Questions tagged [time-travel]

For use on questions regarding travel forwards or backwards (or both!) in time. This tag should be used in conjunction with the universe it is found in. Can also be used to signify that the question contains time travel when asking in relation to an identification question: [story-identification], [episode-identification], [character-identification] and [object-identification].

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How does pruning people correct the timeline? [closed]

I feel like pruning people from timelines is a major plot hole in the way time travel in the MCU is handled. In the TV series Loki, you learn the Time Variance Authority (TVA) is controlling the ...
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Book about two kids who travel through history and seeing, among other things, the death of Archimedes

I'm trying to find the title of a book a read when I was young. I read it in the early 2000s, but it was definitely not a new book at that point. The plot focused on two kids (boys I think) who ...
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'80s anime where a boy is transported back in time to the Jurassic era, and a T-Rex is speared to death by a tribe

I'm looking for an old anime I used to watch as a kid, for which I have only some glimpses of the story. It was probably made during the '80s, and I remember a black-haired, black-dressed boy as a ...
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Time travel pursuit book from about 2005

This was a book I read approx 10 years ago, however it could have been a few years older (battered hard cover library book) but I’m no longer a member of that library. I don’t remember the full story, ...
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Does anybody remember a book where a boy finds an alien watch and it allows him to time travel?

When I was in 7th grade, I read a book that I absolutely loved. It was about a boy who finds an alien watch like device that allows him to travel back in time. I loved it because it showed some of the ...
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Book: Two kids get powers where one is so fast that time seems to slow down around him while other can control time itself

In this book two kids got powers (believe the setting was back in medieval times where this took place in a village), where one kid can perceive everything as almost non-moving due to his speed, while ...
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Was the backward-running time stream of the cacogens intended as an allusion to T. H. White's Merlyn?

The climax of The Sword of the Lictor (and, in many ways, the climax of the entire Book of the New Sun) comes in two parts. There is the battle at Baldanders castle, then the meeting with the ...
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What evidence is there that Severian encounters evidence of himself from the past?

I have read a lot of unsourced claims online claiming that, in the course of The Book of the New Sun, Severian actually encounters things that are evidence of his own existence in the past. For ...
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Woman lost in time: Black and white TV show/movie

I saw this as a child, I watched this in the 1970s or early 80s. A woman tries to call a friend or family member on the phone, but the person who answers basically says, “Sorry, wrong number.” The ...
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Is there any indication what causes the holes in the spacetime fabric necessitating they be mapped by the supreme being?

In the film Time Bandits, the group of dwarfs tell Kevin that they were once employed by the Supreme Being to repair holes in the spacetime fabric, but instead they realized the potential to use the ...
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1940s Pulp Time-Travel Story

I know this isn't very much to go on, but - I read this short story or novelette in the 1960s, but it was definitely published during the 1940s, specifically the World War Two period. I can't ...
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Old movie where main role reset whole planet earth timeline to the beginning of life on Earth

The movie should be something about time travel. I just remember the final scene of the movie. That final scene I remember is: The main character in the movie turns the machine to get back into time ...
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Early to mid 1960s time-travel novel

I read this novel when I a kid, in 1966 or so. I didn't really understand everything that was going on in it, but I remember a few things about it. At the beginning, the protagonist notices a ...
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Film where a boy from the present goes back in time to the Victorian era and sees a library on fire

I can't remember the name, only a few details. I believe it was a Christmas film (I could be wrong) where a boy went to visit his grandparents in a big house, in like the English countryside. One ...
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Why didn't Picard exit the nexus and prevent the entire movie from taking place?

