temporal paradox n.
Our research teams that have been investigating the various problems of time travel and temporal paradox are very strict on that kind of thing.
Toy in Planet Stories Mar. 70/2
He went on to the so-called time paradoxes—killing one’s great-great grandfather, meeting oneself, and the like…. Alfredex went on to explain that all temporal paradoxes were the inventions of authors with a gift for confusion.
Thief in Time in Galaxy Science Fiction July 13/1
Some amused themselves with brain-teasers: ‘Suppose you should be so unfortunate, during a stopover in the past, as to kill your grandfather before he’d become a parent—would you exist? And if you didn’t, how could you have killed him?’ It’s what is called the temporal paradox.
Moon Fishers in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Apr. 85/1
Unless that was a side effect of the paradox. Unless the paradox had chopped away Zeera’s extension cage and left her stranded in the past, or cast off into an alternate world line, or…. There had never been a temporal paradox. [ellipsis in original]
Bird in Hand in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Oct. 124/1
I can tell you that I’m here to untangle a temporal paradox that threatens both our futures.
Assignment: Eternity ii. 24
You’re from the future. The Bobby gone old. Well, what do you think about temporal paradox, Bobby? What if you were to kill little Bobby? Then you can’t exist to have come back to kill him.
Living in the Eighties in Asimov’s Science Fiction Apr.–May 165
Bryan Berry, "The Toy", in Planet Stories
Research HistoryRalf Brown submitted a cite from a 1973 reprint of Larry Niven's 1970 "Bird in the Hand"; Mike Christie verified it in the original magazine appearance.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1969 cite from K. M. O'Donnell's "July 24, 1970".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1954 cite from Robert Sheckley's "A Thief In Time".
Jesse Sheidlower submitted an early 1954 cite from Bryan Berry's "The Toy".
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