Full record for ultraphone n.

Definition a fictitious communications device that transmits messages faster than light
OED requirements any evidence 1934
Earliest cite E.E. Smith, 'Skylark of Valeron'
Comment Sue Surova submitted a 1952 cite from James Blish's "The Seedling Stars". Ralf Brown submitted a cite from a reprint of Philip Francis Nowlan's "Armageddon: 2419 A.D."; the reprint edition is undated but from internal evidence is early 1970s. Andy Sawyer submitted a separate 1928 cite from this novel. Alistair Durie checked the 1928 publication in Amazing Stories, and found that the word was actually "ultrophone" in the original printing. Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1974 reprint of James Blish's "Earthman Come Home". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1966 reprint of E.E. Smith's 1949 "The Skylark of Valeron", which Mike Christie verified in its 1934 first publication.

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Citations for ultraphone n.

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1952 J. Blish in Galaxy Aug. 6/1 If they had, maybe they'd have left us our ultraphone, so the Colonization Council could hear about our cropper.
1955 J. Blish Earthman Come Home (1974) 37 ‘Ahoy the Okie city,’ the ultraphone barked savagely. ‘You've had one warning. Pay up and clear out of here, or we'll break you up.’
1957 J. Blish Seedling Stars 104 If they had, maybe they'd have left us our ultraphone, so the Colonization Council could hear about our cropper.