Flash! Kindles foretold in 1945
Okay, I’m sure many science fiction stories have talked about electronic books. I know about Star Trek: The Next Generation’s PADD (Personal Access Display Device), but that’s much more of a tablet computer, like an iPad. They did also appear in Voyager and Deep Space Nine…and there was more than one model (using a stylus or just a touchscreen).
But something that is specifically an EBR (E-Book Reader)?
It was interesting to run across this in a 1945 story:
I Remember Lemuria by (Richard) Shaver
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It looks like a pocket reading machine, and it will not be noticed with suspicion.
The characters need to sneak something into a city…so it is disguised as a “pocket reading machine”, which are so common they don’t attract attention.
The version I’m reading was published in 1948 (it includes a companion piece), but I’m guessing this one was in the 1945 version.
It’s an odd book which created a minor sensation when the stories were first published in Amazing Stories. It’s supposed to be a situation of someone remembering a past life in a high tech society on Earth…I’ll write more about it later. I don’t think we would consider all of the tech likely to develop (these futuristic folks use vacuum tubes, for one thing), but this might be one that did. 😉
Do you have other good fictional examples of e-book reading devices, pre-2000? I’d be happy to hear about them.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.