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Old 04-13-2019, 04:48 PM
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When my daughter came back from the future to help, she changed the present, and now our world is more dangerous than ever and I'm the only one fast enough to save it. I am the Flash.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:07 AM
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"Trying to trace the consequences of time travel is like a monkey with no thumbs trying to reassemble an exploded bomb, at night, wearing clown gloves."
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:25 AM
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Homer: I've gone back to the time when dinosaurs weren't just confined to zoos! OK, don't panic; remember the advice your father gave you on your wedding day.

Homer pictures a tuxedo-wearing Abraham talking to him.

Grampa: If you ever travel back in time, don't step on anything, because even the tiniest change can alter the future in ways you can't imagine.
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:41 PM
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Then you would have acted to change history, but you would have replaced one history with another. You would not be able to know what past version of history you would have altered, because that history would never have happened. Nor would you be able to know what you had done in the past, or that you had done anything at all in the past, or that you had even been to the past.
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Old 04-19-2019, 09:14 PM
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And another thing. Just remember that every time we make a Reality Change it's harder to find a good next one. Every physioyear, the chance that a random Change is likely to be for the worse increases. That means the proportion of guys we can cure gets smaller anyway. It's always going to get smaller.
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Old 04-22-2019, 01:28 PM
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Please take into account all space coordinates before traveling to our time. Make sure you calculate the rotation of Earth along its axis as well as its translation regarding the plane of the ecliptic. Please do not try to travel again without making sure of where you are traveling to. Our space stations have been collecting your bodies for months now. Which has been hard on our crews. We can only imagine how horrible this must have been to those who arrived suddenly in space with no adequate protection. Unfortunately, as of today we still haven't saved a single one.
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Old 04-23-2019, 12:22 PM
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It also says that if you hold a lungful of air, you can survive in the total vacuum of space for about 30 seconds. But with space being really big and all, the chances of being picked up within that time are 22,079,460,347 to one against. Strangely, this is also the telephone number of an Islington flat where Arthur Dent went to a fancy dress party,
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Old 04-23-2019, 06:05 PM
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For every action, there's an infinity of outcomes. Countless trillions are possible, many milliards are likely, millions might be considered probable, several occur as possibilities to us as observers - and one comes true.
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Old 04-24-2019, 11:06 PM
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“QX. Well, when it was discovered that there were millions of times as many planets in the galaxy as could be accounted for by a Wellington Incident occurring once in two times ten to the tenth years or so, some way had to be figured out to increase, millionfold, the number of such occurrences. Manifestly, the random motion of the stars within the galaxy could not account for it. Neither could the vibration or oscillation of the globular clusters through the galaxy. The meeting of two galaxies—the passage of them completely through each other, edgewise—would account for it very nicely. ...”
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Old 04-25-2019, 03:44 PM
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A wormhole yawned in its sleep and the yawn ricocheted through a stack of realities like a snapped powerline, and suddenly everyone could see a new glittering gap in the sky and on the other side of that gap lay the far side of the galaxy, unexplored, untapped, unreachable by the usual party ships until that moment.
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Old 04-25-2019, 08:20 PM
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“The worm is now beneath the crawler,” Kynes said. “You are about to witness a thing few have seen.”

Flecks of dust shadowed the sand around the crawler now. The big machine began to tip down to the right. A gigantic sand whirlpool began forming there to the right of the crawler. It moved faster and faster. Sand and dust filled the air now for hundreds of meters around.

