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* FutureSelfReveal: [[spoiler:The Unmarried Mother, her child, and the child's father are the same person at different stages of life due to time travel (and a forced sex reassignment). The final twist is that the Bartender who the Unmarried Mother has been speaking with is the future version of the same person, having begun a career as a temporal agent.]]

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* {{Ghostwriter}}: The "Unmarried Mother" has that nickname because he churns out stories for confession magazines, presumably by pseudonymous unmarried women.

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* SpoilerTitle: Defied. [[spoiler:While the title ''does'' come from [[TitleDrop the last line of the story]], it is taken from the ''middle'', thus removing the context.]]

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* AmbiguouslyHuman: TheReveal that [[spoiler:everyone in the story is the same time-displaced person]] calls into question just how human certain characters are. While they ''look'' completely ordinary, [[spoiler:they have no genetic connection to the rest of humanity, and no intersex condition that occurs in humans reaches the level of true {{hermaphrodit|e}}ism that would allow procreating with one's time-displaced self]].


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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: As with all Heinlein's works. The latest date given in the story is 1993.



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: As with all Heinlein's works. The latest date given in the story is 1993.


* FunWithAcronyms: The same "elite military service corps" is referred to at various points in history as the '''W'''omen's '''E'''mergency '''N'''ational '''C'''orps, '''H'''ospitality & '''E'''ntertainment '''S'''ection, the "Space Angels" or '''A'''uxiliary '''N'''ursing '''G'''roup, '''E'''xtraterrestrial '''L'''egions, and the '''W'''omen's '''H'''ospitality '''O'''rder '''R'''efortifying & '''E'''ncouraging '''S'''pacemen.
** No doubt inspired by the RealLife Women Airforce Service Pilots and their naval counterparts, Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service.

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* FunWithAcronyms: The same "elite military service corps" is referred to at various points in history as the '''W'''omen's '''E'''mergency '''N'''ational '''C'''orps, '''H'''ospitality & '''E'''ntertainment '''S'''ection, the "Space Angels" or '''A'''uxiliary '''N'''ursing '''G'''roup, '''E'''xtraterrestrial '''L'''egions, and the '''W'''omen's '''H'''ospitality '''O'''rder '''R'''efortifying & '''E'''ncouraging '''S'''pacemen.
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'''S'''pacemen. No doubt inspired by the RealLife Women Airforce Service Pilots and their naval counterparts, Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service.


* HelpYourselfInTheFuture
* {{Hermaphrodite}}
* LukeYouAreMyFather / LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: And mother.]]

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* %%* HelpYourselfInTheFuture
* %%* {{Hermaphrodite}}
* LukeYouAreMyFather / LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: And mother.]]%%* LukeIAmYourFather
%%* LukeYouAreMyFather



* MyFutureSelfAndMe

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* %%* MyFutureSelfAndMe



* TimeParadox
* TimeTravel

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* %%* TimeParadox
* %%* TimeTravel



* TitleDrop: In the closing lines.

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* %%* TitleDrop: In the closing lines.


* TakeThat: Creator/JackChalker claimed he wrote ''Literature/DowntimingTheNightside'' to address the questions this story raised but failed to answer.


* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: The barman remembers all the parts of the story from when they happened to him in his original timeline. He's just acting out his part now to complete the loop.

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* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: [[spoiler: The barman remembers all the parts of the story from when they happened to him in his original timeline. He's just acting out his part now to complete the loop.]]


* HelpYourSelfInTheFuture

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* HelpYourSelfInTheFutureHelpYourselfInTheFuture


* IncestIsRelative: See also OneDegreeOfSeparation below.


A film adaptation called ''Film/{{Predestination}}'', starring Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook, was released in 2014.

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A film adaptation called ''Film/{{Predestination}}'', starring Ethan Hawke Creator/EthanHawke and Sarah Snook, was released in 2014.


A film adaptation called Film/{{Predestination}}, starring Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook, was released in 2014.

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A film adaptation called Film/{{Predestination}}, ''Film/{{Predestination}}'', starring Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook, was released in 2014.


* TakeThat: JackChalker claimed he wrote ''Literature/DowntimingTheNightside'' to address the questions this story raised but failed to answer.

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* TakeThat: JackChalker Creator/JackChalker claimed he wrote ''Literature/DowntimingTheNightside'' to address the questions this story raised but failed to answer.

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