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21st May '14 10:18:15 PM Rotpar
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* PetsHomageName: Dan, brilliant engineer on the cutting edge of domestic robotics, named his cat Petronius the Arbiter.
28th Apr '14 5:00:58 PM XFllo
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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Dr. Twitchell to a degree. Daniel Davis has his moments too.

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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Dr. Twitchell to is a degree. brilliant physicist but disillusioned and with a habit of DrowningHisSorrows (he was robbed of fame and Nobel Prize). Daniel Davis has his moments too.manages to talk him into using the top secret time travel machine with flattery.
* AffectionateNickname: Frederica is almost always referred to as "Ricky" and Daniel calls her twice Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.



* TheJailBaitWait / PrecociousCrush / WifeHusbandry: [[spoiler:Ricky waits till she's 18 and goes into cold sleep ordering to wake her when Daniel finds her. Daniel did not expect this. He is in his early 30s when they marry.]]
* KindheartedCatLover: Daniel, although he owns only Pete. Also Pete can be used as an indicator if a person can be trusted. This was the first sign to beware of Belle.

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* TheJailBaitWait / PrecociousCrush / WifeHusbandry: [[spoiler:Ricky waits till she's 18 21 and goes into cold sleep ordering to wake her when Daniel finds her. Daniel did not expect this.her. He is in his early 30s when they marry.]]
* KindheartedCatLover: Daniel, although he owns only Pete. Also Pete can be used as an indicator if a person can be trusted. This was the first sign to beware of Belle.Belle.
* MeaningfulName: Belle S. Darkin. Belle = beautiful; Darkin = darkly figure who should not have been trusted.
* PrecociousCrush: Eleven-year-old Ricky loves thirty-year-old Daniel. When she was about six, they used to play a game (which she took seriously) that she's his girlfriend. When Danny starts dating Belle, Ricky instantly dislikes her and gets jealous.



* TeleFrag: Discussed. If a time traveler ends inside a solid object, for example a tree, it may result in an explosion. [[spoiler:Daniel takes this risk and fortunately doesn't hit any trees.]]
** The exact words: "Ought to make quite an explosion, about like a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalt_bomb cobalt bomb]], huh?" It's unclear if this is [[UnreliableNarrator Chuck's mistake]], or [[ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics the author's]].

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* TeleFrag: Discussed. If a time traveler ends inside a solid object, for example a tree, it may result in an explosion. [[spoiler:Daniel Daniel takes this risk and fortunately doesn't hit any trees.]]
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trees. The exact words: "Ought to make quite an explosion, about like a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalt_bomb cobalt bomb]], huh?" It's unclear if this is [[UnreliableNarrator Chuck's mistake]], or [[ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics the author's]].



* WiseBeyondHerYears: Ricky is eleven, but extremely reasonable. For instance, Danny notes she takes care of her step-father's household.



* {{Zeerust}}: A bit worse than most. His assumptions about the 70s were bad enough, but when you get to the 21st century, it starts to look a bit silly. As per usual, Heinlein never really anticipated computing and his personal robots (we ''do'' have roombas now) run on gears, electrics (''not'' electronics) and "memory tubes".
** The groundbreaking "Drafting Dan" is essentially a typewriter for engineering designs. Still better than a drawing board in a world without CAD software.

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* {{Zeerust}}: A bit worse than most. His assumptions about the 70s were bad enough, but when you get to the 21st century, it starts to look a bit silly. As per usual, Heinlein never really anticipated computing and his personal robots (we ''do'' have roombas now) run on gears, electrics (''not'' electronics) and "memory tubes". \n** The groundbreaking "Drafting Dan" is essentially a typewriter for engineering designs. Still better than a drawing board in a world without CAD software.
13th Nov '13 2:56:00 PM Snarf
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* IWantMyJetPack: Commercially available cryonic suspended animation in 1970.

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* IWantMyJetPack: Commercially available cryonic suspended animation and robots in 1970.
1st Aug '13 1:31:52 PM CheeseDogX
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* HaveAGayOldTime: Davis almost gets punched out at one point for using a word that was unremarkable in his time, but had become incredibly offensive by the 21st Century. The word in question? Kink. Ironically, several pages earlier he used the word "fagged" as if it was still a word people use to mean "fatigued" in the year 2000, when it was already a dirty word by 1970 in real life.

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* HaveAGayOldTime: Davis almost gets punched out at one point for using a word that was unremarkable in his time, but had become incredibly offensive by the 21st Century. The word in question? Kink. [[note]]Though judging by context when the word is used again later in the book by a different character, it's used in roughly the same way that "goddamn" might be used today, and doesn't seem to refer to sexual perversion at all.[[/note]] Ironically, several pages earlier he used the word "fagged" as if it was still a word people use to mean "fatigued" in the year 2000, when it was already a dirty word by 1970 in real life.
1st Aug '13 1:28:26 PM CheeseDogX
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* HaveAGayOldTime: Davis almost gets punched out at one point for using a word that was unremarkable in his time, but had become incredibly offensive by the 21st Century. The word in question? Kink. Ironically, several pages earlier he used the word "fagged" as if it was still a word people use to mean "fatigued" in the year 2000, when it was already a dirty word by 1970 in real life.
6th May '13 10:48:38 PM Sheora
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* YouAlreadyChangedThePast

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* YouAlreadyChangedThePastYouAlreadyChangedThePast: Various instances of HumanPopsicle, but more importantly a weird time machine that has an equal chance of throwing the subject forward or backward. The protagonist uses it knowing he HAS to be sent backwards. Bonus points to a throwaway gag that suggests that [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Leonardo da Vinci is (and always has been) an accidental time-traveler]].
6th May '13 10:47:32 PM Sheora
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* StableTimeLoop

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* StableTimeLoopStableTimeLoop: [[spoiler: The protagonist travels into the future and sees machines he's almost sure he invented. So on that hunch, he finds a time-machine that can send him back. He makes some arrangements, returns to the future by [[HumanPopsicle cold sleep]] and lives happily ever after knowing the people who tried to ruin his life got their just deserts.]]
6th May '13 10:46:04 PM Sheora
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* IWantMyJetPack

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* IWantMyJetPackIWantMyJetPack: Commercially available cryonic suspended animation in 1970.
6th May '13 10:44:57 PM Sheora
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* HumanPopsicle: This is boiled down to the time-traveler protagonist waiting just outside of a room where he also is prior to his time-traveling activities, and briefly wondering what would happen if he ran in and slashed his counterpart's throat. He doesn't do it, of course, because that would be stupid and accomplish nothing, but he notes in present tense that he still hasn't figured it out.

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* HumanPopsicle: This is boiled down to Starts out being based around this trope. [[spoiler:Until the time-traveler protagonist waiting just outside sees a bunch of a room where things in the future he also is prior to his time-traveling activities, and briefly wondering what would happen if he ran woke up in and slashed his counterpart's throat. He doesn't do it, of course, because that would can only be stupid and accomplish nothing, but he notes in present tense that he still hasn't figured it out. explained by his eventually gaining access to conventional TimeTravel.]]
6th May '13 10:44:16 PM Sheora
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* HumanPopsicle

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* HumanPopsicleHumanPopsicle: This is boiled down to the time-traveler protagonist waiting just outside of a room where he also is prior to his time-traveling activities, and briefly wondering what would happen if he ran in and slashed his counterpart's throat. He doesn't do it, of course, because that would be stupid and accomplish nothing, but he notes in present tense that he still hasn't figured it out.
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