teleporter n. 1

a person who is able to teleport; = teleport n. 2

  • 1949 Hartford (Connecticut) Courant 4 Sept. (Mag. section) 14/2

    ‘Teleportation’…is effected by the mind of ‘the teleporter’, who simply substitutes identical electrons and other particles in planet B for those he had in planet A.

  • 1960 ‘M. Phillips’ Out Like a Light in Astounding Science Fact & Fiction June 153/2 page image Randall Garrett Laurence M. Janifer bibliography

    It doesn’t do much good to know where a teleporter is, Malone thought. But it’s extremely handy to know where he’s going to be. And if you also know what he plans to do when he gets where he’s going, you've got an absolute lead-pipe cinch to work with.

  • 1979 R. Sheckley I can teleport Myself to Anywhere in M. Jakubowksi Twenty Houses of Zodiac 75 Robert Sheckley bibliography

    I can teleport myself to anywhere in the universe. This may seem an enviable ability to those who do not possess it, but I can assure you that it raises more difficulties than it solves. I found this out recently when I decided to make my first real journey as a teleporter. The latent ability had developed in me only a year before that, and I had used it at first rather timidly, and mainly in my own apartment, popping in and out of rooms and scaring my cat so badly that she took off and has never come back.

  • 2014 N. Singh Shield of Winter viii. 62 Nalini Singh bibliography

    This area is so remote it’s unlikely any group has two teleporters who can find a way to 'port in.

  • 2018 N. Okorafor Gone in Shuri (#1) Dec. (2019) (unpaged) Nnedi Okorafor

    For the nation’s own good, T’Challa is keeping some of the reasons for this mission secret from the public. I think he’s even keeping secrets from me. That’s why I made sure he took Manifold with him. My brother doesn’t know everything. A teleporter is my insurance against the unknown. Even if I’m going to miss him almost as much as I’ll miss my brother.

Research requirements

antedating 1949

Earliest cite

Hartford Courant

Research History
Dr. M. Lohr submitted a 1979 cite from Robert Sheckley's "I can teleport to anywhere".
Katrina Campbell submitted a 1973 cite from Julian Gregory and Roger Price's "The Tomorrow People in The Visitor".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Mark Phillips "The Impossibles"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1963 first edition, and Jesse Sheidlower then verified it in the serial publication in Astounding.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1998 cite from Eric Nylund's "Signal to Noise".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1967 cite from Richard Grey Sipes' "Of Terrans Bearing Gifts".
Rick Hauptmann submitted a 2003 cite from Michael Swanwick's "Legions in Time".
Bill Mullins submitted a 1949 cite from the Hartford Courant.

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