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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.
16th Mar '17 3:29:13 PM AthenaBlue
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Sometimes, the [[TimeTravel Time Traveler]] never intends to go anywhere. He's just minding his own business when AlienSpaceBats sweep him into the past, leaving him without any hope whatsoever of ever getting back home.

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Sometimes, the [[TimeTravel Time Traveler]] Traveller]] never intends to go anywhere. He's just minding his own business when AlienSpaceBats sweep him into the past, leaving him without any hope whatsoever of ever getting back home.



* In Creator/MichaelMoorcock's novels, a repeating theme is the appearance of the Chrononauts at their Time Centre base, especially Oswald Bastable, Lord Jagged, and Una Perrson. These are time travellers who, voluntarily or involuntarily, have found themselves adrift on the seas of time and have banded together for both mutual protection and to investigate the nature of Time more scientifically.



* ''Series/ItsAboutTime'': Two astronauts accidentally break the time barrier and end up in caveman times. [[spoiler: They get back midway through the series' all too short run.]]
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'': Sam Tyler, a policeman from 2006, mysteriously wakes up in 1973 and does indeed have problems communicating with his police colleagues. Even though they speak the same language, they don't ''speak the same language''. Also, obviously, the spin-off/sequel ''Series/AshesToAshes'', Alex Drake from 2008, finds herself trapped in [[TheEighties 1981]] with [[EightiesHair a perm]] and a wardrobe full of jumpsuits.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': [[spoiler: When Daniel, Sawyer, Juliet, Jin and Miles finish [[TimeTravel traveling through time]] after Locke pushes the frozen donkey wheel, they arrive in 1974, and end up in the DHARMA Initiative. They blend in well, integrating well into the Initiative and going about their lives. Three years later, this all goes to hell when Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sayid time travel to 1977 and kids are getting shot, then kidnapped, vans are set on fire, physicists start shoot outs and hydrogen bombs and Daddy issues start coming into the picture. All it takes is about three days for everything to fall apart.]]



** "Blink" has 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.
** It almost happens to the Doctor in "The Girl in the Fireplace." Luckily for him, [[spoiler:the portal in Reinette's fireplace was still online.]]
** "The Angels Take Manhattan" [[spoiler: The final fate of Amy Pond and Rory Williams, as an Angel warps Rory back in time, and Amy choosing to follow suit. She manages to tell the Doctor that despite everything, they had each other and lived comfortably to old age.]]
** The original series story, "The Silver Nemesis" subverts this by having a character from Restoration Era Britain transported to contemporary times with the secondary villain and finds himself stranded in the future and bemoaning his fate. Fortunately, the Doctor and Ace immediately arrive and playfully tell him they can help, considering they can easily give him a ride home.
* 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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** "Blink" has 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.
** It almost happens to the Doctor in "The Girl in the Fireplace." Luckily for him, [[spoiler:the portal in Reinette's fireplace was still online.]]
** "The Angels Take Manhattan" [[spoiler: The final fate of Amy Pond and Rory Williams, as an Angel warps Rory back in time, and Amy choosing to follow suit. She manages to tell the Doctor that despite everything, they had each other and lived comfortably to old age.]]
** The original series story, "The Silver Nemesis"
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis "Silver Nemesis"]] subverts this by having a character from Restoration Era Britain transported to contemporary times with the secondary villain and finds himself stranded in the future and bemoaning his fate. Fortunately, the Doctor and Ace immediately arrive and playfully tell him they can help, considering they can easily give him a ride home.
* 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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl in the future. In Fireplace"]], it almost happens to the third book of the "trilogy," Doctor. Luckily for him, [[spoiler:the portal in Reinette's fireplace was still online.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink": The Weeping Angels do this to people;
they are instead "rescued" "kill" their targets by a sofa 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.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan "The Angels Take Manhattan"]]: [[spoiler: The final fate of Amy Pond and Rory Williams, as an Angel warps Rory back in time, and Amy choosing to follow suit. She manages to tell the Doctor
that was supposedly displaced despite everything, they had each other and lived comfortably to old age.]]
* ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' features [[spoiler:Harrison Wells, aka Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash]] who is
in time. It brought them this situation, though it's entirely his own fault. [[spoiler:He got trapped in the past as a result of a failed attempt to go back in time and kill the Flash as a child. After failing, he decides to kill Barry's mother instead, but after doing so he discovers that he lost his connection to the Speed Force and is unable to get back to modern day Earth, a few days before its destruction.his own time. His actions throughout the series have ultimately been dedicated to creating the Flash (earlier than in the original timeline) and using his speed to travel back to the future.]]



