"As the rate of technological development speeds up, the gap between science fiction and what we’re living now is getting narrower all the time."
Excellent early shot at the transporter beam of Star Trek fame, tested in the story by out-of-work boxer Slugger Martin. He's been hired off a park bench by ol' Doc Murtha. Slugger has just the qualifications Doc has in mind. "You're a pugilist, eh? That's good. I'm looking for somebody with a strong body and a dim intelligence..."
Teleportation is, of course, a favorite of sci-fi writers; see the earlier Vibra-Transmitter (1933) and the more recent stepping disks (1970) from Niven's Ringworld.
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