He most recently served as editor-in-chief of Amazing Stories magazine, and is presently researching two books focusing on the early days of science-fiction television.
This exegesis examines the rise and fall of the matter transmitter as a motif and metaphor in British and American science fiction, and its implications for reflecting upon social, scientific and technological change.
The exegesis concludes with an analysis of my past and present usage of the trope, putting into context the creative component of this thesis. Making and Remaking Iteration A post-scarcity world transformed by free, instantaneous travel should be paradise, but nothing is entirely as it seems.
Clair Hill uses Improvement, a meme promising physical transformation for the better by little more than wishing for it. In doing so she brings into being an artificial mind, Q, designed to shepherd her through a sinister process of remaking that will ultimately turn them both into entirely different people.
I give consent to this copy of my thesis, when deposited in the University Library, being made available for loan and photocopying, subject to the provisions of the Copyright Act of Sean Williams August 4 1 Introduction Science fiction SF can be characterized by its frequent employment of conventions unique to the genre, ranging from relatively mundane props such as rayguns and sonic screwdrivers to the great cosmic technologies that embody the science of sf: Csicsery-Ronay Sitting at a critical juncture of technoscientific innovation and mainstream culture, SF is fundamentally concerned with introducing new concepts to the value-bearing stories and metaphors of social life.
This double service has the long-term effect of giving the exotic increased eminence in the public mind until what seems—and might actually be—impossible becomes paradoxically concrete in the social imagination Why, then, do such images exert such a powerful and continuing hold on the science-fiction imagination and indeed on the popular imagination general, which has 5 begun to turn more and more to science fiction images.
Is it that the genre is indeed so narrow in scope that it must return over and over to the same images? Is it that sciencefiction writers, constrained for so long by the formula-minded audiences and editors of a genre that began as pulp fiction, simply cannot free themselves from a standard repertoire of conventional images?
I would argue that such images as these transcend popular literature notions of conventions and stereotypes. They are in fact. No element of the genre emerged from the twentieth century unexamined.
Those tropes that endure possess qualities that make them capable of engagement on numerous fronts. Studies that examine the technological influences on or philosophical implications of such instantaneous transportation tend to focus on time travel for instance Time Machines: Three factors, he says, give particular tropes iconic status within the context of science fiction: I will argue that the matter transmitter qualifies for iconic status by the criteria outlined above, that it therefore warrants further critical analysis, and that it will remain a vital germ of ideation for contemporary writers, including myself, for the foreseeable future.
Later, he uses the same prop to change form, first into a dragon and then into a frog. No speculation is offered regarding the original purpose of such works and how they might impact upon the world of the narrative. Eschewing, even outright denying, the supernatural, Mitchell employs scientific terms and metaphors to render the fantastical at least partly plausible: Matter is made up of molecules and molecules, in their turn, are made up of atoms.
Their dissolution may be accomplished by chemical affinity or by a sufficiently strong electric current. The batteries expire before his journey is complete, leaving him the eponymous figure of the story, his body lost forever.
More openly imaginary, the djinns of Aladdin, capable of moving great distances instantaneously, are least three hundred years old, based on folklore stretching back thousands of years.
In the tradition of Arthur Machen, early psychical researchers, later parapsychologists, created names for some of these supernatural relocations.
In the closing decades of the nineteenth century, the naming of such events may not have brought science any closer to explaining them, but it did provide a ready-made language for the earliest writers to employ when imagining what might occur when matter transmission became at least an imagined reality and the effects such technologies might have on people.
Much of this change arose due to two critical technological breakthroughs of the industrial age: The second—begun by the telegraph and extended in turn by the telephone, television, and fax machine—made it possible to transmit complex messages over great distances at the speed of light.
Van Riper Matter transmission is clearly the progeny of these two breakthroughs, heralding a reorganization of fundamental relationships that is, according to Jeffrey Sconce, still evolving today: From the initial electromagnetic dots and dashes of the telegraph to the digital landscapes of virtual reality, electronic telecommunications have compelled citizens of the media age to reconsider increasingly disassociative relationships between body, mind, space, and time.
Sepp von Einem Dick. Or, as Joshua Glenn puts it: In effect, these fictions carried a particular kind of moral warning for the West, at a time when the consequences of a century of social and industrial change were yet to be fully realized see Von Trojan.
Mysterious devices in Fred T. An Account of the Strange Disappearance of Thomas Plummer, Pillmaker, transport a young man to another world, but have the opposite effect on material from a much closer heavenly body in The Moon Metal by Garrett P Servissdelivering it en masse to Earth.
Instead of motion across great distances taking days or weeks, it occurred instantaneously, once again taking its cue from telegraphy. The telegraph not only inaugurated a new family of technologies. It has since been appropriated by science to describe real and well-understood physics, a testimony to its popularity over time.
The vibrations that give individuality to matter may be transmitted to a distance by wire just as readily as the vibrations that give individuality to sound. In the course of my experiments with the telephone I became convinced that the same principle was capable of indefinite expansion.
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