History Literature / TheEndOfEternity

2nd Apr '15 11:50:10 AM GMantis
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17th Jan '15 1:28:54 PM spirasen
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18th Dec '14 11:53:09 PM PaulA
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Not every instance of science marching on is an example of Science Marches On. You need to follow the trope description, not just the trope name.
18th Dec '14 11:50:57 PM PaulA
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Rubber Band History is "history starts out different, but turns into our history by the end". "reality changes tend to, over the centuries, 'smooth out' and converge on the same timeline" is a different trope.
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18th Dec '14 10:09:48 PM LordInsane
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5th Nov '14 2:58:09 PM tramman
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added bat deduction
13th Oct '14 2:55:42 PM Meneth
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5th Jan '14 7:07:42 AM PaulA
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The point of the trope *is* that the timeline ends up being ours. (It makes no difference whether, in-story, the timeline was ours before; the point is how it ends up. Many of the examples on the trope page are from stories that start out with a completely different timeline. On a meta-level the use of the trope implies that any change toward our timeline is a change "back" to how it "should be", even if in-story the timeline's never actually been that way before.) The current version of the trope description is very confusingly written; I consider rewriting it every time I look at it.
4th Jan '14 6:33:05 PM LordInsane
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Doesn't look like a good fit to me. For starters, the timeline very much does not reset via an undo button - Rubber-Band History's description (and the very name) talks about snapping back history to the way it should be, which happens gradually on its own with the Eternals' changes, but the simple, minor change described at the end of the novel instead is stated to lead to a radically different timeline. It just happens that that timeline is ours, or at least much closer to it. Our timeline isn't the original form, and apparently doesn't snap back, since we still live in it and Asimov wrote the novel in it!
31st Dec '13 11:00:34 PM PaulA
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there's a trope for that
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