Questions tagged [time]

This tag applies to question that deal with how long a certain event/process took

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Time as money movie

I'm looking for the name of a short black and white movie in which people were given an allotted amount of time at birth, and used that time to buy things. For example, a can of beans in the store ...
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Can you help me identify a short story about mandatory suicide?

I read this story years ago in a very old magazine, so it is written 1990 or earlier. It was a Bulgarian magazine from the 80s, printing translated stories, probably космос or наука и техника за ...
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How in the world did Slughorn prepare the Felix Felicis in time for his class?

In the summer of 1996, Horace Sluhorn is persuaded into coming out of retirement by Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore. Around two months later, he greets his students with potions such as Felix ...
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How much time passed between The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian?

The book series will nonchalantly say "hundreds" or "a thousand" or "thousands" of years in different places throughout, but is it ever stated exactly how much time passed between Peter, Susan, Edmund,...
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Nuclear missiles about to land but time stops except for a lone housewife. What show is it?

Posted in the blog "Postcards from the Zone," a blog focused on the Twilight Zone, the following entries were made on the page for "A Little Peace and Quiet:" it was on chiller recently. This ...
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How can the time variations be explained in the first three books of the 'The Chronicles of Narnia'?

I haven’t read the last three books of The Chronicles of Narnia story yet. But how is it possible that between the first two books there is a time shift of several thousands of years and between the ...
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How does time and aging work in 'the Grid' of Tron?

I was watching Tron: Legacy, and thought for a moment that if Flynn is trapped within this 'Digital Frontier' that he created, wouldn't he be able to control his own appearance and aging? If not, ...
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Idea of paying for things with time

I recently read the Quantum Thief. This book had the idea of the time you live as something that can be used to pay for things. When you run out of "money" you die. I was wondering is this the ...
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Missing day in The Horse and His Boy

In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy, there seems to be a discrepancy in the timing of events. After Shasta has given the warning to king Lune, he falls behind as their hunting party ...
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short story about a man who wakes to find that time is running very slowly, but then time speeds up

I'm looking for a short story about a man who wakes (maybe on a spaceship) after some accident to find that time is running very slowly, so he believes he has all the time in the world to think about ...
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How long were Daenerys' dragons locked up for?

How much time passes between Daenerys locking up her dragons, and Tyrion freeing them? Weeks? Months? Years?
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Pre-Historic Time Travel Short Story

I read a short story around 1989 in which a man somewhere in Europe (London/Paris maybe) sent a pocket watch somewhere (in time) and it came back a few minutes later rusted. The man decided to send ...
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Help Identify Viking Time Travel Short Story

I read a short story in the mid-90s which was fairly similar to Poul Anderson's "The Man Who Came Early." Different from that story, this was told from the modern protagonist's point of view. ...
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What happened in the Doctor's past that made him destroy Gallifrey prior to the Day of the Doctor?

In the Day of the Doctor, both 10 and 11 remember destroying Gallifrey. Does this mean that in their past, the Interface never showed up? or did he just not listen to her and destroyed the planet ...
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Looking for story where time is accelerated and characters have to get back to ship?

Looking for story where time is accelerated on a planet. The characters are actually born at the beginning of the story and then grow up quickly and inadvertently learn that their forebears came from ...
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How could a starship crew get away with missing an entire day?

In the TNG episode Clues, the crew However, when the Enterprise next interacts with Starfleet (eg docks at a space station or comes into contact with a time beacon1), won't they do some kind of clock ...
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Timeline of Peter Jackson's Tolkien movies

The LotR trilogy made some significant condensation to the timeline, with the Quest taking place immediately after Bilbo's 111st birthday, instead of 17 years later, as in the book. This change in ...
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Is there a time limit on the Hunger Games?

If a Hunger Games went on for too long - what would happen? I was looking through the book for an answer and come across this quote: In two weeks, 23 of you will be dead. One of you will be alive. ...
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How does time work in The Matrix?

I'm somewhat confused about the nature of Time in the Matrix, but I have 3 different possibilities, all of which are neither confirmed nor denied in the trilogy as far as I can see. Possibility 1: ...
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Trying to remember the name of a series/book involving time

A few years ago i read a book that involved time travel as one of the main plot elements. As of right now i can't quite place a finger on the name of the book. Details that I remember There were at ...
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Why did the observers travel through time instead of colonising a new planet?

So I finally watched the last episode of fringe and apart from the plotholes/paradoxes time travel always creates in any book or movie, I liked it. One question though has always bothers me: the ...
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Book from 1960, a girl keeps blacking out and going back in time to the time of the druids

I read this in grade school so think the book was probably from the 1960s or 1970s. The (female) protagonist would black out and go back in time. I remember druids and Stonehenge and also there was a ...
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How much time passed in the real world while Harry was at King's Cross in the final book?

Harry spends a whole chapter of the last book in King's Cross after getting hit by the killing curse from Voldemort (which sounds to be like at least ten minutes or more), however, it doesn't seem ...
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How long does it take to get from Moat Cailin to Mole Town on horseback?

Question says it all. How long does it take to get from Moat Cailin to Mole Town on horseback? Assumptions: No battles are going on, but the land is not peaceful. You need to not attract too much ...
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Title of a book about trying to control “the moment” [duplicate]

I read this book which I think is from the early 2000s. I don’t know what it is called, who wrote it, or who published it, so I’m hoping a kind soul can help me out. There’s this extra-dimensional ...
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What was the time span over which the events in Half Life took place?

