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Interstellar Teleportation describes a hypothetical technology appearing in science fiction, typically in hard science fiction, which moves people and/or other objects over interstellar distances by transforming them into information and/or energy during the journey and then beaming them from point to point. The matter of the physical person or object is disassembled at the point of departure and information is tranmitted so that the person or object may be reassembled at the point of arrival. This for those who believe in the soul or other non-material spirit, this might pose philosophical-religious concerns about the continuity of personal identity. Any teleportation technology poses the basic philosophical-religious question: Is the same person reassembled at the point of arrival or is the old person killed and a new person assembled at arrival? If the former is true, then does the soul or other spirit accompany the information transmitted? However, the time dilation occurring during the transmission of information across the immense distances of interstellar space would make the proposed philosophical-religious problem even more acute. Does the soul travel at the same speed as the transmitted information or is it bound by different rules?

ExamplesEdit

  • the Door in Lloyd Biggle Jr.'s short story The Rule of the Door.
  • Gate in Ken Macleod's novel Newton's Wake: A Space Opera. Macleod's gates are entrances to the wormhole skein, a network of Visser-Kar wormholes, referred to as Carlyle's Drift.
  • mattermitter a.k.a. matter transmitters in Brian Aldiss' Starswarm, pp. 95-96
  • Ramsbotham Jump in Robert A. Heinlein's novel Tunnel in the Sky.
  • Runcible in Neal Asher's novel Gridlinked
  • Springer technology in John Barnes' A Million Open Doors series of novels
  • Transible in Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen's Heaven
  • unnamed in "Assignment Earth," an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, which first aired on March 29, 1968. Written by Gene Roddenberry and Art Wallace. Description
  • Wargate in Bruce Balfour's novel The Forge of Mars.
  • The Stargate featured in the movie Stargate and the followup series Stargate SG-1.


ReferencesEdit

  • Roy Sorenson. 2003. A Brief History of the Paradox: Philosophy and the Labyrinths of the Mind. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195159039. Pp. 144-145.

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