time traveller n.

one who travels through time n.

SF Encyclopedia

Time Travel

  • 1894 H. G. Wells in National Observer 28 Apr. 608/1 H. G. Wells

    โ€˜There,โ€™ said the Time Traveller, โ€˜I am unable to give you an explanation. All I know is that the climate was very much warmer than it is now.โ€™

  • 1895 H. G. Wells Time Machine i. 1 H. G. Wells

    The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us.

  • 1930 Wonder Stories Nov. 489

    We have purposely allowed our time travellers to become known to the people of the eras that they visit, for in this way the great drama of the story becomes apparent.

  • 1974 P. K. Dick Little Something for Us Tempunauts in We can remember It for you Wholesale (1994) 336 Philip K. Dick

    What in your mind is the greatest terror facing a time traveler? That there will be an implosion due to coincidence on reentry?

  • 1974 J. Brunner Times Without Number (1981) 10 John Brunner

    It wasnโ€™t only the embarrassing experience of being shown off around the hall by herโ€”as it were, a real live time-traveller, exclamation point, in the same tone of voice as one would say, โ€˜A real live tigerโ€™.

  • 2001 Dreamwatch Oct. 85/1

    As any self-respecting time traveller will confirm, going backwards in time to change history is a dodgy business, fraught with the possibility of temporal anomalies, rips in the space/time continuum, etc.


Research requirements

antedating 1894

Earliest cite

H.G. Wells' 'The Time Machine' (first magazine appearance)

Research History
Lloyd Kilford examined "The Chronic Argonauts", by H.G. Wells (an early (1888) version of "The Time Machine"), and determined that it does not contain the term "time traveller".

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