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George Jaroszkiewicz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718062.001.0001

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Literary images of time

Literary images of time

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(p.52) 5 Literary images of time
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Images of Time
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George Jaroszkiewicz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718062.003.0005

This chapter starts with a discussion of the merits and problems of science fiction, a literary genre that frequently posits time travel, faster than light speeds and other currently unobserved phenomena. The advantages and disadvantages of reading science fiction are pointed out. This is followed by commentary on the work of H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, and others, and how such authors explain away the unphysical aspects of their stories. The chapter ends with a critique of several popular plot devices, such as alternate universes, alternative futures, time machines, and hyperspace. These are plot devices used in science fiction to discuss the problems and paradoxes of time travel in an attempt to avoid the constraints of special relativity.

Keywords:   science fiction, time travel, faster than light, H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, alternative universes, alternative futures, time machines, hyperspace

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