This is from TV Tropes's Teleporter Accident page:

An old sci-fi story dealt with aliens coming to Earth and offering to share their technology with humanity, including teleportation. Unfortunately, the alien civilization is stagnant, and has been for centuries ever since the discovery of the teleporter, as the alien interacting with humans and studying their 'quaint' beliefs in souls and psionics learns that souls do exist and anyone who's been run through a teleporter loses his soul and all that's left is a soulless shell. Without souls all development and creativity had stopped for them and to save humanity from that (apparently he was unwilling or didn't believe his people would believe the truth) the alien destroys his ship and all records in their database referencing Earth. It ends with a reporter detailing the story and sadly thinking how he'll never again create anything new, as he was part of the group of humans run through the teleporters to show that they were safe.

Does anyone happen to know the name of this story? I'll accept the best match.

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    Hmmmm, this edit was made back in 2011 and no one has identified it there yet. Let's see if we can do better. :) – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Sep 18 '19 at 13:10
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    I have read this, but it's been a long, long time. Will ponder it. – Organic Marble Sep 18 '19 at 13:47
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    @OrganicMarble do you remember any of the terminology used at all (ie, did they call the teleporter a "teleporter" or something else)? I tried searching variations of everything included in here, for everything before 2011, and could not find a single mention of anything that fits these criteria other than the TV Tropes page itself. – Liesmith Sep 18 '19 at 22:32
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    @Liesmith I've been racking my brain too. I read through the Encylopedia of Science Fiction's Matter Transmitter page but didn't see anything there either. Matter Transmitter is a good alternate term for older stories. – Organic Marble Sep 18 '19 at 22:35
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    @OrganicMarble the only thing I can find that has this particular interaction between souls and transporters is "Slabscape: Reset" by S Spencer Baker...but neither the author nor book have a Wikipedia entry, and the book doesn't have a detailed plot synopsis. The only thing that links it to this is a "Slabscapedia" entry about how the Matter Transmitter technology causes "Soul Displacement" and an implied lack of creativity afterward. – Liesmith Sep 19 '19 at 19:05

The closest I've been able to find about this is the Slabscape series by S. Spencer Baker, specifically Slabscape: Reset.

Within the books, there's a teleportation technology known as "Matter Transmitters" (or "emties" / "EMTI") which can cause Soul Displacement:

Unfortunately, Emties can only transmit physical matter. Human souls, however, are non-physical entities and cannot be transmitted by matter transmission. Early experiments with brave volunteers produced extremely upsetting results. The poor individuals who had been transported were only fit to be employed as Music Business and Advertising Executives.

Unfortunately, the only information I can find about this book is from the "Slabscapedia", an unofficial wiki for the series. There is no Wikipedia entry for either the book or author, so I can't verify what else-if anything-matches the story described in the question.

  • If you hadn't posted this answer I would have; you waited long enough. :) "Slabscapedia" is canon: "Steve published his first novel Slabscape: Reset. The novel is a web-back; a work of fiction which is published in printed as well as e-book format with addenda, back-stories and tangentially linked information available through an online wiki: Slabscapedia." – DavidW Nov 20 '19 at 21:33
  • slabscapedia.com is copyright the publishing company that the author appears to own. "All Slabscapedia content is © 2006-2019(Earth local) Blipbooks.com" (About Slabscapedia) – DavidW Nov 20 '19 at 21:37
  • On Goodreads the author's personal website is given as slabscape.com, which has "The slabscape series are webbacks which means they are backed-up by a free, online resource of back-stories, definitions, explanations and complete irrelevancies at Slabscapedia.com" – DavidW Nov 20 '19 at 21:39
  • There is more explanation about souls on the Consciousness energy page. – DavidW Nov 20 '19 at 21:43

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