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Questions tagged [time-manipulation]

For questions about the non-standard passage of time ie speeding up/slowing down/stopping/time-bubbles etc without actually time-travelling or reaching faster-than-light speeds. Also consider the tag [time] for the standard passage of time, [time-keeping], [spacetime-dimensions], [alternate-history], [universe], or [time-travel] tags.

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Actual ramifications of time acceleration

For reference, the setting is urban fantasy, with a bit of hard science thrown in. One character can manipulate time; in this setting that means he can speed up his own movement through time. One of ...
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A Nonlethal Time Dilation Field

I want a way to enclose an area (building-sized and on Earth, let's say) in a field that warps spacetime so that time appears to pass 100x slower within it. You don't need to explain how the field got ...
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What would time manipulation look like to an outside observer? [duplicate]

There is a person who has the ability to stop time in a radius of say 10m around himself. The time stop does not affect things like light and the air inside the sphere, so the person can move around ...
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Why would an omniscient immortal needs to record history?

There is a powerful entity, omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent that came into existence since Big Bang. The entity do not interfere with the order of the nature but to observe it unwinds in the ...
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Forememory: What could prevent reiteration from working?

I use forememory instead of foresight, due to how the ability works. A cunning and creative person can remember five minutes into the future, and are smart enough to exploit it in any way possible. ...
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How to make money from a browser who sees 5 seconds into the future of any web page?

You installed a strange browser you found in the deep web that works similar to any other. You soon discover something really amazing. That browser shows the state of any web page or online app 5 ...
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Could just a brilliant idea advance science by decades, or even centuries?

Inspired by this story, I started thinking. Let's say we have a person, from the modern day, who miraculously gets a superpower: He can rewind time, but retain his own memories. He can rewind all the ...
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Doing business with time magic in ancient-medieval world

What business could I in theory do if I have Time magic which can reverse or accelerate time of inanimate/non sentient objects in a limited area? This is in relation to my question, Liquor making ...
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Liquor making with Time related magic in an ancient-medieval world

So you can accelerate or reverse time of an inanimate/non sentient object within a limited space. Despite having such powers, you don't want to rule the world. Instead you want to make alcoholic ...
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How would a legal system deal with random groundhog day events? [closed]

I have seen similar questions about groundhog day but they were about either a single unique groundhog day or a permanent one. In this case, each day may or may not repeat. There are no limits so ...
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How can a species of natural time-travelers have a meaningful society?

Consider a fantasy species of "natural" time travelers. To define some specifics: Relevant Rules While it is not effortless, this species can move against the "arrow of time" much as a human can ...
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Maximum Personal Time-field Speed?

One day, you suddenly get superpowers! Whoo-hoo, you can speed up or slow down the flow of time for yourself. This means you can run faster than a jet, right? So you decide to test it out. You go ...
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I cast my stop-time spell and really, really, really want to punch my sworn enemy - which of these two scenarios is more believable?

I spent my life, my fortune, my family connections... I sold my children into slavery and my soul to Ilnarren... Wanted posters hang from from the Abyss of Shrondir to the expanse of d'o (most ...
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Time manipulation based on physics equations

I'm fairly new to the idea of writing.... anything, and I was asked to make a character to insert in a friend's world. I am trying to create a fictional character that has the power of manipulating ...
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Would experiencing Groundhog Day prove that life was a simulation just for you alone?

There are other Groundhog Day questions and other Simulation questions. I believe this differs from all the others. [This movie features a] ...TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the ...
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What could trigger an Inverse Chronological Order experience? [closed]

In the movie "Memento", we as the viewer see the movie from what's called Inverse Chronological Order experience, where we see the ending first, and then the subsequent events leading up to the "...
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Gravity being weaponized for its time altering properties

Physics isn't my strong suite, but I'm trying to understand if something could be theoretically possible in some highly advanced future: Would it be possible for an advanced civilization to invent a ...
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What pre-information age jobs benefit from running at a higher speed?

Chronopolis is a city built on modern time-technology ("chronology") and is split into three sectors, slowtown, midtown, and fasttown, whose residents function at 1/2, 1, and 2 times natural speed, ...
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Maximum Survivable Time Distortion Factor?

This question is somewhat inspired by the number of "time bubble" questions that have been popping up on the site recently. If a real "time bubble" with a large enough time distortion factor existed, ...
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What would a area of slower/faster time look like?

I've been thinking about doing something involving bubbles of stopped (already answered here), slowed down or sped up time. What would that look like for different speeds? Is there any way of ...
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How does a time travel paradox actually begins?

A while ago I was conceiving a story about a guy that actually creates a method for viable time travelling but gets stuck in a paradox after using the machine. The background story for this is that ...
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Theoretically, can time be controlled locally?

I mean can time be controlled within an area or even a small portion of space? I would like to mention time-bombs, which either reverse time in a radius of explosion or take time forward. Also ...
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My time machine needs to know when it is

I've built a time machine and it works in unmanned testing... sorta. I tell it to go into the past, it disappears, and then comes back to the present. The problem is that it isn't terribly accurate. I ...
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Are there size constraints to Time Bubbles?

I'm creating various artificial Time Bubbles in my universe where time flows faster or slower inside a specified area, typically depicted as a semi-transparent bubble. Before developing any more ...
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How would stopped time look from the outside?

If there were a sphere or a cube where time is stopped, how would someone passing by perceive that? I have something in mind that stops everything, including air and light, not only solid matter. My ...