"it slowly dawned on me that the landscape of science is maybe what interests people a great deal in science fiction."
Excellent early shot at the transporter beam of Star Trek fame, tested in the story by out-of-work boxer Slugger Martin. He's been hired off a park bench by ol' Doc Murtha. Slugger has just the qualifications Doc has in mind. "You're a pugilist, eh? That's good. I'm looking for somebody with a strong body and a dim intelligence..."
Teleportation is, of course, a favorite of sci-fi writers; see the earlier Vibra-Transmitter (1933) and the more recent stepping disks (1970) from Niven's Ringworld.
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