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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Movie about a man who cheats on significant other, able to go back in time but ends up getting cheated on?

There was a movie (not too sure if it came out in the 90s or early 2000s. It was on HBO though) about a man who is able to either go back in time or relive the moment. He was cheating on his ...
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What's the name of the novel where a time traveler with epilepsy assumes the role of Jesus?

The protagonist has epilepsy and time travels to just a few (maybe 6?) months before the Crucifixion, only to discover that Jesus was actually a mentally-handicapped man, one of perhaps 10 children ...
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The Tunnel (Korean) - How come this character has the same name in the old timeline?

In the 2017 Korean TV series The Tunnel, a detective named Park Kwang Ho accidentally time travels from 1986 to 2016 through a mysterious tunnel, while investigating a series of gruesome murders that ...
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SF story with reversed chronology

I cannot remember name of the story with a plot like this. First of all, chronology is reversed, story is started from the end (it's a pretty short part I), then follows a big middle (part II), and ...
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How did Tae-Sul and So-Hae end up back on the plane?

What did I miss?
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A 50s - 60s short story with future children & an ancient shaman

I am trying to find a short story that was in a hardback short story collection which I recall reading in the late 50s to early 60s. It involves a group of children -- boys, as I recall -- on a sort ...
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Time Travel book from 70's where people were sent from 150 years in the future to our present time

I read this book either in the late 70's or early 80's. It was set in a distant future, about 150 years in the future. Numerous people were being sent from that time to the present. This occurred for ...
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80's two part series about a time travelling human male in a spaceship with puppets who visits Earth

The man in question falls in love with a human on planet Earth, after travelling back in time and ends up being his own father. His crew are all puppets. I believe the second part in the series was ...
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Trying to find a time travel short story

A group of scientists had almost cracked time travel - but then started dying in a series of bizarre accidents. They realised that the universe was protecting itself from the paradox of time travel by ...
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1970s or '80s movie where a family farm is relocated either in time, or to an alternate reality

Trying to ID a movie I saw in probably the early 1980s (or maybe the '70s). I watched it on TV in the USA. (It might have been a made-for-TV movie.) A family is living in a ranch or farm type setting. ...
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'90s time travel movie where the villain is seen in black & white photos, and is following people through time [duplicate]

I have a vague recollection of a time travel TV movie from the '90s, where the villain is seen in a variety of black and white photos, and is following a group of people through time. The antagonist/...
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What does "They can't shunt within the same timestream" mean?

Close to the end of "The Girl Who Waited", old Amy Pond says It's not a teleport, it's a time jump. and her younger self replies, They can't shunt within the same timestream. What is the ...
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Short story involving time travel to Revolutionary War battle, and afterlife in a city created by thoughts

In The New Yorker, there was a short story from around 2000-2010. A modern day female Army nurse is at the site of a long-ago Revolutionary War battle. A portal has been opened into the past, and at ...
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Movie where 3 kids visit a museum, travel back in time and meet a baby emperor

In the movie there are 3 kids who wander into a museum and find strange things, and there are 3 other kids who are the "villains". The kids time travel back and meet a Chinese emperor, who ...
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French Time-Travel Novel

I read this English translation in the late-1970s/early 1980s. All I can remember is the opening: the Catholic Church decides to comb through its religious relics to determine which ones are genuine. ...
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Short story about man who time travels by crossing folds in his map. He meets a young woman and falls in love with her

This was in a magazine around 2000. A man gets in his car and realizes he drives to a different time by crossing the folds in his map. He meets a young woman who he falls in love with. He’s a old man ...
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Short story demonstrating the butterfly effect with time travel. It's similar to "A Sound of Thunder" [duplicate]

It's like "A Sound of Thunder" but when the guy goes back from the past to the present, his superiors ask him if anything worrying happened during the trip. He says, No. But they are all in ...
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Time travel book series with a shark sky pirate and a group who call themselves emperors

I’m looking for a specific book series I read a while ago. It’s about a boy who time travels to save his sister. From the bits I can remember he meets a shark sky pirate infected with a parasite and ...
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Book about time-travel engineer going rogue [duplicate]

Looking for a name of the book I read while ago - it was sci-fi book about time travel; initial time frame is 2300-3000, I think. Gist of it is the main character was a low-mid tier engineer, ...
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What 90's made-for-tv movie featured a time-traveling policeman who left his wife a note from the past?

I recall watching a made for TV movie in the 90's that takes place in the future about a man who works for a time-travel enforcement agency. At the beginning of the movie he got his wife an old copy ...
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Short story about a man who meets his wife after he's already married her, because of time travel

I'm trying to recall the name of a short story I read in an anthology (Best of the Year?) from the 1960s or '70s, in which a man taking a walk in a field meets a young woman who claims to have ...
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Futuristic agent stuck in past, runs off with own mother

Pretty sure this was a full novel from the 80s. Set in the future with spaceships, a special agent has a traumatic memory of someone taking away his mother and being abandoned. Somehow on a mission he ...
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Sci-fi book series about time travel, taming dinosaurs, and alien psychics

This is a series of books that starts off with a bunch of humans being abducted and sent back in time roughly 65 million years. They start to build a civilization and take dinosaurs to help out. They ...
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Short story about an astronaut who writes to his partner on Earth and tries to warn her of her demise

This was a short story published before 2010, in the magazine Analog I think. The premise was that a male astronaut sends messages to his female partner back on Earth. She writes to him too. But ...
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Earliest use of "inversion" of arrow of time

The recent movie Tenet is based around the idea of "inverting an object's entropy", to make it move backwards in time instead of forwards. A similar thing also happens in Greg Egan's ...
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Which was the first sci-fi story featuring time travelling where reality - the present self-heals?

