everywhen adv.

(in time-travel contexts) in or to all points in time

Time Travel

  • 1942 ‘L. del Rey’ My Name Is Legion in Astounding Science Fiction June 72/2 page image Lester del Rey bibliography

    The plenum is—well, the composite whole of all that is and was and will be—it is everything and everywhen, all existing together as a unit, in which time does not move, but simply is, like length or thickness.

  • 1949 E. E. Evans Food for Demons in Weird Tales Jan. 33/1 page image E. Everett Evans bibliography

    Its knowledge was starkly inconceivable, yet It was greedy and thirsty for more and greater knowledge. Everything everywhere everywhen was of interest to It.

  • 1965 C. D. Simak All Flesh is Grass (1979) 148 Clifford D. Simak

    So they went everywhere for fun, I thought. And everywhen, perhaps. They were temporal ghouls, feeding on the past.

  • 1980 A. Davidson Peregrine: Perplexed in Asimov’s Science Fiction Oct. 146 page image Avram Davidson bibliography

    There are such men everywhere and everywhen.

  • 2000 D. Eddings & L. Eddings Redemption of Althalus 230 David Eddings Leigh Eddings bibliography

    If it’s playing with distance that way, can’t it play with time the same way?… You told us that the House is everywhere—all at the same time… It’s everywhen then, too, isn’t it? What I'm getting at is that there’s probably a door to last week somewhere in the House—or one that leads to next year.


Research requirements

antedating 1942

Research History
OED has 19th-century evidence for the literary sense 'at all times, always'.

Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1974 reprint of Harlan Ellison's "The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1968 magazine version.
Richard Dodson submitted a cite from a 1987 reprint of Isaac Asimov's "The End of Eternity"; we would like to verify the 1955 first edition.
Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a reprint of Poul Anderson's "The Time Patrol"; Mike Christie verified it in the original 1955 magazine appearance.
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Lester del Rey's "My Name is Legion"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1942 original magazine appearance.
Imran Ghory submitted a 2000 cite from David and Leigh Eddings' "The Redemption of Althalus".
Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1979 reprint of Clifford Simak's "All Flesh Is Grass".

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