Full record for time travel n.

Definition the imagined activity of travelling into the past or future, hypothetical movement through time
OED requirements antedating 1914
Earliest cite W. Pitkin in 'The Journal of Philosophy and Scientific Methods'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1941 cite. Fred Galvin identified a reprint of a 1933 letter by Donald Allgeier, which Robert Woodward verified in the original magazine. Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a reprint of Eric Frank Russell and Leslie Johnson's "Seeker of Tomorrow", which Mike Christie verified in the 1937 original magazine version. Robert Woodward submitted a 1932 cite from a letter by Robert Feeney to Astounding. Cory Panshin submitted a cite from a reprint of Clifford Simak's "The World of the Red Sun"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1931 magazine version. Mike Christie submitted a 1931 cite from John Taine's "The Time Stream". Fred Galvin submitted a 1914 cite from an article by Walter Pitkin in "The Journal of Philosophy Psychology and Scientific Methods". Fred Galvin submitted a 1935 cite from the editorial introduction, presumably by Hugo Gernsback, to David Daniels story "The Branches of Time" in Wonder Stories. Fred Galvin submitted a cite from Paul Nahin's 1999 book "Time Machines", quoting the editorial introduction, presumably by Hugo Gernsback, to David B. Daniels' story "The Branches of Time" in the August 1935 Wonder Stories; Galvin subsequently verified the cite in the original magazine. Robert Woodward submitted a cite from a letter by C. Connally in Astounding.

(Earliest cite in the OED: 1953)

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Citations for time travel n.

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1914 W. B. Pitkin in Jrnl. Philos. Psychol. & Sci. Methods 10 Sept. 524 But now appears the hardship in time-travel. If real time is the course of natural events, then the tourist who traverses that time traverses history; and that means that he traverses a world of change, a world in which nations rise and fall, tempests leap up, destroy, and subside, houses are built with toil and burned in the frenzy of sudden war, and so on.
1931 C. D. Simak in Wonder Stories Dec. 879/2 They had thought of only one thing, time travel.
1931 Wonder Stories Dec. 825/2 John Taine has probed deeply into the nature of time, and of time travel, and his ingenious mind has created a tremendous and thrilling story of the whole human race.
1932 R. Feeney in Astounding Stories June 427/1 It is evident that Mr. Berkowitz firmly believes in the possibility of time-travel, and anxiously awaits the day ‘when such stupendous events will occur’.
1933 Astounding Stories of Super-science Jan. 422/2 Time-travel, fourth-dimensional, and intra-atomic stories are scientifically impossible; viz., infinitely improbable.
1933 D. Allgeier in Astounding Stories Jan. 422/1 It seems that the only way to prove that time travel is impossible is to cite a case of killing one's own grandfather.
1935 Wonder Stories Aug. 295/2 To say that this short story contains some revolutionary time-travel theories would be putting it exceedingly mild. When the author, new to our magazine, submitted this story to us, his accompanying letter stated that in it he had settled the time-travel question once and for all. We must admit that a broad, unbelieving grin spread over our countenances when the author dared make this assertion. But—the smile soon left our faces after we had perused well into the yarn—for, to our chagrin, Mr. Daniels had really propounded so many brand new ideas about time and time-travel, and such logical ones—that he has not left one loophole in his argument !
1937 Astounding Stories July 137/2 ‘Hah!’ He rubbed one side of his nose with a forefinger and regarded me queerly. ‘The popularity of science-fiction has made the subject of time travel quite familiar to us. But time travel is impossible.’
1937 Astounding Stories July 137/2 My time-travel room stands awaiting your inspection at a place that I can describe to you only as Farmer Wright's field.
1941 Cosmic Stories Mar. A science-fiction club, in case you're not familiar with one, is a group of young fellows who read the science fiction magazines regularly, sometimes collect them, and like to meet once in a while to talk over the various ideas presented in them—like interplanetary flight, Martians, time travel and so forth.
1941 J. W. Campbell Let. 1 Oct. in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 21 You've taken a‥highly intriguing point in the whole theory of time-travel, and built it up to the proportions it deserved.
1941 J. W. Campbell Let. 1 Oct. in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 21 You've taken a‥highly intriguing point in the whole theory of time-travel, and built it up to the proportions it deserved.
1959 C. Oliver Transfusion in W. F. Nolan Edge of Forever (1971) 37 After all, the military implications of time travel were staggering, and care was essential. If you could move back in time only a few years and see what the other side had done, then you could counter their plans in the present.
1961 G. H. Scithers in Amra July 22 Incidentally, a time-travel link is worked out between Lankhmar and our future (or at least Germany's, as it happens).
1973 R. A. Heinlein Let. 16 Sept. in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 98 It will be an episodic time-travel fantasy (with a new gimmick for time travel).
1973 R. A. Heinlein Let. 16 Sept. in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 98 It will be an episodic time-travel fantasy (with a new gimmick for time travel).
1974 P. K. Dick Little Something for Us Tempunauts in We can remember It for you Wholesale (1994) 344 ‘An extraordinary moment in the history of the United States' involvement with time travel,’ Cassidy said.
1974 P. K. Dick Little Something for Us Tempunauts in We can remember It for you Wholesale (1994) 339 The public believes that‥the flight into time, the first American time-travel launch, was successful.
1984 R. Silverberg Needle in Timestack in R. Silverberg Conglomeroid Cocktail Party (1984) 275 Time-travel as tourism held no interest for him‥. The purpose of Tommy Hambledon's time-travel, it seemed, was to edit his past to make his life more perfect.
1986 B. Sterling & L. Shiner Mozart in Mirrorshades in B. Sterling Mirrorshades (1986) 223 (heading) You didn't sign up for a time-travel project‥unless you had a taste for incongruity.
1987 M. Crichton Sphere 67, I was already quite certain that extraterrestrial life exists in the universe. But time travel!
1989 Omni Sept. 86/1 Einstein‥slammed the door on time travel.
1991 Locus Sept. 4/2 My uncle was Howie Horowitz, who produced Batman on television‥and who in the 1950s collaborated with Heinlein on a proposed tv science fiction series called ‘The 21st Century’, that was going to be a time travel show.
1991 Locus May 31/1 We meet the ‘hard sf’ conceits, especially time travel.
1992 Locus June 31/2 Add mutants, young lovers, a mystic society, and time travel into the mythic past, and you've got the stuff of‥Bridget Wood.
1992 Sci. Fiction Age Nov. 14/3 Kivrin finds her survival dependent on the family‥, short-circuiting her expectations and the common power fantasy of time travel stories whereby we imagine ourselves superior to the people of the past.
1992 C. Willis Doomsday Bk. i.i.5 Gilchrist maneuvered to be appointed Acting Head in his absence so he could get the Middle Ages opened to time travel.
1993 SFRA Rev. Jan. 86 This excellent time travel novel is marketed for middle school readers.
1995 Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape iv. 38 ‘I'm afraid that we have to rule out the ghosts, Neelix, and accept time travel. It's our only chance to get back home,’ Torres said.
2001 Locus June 68/1 Minuscule changes caused by time travel to the past result in enormous differences in the present.
2001 Locus June 68/2 The most substantial single tale‥returns to the time-travel theme.