[SIGCIS-Members] Query: mobile phones and science fiction

Julie Cohn cohnconnor at gmail.com
Wed Oct 13 15:32:43 PDT 2021

I don’t have any recommendations for sci fi and mobile phones, but I do have a neat little article from a turn-of=the-last century issue of Electrical World describing mobile telephones for police to use. They would carry the handset with them and plug into a phone line to use it. If of interest, I’ll dig it out.


Julie Cohn, Ph.D.

Non-Resident Scholar, Center for Energy Studies
Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, and
Research Historian, Center for Public History
University of Houston

email: cohnconnor at gmail.com
cell: 713.516.0849

Author: The Grid: Biography of an American Technology (MIT Press, 2017)

> On Oct 13, 2021, at 2:29 PM, Andrew Russell <arussell at arussell.org> wrote:
> Hi again SIGCIS - please see below, forwarded with permission via Peggy Kidwell - 
>> From: Baker, Alexi <alexi.baker at yale.edu <mailto:alexi.baker at yale.edu>>
>> Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 2:14 PM
>> To: rete at maillist.ox.ac.uk <mailto:rete at maillist.ox.ac.uk> <rete at maillist.ox.ac.uk <mailto:rete at maillist.ox.ac.uk>>
>> Subject: [rete] History of telecommunications / mobile phones
>> This is perhaps going a bit far afield in the history of technology, but I have a student who is interested in the history of mobile phones with respect to science fiction. She is in particular interested in how the development of such telecommunications influenced, was represented in, and was influenced by science fiction films. Do any of you happen to know of historians who have focused on the development of mobile phones and/or on the relationship between sci fi and technology in general?
>> Many thanks for any suggestions - Alexi 
>> Dr. Alexi Baker
>> Division of the History of Science & Technology
>> Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
>> Tel. 203-737-3084
>> alexi.baker at yale.edu <mailto:alexi.baker at yale.edu>
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