(in time-travel contexts): in or at no time
OED records the sense ‘at no time; never’ from 1767, labelled ‘Chiefly regional and literary’.
Otherwise you'll phase out in the middle of nowhere. Then you'll really be nowhere. And nowhen.
Dancer in the Ruins in Amazing Stories June 109
I began the hours of darkness thinking about the [time] machine; about where I went wrong. I've slipped into a crack in time; I'm nowhen any more.
Relocation in Interzone Apr. 39/2
Railsea takes place on some planet, somewhere, somewhen—or rather nowhere and nowhen except on a purely literary ‘plane’ in Miéville’s for the most part purely literary multiverse.
On Books in Asimov’s Science Fiction Apr.–May 186/2
any evidence 1982
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