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Questions tagged [time-travel]

For use on questions regarding travel forwards or backwards in time. This tag should be used in conjunction with the universe it is found in and any relevant work tags.

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Story that is part biblical text and part science fiction

A friend of mine is trying to find the source of a story she uncovered a few weeks ago. She probably copied it from a book or a magazine in late 1960/early 1970 in the Netherlands, so the text is in ...
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Short story with a time loop initiated by aliens studying humans for one million years

Back in the 80s I read a story in an anthology book, in which unseen aliens "invade" Earth and force everyone to relive the same day over and over. They do this in order to thoroughly study humanity ...
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80/90s UK children's drama series about an “alien” boy with radio weapon

I've been trying to track down a live-action children's TV series (or short story perhaps) from the 1980s or 1990s, probably on CBBC or CITV. A few people I've spoken to IRL have suggested The Boy ...
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Is this a time-travel discrepancy in Gone World?

This is a question on Gone World. At one point, Shannon gets back in time without the formal channel (i.e. getting on her ship and heading back over a period of 3 months). She actually uses the time-...
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Fantasy book where (some) magicians can transform into dragons, based on genetics [duplicate]

I thought the story was written by Trudi Canavan, but apparently I was wrong. It was a book or maybe a series of book. I think I’ve read it 5-15 years ago in Germany. Not sure when it might have ...
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Short Story or Novella About Observing the Future [duplicate]

Trying to identify a story: I read it in an anthology during the 80's. The anthology may have been older than that. Narrator is sent by an organization to view the future. He does this on multiple ...
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YA/teen book with male main character meeting his future self who wants to fix history

Currently looking for a book with a male teenager protagonist. Possibly a secondary female protagonist. He meets his future self who has come back to “fix” history. This includes killing people who ...
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Sci fi novel, heatwave, time travellers, see through dress

A paperback novel I read mid 1970's UK. Set in a USA town during a long heatwave, a lot of good looking strangers (who it is eventually revealed are from a few hundred years into the future) are ...
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Book with time travel and aliens using collars to mind control

I'm looking for the title of a book series I read at as child. The story starts on a future Earth in which people are sent back to live in medieval times. However, unknown to the future Earth, the ...
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Novel Based on Time Travel via Synchrotron and Female Skeleton Love Interest

Sometime in the 1960's I read a novel featuring time travel via a giant underground synchrotron. At some point the protagonist travels to a future where the synchrotron facility has been destroyed in ...
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Clara went back in time to save all the Doctors

If Clara went back in time to save all the Doctor's past incarnations through Trenzalore's TARDIS, why doesn't Matt Smith's Doctor recognise her when they first meet from all of their past encounters ...
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80s or 90s TV episode where a man trapped between two seconds sees world deconstructed and rebuilt

I'm trying to find an episode from what I think is a sci-fi TV series produced sometime in the 80s or 90s. In the episode, a man and another character(s) finds himself stuck in the interval between ...
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Why didn't Doc Brown send the letter to his house in Back to the Future Part III?

We all know how the movies happen at the end of Back to the Future, Part II and the beginning of Part III. Western Union delivers it at some road next to a sign for future housing development. Marty ...
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Sci-fi short story about overpopulation, time travel and battle of the sexes [duplicate]

I recall a short story I read many years ago about a soldier or scientist being sent forward in time to see if man survives overpopulation and if we do, how we solved the overpopulation problem. The ...
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Short story where a time traveller is sent to discourage Hitler after failing to encourage a sci-fi writer he likes

In this short story, there is a time travel agency which allows people to go back in time to mentor or encourage historical or famous people in their pursuits. The main character visits his favorite ...
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Short story with a man inside a time travel box being observed by scientists [duplicate]

I read this sometime in the last 3 years or so, but I believe it was older than that, and was included in a collection of time travel stories. The main thing that I remember from the story is that ...
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Short story about a scientist convinced aliens steal extra time from our days, develops a split personality after trying to check it

I once read a short story about some scientist who was convinced that there were aliens/creatures stealing time from the day (so basically there are actually 25 hours in a day but the aliens steal one ...
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Story about a medieval railroad built by a blacksmith involving time travel

I am looking for the title/author of a short story I read in the 70's. It dealt with a railroad built and operated by a blacksmith and his daughter. A time patrol is sent there to investigate whether ...
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Time traveller rescuing works of art which had not survived a nuclear war

Many years ago I read a story about a time-traveler who was rescuing works of art which had not survived a nuclear war; it ended with his machine being destroyed and causing the nuclear war. Anyone ...
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Short story from 70s or 80s: statue of a cockroach brought back from the future

I’m trying to identify a short story my dad read to me as a child. He said it was from a compilation of short stories around the theme apocalypse and time-travel. The plot line is something about ...
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A Novel About Time Travel Into The Future

So this is what I remember, and it's very specific, but even so I can't seem to track down the novel: a man discovers a portable time travel device that he can carry around with him. He gets caught ...
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Short story by Sheckley about a man from the future who radiates love and lust

When I was young, I read a collection of Robert Sheckley's short stories. I know it contained "Can you feel anything when I do this?", but that's not the story I'm looking for. It's been a long time ...
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A short story involving time travel induced by a potion/tablet/medicine

In the mid 1970s I read a short story on time travel. Pretty sure it was English, ie. written and set in England early twentieth century perhaps Scotland. It was slightly quirky in that it described ...
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Old cartoon late 70s early tv show about a time travel?

I am trying to find the name of a old cartoon on Saturday mornings where I think a professor pulled the handle on a time machine and showcased historical times like dinosaurs, the western migration ...
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Has there ever been some Doctor Who story in which multiple companions from different Doctors were kidnapped?

