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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

Trans-Space Transmission  
  A curious method of communication between worlds.  

He addressed the message to Castel Martin at Polypolis and handed it to the over-slave. A moment later he heard the characteristic sputter of trans-space discharge.

And hour passed... Thissel paced restlessly back and forth in front of the office. There was no telling how long he would have to wait: trans-space transmission time varied unpredictably. Sometimes the message snapped through in microseconds; sometimes it wandered through unknowable regions for hours; and there were several authenticated examples of messages being received before they had been transmitted.

From The Moon Moth, by Jack Vance.
Published by Pocket Books in 1976
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