In Star Trek: Generations, Picard Why doesn't he exit the Nexus further back and prevent the events from ever taking place at all?
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'80s or '90s movie about a cop who travels back in time when he puts on a ring taken from a creature he was following

I'm looking for the name of a movie that released in the '80s or '90s. From what I remember of the plot, it involved a young man who is a cop who travelled back in time (I think to the 1800s) by ...
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Short story about a time traveller (from the past to the present) who is executed for witchcraft when he returns to his time (the past)

I'm looking for a short sci-fi story about a time traveler from the past who is dragged to the present by 2 scientists. The scientists show him inventions from the modern day such as light-bulbs and ...
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Foreign (non-US) film about a boy who travels back in time during a a school trip into the mountains, and saves a village

The film was a foreign film (Eastern European?) produced I think in the 2010s. The film was about a teenage boy who is terrified of heights. On a school trip into the mountains he somehow travels back ...
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Why doesn't Rya just kill the targets?

In the film In the Shadow of the Moon, Rya, the time-traveling assassin, injects her victims with a substance which triggers their deaths at a later time. One of the victims happens to be driving a ...
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Time travel show from the 90's featuring kids visiting a diner to go on time travel adventures with the owner

The details are from my childhood, so they may be vague, but any help would be appreciated on remembering what show this is. It was live-action, aired in the US, late 80's early 90's, on maybe the PBS ...
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What are the rules and logic for time travel set in Loki?

In this article by Vanity Fair, Michael Waldron talks about the rules for time travel set by Loki (2021): Marvel already made its case for how time travel works in Avengers: Endgame, but that, ...
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Movie where a time traveller goes back in time with his Recreational Vehicle (RV)

The plot is about a younger man, who travels back in time. Somehow he's transported back in time with his RV. He appears in the middle ages. I remember only the ending. It shows a mural of his RV with ...
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Sci-fi novel involving an animal that could be ridden like a horse and used to travel through time

I'm looking for a sci-fi novel I read in the late '80s, maybe '87 or '88. It was an old book even at the time, and had a plain cover (red, If I remember correctly) with no graphics, just the text. The ...
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Children's / YA novel and game about travelling back in time via an old tree

I'm looking for a book I read back in school, probably in the period 1991-1996. What I remember of the book is: I think it's set in Sydney, Australia The main characters are a boy and a girl There's ...
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Children's novel about a boy and girl who slip back in time to the Roman days in England

Decades ago, I read a story where a boy and girl slipped back in time to the Roman days in England. It was the first time travel story I read and fascinated me. The kids knew they were speaking ...
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Possible time paradox in Arrival [duplicate]

I have just watched Arrival, and there is a scene that has confused me a little bit. How can this be explained? Is it a paradox, or is it all right?
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Short story in Analog about Israeli scientists time-travelling to the time of dinosaurs and then can’t return

My husband wants to find a short story he read in Analog magazine about Israeli scientists using a time-travelling device to go to the time of dinosaurs. (The device is not precisely accurate as to ...
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A Kindle unlimited SF series--soldier in experiment that puts him in stasis, catastrophe strikes, he awakes and tries to rebuild civilization

Having read many thousands of SF books over the years, I can't remember either the author or the title of this particular series. Underground experimental stasis test facility partially collapsed, ...
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Book where a young boy's father worked in a museum and he had to go through history

A young boy's father worked in a museum. He had to go through history and ends in Egypt. The boy had to collect something and there were playing cards in the back of the book. It's a series that has 5 ...
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TV series with a girl who travel to the past with a mirror and meets an exiled Russian prince

I'm looking for a TV series I watched years ago, maybe in the '90s or in the 2000s. The main character is a girl who travels to the past through a mirror. The mirror is at the exact same place in two ...
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Novel where a woman and her car are transported back in time to ancient Rome

A US paperback novel, probably from 1980s or early '90s. (written by female author?) A woman is driving her car (maybe in Italy/Europe, but I am not sure) when something happens (lightning strike, ...
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World war 2 time travel film

I am trying to identify a film: It's a sort of time travel / ghost film, probably made for TV It features an American or Canadian soldier in the UK in World War II This is what I remember about the ...
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A plane travelling into the past

This is the story about a plane, which on its journey enters into the past. It cannot land anywhere. It opens with the real life incident of a plane which was lost forever without a trace and nobody ...
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Why didn't major world events change despite Bill and Ted's interference?

