Full record for teleportation n.

Definition the conveyance of persons (esp. of oneself) or things by psychic power; also in futuristic description, apparently instantaneous transportation of persons, etc., across space by advanced technological means
OED requirements antedating 1931
Earliest cite C. Fort 'Lo!'
Comment The OED has cites back to 1931 for uses of "teleportation" that come from spiritualism. We are looking here for cites that refer to the power of teleportation in a science fiction setting.
Bill Seabrook submitted a cite from a 1970 reprint of Theodore Sturgeon and James Beard's 1943 story "The Bones". We would like to check the magazine appearance in 1943 in Unknown. Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of Lewis Padgett's "When The Bough Breaks"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1944 first magazine appearance.

We noted that Martin Gardner's "In the Name of Science" (1952) credited Charles Fort with coining the word teleportation (in this particular sense), and requested cites from early copies of Fort's books, and Bob Rickard of the Fortean Times submitted cites from Fort's "Lo!" (1931) and "Wild Talents" (1932)

Earliest cite in the OED: 1951 in the sf sense.

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Citations for teleportation n.

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1931 C. H. Fort Wild Talents ii. 27 Mostly in this book I shall specialize upon indications that there exists a transportory force that I shall call Teleportation.
1931 C. H. Fort Lo! ii. 97 Mostly in this book I shall specialize upon indications that there exists a transportory force that I shall call Teleportation.
1932 C. H. Fort Wild Talents x. 98 Marauding animals have often unaccountably appeared in, or near, human communities. ‥ I have collected notes upon these occurrences, as teleportations.
1932 C. H. Fort Wild Talents x. 100 It seems to me that my expressions upon Teleportations are somewhat satisfactory in most of the cases—that is, that there is a force, distributive of forms of life and other phenomena that could switch an animal, say from a jungle in Madagascar to a back yard somewhere in Nebraska.
1944 ‘L. Padgett’ in Astounding Sci. Fiction Nov. 89/1 Teleportation? Quat showed me last night. He can't do it himself, but I'm X Free super so I can. The power isn't disciplined yet.
1960 ‘T. Sturgeon’ & J. H. Beard Beyond (1970) 135 ‘Are you telling me you felt things in those pictures?’ Farrel nodded soberly. ‘Donzey, I was in those pictures.’ Donzey thought, What have I got here? Transmigration? Teleportation? Clairvoyance? Why, there's ten billion in it!
1984 D. Brin Practice Effect ii.i.22 Had the ziev effect played another trick on them all and given them teleportation rather than an interstellar drive?
1993 Omni Oct. 134/3 It was instantaneous, like teleportation.
2001 Cult Times Feb. 59/5 Martin Brundle, son of the late Seth, is born under the watchful eye of Anton Bartok, an unscrupulous scientific tycoon, determined to discover the secret of the teleportation pods invented by Martin's father.