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24th Aug '16 6:34:42 AM Malady
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* Lampshaded in the 18th Century by Laurence Sterne in ''Literature/TristramShandy'': Uncle Toby sends a servant out on an errand, and then several chapters are dedicated to illuminating Toby's history and character, at the end of which the narrator says, in essence, "that probably took you about an hour and a half to read, so let's say the servant's returned by now."
* Averted rather painfully in the hard sci-fi novel ''[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Redemption Ark]]'' by Alastair Reynolds, the second half of the book is mostly a prolonged chase between two spaceships... Taking over sixty years. While the story is interesting, it would be an understatement to say that the plot moves very very very slowly.

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* Lampshaded in the 18th Century by Laurence Sterne Creator/LaurenceSterne in ''Literature/TristramShandy'': Uncle Toby sends a servant out on an errand, and then several chapters are dedicated to illuminating Toby's history and character, at the end of which the narrator says, in essence, "that probably took you about an hour and a half to read, so let's say the servant's returned by now."
* Averted rather painfully in the hard sci-fi novel ''[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Redemption Ark]]'' by Alastair Reynolds, Creator/AlastairReynolds, the second half of the book is mostly a prolonged chase between two spaceships... Taking over sixty years. While the story is interesting, it would be an understatement to say that the plot moves very very very slowly.



* In ''[[Literature/TheGirlWhoCircumnavigatedFairylandInAShipOfHerOwnMaking The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making]]'', A-Through-L explains that Pandemonium, the capital of Fairyland, comes to people whenever it likes; therefore, people quite travel at the speed of plot, no matter what.
* Subverted in Jacob's Trouble, the Gathering Storm where the author calculated how fast the NASA and ESA spacecraft would travel using JPL's 1980s vintage argon gas core engine technology and how long it would require to get to Mars (6 days). Each scene in the book has a date and time and pains were apparently taken to make it work. It's one of the most scientifically-accurate sci-fi books ever produced, perhaps explained by the author being both an engineer and a scientist.
* Lampshaded naturally in the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' series by Jasper Fforde.

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* In ''[[Literature/TheGirlWhoCircumnavigatedFairylandInAShipOfHerOwnMaking The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making]]'', ''Literature/TheGirlWhoCircumnavigatedFairylandInAShipOfHerOwnMaking'', A-Through-L explains that Pandemonium, the capital of Fairyland, comes to people whenever it likes; therefore, people quite travel at the speed of plot, no matter what.
* Subverted in ''[[Literature/JacobsTroubleTheGatheringStorm Jacob's Trouble, the Trouble: The Gathering Storm Storm]]'', where the author calculated how fast the NASA and ESA spacecraft would travel using JPL's 1980s vintage argon gas core engine technology and how long it would require to get to Mars (6 days). Each scene in the book has a date and time and pains were apparently taken to make it work. It's one of the most scientifically-accurate sci-fi books ever produced, perhaps explained by the author being both an engineer and a scientist.
* Lampshaded naturally in the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' series by Jasper Fforde.Creator/JasperFforde.



* The novelization of RevengeOfTheSith features this. Just after his duel with Yoda, Palpatine senses that Anakin is in danger on Mustafar, where he was currently dueling with Obi-Wan. Palpatine leaves the Senate chamber, boards his shuttle, leaves Coruscant, travels across the galaxy, and arrives at Mustafar moments after the Anakin/Obi-Wan duel has ended, while Obi-Wan is still standing over Anakin's burning, cut-up form. (The travel time is lengthened somewhat in the feature film.)

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* The novelization of RevengeOfTheSith ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'' features this. Just after his duel with Yoda, Palpatine senses that Anakin is in danger on Mustafar, where he was currently dueling with Obi-Wan. Palpatine leaves the Senate chamber, boards his shuttle, leaves Coruscant, travels across the galaxy, and arrives at Mustafar moments after the Anakin/Obi-Wan duel has ended, while Obi-Wan is still standing over Anakin's burning, cut-up form. (The travel time is lengthened somewhat in the feature film.)
23rd Jul '16 1:42:11 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** The fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Intercom}}'' theorizes this is because the Mind World operates on slight NarniaTime or YearOutsideHourInside, with things in Headquarters happening immediately (and by extension the Islands since they're linked to it_ while everything else moves slower in comparison.

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** The fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Intercom}}'' theorizes this is because the Mind World operates on slight NarniaTime or YearOutsideHourInside, with things in Headquarters happening immediately (and by extension the Islands since they're linked to it_ it) while everything else moves slower in comparison.
17th Jul '16 10:44:21 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' (1981). While Perseus is returning to Joppa on Pegasus, he's shown passing over mountain ranges a long way from the sea. Even though he's clearly not traveling fast enough to get to the seashore in time, he does so anyway.

