Beam me up, Scotty! #Teleportation moves beyond the realm of Sci-Fi and into real life

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Friends, bear with me please. I'm navigating communities which all have many good things in common but also distinct differences which may not be apparent to blockchain-blockheads like me.

I have read and resteemed this:


The major supporters of GEMS @appreciator, @rocky1 and @upmewhale regularly curate in other communities and at times we are supporting more outside the community.
I have been personally more focused on newcomers and there are only few initiatives who focus on new or undervalued authors leading to more user retention....

I'm not even posting for potential upvotes. I just want to SHARE IDEAS. I would love to have someone say, "Yes, I've read similar things, and I believe this translocation thing really could happen in our lifetime."

I get the feeling nobody has time to read whole posts

to see what the writer set out to share, and I'm pretty sure my banned post was auto-blocked due to one incorrect hashtag, and that if the doomed post had been read in its entirety, it might not have been ghosted.

Again, I don't post for the money, and no "professional" writers I know of have made a living at Steemit or Hive. If I were writing for the money, I'd publish Harlequin romances or even erotica or dimestore thrillers. (Ok, it's dollar store now, not dimestore, but let's not digress about my age, okay?) :)

This is not a contest entry, and it's not a book review, although this post does contain a book review. It contains a lot of other things as well. This is a look at the ways @owasco has already explored ideas that someone else brings to life in fiction, in a novel that was ahead of its time. #Translocation is apparently happening, and I cannot even begin to fathom it being anything but science fiction.

When I first tried to post this, I had failed to read new #CommunityGuidelines for a group that also had changed its name from (let's leave it at PHC) to (LL). Mea culpa. The post, which I hashtagged "book review," was downvoted and hidden in a community that had changed its guidelines and I had failed to keep up.

So. This is more than a book review. Just when blockchain and bitcoin were starting to register in my brain, @owaso started speaking of other dimensions and the world of the seen versus the unseen.

Pardon my discursive, meandering style. I'd like to say I got it from Dostoyevsky, but he could sustain a meandering discourse for 700 pages and still be considered a literary master 100+ years later, while I'm more "stream of consciousness," aka disorganized and undisciplined. I am no Fyodor.

Here is the BANNED, blocked, "hidden" post, and I hope I won't be downvoted and shot down again for posting in error. These new community guidelines can be frustrating and discouraging, but I tend toward chaos rather than learning and imposing order on the maelstrom of my mind.

Teleport Me: "Adjacent Fields" by Charles Barouch is terrifying and brilliant - Rave Review by Keangaroo

#space #time teleportation #scifi #science #portal #physics

@owasco wrote something that reminded me of portals,

other dimensions, Narnia, and a 2013 novel, Adjacent Fields by Charles Barouch. That's why I'm resurrecting this old book review. If a book is a classic, though, how can a review be "too old" - unless the science has come to life in the years since a futuristic sci-fi novel was first published - dare I go see?

At the time I reviewed this for Perihelion Science Fiction,
real-life scientists claimed they had teleported a small object -- You can imagine it: "A thumb tack today, tomorrow, the world" (or a human: Beam me up, Scotty!). I have searched online for these science projects in which teleportation occurred.

"If you can imagine it, it could happen--and likely will" (or already did).

  • Carol runs away screaming

Ok, back to my old book review.

Charles Barouch hurls the reader headlong into the fire of ethereal physics with his novel “Adjacent Fields,” and if the science doesn’t scare us, the politics will. How does the inventor of a teleportation device get the funding to produce and market such a revolutionary product? What if customers can’t use the teleporter until their governments figure out how to regulate and tax the device?
--Carol Kean, Perihelion Science Fiction

Adjacent Fields by Charles Barouch

My Perihelion review was not permalinked, but I saved a copy in Word. Here it is (rights have reverted to me.)

Quantum entanglement. Teleportation.

