The title says it all: what was the first reference in science fiction to a (3-D) hologram of anything?

Similar question here, but I'm asking when and what was the first use of a hologram generally, not necessarily a hologram of a person, but a hologram of anything, including a holographic informational display.


This Wiki page as suggested by Richard lists several instances of holography in science fiction.

The earliest work it refers to is The Carpathian Castle (1892) which features an early form of a hologram, but it seems this was a 2-dimensional hologram, so doesn't satisfy the question's requirement for a 3-D hologram.

The next earliest piece of work mentioned is The Forbidden Planet (1956), with the hologram in that being Krell's Educator Machine (kudos SylvainL).

Indeed, the first reference to a hologram does seem to be a hologram of a person, as referred to in cde's comment: Asimov's "Foundation" (the novelette) which was first published in 1942.

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    Nit: "Foundation" (the novelette) was published in 1942; Foundation (the novel) was published in 1951. What you wrote is fine but the title should be in quotation marks instead of italics. – user14111 Jul 2 '15 at 5:37
  • @user14111 good pick-up; I love nitpicks anyway! – Often Right Jul 2 '15 at 5:39
  • For the hologram in the The Forbidden Planet, I think that the mention is about the Krell's Educator Machine or Plastic Educator (scifiinterfaces.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/the-plastic-educator ). Even if the represented object is imaginary, coming from the mind of the user, this looks like an hologram to me. – SylvainL Jul 2 '15 at 7:21

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