Full record for viewscreen n.

Definition a television or similar display screen for viewing images
OED requirements antedating 1932
Earliest cite John W. Campbell Jr., "Invaders From the Infinite"
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1974 cite from Harry Harrison's "The Men from P.I.G. and R.O.B.O.T.".
Mike Christie submitted a 1958 cite from Christopher Anvil's "Cargo for Colony 6".
Mike Christie submitted a 1949 cite from William Bade's "Lost Ulysses". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1964 reprint of H. Beam Piper's 1963 "Cosmic Computer".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1966 cite from Ben Bova's "The Weathermakers".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Poul Anderson's "The Three-Cornered Wheel"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1963 first magazine appearance.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1990 cite from Allen Steele's "Clarke County, Space". Douglas Winston submitted a 1998 cite from Nicolas van Pallandt's "Anvil".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1999 cite from Joe Haldeman's "Forever Free".
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1946 cite from a non-SF source referring to a radar screen.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from John W. Campbell Jr.'s "Invaders From the Infinite"

Added to the OED as a new entry in December 2004 with an earliest date of 1945

Last modified 21 May, 2009

Citations for viewscreen n.

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1932 J. W. Campbell Invaders from Infinite in Amazing Stories Q. Spring 174/1 Stel Felso Theu looked on with vast interest as the strange planet loomed larger and still larger on the distorted view-screen.
1949 Astounding Sci. Fiction May 132/2 He threw a switch; the lights dimmed and the view-screen came on.
1958 C. Anvil in Astounding Sci. Fiction Aug. 68/2 Directly in front of Nevv, the viewscreen flared and lit up, showing a remarkably broad-shouldered individual, with a wide head and wider neck.
1963 H. B. Piper Cosmic Computer (1964) 113 Port Carpenter; we're in the main administration building‥. Have you an extra viewscreen, fitted for recording?
1963 P. Anderson in Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact Oct. 60/2 He groaned out of his bunk and fumbled his way to the nearest viewscreen. What he saw brought him bolt awake.
1966 B. Bova in Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact Dec. 65/2 Finally he said to the viewscreen, ‘O.K., then we‥try to make a real storm cell out of it.’
1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ ii. ii. 174 The ‘tricorder’, always carried by one or more landing party members, is a combination portable sensor-computer-recorder device that resembles many of today's smaller portable tape recorders but includes a tiny viewscreen. The tricorder can measure, analyze, and keep records on almost any required subject.
1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ i. vii. 106 After choosing the proper colors that I wanted for the various view screens and components around the bridge, the final assembly stage was relatively easy.
1970 P. Anderson Tau Zero (1973) 34 In one of the garden rooms stood a viewscreen tuned to Outside.
1971 U. K. LeGuin Vaster Than Empires & More Slow in E. S. Rabkin Sci. Fiction: Historical Anthol. (1983) 501 Osden‥had a view-screen to himself.
1974 H. Harrison Man from P.I.G. in Men from P.I.G. & R.O.B.O.T. 91 The viewscreen, using the robot's eyes as pickups, was filled with the angry face of the newcomer.
1974 U. K. Le Guin Dispossessed (1975) i. 14 On the viewscreen the brilliant curve of Urras hung still against black space.
1982 S. Cooper Black Fire i. 13 What was left of the navigation console was scattered toward the darkened view-screen.
1984 K. S. Robinson Icehenge (1990) 36 Ilene had set up a computer display on the big viewscreen, which indicated our two ships, the outline of the asteroid as seen from our original location, and the three police ships.
1985 B. Hambly Ishmael i. 17 Kirk realized he was still staring half-hypnotized at the small darkness of his cabin viewscreen.
1985 S. Sucharitkul Alien Swordmaster i. iii. 15 ‘Look closer, Tomoko’, said Fieh Chan,‥making her stand with her nose almost touching the viewscreen.
1989 A. D. Foster Quozl ii. 15 Looks kept his eyes on the viewscreen ahead.
1989 D. Dvorkin & D. Dvorkin Star Trek: Next Generation: Captains' Honor Prologue 11 Now the main viewscreen was filled with the image of space.
1990 R. L. Forward Rocheworld 33 His hands continued to flicker across the control plate hidden below the view screen.
1990 A. Steele Clarke County, Space 44 Macy lay‥against the wall of her cabin, distantly watching the window-like viewscreen as Clarke County grew increasingly closer. The shuttle was making a flyby of the colony and the screen was displaying a close-up view of Clarke County as seen from the side.
1991 M. Weiss King's Test i.iii.19 He looked around frantically, peering out the viewscreen.
1992 P. Sargent Danny Goes to Mars in J. Morrow Nebula Awards 28 (1994) 37 Danny had little time to glance at the viewscreens when he finally rose from his seat.
1993 V. E. Mitchell Windows on Lost World i.2 The orangish-yellow star grew larger and brighter in the viewscreen.
1993 P. Anderson Harvest of Stars (1994) 10 A large viewscreen gave an outlook from the topmost spire.
1993 Sci. Fiction Age Jan. 40/1 The being that finally appeared on the viewscreen was a multibody intelligence such as was rarely encountered in League space.
1995 Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape i. 2 Torres glanced at the viewscreen.
1995 Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape iv. 31 She stood in the center of the bridge, Chakotay beside her, Paris at conn, and stared at the viewscreen as if it provided answers.
1998 N. van Pallandt Anvil 9 He was awakened from his reverie by a babble of voices. He had no idea how long he had been staring into the viewscreen.
1999 C. Pellegrino & G. Zebrowski Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere i. 19 Crusher‥came to stand near the captain, her eyes on the forward viewscreen.
1999 J. Haldeman Forever Free 99 Max stuck his hand out and I gave him the pistol. He aimed it at the viewscreen over the keyboard and fired‥. The result was pretty dramatic. There was more hole than viewscreen.
1999 A. Thomson Through Alien Eyes (2000) ii. 47 Her father reached out and touched the viewscreen. ‘We've missed you so much.’