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"The SF approach: an awareness that things could have been different, that this is one of many possible worlds, that if you came to this world from some other planet, this would be a science fiction world."
- Neal Stephenson

Whisper Line  
  A means of communication between prisoners held in wide separation.  

"...My God, this must be real! You're talking the gutter lingo. You must be real. Who are you?"
"Gully Foyle."
"But you're not in my cell. You're not even near. Men are in the north quadrant of Gouffre Martel. Women are in the south. I'm South-900. Where are you?
"North-111."
"You're a quarter of a mile away. How can we - Of course! It's the Whisper Line. I always thought that was a legend, but it's true. It's working now... It's a miracle."

"What's a miracle?"
"There's an acoustical freak in Gouffre Martel... they happen in underground caves... a freak of echoes, passages and whispering galleries. Old-timers call it the Whisper Line..."

From The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester.
Published by Berkley in 1956
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Compare to the use of the same idea in whispering galleries from Jules Verne's 1864 novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.

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