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"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."
- Frederik Pohl

Photo Crystal (Cube)  
  A small handheld display for a picture  

He spoke to her more softly, "I have the crystal of you right here — and it’s good, but I can see the fellow who took it was an amateur.”


(Photo cube from 'Foundation and Empire' by Isaac Asimov)

He had the small cube of transparency out of his jacket pocket and in the light the laughing little face within sprang to vivid colored life as a miniature Bayta.

"That onel” said Bayta. "Now I wonder why Toran should send that caricature. I'm surprised you let me come near you, sir.”

Technovelgy from Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov.
Published by Doubleday in 1952
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Compare to the black cube teaching machine from The Flame From Mars (1934) by Jack Williamson and the vision cube from The Man in the Maze (1969) by Robert Silverberg.

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