Book covers rarely scare off readers with such heady terms, and even science fiction writers tend to embrace easier subjects, such as a post-apocalyptic planet Earth. Charles Barouch hurls the reader headlong into the fire of ethereal physics with his novel “Adjacent Fields,” and if the science doesn’t scare us, the politics will. How does the inventor of a teleportation device get the funding to produce and market such a revolutionary product? What if customers can’t use the teleporter until their governments figure out how to regulate and tax the device?

"When you invent something,” the hero reminds us, “no one leaps out of the shadows and presents you with a comprehensive statistical analysis."

The novel opens with “the little man” named Rama demonstrating his amazing invention, the Adjacent Field, at a conference of potential investors. "There was interest in their eyes, but also impatience...these people went to demonstrations for a living. Keeping their attention was vital to getting their money."

They witness cargo vanishing from one pad and reappearing on another, but don't even grasp what they have seen. "What commercial value do you see in moving small objects tiny distances between platforms?" asks one unimpressed investor.

Rama’s audiences cannot grasp the technology or see its potential--until a reporter in Rio swaps microphones with someone in New York, then Hong Kong. The unplanned microphone swap is “graspable." Within a week, the inventors have a privately traded company with six hundred stockholders. Not long after that, our protagonists are in jail on suspicion of finding a way to trade goods without paying taxes. Barouch narrates these ironies with dry, understated humor.

The political machinations of the story are scary, but so is the science. Teleportation would involve dematerializing an object at one point, sending the object's precise atomic configuration to another location, and reconstructing it there. Time and space would be eliminated from travel. We’d be transported to any location instantly, without crossing a physical distance. Charles Barouch apparently grasps the concept of quantum entanglement, but he mercifully simplifies explanations of how it works. E.g., "Both ultraviolet and infrared do pass through but the bulk of the visible spectrum won't. Radio frequencies pass through, except for short-wave and a few kilohertz worth of bandwidth in the middle of the FM range."

The “Adjacent Fields” of the title got their start in a monastery,

in the floor tiles, into which one monk has disappeared, another one is trapped, and a third one is disassembled, his various body parts appearing from time to time in one tile or another, even waving or speaking. This is not a book for impressionable readers to consume at bedtime.

The story bounces from the monastery to the inventors, to the businessmen and politicians, with a huge cast of characters that include semi-teleported monks, a Zen-seeking pianist, an escaped mental patient, a con artist with multiple identities, and a gay man whose lover fears Walter isn’t really gay but just unable to relate to women, due to an incident with his sister Jenny, now deceased, but the invention is named for her: the Adjacent Fields become JCI, JennyPads International.

The dialogue is memorable, even if the characters are hard to keep up with. Rama tells Walter, "I needed someone more trustworthy than I am. Don't ever completely trust me, Walter. Simply trust everyone else less."

Barra tells Russell,
"Quantum Physicists are idiots. Their theories are the worst kind of junk science and their beliefs are more like a crackpot religion than like any reasonable attempt at understanding.”

Russell’s unspoken response is priceless:
“He'd studied physics and built his device on these principles. He knew it was right because he had a quantum entanglement device under his robes and it worked. She had to be wrong.”

Barra verbally shreds Russell:
"If you intend to kill everyone who understands how the field works,” she says, “you can cross suicide off your to-do list."

Is that a great line, or what?

Aside from the risk of jail or execution for those who can create the JennyPads, there’s the disturbing knowledge of how many ways they can be used. Presented first as a way to ship packages to Brazil at the speed of an email, the invention may be used to save lives or commit murder. “A doctor could reach inside a human body and work on a person without cutting them open,” planes could drop JennyPads instead of bombs, making the invention the “Healer, killer, remaker of society."

The risk of spoilers prevents me from saying more. Try the book for yourself. It's brilliant.