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* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'' (1981). While Perseus is returning to Joppa on Pegasus, he's shown passing over mountain ranges a long way from the sea. Even though he's clearly not traveling fast enough to get to the seashore in time, he does so anyway.
16th Jul '16 8:59:51 PM Tamfang
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** The prologue of ''Serenity'' establishes that all the relevant worlds orbit a single star, but until then it was reasonable to suppose that they're in a cluster of many stars; this would explain why "the central planets" aren't hotter than the outermost, and why some worlds are spoken of as permanently near others.

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** The prologue of ''Serenity'' establishes that all the relevant worlds orbit a single star, but until then it was reasonable to suppose that they're in a cluster of many stars; this would explain why "the central planets" aren't hotter than the outermost, and why some worlds are spoken of as permanently near others. It doesn't explain why, in the pilot, Mal and the gang escape the authorities with a sort of hyperdrive that's never mentioned again.
16th Jul '16 8:57:51 PM Tamfang
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** The prologue of ''Serenity'' establishes that all the relevant worlds orbit a single star, but until then it was reasonable to suppose that they're in a cluster of many stars; this would explain why "the central planets" aren't hotter than the outermost, and why some worlds are spoken of as permanently near others.
1st Jul '16 1:34:14 AM PaulA
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* Lampshaded in Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheTamuli'' , where one member of the party is a goddess who can compress distance. Not only that, but she can alter mortals' perception of passing time. That handy-dandy army hasn't ''really'' been marching for weeks on end to arrive in the right place at the right time--they only ''think'' they have. She pauses periodically to get rid of all the extra food.

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* Lampshaded in Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheTamuli'' , ''Literature/TheTamuli'', where one member of the party is a goddess who can compress distance. Not only that, but she can alter mortals' perception of passing time. That handy-dandy army hasn't ''really'' been marching for weeks on end to arrive in the right place at the right time--they only ''think'' they have. She pauses periodically to get rid of all the extra food.
1st Jul '16 1:33:52 AM PaulA
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* Lampshaded in Creator/DavidEddings' ''{{Tamuli}}'' , where one member of the party is a goddess who can compress distance. Not only that, but she can alter mortals' perception of passing time. That handy-dandy army hasn't ''really'' been marching for weeks on end to arrive in the right place at the right time - they only ''think'' they have. She pauses periodically to get rid of all the extra food.

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* Lampshaded in Creator/DavidEddings' ''{{Tamuli}}'' ''Literature/TheTamuli'' , where one member of the party is a goddess who can compress distance. Not only that, but she can alter mortals' perception of passing time. That handy-dandy army hasn't ''really'' been marching for weeks on end to arrive in the right place at the right time - they time--they only ''think'' they have. She pauses periodically to get rid of all the extra food.
10th Jun '16 7:18:39 AM dmcreif
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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Elsa makes it to the peak of North Mountain in the time it takes Anna to get her horse ready and leave Arendelle. Yet it takes Anna and Kristoff at least a day to reach it. Elsa's headstart is somewhat justified by the fact that [[AnIcePerson she ran across the fjord]], while Anna had to go the long way around, but it's still an absurd time difference. This is especially pronounced given that Anna is guided by experienced mountaineer Kristoff and spends half the journey on sled, while Elsa has never left the castle and makes the entire journey walking in flimsy formal clothing. [[UpToEleven Then Hans decides to go up the North Mountain the next day accompanied by guards, and is implied to get there that evening not long after Anna left.]]

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Elsa makes it to the peak of North Mountain in the time it takes Anna to get her horse ready and leave Arendelle. Yet it takes Anna and Kristoff at least a day to reach it. Elsa's headstart is somewhat justified by the fact that [[AnIcePerson she ran across the fjord]], while Anna had to go the long way around, but it's still an absurd time difference. This is especially pronounced given that Anna is guided by Kristoff, who is an experienced mountaineer Kristoff mountaineer, and spends half the journey on sled, while Elsa has never left the castle and makes the entire journey walking in flimsy formal clothing. [[UpToEleven Then Hans decides to go mounts an expedition up the North Mountain the next day accompanied by guards, after Anna's departure, and is implied to get there that evening not long the morning after Anna left.and Kristoff had been shooed out by Marshmallow.]]
7th Jun '16 10:38:42 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', Harry manages to get from his home in England to a church in the United States quickly enough that A. Eggsy is still hanging around and checking Harry's laptop, and B. Harry expects to be back soon to continue a conversation. Apparently the Kingsmen have a ''really'' quick way to get around.

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* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', Harry manages to get from his home in England to a church in the United States quickly enough that A. Eggsy is still hanging around and checking Harry's laptop, and B. Harry expects to be back soon to continue a conversation. Even if we assume Harry took a private jet, that's an 11-hour flight by commercial standards. Apparently the Kingsmen have a ''really'' quick way to get around.
5th Jun '16 11:07:00 PM JMQwilleran
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* On ''WesternAnimation/SpecialAgentOso'', whether Oso is halfway across the country or on the moon, you can be sure that as soon as he's informed of a child in trouble, he will arrive in time to help that child before it's too late, then return in time to finish his training exercise without inconveniencing anyone.
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