I am looking to buy a book that my father read as a boy, for his next birthday. I know very little about it except the protagonist is able to bodily trans-locate in a manner referred to specifically as a 'Jaunt' or 'jaunting'. My father's childhood was in the late 1930's through the 40's, so I would guess this is relatively early SciFi.

marked as duplicate by FuzzyBoots story-identification Jan 4 at 14:35

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    @gowenfawr: We require an accepted (even if by comment) answer for both source and destination. – FuzzyBoots Jan 4 at 14:08
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    That's correct. Usually one of the gold badgers will close it via dupe hammer. – Organic Marble Jan 4 at 14:09
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    Our "story-identification" tags work that way. Other types of questions do not. It basically has to do with an acknowledgment that knowledge of whether it's a correct answer is intensely personal, and even items that seem very alike may be different. – FuzzyBoots Jan 4 at 14:11
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    And, accepted now. – FuzzyBoots Jan 4 at 14:34
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    Just as an observation or future readers, "jaunting" as teleportation was also used in the various incarnations of The Tomorrow People, from the 70s to the 90s. – moopet Jan 4 at 17:32

This term is used extensively in Alfred Bester's "Tiger, Tiger" aka "The Stars My Destination" to refer to teleportation.

By the first decade of the twenty-fifth century the principles of jaunting were established and the first school was opened by Charles Fort Jaunte himself, then fifty-seven, immortalized, and ashamed to admit that he had never dared jaunte again.

  • 1957 is a bit further than what OP thought but memory's ticky sometimes – Jenayah Jan 4 at 14:06
  • Thank you - I'm sure this must be it. – Alopex Jan 4 at 14:29

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