There was a collection of short stories (3 I believe) published with the intent to explore teleportation. Three sci-fi authors were commissioned for the collection to write about the impact of teleportation. Does anyone know the title of this collection or of any of the stories therein?
If you can tell me, you will be rewarded with a great anecdote ("Yeah, I was online and I answered Nature’s Call! ha ha ha)
One of the stories in the collection described a society that was identical to present day earth except that teleportation booths were as ubiquitous as phone booths. People would literally dial the number of their destination and zap yer there. This prompted a new societal evit of instant riots. Every major news story was followed by hoards of people appearing at the location either to protest, join in, or merely watch. Neat idea.
Another story: Teleportation is commercialized but still quite expensive. It is a status symbol to take your next vacation using this method, and the protaganist was one trying to save up enough, impress his wife, boss, etc (details fading). One aspect I well remember is the description of how the device handles momentum. If you could literally make something disappear in one place then reappear in another, the fact that in the old place you were travelling at a certain velocity means in the you would fly off in a new relative direction in the new location, crashing into furniture, knocking people down, etc. - a detail usually handwaved away in sci-fi. This story tackled it saying the momentum was peeled off and sent into a huge shock absorber in the ocean. Neato.
The third story (unless I’m conflating a different collection) dealt with a very mysterious encounter with what appeared to be a shyster claiming the ability to whisk you away to a paradise. Protaganist buys the ticket, is ushered into a creaky broken down old barn with a bunch of other “suckers” and left for a long time. Dude finally loses patience, says “I’ve been had. I’m outta here.” Just as he closes the door behind him there’s a flash and the others are gone, leaving him with the memory of a glimpse of the paradise that had the sweetest air he’d ever smelled. Shyster (not-so-shyster now) denys all knowledge/recollection of having met the guy and Dude is left with the regret.