TELEPORTATION


TELEPORTATION
   Although a common item of sf TERMINOLOGY, this word is (or has been) used in 3 different ways.1. Charles FORT used it in Wild Talents (1932) as a synonym for "psychokinesis" or, later, TELEKINESIS; i.e., the ability to move objects by the power of the mind alone.2. In sf of the 1950s and 1960s there was a tendency to use "teleportation" as a special case of"telekinesis", meaning the ability to move oneself from one place to another by the power of the mind alone; this is probably the commonest usage.3. Some writers use "teleportation" as the ability to move people or objects from one place to another by MATTER TRANSMISSION; i.e., using scientific equipment to transmit items in the form of information-carrying waves, which at the destination are reconstituted into matter. A particularly implausible version (since there is no transmitting equipment at the far end) is the "Beam me up, Scottie!" gadget in STAR TREK.
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   See also: PSI POWERS.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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