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Questions tagged [time-travel]

For questions relating to travel in time. Such travel often involves FTL travel; consider also using the [tag:faster-than-light] tag.

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Backpack contents for a modern person stranded in the stone-age [on hold]

A time-travel experiment sends a volunteer back to the stone age. The Stone Age begins with the first production of stone implements and ends with the first use of bronze. Since the chronological ...
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How to use and maintain assault rifles brought to the past

A group of time-traveling soldiers ends up in 15th century Europe. They have an arsenal of either AR's or SMG's and need to use them until their resources (ammo) run out. How can they maintain the ...
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A solution for the time-travel paradox - What could go wrong?

Time travel has been invented and it goes like this. You travel backwards in time at the same speed you normally travel forward. Everything is identical - you do all the actions the same but in ...
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First innovation for time traveler to low-tech society [on hold]

A time traveler goes back in time (one-way trip, and he does not get to choose the exact destination) to a low-tech society, similar to medieval Europe. His objective is to kickstart an industrial ...
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Sending Messages Back in Time [closed]

It's hundreds of years in the future, and it sucks. I want to send a message to the past using our advanced technology and warn them what to do and what not to do, so the future is better (or, ...
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What goes in, must come out - limitations of temporal displacement

I am plotting out a sci-fi setting, and trying to figure out the consequences of a non-conventional form of time travel. In the story, time travel has been achieved by means of temporal displacement....
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Reactions to a Young Time Traveller

My question is simple. What would people in England in 1700 think of a modern, history loving, 12-14 year old girl? This particular girl was a case of time travel gone wrong. A school trip meant to be ...
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Plausible reason why a time machine would be built in a 1990s era sports car? [closed]

So let's say we have a hero and a heroine. The hero doesn't own a time machine, but the heroine does and she built her time machine from a modified 1990s era Japanese sports car. Time travel requires ...
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What can a bunch of American kids teach ancient Egyptians? [closed]

18 children (ages 2-14) travel from a small American town in 1995 to the year 1312 BCE in ancient Egypt. They stay with Jewish slaves in their village (the structure is more serfs than slaves) for 9 ...
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Apparel for a time traveler [closed]

Some context: You are traveling to somewhere temperate (55-85 Fahrenheit )in the past, at some random time, post 1000 BC, pre 1800 AD.You do not know where, save that it is in Europe, or a similar ...
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Earth Time Periods: Choosing for a hidden lair in time [closed]

You are a former nuclear scientist who has researched in the field of fusion, who is in possession of a device that once activated will create a two-way portal into any time period on Earth. The time-...
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Time Travellers And The Roman Empire, Part 1: Transport and Control

I am a time traveller from the not so distant future. I have gone into the past to the Roman Empire (specifically the Nerva-Antonine period) and via -handwaving magical mumbo-technobabble- have become ...
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Could guy with offline wikipedia (and solar charger) that was transported into middle ages conquer the world? [duplicate]

Exactly what is on the tin. Would offline wikipedia (such as phone with kiwix or wikireader) with means to charge it (portable solar charger) be enough for young person to conquer country and ...
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Time traveller tasked with finding traces of past alien visits to Earth [closed]

My time traveler is tasked with finding information on previous visits to Earth of a potentially hostile alien civ. What sort of traces might aliens leave that could identify them? I'm thinking some ...
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Immediate differences between 1898-2018 [closed]

I have a story where two characters from 1898 apear in the Texas hillcounrty, on a disused ranch. Neither are familiar with ranches, and they come from vastly different socioeconomic backgrounds. What ...
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How to broadcast Earth's position to someone in the future?

Using current technology, what could I do to optimize the odds of being located by time-traveling humans a thousand years from now? The accuracy must be such that they could "transport" me out of a ...
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What's the ideal era for harvesting resources by an advanced society?

It's 2100-ish and we're experimenting on our new time travel device, or let's say time travel bunker. What we gathered of information so far are: We can't really go back in time, literally. Every ...
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Is there a single historic event which could be changed to cause the USA to use SI units?

I am time traveller with aim to make world better. Last time I went to the past, all I heard was: "Kill Hitler!" So I went to the past and I must tell you, April 1945 was pretty loud in Berlin! ...
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Moving someone along their timeline [closed]

If one would use something like the Time Stone from the MCU to move someone along their own timeline, would they have all of the memories that they would have made if they had lived out their lives ...
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Victorian astronomer detecting artificial satellites

To make it short, time-space shenanigans transported everything in a 60 kilometers circumference around an old space-based particle collider to the year 1855. The particle collider was in ...
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If you could travel back in time by transfering your state of mind/memories to your former self, would you transfer your tiredness to him? [closed]

Let's suppose you can travel back in time by passing your state of mind/memories to your former self. You go back to your former self who has slept some hours ago, a day passes without sleeping and ...
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Plausible way to time travel 10,000 years into a future where there is zero technology [closed]

Ideally the subject(s) would be stashed deep in a cave, and the process would be timed to wake him(them) up after 10,000 years have passed. Because of the low-tech nature of the future and the absence ...
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Logical explanations for the corpse of a time traveler

Tim managed to create a time machine in secret. Foolishly, he used it on himself, like all good (movie) scientists do and traveled back in time. He thought he configured the machine to five minutes, ...
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Would germs brought back in time by a time traveler threaten to kill the population of the past? [duplicate]

This question is in direct response to the early comments on my last question: Time traveler has identified a unknown epidemic is likely spread by mosquitos. How much can he help combat it? The ...
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Time traveler has identified a unknown epidemic is likely spread by mosquitos. How much can he help combat it?

