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One of the most basic tropes of science fiction is being able to quickly travel vast distances, and one of the most popular ways to do that is with teleportation or space-warping gateways. One step, or sometimes just a thought, and someone can be a few miles, a few light years away, or perhaps even in another universe altogether. Sometimes it’s technological, sometimes it’s natural (or unnatural) rifts in the fabric of space-time, sometimes it’s an odd, inherent ability in an individual. As a young genre fan, I found a teleporting hero in Nightcrawler of the X-Men even as I discovered galactic-level teleportation through The Forgotten Door. And as an adult… well, let’s be honest. We’ve all been stuck in traffic and wished we could just be at our destination without the hassles of traveling there.
Before I started working on my own book about teleportation, The Fold, I thought of the dozens of ways this technology could change the world. Imagine being able to open a door and divert entire floods to drought-plagued regions. What happens when there are no more shipping costs—for anything? How would politics change if here and there were just a step away from each other? Probably more than any other sci-fi creation, the idea of teleportation has the greatest potential to change the world and how we think about it.
Bookshelf curated by Peter Clines.
© Colleen Cooper