I mean have there ever been some book, audio, comic storyline, or even tv episode, that we are greeted with The Doctor, and he must go save his previous companions from regenerations past. This isn’t ...
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Did Spock help create the gene pool for Sarpedion?

I was thinking about the Star Trek the original series episode "All Our Yesterdays", where the enterprise crew are thrust back in time to separate time-periods of the planet Sarpeidon. Spock went ...
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A small group of children accidentally time-traveling to the future and learning about everyday life in an utopistic future society

I'm trying to find a science fiction novel about a small group of children accidentally time-traveling to the future and learning about everyday life in an utopistic future society. This is long, so ...
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Why in George Pal's film “The time machine” a sudden stop of the machine causes a rain?

in George Pal's film "The Time Machine", based on the novella by H.G. Wells, there is a scene in which the protagonist stops his machine abruptly after having been travelling towards the future at ...
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'70s era SF novel about time travel, with “Starchild” and “Rodney”

I'm trying to find a book I read in the late '70s (maybe the early '80s, but I don't think it was that late). Set in the present day, several people in a small town are having strange dreams that turn ...
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Book about girl who moves to Wales then travels back in time

I am looking for a book I read around 1995 about a school girl who moved to Wales and found a way to travel back in time and then return to the present. From what I can remember, there may have been ...
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Identify a short story where a paraplegic man travels back in time to save his wife but doesn't get the result he wants

I would have most likely have read this in the '80s or early '90s in a magazine, almost certainly either Analog or Asimov's Science Fiction, two magazines I read regularly back then. The story opens ...
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Children's book about a man fighting his future-self to prevent the end of the world

It was part of a long series written by numerous unnamed writers. In one of the books, the protagonist is fighting a fat old man who lives in a motorized chair, who is a wealthy CEO, and is bringing ...
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SF novel, starts w/ actor & widow meet timetraveling husband, there was a party, bankruptcy then scene set on the moon

I havent finished this book. I forgot a lot about the specific details but I remembered how it started. A popular actor (?) went to this lady's house in a car and she was described like a widow. It ...
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Short story, child time travels when dreaming, finds another child who believes he was created by robots

I remember reading a story about a kid who lives in an old Frank Lloyd Wright house after mankind has returned to Earth after leaving for a time. He meets another child whenever he sleeps who believes ...
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Differences between Enterprise and Defiant in DSC

During the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, we had a chance to see a schematical view of a Constitution-class vessel USS Defiant, and later "space view" of the USS Enterprise, a starship of the ...
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Plot fragments from a story I haven't been able to find

This story includes: A space whale. A captain whose face is scarred from omicron-vii radiation. A crew member who threatens the whale with destruction of its ganglia if it doesn't do what he wants, i....
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Harry Potter 'Harmony' fanfiction, with Ginny wanting to be with Harry as they resemble Lily and James

I read it a long time ago. So, I remember only a few things. I think it was a soulmate fic with a Harry/Hermione ("Harmony") pairing. Harry and Hermione go back in time to their second year, when ...
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A time travel novel featuring 2 kids, starts in a railway station

I read this in my English textbook about 10 years back, just a small part of a novel, as it was mentioned there. It starts off with 2 kids (a boy and his sister, probably twins) getting off at a ...
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1960s YA novel set in ancient Rome

Do you remember a YA novel circa 1960s in which the protagonist goes to ancient Rome and when another character gives the "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" speech, he catapults a load of ass's ears into ...
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Book where boy teleports to another world/dimension but doesn’t know how; fights a wild boar

Orange/yellow book cover. Boy somehow teleports to a different world or dimension but doesn’t remember how he got there, just wakes up to find himself somewhere else. Fights a wild boar or hog. It ...
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80s/90s children's sci-fi novel where children play a game where they are insects

It's a science fiction and maybe horror book for kids written in either the 80s or 90s. I'm fairly certain it's part of a series with different authours for each book. I’m also fairly certain that the ...
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Story where things move backwards to the moment where a woman is prevented from leaving and getting into a car accident

I'm looking for a short science fiction story I read a long time ago. I don't remember the title, author, book, or anything else about it, except it was about a couple having an argument, and the ...
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2018 SF Novel - Spaceship mission, time travel

I recall reading about a new science fiction book published recently (2018). I seem to remember that it maybe involved a spaceship mission, and that there was a time travel element. I believe I read ...
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Can a character come to exist or be conceived out of time travel? [closed]

In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the character Delphini is introduced as being the love child of Voldermort and Bellatrix Lastrange. The wiki cites and there are also other well-researched ...
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Short Story involving time travel, origin of man, and an ancient enemy

I'm looking for a short story that involved: time travel; the search for the origins of humanity; an ancient enemy. It was one of several short stories published in one of the monthly Amazing ...
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Book: time travel likened to swimming

People can become beings who can travel through time by inserting a temoral segment of themselves into a kind of suit which allows them to "swim" "above" the surface of the "sea", where the sea ...
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Older science fiction book about time travel to retrieve things but they went sideways through the dimensions instead

So, as I vaguely remember it. It was set in the distant future were a dictator rules the Earth. By this point carbon dioxide was so high most life outside of humans was extinct. So the dictator built ...
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Animated movie with time travel and where people where enslaved in mines

I would like to identify animated movie from my childhood. Not sure about language, animation style could be anime or similar. Watched it on VHS in early 90's so it could be from 90's or 80's. ...
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SF novella title - stardrive with an unexpected side effect

In the mid ‘70s I read a story, probably novella length as I remember it being in an anthology, about a stardrive with an unexpected side effect. Plot details I remember: During construction, the ...
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Story of a time traveller meeting himself repeatedly [duplicate]

I read this story in the 70s or 80s (it might however be older). I think it was a short story, and not a novel. These are two scenes I remember: In the beginning of the story a guy (lets call him ...