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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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Time travel alters history but people keep saying nothing's changed

About 2005-10, I read a story in an anthology. Don't recall the title of the anthology, story or author. Involved the protagonist making repeated trips to the past. At each return, he found the ...
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How were there two Martys in 1955 in Back to the Future 2? [duplicate]

In BTTF 2, in the second timeline where Biff went back to 1955 to give the sports almanac to younger Biff, it doesn't make sense that there would be an original Marty running around. This is my ...
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How is Burnham's Mom able to find her?

In Star Trek: Discovery, Burnham's Mom uses the Red Angel suit to escape a Klingon attack. She jumps around time but can never reach Burnham. How then does she gain the ability to find Burnham in ...
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Film about a guy who travels back in time through a cave, brings an old man to the present and tells him the “strange bird” he's seeing is a plane

It was sometime between 2007-2014 I saw this (colored) film, and I only remember very few details. It was about a young guy (between 15-25), who went into a cave. Inside, there was a shape of a hand ...
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Story about old man teleported to the future where earth is under heavy radiation [duplicate]

I don't remember much about the story. I just remember that the main character is an ordinary old man that gets randomly teleported in the future, where most of Earth is contaminated with radiation. ...
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Story where a man is living backwards, at one point he goes into a grocery store and “puts stuff back on the shelves”

I read the story maybe 30 years ago but it may be older. A guy is living backwards, maybe as a result of some scientist doing something to him. The part I remember is him getting food by going into ...
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Time travel to the crucifixion of Jesus and changing the past

The story I'm looking for is not Let's Go to Golgotha!, although there are a few core similarities. It's not Up the Line either. In the mid 2000s, I read in a magazine a science fiction short story ...
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Time travel short story where a man arrives in the late 19th century in a time machine and then sends the machine back into the past

A time travel machine arrives in the late 19th century. A man jumps out and makes the machine disappear into the past so he can't be tracked. He then explains that human descendants with huge brains ...
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80s era sci-fi book on time travel; college man gets to the future where telepaths are a growing minority, plants iron berries and gets rich

Back in the 80s I borrowed a book series from a friend and never got to finish it. I've half looked around over the years and can't find anything that sounds even close to what I remember. It started ...
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Sword in the Stone story where the sword was held in place by electromagnets

So some years ago I read a story that included a "sword in the stone" bit and it was explained that the sword was held in place by electromagnets that could be released when "the one" tried to pull ...
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Time travel short story where dinosaur doesn't taste like chicken

I ran across this other question about time travel and dinosaurs, and it reminded me of an old short story I read a long time ago. I read it in a collection of short stories. It would have been a ...
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Story about war fought using time manipulation

I'm trying to identify a story about a conflict fought using time manipulation. One detail I think I remember correctly is about trapping some kind of a leader or general in a sphere altering time ...
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Movie: Scientists travel to the future to avoid nuclear war, last surviving one is used as fuel by future humans

My family used to rent a lot of VHS tapes over the school holidays when I was young, and this movie was amongst them, which would make it pre-mid 90's, (possibly 70's or 80's from what I remember of ...
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Book about a time-travel war fought by computers

I read a paperback in the mid-1970's in which combatants fought a war using time travel and adaptive computers. After a battle, the victors had to quickly flee because the opponents would return from ...
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Cartoon with brother and sister sent back in time by their uncle to relocate troublesome little monsters to different periods

It was about two kids, probably brother and sister, whose uncle (I think) sent them on missions back in time to capture little monsters that were causing trouble, and then relocating them to a ...
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Time travel novel where a man falls asleep each night and lives a full lifetime

I'm in search of the title of a novel I read in the '70s. A man falls asleep and each night lives a full lifetime. He realizes he has awoken in the present day when sees a white curtain blowing in ...
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Short story about a man who claimed to be a time traveler, committed suicide, and claimed he instigated the holocaust

I am trying to find the title and author of science fiction short story about a man who killed himself, who claimed to be a time traveler who'd traveled to the past to mitigate his version of WW2, ...
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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 ...