“The Disintegration Machine,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1929 – An installment in the adventures of Professor Challenger. An unscrupulous inventor creates a disintegration machine (and teleporter—it disassembles and reassembles matter) which has the potential for mass killing, even genocide. He’s sold the invention to “one Western power” alone. Professor Challenger disintegrates him, saying that it is the responsibility of every citizen to prevent murder.
Comments: The story discusses the responsibilities of citizens, unchecked “progress,” the machine and its relationship to inventor, and the dangers of technology. A humorous moment when, during a demonstration, Challenger is reintegrated without his hair. Read in Wondermakers. Text at Forgotten Futures. ISFDB entry
Author: Wikipedia: “Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, generally considered a milestone in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.”