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The cover art is mostly what I remember.

There was a being in a space suit coming through an archway (similar to a metal detector); the being resembled a gorilla.

It was carrying its helmet under one arm. The plot as I recall had to do with a Transporter, each time the transporter was used the user would come out the other end in a somewhat different version of their world. The longer the distance traveled the more distorted the version of their world was at the other end.

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  • @DVK I'm not sure that time-travel belongs. It may be some form of quantum travel between parallel universes. At least, that was my first thought. – Xantec Mar 14 '13 at 18:53
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    We're likely going to need more detail. Variations on this theme are not uncommon. If you can recall of couple of memorable scenes from the book you might be pleasantly surprised. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Mar 14 '13 at 19:10
  • @Xantec - I'm not sure if you're right, but just for the record, I simply added the story-ID tag (for entirely ulterior motives - I have that tag on ignore), the time-travel tag was there from the original OP's post :) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Mar 15 '13 at 13:31
  • @DVK Oh, my mistake then, sorry. I had assumed it was already Story-ID'd and that you added the other. – Xantec Mar 15 '13 at 14:06
  • @Xantec - NP, the diff screen can be a wee bit confusing :) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Mar 15 '13 at 14:57
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I'm pretty sure this is The Infinitive of Go by John Brunner.

cover scan

The archway is in fact a teleporter booth (or rather what is initially believed to be a teleporter). The being (a human from an alternate universe that's distant enough to have a slightly different physical appearance) isn't carrying a helmet but a briefcase in the picture, but I think he would have been carrying a helmet in the plot (as is common, the cover picture conflates several scenes).

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  • Thank you, this is indeed the book I was looking for. The cover art is slightly different but they tend to change with each re-print. Thanks again, I will see if Uncle Hugos bookstore has a copy. – R.C. Bergstrom Mar 15 '13 at 16:53
  • @R.C.Bergstrom When cover art changes, it's usually a different artist drawing a different picture. Do you know which edition this was? There's no cover art slightly different from this one on ISFDB. – user56 Mar 15 '13 at 17:14

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