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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"...
18th Mar '17 9:15:02 PM CosmicFerret
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* In Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}, seven teenagers from a Catholic school get trapped in the Japan of few before the ''sakoku'' ("isolationism") period. They learn that they're in the Amakusa area, right before the Shimabara Rebellion, and they decide to try averting the bloody massacre of {{Japanese Christian}}s. [[spoiler: When one of them returns to the future alone, she finds out that their mission has been succesful.]]

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* In Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}, seven teenagers from a Catholic school get trapped in the Japan of few before the ''sakoku'' ("isolationism") period. They learn that they're in the Amakusa area, right before the Shimabara Rebellion, and they decide to try averting the bloody massacre of {{Japanese UsefulNotes/{{Japanese Christian}}s. [[spoiler: When one of them returns to the future alone, she finds out that their mission has been succesful.]]
18th Mar '17 8:05:33 PM fireflyer
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* Happened to Mark, a power copier, in [[Podcast/TheBrightSessions]]. He was able to project his consciousness into the past whilst near a mental time traveler, but unfortunately the time traveler died in the present and he lost his ability.

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* Happened to Mark, a power copier, in [[Podcast/TheBrightSessions]].Podcast/TheBrightSessions. He was able to project his consciousness into the past whilst near a mental time traveler, but unfortunately the time traveler died in the present and he lost his ability.
18th Mar '17 8:05:12 PM fireflyer
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* Happened to Mark, a power copier, in [[Podcast/TheBrightSessions]]. He was able to project his consciousness into the past whilst near a mental time traveler, but unfortunately the time traveler died in the present and he lost his ability.
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16th Mar '17 3:29:36 PM AthenaBlue
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink": The Weeping Angels do this to people; they "kill" their targets by sending them however far back in the past will result in them dying of old age around the time they catch back up to the present.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink": "Blink"]]: The Weeping Angels do this to people; they "kill" their targets by sending them however far back in the past will result in them dying of old age around the time they catch back up to the present.
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