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17th Sep '17 6:09:01 PM nombretomado
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* The ArthurCClarke novel ''Time's Eye'' is the extreme form of this, involving Alexander the Great's army, Genghis Khan's Mongol hordes, six people from 2037 (three UN peacekeepers and three Soyuz cosmonauts), and a British outpost from the days of the Raj, with Creator/RudyardKipling in it.

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* The ArthurCClarke Creator/ArthurCClarke novel ''Time's Eye'' is the extreme form of this, involving Alexander the Great's army, Genghis Khan's Mongol hordes, six people from 2037 (three UN peacekeepers and three Soyuz cosmonauts), and a British outpost from the days of the Raj, with Creator/RudyardKipling in it.
15th Jul '17 3:37:37 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Literature/AxisOfTime'' trilogy by Creator/JohnBirmingham. ''World War 2.1: Weapons of Choice'', ''World War 2.2: Designated Targets'', and ''World War 2.3: Final Impact''. A multinational naval task force from 2021 is sent back to WorldWarII, where it (literally) impacts with the American fleet steaming for Midway. The consequences are ''extremely'' far-reaching.\\\

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* The ''Literature/AxisOfTime'' trilogy by Creator/JohnBirmingham. ''World War 2.1: Weapons of Choice'', ''World War 2.2: Designated Targets'', and ''World War 2.3: Final Impact''. A multinational naval task force from 2021 is sent back to WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, where it (literally) impacts with the American fleet steaming for Midway. The consequences are ''extremely'' far-reaching.\\\
10th Jul '17 5:52:04 PM ElectroKraken
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* ''Yesterday's Flight'' by Martyn Ellington has a Boeing 737 airliner come off course through Yosemite National Park, resulting in its flight through an electrical storm. On the other side, Captain David Padel finds that his instruments have failed and the GPS cannot pick up satellites. After circling for some time, the aircraft lands with nearly no fuel remaining, and the passengers settle in for rescue. Everything goes downhill after Padel comes back from a reconaissence walk claiming to have located the body of a T-Rex... [[MeanwhileInTheFuture Meanwhile, in the present day]], Chief Air Crash Investigator Bruce Ackland is on his way to Death Valley to find out why a section of an airliner's tailplane has been dug up embedded in a 65 million year old fossil...

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* ''Yesterday's Flight'' by Martyn Ellington has a Boeing 737 airliner come off course through Yosemite National Park, resulting in its flight through an electrical storm. On the other side, Captain David Padel finds that his instruments have failed and the GPS cannot pick up satellites. After circling for some time, the aircraft lands with nearly no fuel remaining, and the passengers settle in for rescue. Everything goes downhill after Padel comes back from a reconaissence reconnaissance walk claiming to have located the body of a T-Rex... [[MeanwhileInTheFuture Meanwhile, in the present day]], Chief Air Crash Investigator Bruce Ackland is on his way to Death Valley to find out why a section of an airliner's tailplane has been dug up embedded in a 65 million year old fossil...



* Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect end up stuck on prehistoric Earth with the idiotic Golgafrinchans at the end of ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. In the earlier radio series they were rescued when Arthur's towel become fossilised and picked up by the Infinite Improbability drive in the future. In the third book of the "trilogy", they are instead "rescued" by a sofa that was supposedly displaced in time. It brought them back to modern day Earth, a few days before its destruction.

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* Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect end up stuck on prehistoric Earth with the idiotic Golgafrinchans at the end of ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. In the earlier radio series they were rescued when Arthur's towel become fossilised fossilized and picked up by the Infinite Improbability drive in the future. In the third book of the "trilogy", they are instead "rescued" by a sofa that was supposedly displaced in time. It brought them back to modern day Earth, a few days before its destruction.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' and Arthur were stuck millions of years ago for quite a while and got mixed up with time-travellers from the future who were exploiting the Australiopithecenes as resort help.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' and Arthur were stuck millions of years ago for quite a while and got mixed up with time-travellers from the future who were exploiting the Australiopithecenes Australopithecines as resort help.
7th Jul '17 12:21:39 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''Literatur/SchooledInMagic'': While not exactly in the past, Emily does find herself trapped in a world which is essentially still in the middle ages.