If I recall correctly, the first time I've read about the idea of the reality-present self-healing after time traveling to the past was in "The Ugly Little Boy" (Isaac Asimov, 1958) where ...
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Science fiction book involving AI augmented humans, a vampire, a colonised planet, a massive living blob, blind human pilots, and more

There's a series of books I read, probably 10 years or more ago, that I just can’t seem to pinpoint. The timelines jump about a lot, so it’s hard to figure out the order, but here are some things I ...
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Time travel manga where the female protagonist travels back in time before her death, to prevent her harsh life ahead

It’s a story of a female protagonist who has a harsh life. Just as she is about to die, she time travels back into her young self. To avoid the future she already lived, she decides to gets strong by ...
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Identify time travel cartoon from clip

From TVTropes article Invisibility Cloak At the bottom of the page there is a short clip from some animated show, featuring characters from several franchises. There's Doc and Marty from BTTF, Dr Evil,...
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Earliest known story involving time-travel within a self-consistent timeline?

Stories involving time-travel often suggest that history can be changed, like in Back to the Future or Star Trek (2009). However, some such stories suggest that all events within a given timeline are ...
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Book about a boy who goes back in time from his kitchen and becomes an apprentice under a famous painter

I read a book in 2000-2002. It starts off with a boy sitting in a kitchen while his mom leaves for a date. He watches TV and is somehow transported through time, each time he goes back further, until ...
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Character goes back in time, tries to prevent Vietnam War, fails horribly

Almost certain it's a TV series, although it could have been a movie. 1980s. (Could be early 90s.) A character, I believe a male in his 30s, manages to meet President Lyndon Johnson, offers proof he's ...
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Dying child buries homemade time capsule

I am almost positive this story was published in the 1940s and I seem to associate it with Kuttner's name, although I have searched through a list of his shorts and can't find a title that seems to ...
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Book/book series set in the future about an elite academy, a great inventor, a time-travel machine, and a brother and sister

I read this book and it's sequel in elementary school, in fourth or fifth grade. It is a pretty recent book, and the cover of the first book features an old inventor with keys, if my memory is correct....
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Story about a conversation in a cafe. The waiter is Hitler

Read maybe ten years ago. Fairly new then, maybe. The story takes place in a cafe in Europe between two people. One, I think, was a time traveler or maybe not. The other either an up-and-coming ...
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What's with the time travelling delay in The Time Machine by H.G.Wells?

I recently got The Time Machine by H.G.Wells and I am quite intrigued by this line near the end of the story :- "But is it not some hoax?" I said. "Do you really travel through time?&...
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Movie with missing scientists father in another dimension, worm holes in buildings [closed]

I’m searching for a movie where there was a female character whose father or mother was a scientist who went missing. To get them back she had to get them the piece they invented, there were portals ...
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Short story about a sci fi writer in the 1800s who tells a story about going back in time using a mirror

I'm looking for a Sci Fi short story about a sci fi writer in the 1800s who tells a story about going back in time using a mirror. He describes to his friends the barbaric, primitive people he met ...
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Book with protagonists jumping between parallel Earths of various time periods (but not time travelling) [duplicate]

I just remember this one bit of this book: the idea that the protagonists jumped from world to world in a set of parallel universes but, because of the world's differences, it looked like time travel: ...
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Title of book about humanity seeing their lives X years in the future due to astronomical event

I have recently been recommended a book, but I don't remember its title, nor its author. It's about an astronomical event that makes all humanity experience/see their lives some exact number of years ...
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Story identification request - involving time travel, Winnie the Pooh and Alexander the Great!

I am looking for a short story I read years back about a small (maybe 3) group of time travelers who go back in time. I seem to recall the time machine was in the back of a library. One person would ...
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Short story for a restaurant present in all possible timelines

There are a billion billion versions of this restaurant, and not everyone knows there are other timelines and worlds, but all the timeline travelers go straight to this diner in every timeline because ...
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In Endgame, aren't the Avengers just changing their OWN timelines?

What I take away from the whole "Back To The Future is a bunch of bullshit"-conversation, is that the Avengers can't ever "truly" undo the Snap. "When you travel to the past, ...
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A sci-fi time travel story involving meeting other time travelers

I have been unable to find the name of a story I read in high school more than two decades ago. I believe it was in a collection of sci-fi short stories. The short story begins with the protagonist (...
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A book about a time travel standup arcade game [duplicate]

The book was definitely written before the late 90s, when I read it, but it's about a standup arcade so I'm guessing probably originally published in the 80s. Two kids, I think a brother and sister, ...
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Time travel book involving an agency that fixes the past, which is largely meddled with by strawman liberals

I read this somewhere in the last two years (2019-2020) as a Kindle EBook. I did not finish it, as the book ceased to interest me for reasons I'll expand on later, but recently it's been poking at the ...
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Time loop or time travel in an aeroplane, where the main character disappears to save the others [duplicate]

When: I recall seeing this when I was young so could have been early to mid 1990s. Setting: It is either based primarily in an aeroplane around the passengers and may also involve the airport but ...
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Teenagers discover a network of tunnels to other times

I'm trying to identify a novel for young adults about travelling through time using a maze of time tunnels. I borrowed it from the Town Library in the early 1970's, so it may have been written during ...
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Novel about an alternate history where there was no World War II, maybe involving time travel

This novel was published in the early-to-mid 1970s. Paperback. I am pretty sure the author was American and male. If I remember correctly, it was not marketed as 'science fiction' - it may have even ...
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Avengers Endgame vs Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D - Time Travel differences

Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has been consistent over the time with the MCU, so that both storylines belong to the same universe and reality. There are numerous occasions when characters and ...
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