time fault n.
We've got to get to the edge of one of these blocks that go swinging through time, the edge of what Professor Minott calls a ‘time fault’, and watch it! When the shifts come, we explore as quickly as we can. We've no great likelihood, perhaps, of getting back exactly to our own period.
Sidewise In Time in Astounding Stories June 30/1
I intend to camp along a time fault and cross over whenever a time shift brings a Norse settlement in sight.
Sidewise In Time in Astounding Stories June 35/2
The whole planet was soon informed that it was a Time Fault which had made six months seem like the winking of an eye.
Dreadful Sleep in Weird Tales Mar. 300/1
1952 Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction June 57
Look for no trace here of the mad creator of Papa Schimmelhorn and his gnurrs; but discover a new aspect of Bretnor as he reveals an unsuspected symbolism behind the classic science fiction theme of the shifting time-fault.
For some reason, that basement door is in a time fault. People from now can go through it into the future and come back.
Bargain Basement in Worlds of If Sept. 61/1
1967 Worlds of If Aug. 57
The planet possessed a strange time fault. Through it, a host of Berserkers were attacking!
1980 Famous Monsters Mar. 5
What happens when an ordinary family builds an ordinary house on an interdimensional time fault? Time twitches & fun begins!
Got off the plane in San Francisco, caught a Greyhound south, curled up to sleep, and the San Andreas time-fault let loose. It was the first big timequake and I woke up three years later.
In the Quake Zone in Year’s Best Science Fiction 23 (2006) 272
Murray Leinster, 'Sidewise in Time'
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from an editorial blurb in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Rick Hauptmann submitted a cite from a 1985 reprint of Murray Leinster's 1934 "Sidewise in Time"; Mike Christie verified the first appearance in the June 1934 Astounding Stories.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2005 cite from David Gerrold.
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