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* ''Literatur/SchooledInMagic'': ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': While not exactly in the past, Emily does find herself trapped in a world which is essentially still in the middle ages.


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* ''Series/{{Voyagers}}'': As the Omni is only supposed to go up until 1970 and Bogg's arrival in 1982 was a fluke, he can't return Jeffrey to his own time.
1st Jun '17 7:51:33 PM PaulA
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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''The Door Into Summer'' speculates that Creator/LeonardoDaVinci may have been a Leonard Vincent who attempted to time travel 500 years.

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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''The Door Into Summer'' ''Literature/TheDoorIntoSummer'' speculates that Creator/LeonardoDaVinci may have been a Leonard Vincent who attempted to time travel 500 years.
24th May '17 9:29:09 PM PaulA
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* Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Deathworld 2'' features a non-time travel version of this, in which interstellar adventurer Jason [=dinAlt=] is stranded on a LostColony which has regressed to barbarism. Various bits and pieces of more advanced technology, generally regarded more or less as sorcery, are held as closely guarded secrets by the different clans (one group still knows how to make primitive petroleum-fueled engines, another how to make some crude electrical devices, yet another clan practices alchemy-level chemistry). The hero winds up completely revolutionizing the planet's backwater society solely out a desire to get off that primitive dirtball and back to someplace more civilized. The language issue is avoided as everyone on the planet speaks a (somewhat degraded) version of Esperanto.\\

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* Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Deathworld ''Literature/{{Deathworld}} 2'' features a non-time travel version of this, in which interstellar adventurer Jason [=dinAlt=] is stranded on a LostColony which has regressed to barbarism. Various bits and pieces of more advanced technology, generally regarded more or less as sorcery, are held as closely guarded secrets by the different clans (one group still knows how to make primitive petroleum-fueled engines, another how to make some crude electrical devices, yet another clan practices alchemy-level chemistry). The hero winds up completely revolutionizing the planet's backwater society solely out a desire to get off that primitive dirtball and back to someplace more civilized. The language issue is avoided as everyone on the planet speaks a (somewhat degraded) version of Esperanto.\\
16th May '17 7:36:59 AM GastonRabbit
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If they land in the recent past, they typically use their foreknowledge to try to gain a comfortable life. Interacting with their immediate ancestors is a great temptation and they can hope to [[TheSlowPath live until their original time]]. The really unlucky travelers end up in the path of war or disaster -- on the ''Titanic'', during the last days of Pompei, in medieval England with the Black Death raging -- in which case, the plot will be about escaping the immediate peril.

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If they land in the recent past, they typically use their foreknowledge to try to gain a comfortable life. Interacting with their immediate ancestors is a great temptation and they can hope to [[TheSlowPath live until their original time]]. The really unlucky travelers end up in the path of war or disaster -- on the ''Titanic'', during the last days of Pompei, Pompeii, in medieval England with the Black Death raging -- in which case, the plot will be about escaping the immediate peril.



This trope typically ignores the implications of language and biology. Individuals who find themselves transplanted in the Medieval period are [[YouFailLinguisticsForever able to communicate without difficulty]] [[EternalEnglish with people whose language bears very little resemblance to their own]] (for example, [[HistoryOfEnglish middle English is not the same as modern English]], and so forth). Furthermore, those same individuals never have to worry about the disease or poor hygiene practices that made living during those ancient periods extraordinarily hazardous, by modern standards. Likewise, they never have to worry about infectious diseases common in their own time spreading wildly among a population with no immunity, the way that smallpox and other plagues spread in the New World after Europeans showed up.

