From Kook Science

The telesolidograph is a technological instrument described as being capable of projecting three-dimensional images and sound in the form of beams (of unspecified type) over a distance to a receiver device, notably appearing in the work of Richard S. Shaver, Fritz Leiber, and other science fiction writers.


In the novel Gather, Darkness!, first serialised in Astounding Science Fiction during the summer of 1943, Leiber described the device as acting as a three-dimensional motion picture projector that sends out a multi-beam that is "invisible, long-range, and highly penetrating, only erupting into a visible, three-dimensional image when it reaches the focus," and that it is "slightly analogous to a needle-point spray." A similar device, also named the telesolidograph, having likewise similar function, later appeared in Albert dePina's short story The Silver Plague, first published in Planet Stories of spring 1945.

In the later short story The Masked World, published in Amazing Stories for May 1946, Shaver includes an episode in which the technology is used to project images of a fight, and later is described as having applications in matter teleportation, which he explains in terms of a physical object being subjected to a force that "blasts" its individual particles apart (a "dissolving ray"), those particles then being projected under "pressure" in the manner of (or in parallel with) a telesolidograph ray, "flow[ing] between the force lines," until reaching the destination where "a counter force-flow" (a "precipitating ray") is applied, which "neutralizes the pressure" on the particle stream, causing it to reassemble itself as a physical object.