In the world I'm envisioning, an individual has been accidently sent to a sort of alternate history version of the world, one that is at roughly feudal level of tech/culture, but with the nations ...
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How can I make this religion believing in “creating time traveling gods through science” believable?

I want to popularize the following or a similar belief. In many thousand years people will travel back in time to give us an afterlife, if we make it possible, by going the steps, that will lead to ...
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If one traveled along a Closed Time-like Curve to arrive in a parallel universe/world-line, would the previous universe cease to exist?

This question makes several assumptions: 1) The "Many Worlds" Interpretation will have been proven through future observation 2) CTC's exist within the rotating event horizon of a Kerr black hole 3)...
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How to identify or authorize members of a time travel organisation?

Many organizations today have identity cards, and use passwords and multi-factor authentication to authenticate and authorize people. If there's trouble, things can be done: Identity cards can be ...
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How could the Mafia retain its power in New York into the new century?

A mutant who sees multiple futures has predicted that the world will be invaded by aliens. Every future ends disastrously for the human race with us being wiped out. The only one in which we survive ...
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How would a time traveller conquer the ancient world?

I have found myself approximately 2000 years in the past, I didn't bring anything with me. But since I am here, I want to conquer the world with my knowledge from the future. Or as much as is possible ...
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Maximum span of Time Travel without being detected [closed]

Our protagonist is a completely normal 25-year old who just went on a walk through the city. What he doesn't know: The morally dubious scientists of Evil, Inc. have decided that he is the perfect ...
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Strategy to capture a TRex alive?

For context : A squad hunters has been assigned to capture a Tyrannosaurus Rex for the grand opening of a new amazing zoo. They will be sent to a location in Montana 66 million years ago using a time ...
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Prevent getting destroyed in the middle of time travel

In H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, the time traveler uses an open-air time machine that does not immediately teleport through time, but rather speeds up time for the person inside the time machine. So, ...
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Using “time travel” to prove past events (e.g moon landings) occurred?

The light (images) from every event in the past are travelling through space at the speed of light as we speak. So.....I am going to build a powerful enough telescope and a spaceship capable of ...
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Why would time travel affect the body in any major way, especially damaging? [closed]

Obviously, I'm talking about sci-fi time-travel and not just being as time moves by, slowly but surely. Is there a reason one would actually bleed from any orifice? For any pain to occur? Dizziness? ...
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I am writing some short stories and can't wrap my head around a time travel paradox

I put an object in a time-travel device (say something that looks like a microwave ). I am now going to transport the object in time, but leave it in the same position relative to the Earth. If it was ...
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Make money by bringing an invention back in time

I found a time travel machine. It can travel back in time very precisely. I don't have any specific skills, except for my very good knowledge with programming languages and programming patterns. I ...
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Which jobs could western geniuses, who lived between 1643-1900, have in the modern age related to their talents?

I'm trying to write a comedy where as a plot device I have: Some of the greatest western minds of human history, who lived between 1643 and 1900, are transported into the modern age. I still haven't ...
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How can I modern time traveler determine solstice and equinox?

A XX century researcher time traveled back into the prehistory. He is not in danger of death or anything, but he has only energy to attempt one jump. He must jump back during the sunrise either in a ...
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What happens when you create a time paradox? [closed]

Let's say that we have a time machine. We take a trip to the past to.. Let's say, kill Hitler. We go back, kill Hitler while his was still a child and return to the present day. But now in this ...
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Uses for “Pocket Universe” backwards Time Travel? [closed]

As it turns out, Time Travel is possible! It's just not as useful as we thought it would be, that's all. You can only go back in time, and not really. Whenever anyone goes back in time, a pocket ...
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I travel back in time: how could I know when I landed?

Today a weird guy with a pointy hat offered me and my friends to play a game: We will all travel back in time, to a random date somewhen from the antiquity to modern times. We will have a limited ...
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With future knowledge, can I prevent the Columbian Exchange epidemics?

I have traveled back to the 15th century with the goal of facilitating the discovery of the Americas by the rest of the world without causing epidemics to wipe out 90% of the American population. How ...
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Theoretical: If you were to psychologically examine people that have time-traveled, what would you look for?

Let us say there is an adult male, adult female, a boy, and a girl. They experience time-travel. As a psychologist, what would you examine before and after the travel to ensure that psychologically, ...
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Extrapolating from the GPS network for time travel

One of the aspects of most sci fi time travel representations that I find most challenging for my suspension of disbelief is this idea of people travelling through time and not travelling through ...
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“Moving” through time doesn't actually involve motion [closed]

In regards to the concept of time travel, physical travel isn't possible or necessary. "Going" to other points in time, one would actually remain in the same place, not actually travel through space. ...
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How might a Professor of Mathematics Change History?

A professor of mathematics is sent back in time to a post-Neolithic farming village. They accept him as their wise man, and he spends 30 years teaching them all he knows about mathematics until he ...
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Plausible reason why my time machine can only go back a certain amount of time?

So, I have built a Time-Traveling machine. It’s a prototype, and I’ve noticed a few kinks in the machine. If the control pad gets jammed in home mode, the universe will repeat the same day for all ...
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If time travel exists and there's only a timeline, how can a event assured to happen be avoided without breaking physical laws? [closed]

Let's begin with the premise of that type of time travel, the one in which no matter what you try, the past cannot be changed, if you tried to kill your grandfather you wouldn't be able to as much as ...
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Survival strategy for a time traveller in the Roman empire [closed]

I would like to know what would be the best strategy to survive and prosper in the roman empire for a time traveller? Let's say that the time traveller is a 30-year-old Italian from the XXI century ...