the transportation of material objects by a process analogous to radio transmission; cf. matter transmitter n.
There was no reason why matter could not be telegraphed, or to be more etymologically accurate, ‘telepomped’. It was only necessary to effect at one end of the line the disintegration of the molecules into atoms and to convey the vibrations of the chemical dissolution by electricity to the other pole, where a corresponding reconstruction could be effected.]
The attack must be launched before man completed the great matter-transmission machine he was planning… otherwise they would have the forces of the Confederation at the entrances of their underground cities.
By Franks' matter transmitter to Mojave. Spacecraft to Luna. More matter transmission from Luna to Phobos. Then transshipped down to Lincoln Head, and by matter transmitter to Canalopsis.
Perhaps in a city of the future like this one I had expected vehicles or moving ways of endless belts. Now I saw that at intervals along the street were discs of dull metal set in the pavement. A man would step on one—and vanish. Another man would suddenly appear on another, step off and hurry toward a third disc. It was matter-transmission, applied to the thoroughly practical use of quick transportation.
If the author is going to use speed greater than light or matter transmission, he at least owes us a reasonably plausible explanation of how these things work.
If matter transmission is truly instantaneous, and not just very very fast, like light, then at the exact instant of transmission, where is the object we’re transmitting? Is it here, or is it there?
When you have two molecules trying to occupy the same space at the same time, you get an atomic explosion, so matter transmission is not possible.
But that’s matter-transmission, not time travel.
In this future, matter transmission is the major form of transportation of goods and humans.
J. Schlossel, "Extra-Galactic Invaders"
Earliest cite in the OED had been from 1958, and is now the Smith cite from 1945
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