* Subverted in ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', where Connor Temple and Abby Maitland spend a year in the Cretaceous, before finally returning to their own time. How they survived so long, without any effective weapons, in a forest crammed full of flesh-eating dinosaurs is anyone's guess.
* In Creator/MichaelMoorcock's novels, a repeating theme is the appearance of the Chrononauts at their Time Centre base, especially Oswald Bastable, Lord Jagged, and Una Perrson. These are time travellers who, voluntarily or involuntarily, have found themselves adrift on the seas of time and have banded together for both mutual protection and to investigate the nature of Time more scientifically.
* In KoreanDrama ''Series/NineNineTimeTravels'', after using the last magic time-traveling incense stick to go back to 1993, Sun-woo should have warped back to the present (2013), but he doesn't. He doesn't have long to worry about what went wrong and why he's still stuck in 1993, though, as BigBad Jin-chul promptly kills him.
* ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' features [[spoiler:Harrison Wells, aka Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash]] who is in this situation, though it's entirely his own fault. [[spoiler:He got trapped in the past as a result of a failed attempt to go back in time and kill the Flash as a child. After failing, he decides to kill Barry's mother instead, but after doing so he discovers that he lost his connection to the Speed Force and is unable to get back to his own time. His actions throughout the series have ultimately been dedicated to creating the Flash (earlier than in the original timeline) and using his speed to travel back to the future.]]


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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 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.
* ''Series/ItsAboutTime'': Two astronauts accidentally break the time barrier and end up in caveman times. [[spoiler: They get back midway through the series' all too short run.]]
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'': Sam Tyler, a policeman from 2006, mysteriously wakes up in 1973 and does indeed have problems communicating with his police colleagues. Even though they speak the same language, they don't ''speak the same language''. Also, obviously, the spin-off/sequel ''Series/AshesToAshes'', Alex Drake from 2008, finds herself trapped in [[TheEighties 1981]] with [[EightiesHair a perm]] and a wardrobe full of jumpsuits.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': [[spoiler: When Daniel, Sawyer, Juliet, Jin and Miles finish [[TimeTravel traveling through time]] after Locke pushes the frozen donkey wheel, they arrive in 1974, and end up in the DHARMA Initiative. They blend in well, integrating well into the Initiative and going about their lives. Three years later, this all goes to hell when Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sayid time travel to 1977 and kids are getting shot, then kidnapped, vans are set on fire, physicists start shoot outs and hydrogen bombs and Daddy issues start coming into the picture. All it takes is about three days for everything to fall apart.]]
* In KoreanDrama ''Series/NineNineTimeTravels'', after using the last magic time-traveling incense stick to go back to 1993, Sun-woo should have warped back to the present (2013), but he doesn't. He doesn't have long to worry about what went wrong and why he's still stuck in 1993, though, as BigBad Jin-chul promptly kills him.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', where Connor Temple and Abby Maitland spend a year in the Cretaceous, before finally returning to their own time. How they survived so long, without any effective weapons, in a forest crammed full of flesh-eating dinosaurs is anyone's guess.
4th Mar '17 11:08:04 AM nombretomado
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[[TropeMaker The original victim]], Hank Morgan of MarkTwain's ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', failed to permanently industrialize Arthurian Britain and was sent back to the nineteenth century as mysteriously as he'd left it. Most of his successors, however, have had better luck.

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[[TropeMaker The original victim]], Hank Morgan of MarkTwain's Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', failed to permanently industrialize Arthurian Britain and was sent back to the nineteenth century as mysteriously as he'd left it. Most of his successors, however, have had better luck.
31st Jan '17 11:28:14 PM Phred
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** "Blink" has the Weeping Angels do this to people.

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** "Blink" has the Weeping Angels do this to people.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.
25th Jan '17 1:32:44 PM StFan
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* The ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'' mini-series has a time-displaced ComicBook/CaptainAmerica sent back to Elizabethan times. When asked to return to the future, he insists on staying to try and build a better America from the beginning -- which he does in small ways, such as helping a group of colonists survive a winter that should have wiped them out, or warning the natives against selling their land to unscrupulous capitalists. The final touch comes when, because of his actions, the American colonies declare independence from Britain 174 years early.

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* The ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'' ''ComicBook/Marvel1602'' mini-series has a time-displaced ComicBook/CaptainAmerica sent back to Elizabethan times. When asked to return to the future, he insists on staying to try and build a better America from the beginning -- which he does in small ways, such as helping a group of colonists survive a winter that should have wiped them out, or warning the natives against selling their land to unscrupulous capitalists. The final touch comes when, because of his actions, the American colonies declare independence from Britain 174 years early.



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* The ''Literature/AxisOfTime'' trilogy by 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 JohnBirmingham.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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* An early '70s ''NationalLampoon'' had 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 ''NationalLampoon'' had a short story "Going Back" where a guy 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 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.phone bill on time."



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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 You Know Is Wrong'', aliens offer 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 transport school, thinking he'll wow the protagonist back to anywhere in time. Since they don't mention a return trip, teachers with his talent and knowledge, but is perceived as merely average. He upsets his teacher when he blurts out that General [=MacArthur=] has them send him back 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 "last Thursday, so he can pay do in the [=McCarthy=] era. He gets grounded by his phone bill on time."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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9th Jan '17 5:37:54 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''The Door Into Summer'' speculates that 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'' speculates that LeonardoDaVinci Creator/LeonardoDaVinci may have been a Leonard Vincent who attempted to time travel 500 years.
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