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"Science fiction operates a little bit like science itself, in principle. You've got thousands of people exploring ideas, putting forth their own hypotheses. Most of them are dead wrong; a few stand the test of time; everything looks kind of quaint in hind"
- Peter Watts

Trans-Space Transmission  
  A curious method of communication between worlds.  

He addressed the message to Castel Martin at Polypolis and handed it to the over-slave. A moment later he heard the characteristic sputter of trans-space discharge.

And hour passed... Thissel paced restlessly back and forth in front of the office. There was no telling how long he would have to wait: trans-space transmission time varied unpredictably. Sometimes the message snapped through in microseconds; sometimes it wandered through unknowable regions for hours; and there were several authenticated examples of messages being received before they had been transmitted.

From The Moon Moth, by Jack Vance.
Published by Pocket Books in 1976
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