esp. in time-travel contexts: in or from the future; cf. downtime adj.
To the greatest extent possible, the earliest traveler recruits were trained into a cadre of recruiters, who wasted no energy in being uptime overlords.
There Will Be Time (1973) 155
The New Orc Times was typically Colonial, from its punny title to its trivial content. Most of the paper was reprinted from uptime media; by the time Pierce waded through all two hundred pages, he had absorbed most of yesterday’s Earth news but learned little of local events.
Empire of Time (1985) 45
Within a few weeks I realized that something had gone wonky on the uptime end, that the experiment had malfunctioned and that I probably wasn’t ever going to get home.
House of Bones in Collected Stories (1993) 157
Cretaceous landscape wasn’t too dissimilar to that of uptime Britain, except perhaps that there was so much of it; that everything was landscape.
In the Upper Cretaceous in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Aug. 7
In fact, none of them would even know about the wreck yet; unless they had transferred across through an uptime wormhole, it was still in their future.
At Dorado in Asimov’s Science Fiction Oct.–Nov. 72
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1984 version of Poul Anderson's essay "The Discovery of the Past". We would like to check the cite in the 1977 version of this essay in "Profanity" magazine.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1985 reprint of Crawford Kilian's "The Empire of Time".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1973 reprint of Poul Anderson's "There Will Be Time". We would like to check this in the original printing of 1972.
We would like cites of any date from other sources.
Fred Galvin found a reference that suggests the term is used in the sense 'in the past' in Ian Wallace's "Croyd Spacetime Maneouvres" series; we would like to check these books to verify this use.
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