Stephen Katona

Silver Star - 3,374 Points (26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

To Teleport Or Not To Teleport - Poem by Stephen Katona

'Have you ever thought,
How we teleport?
Just how does it work? '
Said Captain Kirk.
'No-one has been able to unravel,
This speedy way we travel.
Suppose when you arrive,
It's a new body that's alive.
What do you think Bones,
Are we all clones?
Perhaps we're not who we were,
And that light above is really a laser,
Able to make a detailed scan,
Of every atom and thought of a man.
However it may seem,
If we're not really in that beam,
This amazing machine,
Would be a bad dream,
That just makes a print in 3D,
Of you and me.
It is possible each time we vaporize,
No-one can hear our cries.
We'd stop seeing teleports as fun,
If we knew we were stepping into a sun.

Perhaps it doesn't really matter.
Or maybe I'm just mad as a hatter.
Oh, what the heck,
We'll just be brave, it's Star Trek! '

Bones said, beginning to frown,
'I need to lie down.
I wish you'd asked Spock,
You've given me quite a shock,
Now you've made me think,
I need a really powerful drink.'

Topic(s) of this poem: science fiction

Poet's Notes about The Poem

3D printing already allows the teleportation of inanimate objects.

Comments about To Teleport Or Not To Teleport by Stephen Katona

  • (6/23/2015 1:33:00 PM)

    Live long and prosper fellow star trekker..... :) (Report) Reply

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  • Diane Hine (8/7/2014 5:28:00 AM)

    Would it make any difference if they were reconstituted from different atoms or exactly the same atoms?
    I don't think so.
    Your sci-fi poem is megametaphysical.
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    Stephen Katona Stephen Katona (10/14/2014 12:11:00 AM)

    Another question would be, does it matter if they experienced extreme pain as every one of their atoms are torn apart, if they have no memory of that pain? In modern sci-fi being able to make copies of yourself either in an electronic or the real world, is a frequent idea that seems to add an impossible complexity to life.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 7, 2014

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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