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"...science fiction is sort of like a sociological genome. It's a huge range of possible futures, most of them useless; some vital. You never really know in advance."
- Peter Watts

Jumpdoor  
  The entrance to an energy passage providing instantaneous transportation between points across the galaxy.  

How might it be possible to move from one place to another, without traversing the space in between? Frank Herbert takes a shot at it in Whipping Star:

The jumpdoor began to hum with its aura of terrifying energies. The door's vortal tube snapped open. McKie tensed himself for the syrupy resistance to jumpdoor passage, stepped through the tube. It was like swimming in air became molasses - perfectly normal-appearing air. But molasses.

McKie found himself in a rather ordinary office..

From Whipping Star, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Galaxy Publishing in 1969
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Jumpdoors can be dangerous; just make sure you're all the way through when they close.

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