I've only seen the first movie, so apologies if later movies explain this. In the first movie, presumably, through the butterfly effect, major world events would change due to Bill and Ted's ...
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Manga where the hero is killed in the last battle and then time rewinds several years, giving them another chance [duplicate]

As the title states, I am looking for a sort of Isekai. It begins with a group with a hero as they encounter the final demon boss. Everyone dies, including the hero. The story jumps back in time to a ...
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Name of YA fantasy book (1960s or 70s?) where siblings travel back through time to save grandparent from a fire

Have been hoping to find this book again: read it a lot as a tween back in the early 70s. A brother & sister travel back in time to save their grandparent from a fire that engulfed a former wing ...
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Which time travel story first showed the destruction of Pompeii?

I’ve encountered the destruction of Pompeii a lot in time travel genre. Some examples which are on top of my head: In the episode Fires of Pompeii (2008) of Doctor Who, destruction of Pompeii was ...
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Very old (1950s?) time travel story in which a man takes audio recordings into the past

He plays recordings of a great jazz (?) musician for the musician's younger self, who had not yet developed his unique style. Might be inspired by the saxophonist Charlie Parker. I read this decades ...
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Late 20th century graphic novel about following a time tourist

Here's something I have been looking for over 13 years. Somewhere between 1995-2000 I read this graphic novel-type of book my father had. It was in a big format (letter?), printed in colors - it was ...
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Book about a group of kids abducted from various historical disasters and then live in a time loop of 9/11 have to stop neo-nazis

This was a book where several kids who died in several historical disasters were given a choice by an old man about if they wanted to die in that disaster or come with him and be sort-of "time ...
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Title and author of a short story where Edgar Allan Poe's body is host to a time traveller's personality?

This short story is based on the premise that future time travellers take over people's bodies like puppets to experience life in the past. However, Poe's personality is so strong that the traveller ...
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Story/Novel where Old Ones dominate modern world

I'm pretty sure I read this in the '90s; I don't recall whether I'm recalling a single section of a longer novel, or a short story. It may have been part of a story involving a cross-timeline ...
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Book about a world where things improve when being used [duplicate]

In the '90s, I read a book that about a world where things improve when being used. In the book, people on Earth have some kind of device that remotely scans the universe, looking for worlds/...
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Movie where a group of people travel back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. A woman is kidnapped by giant spiders, which put eggs in her stomach

I saw a movie about 8 years ago and the group went back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. At the end of the movie, one of the characters gets kidnapped and the giant spiders put eggs in her stomach....
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Time travel romance short story

I'm trying to find a time travel spring/autumn romance story. I read the story in an anthology book around '68 when I was in HS, but the story was probably published much earlier than that. The ...
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Book involving a secret agent who travels back in time to the Bronze Age, along with Hercules and a Scythian girl

Looking for the title of a book I read in the late 90s. A time traveling secret agent is sent back to the Bronze age seeking missing comrades. He is met by a cabal of engineered Greek Gods who are ...
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Time traveller story set in Australia where the ending is determined with a roll of the dice

I'm looking for the title and the author of a young adult book set in Australia. I read this in the 1980s or 1990s so it was published before 2000 and took place I do not remember the overall arc of ...
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Why did Dumbledore pretend to not understand post-time-travel Harry and Hermione?

Harry and Hermione excitedly reported to Dumbledore that they had been successful (saving Sirius, e.g.) during their time-traveling adventure in The Prisoner of Azkaban. In the movie, this occurs ...
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Based time travel , full color,historical, medical skill, romance and medic system

A manga or manhua/manhwa about time travel, romance, ancient times, and a medical system. It's based on her wedding night where she meets her crippled husband( he cannot move his legs) on a wheelchair,...
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Children's book - time travel (Puffin?)

Two school boys are about to get the cane from the schoolmaster when they suddenly find themselves in a different place. It appears to be the past but I think it's the future where the circle, and ...
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