return From The Stars by Stanislaw Lem, the ersatz window from the 1969 novel Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick and the window wavelength from the 1969 novel Super-Toys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss.

Thanks to Chuck for the tip on this item.

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