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"Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all."
- Isaac Asimov

Ullran Enunciator  
  Special prosthesis needed to aid humans in speaking an alien language.  

"Yes, sir; I understand." Captain Pedolsky opened the pouch on his belt and took out the false palate and tongue-clicker without which no Terran could do more than mouth a crude and barely comprehensible pidgin-Ullran. Stuffing the gadget into his mouth, he turned and began jabbering orders...

He took the false palate and tongue-clicker, officially designated as an "enunciator, Ullran" and, colloquially, as a geek-speaker, out of his coat pocket and shoved it into his mouth.

From Uller Uprising, by H. Beam Piper.
Published by Twayne Publishers in 1952
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Compare to the comlink from Star Wars (1976) by George Lucas, the communications disk from Exiles of the Moon (1931) by Schachner & Zagat, the sleeve communicator from First Contact (1945) by Murray Leinster.

See also the audio relay (Robert Heinlein, 1951), the distrans (Frank Herbert, 1965) and the communications implant (Niven and Pournelle, 1981).

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