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"The Jaunt" is a short story by Stephen King first published in The Twilight Zone Magazine in 1981...
...The story takes place early in the 24th century, when the technology for teleportation, referred to as "Jaunting", is commonplace, allowing for instantaneous transportation across enormous distances, even to other planets in the solar system.
...As a family prepares to be "Jaunted" to Mars, the father entertains his two children by recounting the curious tale of the discovery and history of this crude form of teleportation. He explains how the scientist who serendipitously discovered it quickly learned that it had a disturbing, inexplicable effect on the mice he "sent through"- the mice would either die instantly or behave erratically before dying moments later, eventually concluding that they could only survive the "Jaunt effect" while unconscious. That, the father explains, is why all people must undergo general anaesthesia before using the Jaunt.
...After the father finishes his story, the family is subjected to the sleeping gas and Jaunted to Mars. When the father wakes, he finds that his inquisitive son held his breath in order to experience the Jaunt while conscious, and has been rendered completely insane. Hair white with shock, corneas yellowed with age, clawing out his own eyes, the boy confirms the terrible nature of the conscious Jaunt: "Longer than you think, Dad! It's longer than you think!"
Originally posted by ErgoTheConfusion
reply to post by truthinfact
Time is simply the measurement of change according to one reference point, just like a "meter" or a "foot". Between Now... and Now... there is infinite time.
This is why a person can have their consciousness affected by something and experience "10 hours" of experience, while their observing friends only experienced 5 minutes.
edit on 2011/12/28 by ErgoTheConfusion because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by truthinfact
Time doesn't exists.
An illusion made by our conscience so we don't sleep for 12 days in a row and starve to death.
We really are just a bunch of chemical reactions happening on some small little rock hurdling through space...