Regarding travel forwards or backwards in time, outside of normal temporal constraints, and the implications and repercussions thereof.

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First use of time travel in fiction

Where was the first literary appearance of time travel? I know H.G. Wells coined the term "time machine", and according to wikipedia he popularized the concept of time travel. Since they don't give ...
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How difficult was it to apply for time-turners?

As far as we know from the books (I haven't been on Pottermore or seen any of JKR's interviews) Hermoine is the only witch or wizard to have legally used a time-turner. So how does the application ...
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Identify short story about modern soldiers time travel to a civil war battle, ethical dilemma, shoul they intervene?

I read this story in the 1960's or 1970's. A platoon of modern soldiers accidentally time travel into the midst of a crucial civil war battle. They have their modern weapons in their possession. They ...
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Movie about a man and a woman accelerated in time. The rest of the world was suspended in time

This is a movie I saw on TV in the mid to late sixties, so I’m not sure if it was a made for TV movie or if it was out in theater in the late 50’s or early 60’s. I only remember bits and pieces of ...
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What's the nature of Eternity?

In the first part of "End of Eternity" it seems like Eternity is off in a separate plane of reality, disconnected from time. But then later it explains how each section was duplicated for each ...
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Story About Time Travel Using a Gate on the Sun

When I was in high school (6 or 7 years ago), one of the short stories that we read out of the text book had to do with an alien civilization that had discovered time travel. They had managed to ...
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What determines whether or not a timeline is “Doomed”?

In recent Homestuck updates, Terezi posed the possibility that she, Roxy, and John were all stuck within a doomed timeline; one that would eventually peter out into nothingness and from which no true ...
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Looking for a book featuring a soldier/marine travelling to a different time/universe

I picked up a book a year ago and read the summary at the back(part of a series maybe?) at a airport bookshop but had to stop because of my flight was about to depart. I can't remember the author or ...
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Why was there apparently no knowledge of the missing ship in the Typhon Expanse?

In the TNG episode "Cause and Effect", we are treated to the following line of dialogue...three times. "Captain's Log, Stardate 45652.1. The Enterprise has entered an area of space known as the ...
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In ST Voyager, why do they keep & use technology from the future?

Mainly the doctor's mobile emitter - they obviously have some rules about not disturbing the timeline via the temporal time directive by leaving advanced technology in the past, so why would they on ...
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Short story involving time travel

I read a short story about 25 years ago in an anthology (it might have been Hugo nominated stories or some such). The story is about a failed author who is visited by a man from the future who ...
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Can Time Travel (back to the future style) ever be possible without creating a paradox? [closed]

On each occasion that Marty and the Doc (and Biff) travel back in time they end up creating a brand new timeline. Marty makes some effort to repair it in BTTF1 but there are still notable differences. ...
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If the Federation has effective time travel, why don't they use it to correct major problems in the past?

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, we see Kirk and his crew can perform fairly accurate time travel via the light-speed breakaway factor. Is there any reason they don't use this technique more ...
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Short story where a moved book in a library changes time

Caution, this one is a little complicated... My girlfriend is searching for a book her father read long time ago. Here are the snippets I'm aware of: The story was in a book containing multiple ...
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Seeking story about time travel used to steal from the future

I'm looking for a short story that I read in an anthology. In it, I think the theory was that you could time travel, but could never take anything that would be missed. As in, if you went to the ...
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Asimov short story about nuke going off in 1945

This story is about someone from the future ensuring the first atomic bomb is set off in 1945 so that the "future" would be one in which Earth would be the only source of intelligence in the galaxy. ...
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Book about an industrialist that finds an animal in space that creates portals

I am looking for a sci-fi book I read in the late 80's or early 90's dealing with a a rich space industrialist that finds an animal in space that, when stimulated, creates propulsion. Later in the ...
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Harry Potter Time Turner question: how is murdering past or future selves possible? Is it possible to prevent someone from dying [duplicate]

In Harry Potter, it seems like Time Turners are mostly used to correct minor things or do things that wouldn't have any major effect. Also, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it seems like Time-Turners/time ...
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What's that movie where the character travels back in time by his mind?

I watched a movie back when I was a kid, I would say during the 80's maybe early 90's. This movie was about a character who succeeded in time traveling by just thinking of it. At the end of the movie, ...
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How did Kate & Leopold solve their money problems without L. marrying for money as he had been expected to?

In the 2001 move Kate & Leopold, before the time travel from 1876, Leopold is being forced to marry some rich American as the family fortune is depleted. In the end he announces that he plans to ...
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How did the displaced persons know how to carry on once Sam Beckett jumped out of their bodies? [duplicate]

In Quantum Leap, Sam Beckett switched into other peoples bodies and changed, or restored, or ensured history that was guided to the history as it was known in Sam's own timeline. These people seemed ...
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How is Doc still alive if he was shot back in 1885?

In Back to the Future: Part III, we see the grave of Doc. If Doc. Emmet L. Brown is dead and has a grave, then how come he is still alive and kicking in 1885? If he is alive because Marty went back ...
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Book about time travel to the Eruption of Vesuvius era

I read this amazing book about time travel, where people seems to randomly travel back in time where: Main protagonists appear in or near Pompeii with memory loss. The book ends with the Eruption of ...
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Looking for a book - Time Travel and Alternate Time Lines

I know this is a long shot but I'm looking for the name of a book I read when I was younger (early 70's). From what I recall, the main story was a bunch of soldiers got picked up by a time traveling ...
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What's the title of this temporal loop short film?

