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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Hypertracer  
  A device that allows a pursuer to follow a spaceship through hyperspace.  

"What is it?"

"A hypertracer."

"That's not enough. I'm not a foundation man. What is it?"

"It's a device to allow the ship to be traced through hyperspace."

"In other words we can be followed anywhere."

"Yes sir."

From Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov.
Published by Doubleday in 1953
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Compare to the tracer-bird from Changeling (1980) by Roger Zelazny.

Also, recall the homing beacon from the original Star Wars movie.

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