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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 02:18 PM
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Know of any stories/novels where somebody travelled into the past and couldn't

get back to the time they started out from?


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BadgerKid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 02:20 PM
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1. The Time Traveler's Wife? n/t
Edited on Thu Dec-17-09 02:20 PM by BadgerKid
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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 02:24 PM
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2. Funny you should mention that
I have never written anything of the sort, but have been encouraged to do so with a story line that not only has the main character doing just that, but does so on purpose.
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 03:02 PM
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11. Do that and post it here. I hope your protagonist is going back to the

20th Century. :-)




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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-18-09 12:34 AM
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17. 19th actually
20th doesn't work for the story I had in mind.

It's a long story (and that's the whole idea, isn't it?)
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Journeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 02:30 PM
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3. Rod Serling's "The Odyssey of Flight 33" . . .
Set on a passenger plane that crosses the time barrier and gets thrown back to prehistoric times. In their attempt to fly back to the 1960s, the pilots accidentally make it to 1939 - and they are running out of fuel. The story ends on a very modern, dissonant, unsure note.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 02:32 PM
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4. Bradbury's 'The Sound of Thunder'.
Not the SyFy channel movie version, but the original story.
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Frosty1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 02:39 PM
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5. Outlanders series by Diana Gabaldon
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 02:59 PM
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9. I haven't read those books in ages.
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fl_dem Donating Member (444 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 03:51 PM
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14. Loved that series.....
I may have to go back and reread them!!! I was a little confused at the ending....with the newspaper article...?
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catnhatnh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 02:49 PM
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6. Close...
Michael Chricton's "Timeline":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_%28novel%29

Some can't, some die in the past, some are driven mad by problems with the time machine. One chooses the past and others successfully return...
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 02:54 PM
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7. Read that one--it was good. I remember one dude stayed in the Middle Ages. nt
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GodlessBiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 02:58 PM
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8. Walking into the Senate and having the doors locked is about the same thing.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 02:59 PM
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10. :rimshot:
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FBaggins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 03:03 PM
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12. Robert Heinlein's "Door into Summer" is close (and pretty good)
How close it is to what you're looking for depends on how you define "time travel" and "couldn't return". The only actual "time travel" is backwards... and the only way to "get back" is to wait for time to pass again (though he does much of this while frozen).

Either way, it's an entertaining story from one of the SciFi greats.
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 03:04 PM
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13. Read that several times, and I loved it. nt
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Pab Sungenis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 04:21 PM
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15. "Rant" by Chuck Pahlaniuk
although if I explain how that figures in, it would ruin the story.
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subterranean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 05:06 PM
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16. Not a book, but an episode of The Outer Limits
Edited on Thu Dec-17-09 05:26 PM by subterranean
called "The Man Who Was Never Born."

(SPOILER ALERT!)

A man (played by Martin Landau) travels to the past to prevent a catastrophic event from occurring. He succeeds, but at a cost to himself: In the altered course of events, he never existed.
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classof56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-18-09 10:03 AM
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21. Oh, I remember that one! For some reason it comes to mind often.
Such an intriguing premise. If I'm recalling correctly, the last scene was of the woman who helped him, floating in space, weeping. Keep thinking maybe that was the actress Shirley Knight? Anyway, a really haunting tale that clearly made an impression back in my younger days!
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subterranean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-19-09 03:46 PM
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23. Yes, the actress was Shirley Knight.
It's up on YouTube if you want to watch it again.
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classof56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-19-09 10:34 PM
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24. I thank you, and I'll check that out! n/t
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-18-09 02:05 AM
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18. Leo Frankowski's "Conrad Stargard" series
Mid-1980's engineer from Poland gets transported back in time accidently to 1231 Poland... 10 years before the Mongols invade.

It's 5 books, if I recall correctly. I read it literally dozens of times when I was a teenager



In a similar vein, although not quite what your thinking of, is the "Lost Regiment" series. Basically, a Civil War regiment aboard a ship gets blown off course into the Bermuda Triange. There's a bright light and when they wake up, they're on another planet. Turns out that the mystery of the Bermuda Triange (and a few other places around the globe) are actually one end of an ancient intersteller transit system. The world the Union troops land on is populated by "lost" humans from earlier times and lost civilizations (such as the Carthaginians), and the humans are oppressed and enslaved by an alien humanoid race known as "the Horde". It makes for quite a culture and technological shock, as republican Union troops with guns work with sword-swinging royalty in an oppressively feudal system.

It's a 9-part series on that one.
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YankeyMCC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-18-09 06:36 AM
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19. Jack L Chalker's "Downtiming the Nightside"
the time travel 'device' alowed people to return but in several instances characters got stuck in the past.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-18-09 09:06 AM
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20. Julian May's "Saga of Pliocene Exile"
I read it almost 20 years ago, and I can't remember whether I'd care to read it again, but there you have it.

The basis for the series involves a one-way time portal to the distant past.



Also, Crichton's wholly unreadable Timeline involves an archaeologist getting stuck in the past and his team going back to rescue him.
Spoiler: In the end, one of his colleagues semi-voluntarily elects to stay in the 14th century
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-19-09 02:24 PM
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22. Close:
"Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict."
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Flying Dream Blues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-28-09 07:53 PM
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25. The Little Book by Selden Edwards
A family tale of time-traveling from turn of the century (20th) Vienna and the modern day US. It's a great story...
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bluescribbler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-11-10 12:47 PM
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26. One of the earliest
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, by Mark Twain

I'm surprised nobody else mentioned it.
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