what is the best time machine joke in literature?

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i don't know if it could top the one that appears in howard schoenfeld's build up logically from 1950

by the way, i went to washington square park yesterday and sat behind the statue of garibaldi for a good hour, from 2:45 to 3:45, and saw no one who knew schoenfeld :(

any thoughts on this story, or any answers to the ostensible thread question?

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 00:38 (thirteen years ago) link

This is a good one.

James Morrison, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 00:42 (thirteen years ago) link

You covered the Alan Moore Futureshocks with their time travel gags last week (although I have the collected Alan Moore Futureshocks book and I couldn't find the one about the third reich being entirely populated with time travelling historians).

ledge, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 10:13 (thirteen years ago) link

last week two weeks ago

ledge, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 10:14 (thirteen years ago) link

End of "All You Zombies"?

James Redd and the Blecchs, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 12:49 (thirteen years ago) link

xxp, was that the one about the man throwing brickbats through a time portal and thinking nothing changed?

caek, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 12:50 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah, also one of the same guy on the cusp of inventing the time machine, and multiple versions of himself coming back from various futures to give him various dire warnings.

ledge, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 13:05 (thirteen years ago) link

There's a good story in the New Yorker's March 24, 2008 issue that involves some time-travel paradoxes (not to give too much away): "The Region of Unlikeness" by Rivka Galchen.


o. nate, Thursday, 22 May 2008 14:58 (thirteen years ago) link

any thoughts on "build up logically"?

Tracer Hand, Friday, 23 May 2008 20:06 (thirteen years ago) link

pfff. some good yuks. time machine gag is indeed a corker. y'all teased out some interesting strands from it on the show but i'd never thought that hard about it before and doubt i will again. the "character becomes author" device must surely be well-worn; this classic tuomas thread reminded me of the story after i'd forgotten about it for ages.

that new yorker story really does live up to this thread.

ledge, Friday, 23 May 2008 23:45 (thirteen years ago) link

this story was grebt, as was the reading; i have at least two isotopes of the brian aldiss SF anthology but i have no memory of this, which suggests that when i was wee it went right over my head.

text adventure diversion - there's a thriving indie cultues around them, which is, sort of maybe, worth investigating - there's been a bit of talk around them on ilx.

thomp, Thursday, 29 May 2008 23:09 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Ha, three weeks later, and searching on a friend: o. nate, any chance you've picked up Rivka's novel?

nabisco, Monday, 23 June 2008 20:57 (thirteen years ago) link

No, I haven't yet, but I've seen notices for it all over the place. I'm happy that it's getting a lot of positive reviews. I'd like to read it at some point. That story I mentioned above was the first time I'd heard of her.

o. nate, Monday, 30 June 2008 20:30 (thirteen years ago) link

that wikihistory was hilar. thanks.

Frogman Henry, Friday, 4 July 2008 04:30 (thirteen years ago) link

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