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"Looking back through history, I see no evidence for humanity making the best of things, and I think it's a pretty safe bet that's an on-going trend."
- Richard Morgan

Polyceltron Iconoscope Televisor  
  A portable camera and microphone setup that could broadcast on-the-spot news.  

Dropping into his cubby off the front trench, the reporter checked the focus of his telephoto lens through the periscope at the top of which it was mounted. The image it projected on the plate of the pickup tube was perfect.


(Newscast by Harl Vincent)

He swung the periscope around, sweeping the Rebel's front lines and the narrow strip of pock-marked land which lay between the two lines. If this is what the newscast public wanted, let them have it...

...He had never quite gotten over the thrill of knowing that, all over the world, millions were seeing the results of his camera work and hearing the yells and rumblings of guns, the shrieking and detonations of shells which were picked up by his banks of microphones. And loving it too, those millions. Bloodthirsty to the last one of them. Especially when sitting ugly and safely at home before their own private newscast receivers or when lounging in one of the public squares where International had installed huge mirror screens and amplifiers and where the roar of battle could be heard as loudly as at the front.

From Newscast, by Harl Vincent.
Published by Marvel Science Stories in 1939
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Compare to the spotcast from All the Little Things (1946) by Henry Kuttner.

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