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Person from Porlock, the (1947) [Short Story]
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The brilliant poet Coleridge, in the middle of an acid trip, wrote about the legendary Kubla Khan. He claimed to have had from two hundred to three hundred lines in mind, but was prevented from placing all of them on paper when a person from Porlock interrupted and confused him. Later in life, he wrote a bitter poem lamenting the incomplete Kubla Khan, castigating the person from Porlock for his meddling.

An engineer hovers on the edge of a brilliant discovery -- the teleportation of matter, instantaneously, from one point to another. But the project is hounded by odd failures and glitches, until finally, his boss orders the project to cease. Frustrated, the engineer becomes certain that he is being deliberately prevented from making the final proof of his discovery and sets out to prove it. What he finds however, will not be what he expects...

Original title: The Person from Porlock
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionScience Fiction

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart

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