"Does it open a new horizon for my thinking? Does it lead me to think new kinds of thoughts, that I would not otherwise perhaps have thought at all? These qualities are what [make] science fiction ...unique."
Wouldn't it be great to "shine a light" into an enclosed space, and see everything inside without opening it?
Compare to the eavesdropping ray from Brigands of the Moon (1930) by Ray Cummings and the subphoton search ray from The Shining One (1937) by Nat Schachner. See also this real-life device in LEXID Sees Through Walls To Next Apartment.
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