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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.

Visiwave  
  Even faster than ultrawave! a means of instantaneous communication over lightyear distances.  

It was what Jay Kalam waited to see upon the shining oval plate of the visiwave cabinet. (One of the Systemís first useful developments from the conquered science of the comet, this instrument utilized the instantaneous achronic force-fields that the lovely fugitive, Kay Nymidee, had used to escape from the comet.)

The plate flickered, and Jay Kalam saw the vast smooth features of the New Moonís master.

From One Against The Legion, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Astounding in 1939
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Compare to ultrawave from Triplanetary (1934) by EE 'Doc' Smith.

Other faster-than-light communications technovelgies include Ultrawave relay or hyperwave relay (Isaac Asimov, Foundation, 1951), the Dirac transmitter (James Blish, Cities in Flight, 1957), the Ansible (Ursula LeGuin, Rocannon's World, 1967), Taprisiot call (Frank Herbert, The Dosadi Experiment, 1977) and the Fatline (Dan Simmons, Hyperion, 1989).

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