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This trope typically ignores the implications of language and biology. Individuals who find themselves transplanted in the Medieval period are [[YouFailLinguisticsForever [[ArtisticLicenseLinguistics able to communicate without difficulty]] [[EternalEnglish with people whose language bears very little resemblance to their own]] (for example, [[HistoryOfEnglish [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfEnglish middle English is not the same as modern English]], and so forth). Furthermore, those same individuals never have to worry about the disease or poor hygiene practices that made living during those ancient periods extraordinarily hazardous, by modern standards. Likewise, they never have to worry about infectious diseases common in their own time spreading wildly among a population with no immunity, the way that smallpox and other plagues spread in the New World after Europeans showed up.
12th May '17 1:36:35 AM MarkLungo
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* In "Weird" Al's song, ''Everything You Know Is Wrong'', aliens offer to transport the protagonist back to anywhere in time. Since they don't mention a return trip, he has them send him back to "last Thursday, so he can pay his phone bill on time."

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* In "Weird" Al's song, ''Everything Music/WeirdAlYankovic's song "Everything You Know Is Wrong'', Wrong", aliens offer to transport the protagonist back to anywhere in time. Since they don't mention a return trip, he has them send him back to "last Thursday, so he can pay his phone bill on time."



* An early '70s ''Franchise/NationalLampoon'' has a short story "Going Back" where a guy in his 30s wakes up in his childhood home (oddly, he's still his grownup self, but everyone sees him as a kid.) He eagerly goes to school, thinking he'll wow the teachers with his talent and knowledge, but is perceived as merely average. He upsets his teacher when he blurts out that General [=MacArthur=] has been kicked out of Korea, forgetting it hasn't happened yet, then launches into a Vietnam-era rant about policing the world, not a smart thing to do in the [=McCarthy=] era. He gets grounded by his parents, and gloomily pictures his kid self in the future in his bachelor apartment, watching color tv all night and dropping water balloons off the balcony.

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* An early '70s ''Franchise/NationalLampoon'' has a short story "Going Back" where a guy in his 30s wakes up in his childhood home (oddly, home. (Oddly, he's still his grownup self, but everyone sees him as a kid.) He eagerly goes to school, thinking he'll wow the teachers with his talent and knowledge, but is perceived as merely average. He upsets his teacher when he blurts out that General [=MacArthur=] has been kicked out of Korea, forgetting it hasn't happened yet, then launches into a Vietnam-era rant about policing the world, not a smart thing to do in the [=McCarthy=] era. He gets grounded by his parents, and gloomily pictures his kid self in the future in his bachelor apartment, watching color tv all night and dropping water balloons off the balcony.
2nd May '17 11:41:22 PM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Happens to Mr. Cat in Episode 75 as a result of being flung into the air at an incredibly high speed. The rest of the cast rescue him in the time machine.
15th Apr '17 1:07:29 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/IslandInTheSeaOfTime'' by SMStirling. The island of Nantucket is whisked into 1250 BC, and must contend with Bronze Age cultures and their own crop of power-hungry renegades. This one ''does'' contend with language difficulties, uptime diseases, and so forth; the Nantucketers manage to wipe out huge numbers of Native Americans before they even realize what's going on, because the first party sent to the mainland contains someone with a sniffle. Their language difficulties are moderately eased by the fact that the languages of Europe are, at that point, much closer to still being "Proto-Indo-European"...

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* ''Literature/IslandInTheSeaOfTime'' by SMStirling.Creator/SMStirling. The island of Nantucket is whisked into 1250 BC, and must contend with Bronze Age cultures and their own crop of power-hungry renegades. This one ''does'' contend with language difficulties, uptime diseases, and so forth; the Nantucketers manage to wipe out huge numbers of Native Americans before they even realize what's going on, because the first party sent to the mainland contains someone with a sniffle. Their language difficulties are moderately eased by the fact that the languages of Europe are, at that point, much closer to still being "Proto-Indo-European"...
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