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Temporal Anomalies

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Quick Jumps

The Letter
The Reply

Not Letters

Chuck Buckley's Time Travel Problem:
  First Response

Chuck Buckley's Time Travel Problem:
  Second Response

Chuck Buckley's Time Travel Problem:
  Third Response

Chuck Buckley's Time Travel Problem:
  Fourth Response

Vazor's Time Travel Questions:
  First Response


Doctor TOC, 12 Monkeys Fixed Timeline
Doctor TOC, Woman on Plane
JKrapf007, Evil Dead 2 Not a Remake
Nathro, Evil Dead 2 a Sequel
JKrapf007, Travel Before Your Birth
Nathro, More About Evil Dead
Sauce96, Terminator and Star Trek
Sauce96, Presenting an Original Story
Sauce96, Defending Paradox
Muhammed, A Line from 12 Monkeys
Holger Thiemann, 12 Monkeys Fixed Time
Chad Hadsell, Local Infinity Loops
Chad Hadsell, Time an Abstraction
Holger Thiemann, Testing the Theory
Chad Hadsell, Travel to the Future
Chad Hadsell, Erasing Future Self
Holger Thiemann, Temporal Duplicates
Gecko, 12 Monkeys Analysis Incorrect
Jason Seiler, 12 Monkeys Static Time
Jason Seiler, Metaphysics Class Links
Etienne Rouette, Woman on Plane
Matthew Potts, Woman on Plane
Bart, Parallel Universe Theory
Bart, Clarification
Illumin8, Spreadsheets

Movies Analyzed
in order examined

    Addendum to Terminator
    Terminator 3:  Rise of the Machines
    Terminator Recap
    Terminator Salvation
    Terminator Genisys
    Terminator:  Dark Fate
Back To The Future
Back To The Future II
Back To The Future III
Star Trek Introduction
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
    Star Trek: Generations
    Star Trek: First Contact
    Star Trek (2009)
12 Monkeys
    Addendum to 12 Monkeys
Flight Of The Navigator
  Flight Of The Navigator Addendum
Army of Darkness
Lost In Space
Peggy Sue Got Married
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Planet of the Apes
Kate and Leopold
Somewhere In Time
The Time Machine
Minority Report
Happy Accidents
The Final Countdown
Donnie Darko
  S. Darko
Harry Potter and
    the Prisoner of Azkaban

Deja Vu
    Primer Questions
Bender's Big Score
Popular Christmas Movies
The Butterfly Effect
  The Butterfly Effect 2
  The Butterfly Effect 3:  Revelations
The Last Mimzy
The Lake House
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Hot Tub Time Machine
Los Cronocrimines a.k.a. TimeCrimes
A Sound of Thundrer
Frequently Asked Questions
    About Time Travel

Source Code
Blackadder Back & Forth
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
11 Minutes Ago
Men in Black III
La Jetée
Midnight in Paris
Meet the Robinsons
H. G. Wells' The Time Machine
The Jacket
Safety Not Guaranteed
The Philadelphia Experiment
    The Philadelphia Experiment II
Time After Time
About Time
Free Birds
X-Men:  Days of Future Past
Edge of Tomorrow
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Project Almanac
Time Lapse
O Homem Do Futuro
    a.k.a. The Man from the Future

Abby Sen
When We First Met
See You Yesterday
The History of Time Travel
Copyright Information

The temporal anomaly terminology used here is drawn from Appendix 11:  Temporal Anomalies of Multiverser from Valdron Inc, and is illustrated on the home page of this web site.  This site is part of M. J. Young Net.

Books by the Author.

The Book

Temporal Anomalies in Time Travel Movies
A Letter from Chad Hadsell:
Erasing Your Future Self

In response to my previous comments, Chad astutely observes that if you travel to the future you will not find yourself in it.

The Letter

Subject:  Re: a no longer so simple question
Date:  Fri, 02 Oct 1998 15:00:38 EDT
From:  "chad hadsell"

Yeah, i guess that does make sense. thanx for clearing that up.  I love pondering questions like these, and it has been fun discussing the mechanisms of time.  One more thing about the future is still bothering me, though.  If i went to the future, while i was there, would my future self cease to exist?  Because it hasn't been decided yet that i would ever return to be able to become my future self.  Then, when i did return (to the past), the future would simply change  to include me once more?  What happens when that point in the future becomes my present?  Would i be there to greet my past self?  It seems like the "first" time i went to the future, i would NOT meet my self, but maybe from then on i WOULD, because it has been decided that i WILL return to the past.  Is this proper reasoning?


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The Reply


As a matter of fact, Chad, that's exactly what happens in the film Flight of the Navigator--we see the story of the A-B timeline, as Davey disappears from time and comes back eight years later, not having aged at all.  Although in that case, it was high-velocity space travel and not time travel which removed him from history for eight years, it would have been the same had it been time travel forward--having left the past and arriving in the future, he would have been absent from the timeline for that eight years.  But by the end of the film, he's taken back in time to roughly the moment he left, and we discuss the complications of that.  In this C-D time segment, he is a temporal duplicate of himself who came back in time from the future; in eight years the spaceship will return with the version of him who belongs in this timeline, and find the other version of him already there--well, you can read it there.  But in short, I think you've got it--if you go into the future, you aren't there; but then if you return to the past, you restore your presence, and in the C-D segment, you find yourself in the future...these things sound so complicated, but I think you've got it.

Thanks for the note.

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