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How was the messaging system in The Arrows of Time (Orthogonal #3, by Greg Egan) supposed to work?

In particular, why didn't messages being relayed from the future use up bandwidth and prevent new messages from being sent back?
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How much time passed between The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian?

The book series will nonchalantly say "hundreds" or "a thousand" or "thousands" of years in different places throughout, but is it ever stated exactly how much time passed between Peter, Susan, ...
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Are there still Leap Years in the Star Trek Universe?

I mean, if you are able to travel at warp speed, you should be able to come up with a viable calendar. What canon information is there regarding whether or not somebody boldly fixed the Leap Year ...
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How is time measured in Star Trek

On many episodes of Star Trek DS9, each character has a good sense of time. Whether it's on a mission or having a drink at Quarks, they seem to know when to begin that mission or have their social ...
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Creating the future in boxcars [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the title of a sci-fi short story I either read or saw on TV - the plot is generally about possibly invisible (I might be wrong about that) people who build the future by ...
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How in the world did Slughorn prepare the Felix Felicis in time for his class?

In the summer of 1996, Horace Sluhorn is persuaded into coming out of retirement by Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore. Around two months later, he greets his students with potions such as Felix ...
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How much time elapses during Age of Ultron?

How much total time elapsed from the beginning of Age of Ultron to the end? Some possible reference points: Agents of SHIELD had bookend episodes, so it can't be longer than the time between the ...
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Sci-fi movie where time-travelers(?) journey to ancient Rome/Greece(?)

I'm trying to remember a movie. The only thing I remember clearly is that there were modern explorers in a land or time that resembles ancient Rome or Greece. At the end of the movie during a ...
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Pre-Historic Time Travel Short Story

I read a short story around 1989 in which a man somewhere in Europe (London/Paris maybe) sent a pocket watch somewhere (in time) and it came back a few minutes later rusted. The man decided to send ...
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A war on a planet where time passes slowly at the poles [duplicate]

The story is set on a planet where time passes much more slowly at the pole. A soldier is near one of the poles and a major offensive seems to be building up with his side firing into some kind of ...
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Book that explained different forms of time travel in films

I remember a while back reading a book about the different forms of time travel in movies and science fiction. I can't seem to recall the name now!
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Wasn't Percy 5 days short of his 16th birthday on Doomsday?

Doomsday, as told in The Last Olympian, ends up taking place exactly on Percy's birthday (whatever that is, i don't have the books in front of me). However, due to the 5 days lost in the Lotus Casino ...
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Explanation of time freezing [closed]

This is a question that's been on my mind for some time now. Suppose we have a stopwatch that can stop time when pressed, and can resume it when pressed again. There has been some references about ...
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Book from 1960, a girl keeps blacking out and going back in time to the time of the druids

I read this in grade school so think the book was probably from the 1960s or 1970s. The (female) protagonist would black out and go back in time. I remember druids and Stonehenge and also there was a ...
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Help me track down a short story about a pursuit across time-rates?

This was in an anthology from way back in the 60s or 70s when I was just getting into SF - I've no idea who the author was. One man pursues another as he slips across different time rates - the only ...
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What is this Sci-Fi time-travel Movie/TV Movie from the 1970's (I think) called?

Does anybody know the title of a film that features robots or androids I think they were called and the humans, I think being chased by these androids, jumping through a time travel machine that ...
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Is there a time limit on the Hunger Games?

If a Hunger Games went on for too long - what would happen? I was looking through the book for an answer and come across this quote: In two weeks, 23 of you will be dead. One of you will be ...
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How are years measured in Doctor Who?

While the Doctor travels, he always refers to the current year as it is measured on Earth. But we measure time starting from the birth of Christ, who was born on Earth (thus, I suppose, not ...
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How do multiple children enter the World of Narnia?

If, when a person is in Narnia, time does not pass in the real world and children who visit Narnia enter it one at a time (as in a queue), then after the first child crosses over how do the other 3 ...
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Scientist that creates a potion that slows down his perception of time and dies of old age at sunset

I seek help identifying a short story I read more than 20 years ago (maybe the story itself was written before the 80's even). This short story (to the best of my recollection) involves a scientist ...
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How does time work in The Matrix?

I'm somewhat confused about the nature of Time in the Matrix, but I have 3 different possibilities, all of which are neither confirmed nor denied in the trilogy as far as I can see. Possibility 1: ...
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Looking for story where time is accelerated and characters have to get back to ship?

Looking for story where time is accelerated on a planet. The characters are actually born at the beginning of the story and then grow up quickly and inadvertently learn that their forebears came from ...
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How does the manipulation of time allow contact with other dimensions?

In the TNG episode We'll always have Paris, a time experiment allows a man to be partially in our dimensions and partially in other dimensions. How does the manipulation of time allow contact with ...
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When is Fahrenheit 451 set?

