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What I remember is that this astronaut comes back to earth and for some unknown reason lives (experience time I should say) 13.6453837 seconds (I don't know this number exactly) in the future. So he becomes isolated and distant from his wife, since he already knows what's gonna happen inmediately after she speaks or does anything.

I can't remember the author, maybe Asimov, maybe Clarke. Dunno. Please help!

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    Can you remember anything else? When you read it? If it was newly released? The names of any of the characters?
    – Liath
    Jan 17, 2018 at 12:59
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    As Liath says, we're going to need some more details. Take a look at this guide and see if you can edit in any more details.
    – Edlothiad
    Jan 17, 2018 at 13:03
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    I think I know what you mean. It was in an anthology with time travel related stories. They set up rules to protect him. In one scene some family member of him doesn't follow the rule, resulting in the astronaut running into him where he was a few seconds or minutes before. The anthology also contained a story about a "very slow time machine" travelling backwards in time one second per second. It had a blueish cover I think. I read it between 1995-2000 I think, but I think is is older.
    – Hothie
    Jan 17, 2018 at 13:10
  • What I remember is that this astronaut comes back to earth and for some unknown reason lives (experience time I should say) 13,6453837 seconds (I don't know this number exactly) in the future. So he becomes isolated and distant from his wife, since he already knows what's gonna happen inmediately after she speaks or does anything. Jan 17, 2018 at 13:12
  • @Hothie Exactly! do you remember something else? Could it be by Ray Bradbury? Jan 17, 2018 at 13:13

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I believe this is "Man in his Time" by Brian Aldiss, which involves a man out of time-sync with the rest of his family, and as the following quotes illustrate, causing a lot of trouble for his family.

Janet told him apologetically, "You'll have to excuse us. My husband did reply to you, but he's really not prepared to meet people yet."

"When did he reply, Mrs. Westermark? Before he heard what I had to say?"

"Well, naturally not but his life stream... . I'm sorry, I can't explain."

"He really is living ahead of time, isn't he? Will you spare me a minute to tell me how you feel now the first shock is over?"

And later:

"Mr. Stackpole," Janet said sharply. "Can you please keep to the point without being insulting? Will you tell me why what happened was not an accident? I understand now that when I looked through the study window I saw my husband suffering from a collision that to him had happened three and something minutes before and to me would not happen for another three and something minutes, but at that moment I was so startled that I forgot"

"No, no, your figures are wrong. The total time lapse is only 3.3077 minutes. When you saw your husband, he had been hit half that time 1.65385 minutesago, and there was another 1.65385 minutes to go before you completed the. action by bursting into the room and striking him."

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  • Yes. Thats at least the story I mentioned. But I'm not the questioner. :-)
    – Hothie
    Jan 17, 2018 at 13:37
  • I remember the bloody nose scene vividly! Also, that a scientist was constantly taking notes in order that he would remember to say the things the astronaut had already responded to - if that ever didn't happen the astronaut became disoriented or depressed... Jan 18, 2018 at 8:02

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