teleport v. 2

intransitive to transport oneself instantaneously from one place to another; to travel by teleportation; (also) to be transported in this way, esp. by means of an advanced technological device


  • 1944 I. Asimov Big & the Little in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 19/2 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    Teleported direct from the capital.

  • 1949 F. Brown What Mad Universe ix. 131 Fredric Brown bibliography

    Into Mekky also was built the ability to teleport—to transfer himself instantaneously through space without the necessity of having a spaceship to ride in.

  • 1953 T. Sturgeon More than Human iii. 204 Theodore Sturgeon bibliography

    Bonnie and Beanie can’t carry so much as a toothpick with them when they teleport, let alone clothes.

  • 1967 R. G. Sipes Of Terrans Bearing Gifts in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact May 31/2 Richard Grey Sipes bibliography

    ‘In a like manner, how could the alleged teleporter work? If one were to “teleport”—,’ he spit out the word as if it had a nasty taste, ‘to a greater or lesser distance from the center of our planet, energy would be gained or lost.’

  • 1991 Locus Nov. 29/1

    Longtime fans will enjoy seeing dragons in space, where their ability to teleport and their telepathic skills prove very useful.

  • 1997 S. Shinn Jovah’s Angel 317 Sharon Shinn bibliography

    ‘How can I help you?’ she asked when Jovah’s words came to a halt. A one-word reply. ‘Teleport.’ As before, incomprehensible. She continued to ask questions as if they were reasonable, as if she were carrying on a logical conversation that she understood. ‘How can I teleport?’ This reply, at least, sounded sane. ‘Type in the word “teleport” at the prompt, hit Enter, and within twenty seconds move to the inscribed pentagram on the floor in the center of the room.’

  • 2011 S. Kenyon & D. Love Alterant iv. 43 page image Sherrilyn Kenyon Dianna Love bibliography

    His being here explained how someone had shown up so fast. Sen had the ability to teleport anywhere he wanted.

Research requirements

antedating 1944

Earliest cite

Isaac Asimov

Research History
Jeff Wolfe submitted a cite from a reprint of James Schmitz' "The Witches of Karres"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1949 original magazine version.
Cory Panshin submitted a citation from a 1953 reprint of Henry Kuttner's 1948 "A Pile of Trouble".
Imran Ghory submitted a citation from a reprint of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation"; Mike Christie verified the original 1944 magazine appearance.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2011 cite from Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love.

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