What was the time it took Gordon to get from the beginning of the story (anomalous materials facility of Black Mesa) to the Nihilanth? I believe he arrived in the morning but I don't recall walking ...
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Please identify a book involving characters who can manipulate time

I read a book in the last couple years i could have sworn I got off of the New York Times bestseller list, but I'm having a hard time remembering the title - it was the first of a new series and I ...
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In The Forever War, how do they tell time in the stasis field?

In The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, there is extensive discussion of how Mandella decides He estimates how long to wait as 5 hours to 6 days, and another character estimates 4.5 hours to 5 days, but ...
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Scientist that creates a potion that slows down his perception of time and dies of old age at sunset

I seek help identifying a short story I read more than 20 years ago (maybe the story itself was written before the 80's even). This short story (to the best of my recollection) involves a scientist ...
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story about an ark on land demonstrating time dilation [duplicate]

I'm looking for a story about an ark on land where the people who live in the ark are pulling the ark along. If they travel forward of the ark, time speeds up, if they travel in a reverse direction ...
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Chronologically longest chapter in ASOIAF?

According to George R R Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire is told through the eyes of characters who are sometimes hundreds or even thousands of miles apart from one another. Some chapters cover a day,...
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How long is a year for an Asgard?

I was searching for an answer for this question and it got me thinking: What if a year on Asgard is longer than a year on Midgard? Thor and Loki can be same Asgard age but born God knows how many of ...
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Earth in a timestorm [duplicate]

Does anyone know the title of a book where an individual or group ventures through an Earth that is continually swept by timewaves which transport to different era?
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What is this Sci-Fi time-travel Movie/TV Movie from the 1970's (I think) called?

Does anybody know the title of a film that features robots or androids I think they were called and the humans, I think being chased by these androids, jumping through a time travel machine that ...
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How long did the War of Five Kings last?

The Five Kings are: Robb Stark - The King of the North Stannis Baratheon - Robert's younger brother and legitimate heir Renly Baratheon - The youngest Baratheon who decided to proclaim himself king ...
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How much time elapses during Age of Ultron?

How much total time elapsed from the beginning of Age of Ultron to the end? Some possible reference points: Agents of SHIELD had bookend episodes, so it can't be longer than the time between the ...
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Calendar in the Wheel of Time series?

While investigating this excellent timeline resource for the Wheel of Time series, I noticed the invented names of months in the leftmost column: Aine, Adar, Saven, Amadaine, Tammaz, Maighdal, Choren, ...
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Book that explained different forms of time travel in films

I remember a while back reading a book about the different forms of time travel in movies and science fiction. I can't seem to recall the name now!
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How long is a Farscape cycle exactly?

I was checking the List of races in Farscape wikipedia article and they refers time as "cycle". continuing my research, I found this vague mention : Leviathans can live about 300 cycles (slightly ...
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What does the Doctor mean by this statement?

What does he mean when Clara tells him to change the future and he says "I could have once, if the time lords were still around."?
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Trying to remember a dinosaur book

From what I remember, a guy is transported back in time, a time before dinosaurs. He is told to only travel on certain paths. When he breaks this rule, he bends a blade of grass that a dragonfly/...
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How is time measured in Star Trek

On many episodes of Star Trek DS9, each character has a good sense of time. Whether it's on a mission or having a drink at Quarks, they seem to know when to begin that mission or have their social ...
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Short story about a boy who lives in a time warp to age faster [duplicate]

A long while back I read a fairly short story about a boy who happened across a bunker that was stocked with supplies for longterm survival, MREs and such I believe. The major plot device was that ...
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What is the actual time relationship between the Land and our Earth realities?

In the book series The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, there is a clear time discrepancy between the Land's time and our Earth time. Roughly, between the first and second time Covenant ...
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Time loop story involving gypsy curse

Back in the 90's I read a book that either was the whole book or just a short story in it which had a guy stuck in a time loop he eventually discovers is caused by a gypsy who cursed him because his ...
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A war on a planet where time passes slowly at the poles [duplicate]

The story is set on a planet where time passes much more slowly at the pole. A soldier is near one of the poles and a major offensive seems to be building up with his side firing into some kind of ...
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I was reading a book about a boy who was able to travel through time, and i am trying to remember its name

A couple years ago, I read a book about a boy that was able to imagine a clock in his head, and make the hands of the clock spin, forward and backwards, allowing him to travel through time. I believe ...
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Time rift episode on Star Trek TNG

I remember there was an episode in which the Enterprise was passing through an area of space that had pockets of accelerated time. What I so vividly remember about this episode is that Picard came ...
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How far is it between Hobbiton and the Lonely Mountain?

Although The Hobbit provides approximate times for the stages of Bilbo's and the dwarves' journey, it does not indicate how far they traveled. They left Hobbiton near the end of April and reached the ...
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What was the first story to feature stopped time?

It's common in science fiction, and occasionally fantasy, to see a device that can stop time. Time travellers on Heroes, such as Peter Petrelli, Nathan "Tommy" Bennet, and Hiro Nakamura can make ...