Is there an allocated time period in Ray Bradbury's novel? I'm not too sure if there is a timeline that led up to the events in the book, so the time in which it is set is unclear to me.
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Why did the observers travel through time instead of colonising a new planet?

So I finally watched the last episode of fringe and apart from the plotholes/paradoxes time travel always creates in any book or movie, I liked it. One question though has always bothers me: the ...
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In what year(s) are the events of the Spike Jonze film “Her” taking place?

I greatly enjoyed the story and the idea that computers would gain awareness but eventually get bored of us, however I can't recall any specific hints about when the story is meant to have taken ...
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A book about a magic clock that could stop time

This book contained a grandfather who makes clocks for a living. He has a clock that when hr pressed it, time stopped. He has a grandson who he lives with and he is constantly being attacked by ...
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What happened in the Doctor's past that made him destroy Gallifrey?

In the Day of the Doctor, both 10 and 11 remember destroying Gallifrey. Does this mean that in their past, the Interface never showed up? or did he just not listen to her and destroyed the planet ...
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What does the Doctor mean by this statement?

What does he mean when Clara tells him to change the future and he says "I could have once, if the time lords were still around."?
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short story about a man who wakes to find that time is running very slowly, but then time speeds up

I'm looking for a short story about a man who wakes (maybe on a spaceship) after some accident to find that time is running very slowly, so he believes he has all the time in the world to think about ...
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Help Identify Viking Time Travel Short Story

I read a short story in the mid-90s which was fairly similar to Poul Anderson's "The Man Who Came Early." Different from that story, this was told from the modern protagonist's point of view. ...
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Science fiction film about a plane?

Science fiction film or tv show where a plane was about to crash, and the plane was transferred somewhere? And the live people were removed and replaced with already dead people before it crashed. Was ...
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After Earth: The characters use English. That isn't realistic, considering the setting, I mean — or is it?

According to Wikipedia, the plot goes as follows: In the near future, after humanity abandoned Earth after cataclysmic events, they re-established society on the planet Nova Prime, light years ...
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story about an ark on land demonstrating time dilation [duplicate]

I'm looking for a story about an ark on land where the people who live in the ark are pulling the ark along. If they travel forward of the ark, time speeds up, if they travel in a reverse direction ...
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Please identify a book involving characters who can manipulate time

I read a book in the last couple years i could have sworn I got off of the New York Times bestseller list, but I'm having a hard time remembering the title - it was the first of a new series and I ...
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What is the relationship between the various calendars of Middle-earth?

There are several different calendars in use in Middle Earth - the Shire, several different groups of men, and the Elves. What is the relationship between them?
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Main character can “manipulate” his own time

I read a book while in the US for a few months back in the early 1990s. I remember liking the book, and only have loose bits and pieces in my head. The main character was a male. I believe it ...
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Walking dead TV: How much time as passed from the fall to the start of Season 3

The question says it all, how much time as passed from the start of the Zombie outbreak to the start of Season 3? Using Laurie's pregnancy you can say "around 9 months" but we don't know if she ...
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In The Forever War, how do they tell time in the stasis field?

In The Forever War by Jack Haldeman, there is extensive discussion of how Mandella decides He estimates how long to wait as 5 hours to 6 days, and another character estimates 4.5 hours to 5 days, ...
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Final crack in the universe

As of the the 6th season finale, was the universe crack on the TARDIS monitor-screen thing purged after the Doctor went to June 25, 2010?
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What was the time span over which the events in Half Life took place?

What was the time it took Gordon to get from the beginning of the story (anomalous materials facility of Black Mesa) to the Nihilanth? I believe he arrived in the morning but I don't recall walking ...
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Timezones on New Year in Space Pilot 3000

During re-watching the Space Pilot 3000 I've noticed: People in various countries are counting at the same time despite that there should be several time zones. When the earth is shown from space ...
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How long is a Farscape cycle exactly?

I was checking the List of races in Farscape wikipedia article and they refers time as "cycle". continuing my research, I found this vague mention : Leviathans can live about 300 cycles (slightly ...
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Idea of paying for things with time

I recently read the Quantum Thief. This book had the idea of the time you live as something that can be used to pay for things. When you run out of "money" you die. I was wondering is this the ...
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Can you help me identify a short story about mandatory suicide?

I read this story years ago in a very old magazine, so it is written 1990 or earlier. It was a Bulgarian magazine from the 80s, printing translated stories, probably космос or наука и техника за ...
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Earth in a timestorm

Does anyone know the title of a book where an individual or group ventures through an Earth that is continually swept by timewaves which transport to different era?
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How does time and aging work in 'the Grid' of Tron?

I was watching Tron: Legacy, and thought for a moment that if Flynn is trapped within this 'Digital Frontier' that he created, wouldn't he be able to control his own appearance and aging? If not, ...
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How can the time variations be explained in the first three books of the 'The Chronicles of Narnia'?

I haven’t read the last three books of The Chronicles of Narnia story yet. But how is it possible that between the first two books there is a time shift of several thousands of years and between the ...