MT Promises: Science Fictional Travel Technologies and the Making and Unmaking of Corporeal Identity

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Abstract

It is difficult to refute the proposition that revolutions in transport technologies
have far-reaching effects on society: the domestication of the horse caused no
less upheaval than the take-off of the first long-haul jet aircraft. But what might
lie in the future as transportation achieves new degrees of instantaneity and
convenience? Science fiction (SF) is uniquely enabled to hypothesize about the
impacts of such imagined technologies, and Harry Harrison is just one of many
authors to examine the science fictional trope of the Matter Transmitter – ‘MT’ as
he dubbed it, deriving the abbreviation in the same fashion that ‘TV’ comes from
television (Harrison 1973: x).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTravel and Imagination
EditorsEmma Waterton, Garth Lean, Russell Staiff
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter11
Pages165-180
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781472410252
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

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    Williams, S. (2014). MT Promises: Science Fictional Travel Technologies and the Making and Unmaking of Corporeal Identity. In E. Waterton, G. Lean, & R. Staiff (Eds.), Travel and Imagination (pp. 165-180). Routledge.