NOTE: I reviewed this novel for Perihelion Science Fiction in 2013, followed by a review of Book One in a series starring Tiago. Sam Bellotto published a short story, "Tangle of Brilliance" by Charles Barouch. I love this author's imagination and erudition, so I started following on Twitter and Facebook, of course! Amazon punishes reviewers for "friending" an author they discover and love, and now all my Amazon reviews have been flushed, permanently, for "violating' the Friends and Family policy. It makes no sense to me. But Goodreads has not punished me "friending" an author whose work I love. Thank you, Goodreads! I wish I had copied more of my Amazon reviews over to this site before they were flushed into cyberspace and lost.

"Tangle of Brilliance" by Charles Barouch in Perihelion Science Fiction

Tiago the Pawn--Interrogative Book #5

Charles Barouch is a writer, game designer, and computer technologist. His science fiction novel, “Adjacent Fields,” can be found on his Bookmarks website along with an index of his other stories, technical writing, and blogs.

Barouch is a writer and journalist, published by International Spectrum, Mphasis (a Mensa publication), and HDWP Books.

“The reason we created HDWPbooks,” he writes, “has everything to do with how hard it is for good stories to get out there. To be clear: most publishers genuinely want to help good authors tell good stories. We--the publishing industry--want to help you tell your story. That puts us all on the same page.”

About Charles Barouch

Grounded in the real world, I write fiction. There is something about reading about people who see farther, sense more, and encounter more, which attracts me. I want to share that 'the world is bigger' wonder with all of you.
You can find a full list of my in-print writing here:

Eight years after this debut novel, I had to wonder again: is teleportation scientifically possible today?

How Quantum Teleportation Actually Works

Teleportation is real, thanks to quantum entanglement. It turns out that that scan-and-reassemble type of teleportation is actually possible thanks to a property of quantum mechanics called ...

.... Teleportation is pretty firmly situated in the realm of science fiction. We may not be able to teleport objects or people from place to place in an instant, but there are scenarios where teleportation can be achieved. Not only is it possible, but it's actually being accomplished in physics labs across the world.

Of course, we have to be careful about what exactly we mean when we say "teleportation." There's three different kinds of teleportation: teleportation through a wormhole, or something similar, where your body is simply relocated to another place; the Star Trek kind where your molecules are disassembled, beamed somewhere else, and reassembled in the same way; and the philosophy problem kind where your body is scanned and the information is transmitted somewhere else and used to build an entirely new body out of different materials. We're talking about the last kind here.

Here's another one:

Is teleportation possible? Yes, in the quantum world

While human teleportation exists only in science fiction, teleportation is possible in the subatomic world of quantum mechanics—albeit not in the way typically depicted on TV. In the quantum world,...

Portals, like the tiles in the monastery floor in Barouch's novel, fascinate everyone, not just me, right? Consider the wardrobe in C.S. Lewis's "Narnia' series.

Narnian portals - The British Library

Professor Sally Bushell explores C S Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia series, focussing on the use of the door as a portal that allows children to enter Narnia. 'It is not easy to cross from your world into this,' said Malebron, 'But there are places where they touch.' (Alan Garner, Elidor)

Writers, take heart:

C. S. Lewis, reportedly destroyed the first draft after he received harsh criticism on it

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, published in 1950, was the first of the seven Chronicles of Narnia to be published. The book became an almost instant classic, although its author, C. S. Lewis, reportedly destroyed the first draft after he received harsh criticism on it from his friends and fellow fantasy writers…

Two years ago, I posted my Perihelion book review at Steemit, after @fitinfun and brought to mind "Adjacent Fields" - Sharon! (R.I.P.) - nominated his story for the weekly Freewrite Favorites: writing for the "portal" prompt. I was the freewritehouse reminder for his prior work and suggested he continue the story with this prompt. This creepy tale is the result of that idea. Such a nice guy for such chilling thoughts! Read it here:


Does anyone believe this story?

BREAKING: Army scientists successfully 'teleport' Soldiers By Bob Reinert, USAG Natick Public Affairs

NATICK, Mass. (April 1, 2016) -- Army scientists have successfully "teleported" a fully equipped squad from a Massachusetts research and development facility to a training area in Germany, the Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) announced today.