I remember seeing, years ago, a short film about a guy who gets stuck in a time loop and is forced to relive the same few minutes of his life over and over. In one iteration, he talks to his ...
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What paradox is this scenario?

I've been thinking about various time-travel related paradoxes, and have wondered what the name of the paradox is where something doesn't have a cause. Take the following example: Let's say there is ...
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What coherent fictional time travel theories exist? [closed]

(TLDR - first two paragraphs.) I have been nurturing a pet theory for a few years now on time travel theories in fiction. My pet theory is, there are only two basic theories for how backward or ...
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Superman time-travels to red Sun age

I have a rather vague recollection of this comic book. I believe I read this in early 70's. Superman time-travels back to the time when the Sun is a red star. The Earth is (rather strangely) inhabited ...
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Identify a story about a group of time-travelers

I remember reading the article in Wikipedia years back, but I never bookmarked it, and now I'd like to read the story/novel. It was about a group of people who live in another place/dimension, and who ...
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Stories involving Time Travel and Disease Immunity? [closed]

When Europeans came in large numbers to the New World, the sicknesses they carried caused pandemics for Native Americans and wiped out much of the population. I would imagine that if a time traveller ...
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Why is the “Arnold Schwarzenegger” terminator referred to by two different product numbers (T-101, T-800)?

In the original film, The Terminator, Schwarzenegger's character was a "Cyberdyne Systems Model 101". Likewise for Terminator 2 & 3. However, in the video game adaptation of Terminator 3, this ...
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Why does the number “99” appear (backwards, spelled in airborn fire) in Back To The Future part 2?

It seems to be a commonly accepted theory that the car skidded before going back to 1855. However, the car didn't really seem to skid, so much as explode. It certainly didn't appear to move in such a ...
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Time travel to WWII

I'm looking for a book that is at least 20 years old A group of people travel back in time to WWII. They try to change the course of the war and ultimately succeed, however in the end it is revealed ...
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What was the role of Shadow Proclamation in The Time War?

I have watched only the post 2005 episodes. The Shadow Proclamation is the highest authority in the entire universe. I mean they are the Police guys and law-keepers. I had a doubt if any other ...
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Time Travel Series 60-70s 3-4 books - Time machine appears on the lawn at a university

trying to find a old series, cannot find anything by goggling front covers for time-travel novel. Main character gets in a timemachine and goes forward, watching the rise and fall of at least 2 more ...
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How does Claire travel through the standing stones in Outlander?

In Outlander the book by Diana Gabaldon, I recall (although it has been several years) Claire falling into the stones and accidentally back in time. In the new television adaptation, however, the ...
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Help ID a trapped in time comic

I'm trying to find an old comic I once read. Details:The story involves a group of scientists that are tossed back in time to the 1800's. They have no way of getting back. I think they tried to make ...
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How many alternate Star Trek timelines have been presented to us onscreen in the Franchise?

If parallel universes are included as alternate timelines, how many alternate Star Trek timelines have been presented to us onscreen in the Franchise? For the sake of clarification, Tomorrow is ...
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Looking for a book I read from mid to late 90's about humans as aliens

There were humans on Earth but these two specific humans were from another planet. They were lovers from a long time ago, possibly thousands of years ago. They would lose each other periodically and ...
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How does time travel work in Babylon 5?

I've recently watched Season 3's War Without End, Parts 1 and 2 (spoilers about that episode in this question) and while I enjoyed it, I became confused about how time travel is supposed to work in ...
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How does the Doctor keep track of his age? [duplicate]

Throughout the Dr. Who series, the doctors have claimed to be hundreds, even thousands of years old, (the tenth and eleventh both claim to be around 900, but throughout the series, eleven jumps into ...
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Old old science fiction story

I'm looking to find an old science fiction story that I read in an anthology many years ago (probably in the 60s) called 'What Time Is It?' It's about a group of high-school or college age boys that ...
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Why didn't Hermione use the Time-Turner to sleep more?

Hermione has the Time-Turner in Prisoner of Azkaban and uses it all year to take extra classes. Many times in the book she's exhausted and barely managing all of her studies. What I never understood ...
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Book where a woman with martial arts skills goes back to king Arthur's time

I'm looking for the title of a book which I read in 2001 in Australia. I had to leave it there when I returned to Germany. The story details are as follows: A young, relatively small woman is ...
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Why didn't Snape think of the Time-Turner?

During Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry and Hermione use the Time-Turner to save Buckbean and Sirius. Snape suspects Harry was involved in Sirius’s disappearance. To calm Snape, Dumbledore points out that ...
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Can you identify this time travel book series?

read a book series in 2009, can not remember the title of the book nor who wrote it. i remember it started with two males driving at night through the country, they pull over and walk into a paddock, ...
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Why didn't they use the invisibility cloak while on time travel?

In The Prisoner of Azkaban movie Harry and Hermione used Time-Turner to save Sirius. After advising them to use Time-Turner Dumbledore remind them "you must not be seen". If it was a vital law to use ...
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Book about a time-traveling dinosaur hunter

I read a book back in the late 70's and here's what I remember: There were a group of people who 'bought a tour' to time travel back to the dinosaur era. They travel on a disc shaped platform. There ...
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Fiction novel involving time traveling dinosaurs that then destroy humanity

I am trying to recall the title a fiction novel that involves a race of sentient dinosaurs that travel from the past into the future to when humanity is living underground, possibly due to apocalyptic ...
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Trying to find title of book about feline man who ride large cats

Looking for a series of books about an old man who starts out on a yacht but something happens and he wakes up in the body of a young feline-like man. He also has a telepathic link to a large cat ...