The first living thing to go through the device was a small white
rat. I still have him, in fact. As you can see, the damage was
not so great as they say.
- —Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
- “See How They Run”
and the Secrets of Alpha Centauri
point the way to one of the most celebrated concepts in science fiction—Matter Transmission
. Transmitters based on this technology disassemble objects into the smallest component sub-particles, then transmits those particles and their underlying structural blueprint to a receiver. The receiver reassembles these objects according to the blueprint, recreating the original in every nuance and detail.