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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

Jiffi-scuttler  
  A device providing near instantaneous travel between two points.  

Henry Ellis had a way to avoid the commute that was (even in 1954, when this story was written) becoming intolerable.

In the back yard stood a big circular hoop that gleamed brightly in the mid-morning sun. Ellis turned some controls at the base. The hoop changed from silver to shimmering red.

"Here I go!" Ellis shouted. He stepped briskly into the hoop. The hoop fluttered about him. There was a faint pop. The glow died.

"Good Heavens!" Mrs. Lawrence gasped. "He's gone!"

Henry Ellis was in a sort of tunnel. All around hima gray, formless tube stretched out in both directions, a sort of hazy sewerpipe.

Framed in the opening behind him, he could see the faint outline of his house... And in front of him... New York City.

From Prominent Author, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by If in 1954
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How did it work?

The Jiffi-scuttler bridged distances non-spatially, through another dimension of some kind (they hadn't explained that part too clearly to him).

Compare to the Ramsbotham Gate from Robert Heinlein's 1955 novel Tunnel in the Sky and the vibra-transmitter from Frank K. Kelly's 1933 story Into the Meteorite Orbit.

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