The nine human research volunteers, fresh out of Advanced Individual Training, were participating in experiments in the Doriot Climatic Chambers at NSSC when they disappeared and moments later materialized at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, completely unharmed. The chambers are capable of replicating any climate or weather in the world but have never before been used in this manner.

Teleportation, made famous in the "Star Trek" television series and movies, had been -- until what the Army is calling the "Natick incident" -- a hypothetical way of moving objects from place to place. American writer Charles Fort is reported to have coined the word in 1931.

Officials at Natick were elated by the event, which promises to one day revolutionize the way that American troops and equipment are transported around the globe. It also could ultimately make overseas bases obsolete as forces are instead moved from U.S. soil to remote trouble spots in the blink of an eye.

"No one is more impressed by this than I am," said Benjamin Storm, who manages the 61-year-old climatic chambers at Natick. "One moment, I was chatting with the young Soldiers, and the next, they all vanished into thin air."

(See more at the site, linked above)

Oh, and lest you get as excited as I did, check the date.

NATICK, Mass. (April 1, 2016)

Yeah, THAT date.

The Task Force expects to report its initial findings by April Fools' Day, 2017.

Ok, back to my search for actual science news. While I hunt, I leave you with this:

The Time Travel and Teleportation Experiments Of Project Pegasus

While Basiago claims there were several time travel devices at work during these experiments, the majority of his temporal adventures can be attributed to our old friend Nikola Tesla. Documents, allegedly retrieved from Tesla's New York City apartment after his death in January 1943, revealed the schematic for a teleportation machine.

Here's one more, a You-Tube video, Teleportation of particles using quantum entanglement | Quantum Physics Experiment, but don't get excited just yet (it doesn't look "real" but maybe that's on purpose, right? Right?):

Beam me up, Scotty!

Thank you for reading, and thank you @owasco for any stories you care to share about touching the edges of other dimensions. (Hint, hint!)


What happened???? You'll have to tell me via private message.

It looks like you got slapped down by a blockchain community for whatever reason. Hence the reason I no longer affiliate with blockchain communites, after being the leader of one myself for a while. It's a toxic environment, and I have better things to spend my time and energy on. I apologize for sounding bitter. But considering the history....

We don't need gadgets to teleport. We are already everywhere. We have been taught that our coordinates keep us stuck at our computers typing responses to brilliant essays on being elsewhere.

Blogging is teleportation of our words.

Those communities are a pain in the neck, but once in a while, if I manage to choose the right one, I can bring attention to a particular piece that might not get any attention at all had I posted it elsewhere (like my freewrite yesterday - I haven't been able to write good stories until yesterday, and it got high praise, but not from many!). I wish there were some way to post in more than one community. I suppose there is, but cross posting should (blech) be done by someone else, not yourself. I also wish one could get a warning before the post is banned - so hoity toity to judge something unworthy of a hive community. Although the founders do work quite hard.

Love the sound of that book! You have a thing for science fiction, or is it non-fiction? All things are possible, true. All things.

Can't get to and @fitinfun steemit posts via those links BTW. I miss them both. Where is Bruce anyway?

How provocative!

..... science fiction, or is it non-fiction? All things are possible, true. All things.
And profound:
Blogging is teleportation of our words.

My wish, too:

a warning before the post is banned

Like, give us time to make amends, rather than send us straight into Atonement zone.

the founders do work quite hard.
So, yes, they can pounce and enforce. Not my style, but I never did run a tight ship, or any ship - I'm still in the storm-tossed seas of Steemit and Hive, star-gazing instead of learning how to use a damn compass.

Thanks for reading and I hope you'll write more about these portals and dimensions, if you feel so inclined. :)

Ah, is alive and well and posting at Hive!


Oh no - #BANNED - why? Bruce, where are you now?


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