The story I'm looking for is in a book I read in the mid/end seventies (1970's for time travellers). I can remember fragments from the story:

  • Teleport works through replication
  • It has limited range, so teleport gateways are needed to spread across the galaxy
  • Aliens teleport in and (not sure here) straight back out again leaving behind their inanimate body
  • Our protagonist runs one of these gateways on Earth
  • It's in a wooden house in or on the edge of a forest
  • His job is to clean out the tanks the aliens teleport into by dissolving their left-over bodies after they leave again
  • No-one else knows about this setup, he's the only person on Earth who knows about the aliens and the teleport gateways
  • One day, one of the aliens escapes before being teleported on
  • I think something like a police squad teleports in to try and locate the alien and take it away again
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    Hi Winchell, I think you might be right. Which means it wasn't a short story after all. Thanks for linking the two questions. Now to get the book... ;-) Jun 12, 2020 at 13:27
  • Agreed, Way Station Jun 12, 2020 at 15:10
  • Definitely Way Station, one of my favorite SF books in the Sixties. Jun 12, 2020 at 20:30
  • @HenryRusted is Way Station the correct book? If it is please let us know so we can mark this as a duplicate of the earlier question. Thanks :-) Jun 13, 2020 at 11:40
  • Hi @JohnRennie. Way Station just arrived in the post and, yes, it's the book I have been looking for! Please mark as duplicate and thanks to everyone for the help! Jun 13, 2020 at 15:37


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