Then they saw it! A wide hole emerged from the sand. Sunlight flashed from glistening white spokes within it. The hole’s diameter was at least twice the length of the crawler, Paul estimated. He watched as the machine slid into that opening in a billow of dust and sand. The hole pulled back.
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Old 04-26-2019, 01:57 PM
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If you read fast and read all, maybe some of the sand will stay in the sieve.
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Old 04-26-2019, 06:23 PM
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I don't like sand. It's coarse, and rough, and irritating, and it gets everywhere.
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Old 04-27-2019, 03:45 PM
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He watched the desert slip under the airship's nose, and the land roughened into highlands over which he had traveled at great cost, in great pain - dreamlike, such speed, looking down on a world where time moved more slowly, where realities were different and immediate and he had learned for a time to live.
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Old 04-27-2019, 04:26 PM
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The reason all this happened in the first place—the way our little group of stars took off at relativistic speeds. I've been trying to figure it out. The only thing I can think is that we were traveling so fast that time dilation took over—for a long time, Pelly, I can't even guess how long-long enough so that all the stars went through their life cycles and died while we were traveling.
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Old 04-28-2019, 08:50 AM
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The velocities and forces involved in anything at orbital altitudes were enough to kill a human with just the rounding error. At their speeds, the friction from air too thin to breathe would set them on fire.
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:21 PM
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She was my friend. Briefly, she was my lover. She was braver than I ever would have been in the moment of death. And I bet she was a hell of a shooting star.
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Old 04-30-2019, 01:07 PM
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Do you remember where you were when the Meteor hit?
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Old 04-30-2019, 08:16 PM
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Good evening. A few minutes ago, the United States ambassadors to every country in the world told the leaders of those nations what I'm about to tell you. It's a bit complicated, so we'll take some time, so I hope you'll bear with me, hear what I have to say. A little over a year ago, two American astronomers, Marcus Wolf and Leo Biederman, working on a mountaintop in Arizona, saw something in the night sky that caused them great concern. A comet. But the comet was... well, there was a remote possibility that the comet was on a path that could bring it into direct contact with the Earth. Now, we get hit all the time by rocks and meteors, some of them the size of cars, some no bigger than your hand. But the comet we discovered is the size of New York City, from the North side of Central Park to the Battery. About seven miles long. Put another way, this comet is larger than Mount Everest. It weighs 500 billion tons.
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:31 PM
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Out to sea, the calm lagoon waters were darkening, while the comets overhead glowed brighter, omens in the gloaming.
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Old 05-03-2019, 01:50 PM
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He thought about stars. Astronomy was his mental focus. Red means cool, he pondered. That red one there might be a small, nearby ancient—or a distant giant already in its death throes. And that bright one over there could be a blue supergiant. Very rare. Was there one in this area of space? He ought to remember.

Tom blinked. The blue “star” was moving. He watched it drift across the starfield, until it intercepted another bright pinpoint, this one a brilliant green. There was a flash as the two tiny lights met. When the blue spark moved on, the green was no more.

Now what were the chances I’d witness that? How likely to be looking at just the right place at the right time? The battle must still be pretty hot and heavy up there. It isn’t over yet.
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Old 05-03-2019, 06:31 PM
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The Age of the Stars had come to an end. Once in a billion years, a feeble supernova illuminated the vestiges of its home; brown dwarfs, neutron stars, blackholes... lifeless echoes of their former majesty.
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Old 05-04-2019, 02:25 PM
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The last of the big, bright stars had long since gone supernova; the last of the Sol types had gone supergiant and turned into a white dwarf; all of those profligate wastrels of energy had long since burned themselves out. The red dwarfs had a somewhat longer run for their money. They were the smallest and longest-lived of those furnaces of nuclear fusion that were called stars, but then they had gone, too. The last of them had long before burned itself to a lump of iron, warmed by the only energy source that was left, the terminally slow decay of the protons themselves.

Proton decay! It hurt Wan-To's pride to have to live by so feeble an energy source as proton decay.
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Old 05-04-2019, 04:26 PM
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The world existed for a very long time before this particular set of seven billion billion atoms came along and it will go right on after they're scattered up, down and sideways.
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Old 05-05-2019, 04:28 PM
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None of the quadrillions living now among all the stars of the Galaxy will be living a century from now. Why, then, should we concern ourselves with events of three centuries' distance?
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Old 05-06-2019, 12:38 PM
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And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.
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Old 05-07-2019, 03:13 PM
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My birthday-present! It came to me on my birthday, my precious.
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:09 PM
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It had been a gift from his ex-wife. It was the only useful thing she ever gave to him.
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Old 05-07-2019, 09:11 PM
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Magenta: I ask for nothing...nothing.

Frank: And you shall receive it...in abundance!
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:35 PM
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I must be made of nothing to feel so much nothing.
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Old 05-10-2019, 02:04 PM
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The density of matter in space, which had been lessening steadily, was now approximately constant at one atom per four hundred cubic centimeters. Their speed was therefore about a hundred thousand parsecs per hour; and, even allowing for the slowing up at both ends due to the density of the medium, the trip should not take over ten days.
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Old 05-10-2019, 04:25 PM
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It's only the arrangement of matter that has changed, like a deck of cards being reshuffled. But life is like a Straight Flush: once you shuffle, it's gone.

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Old 05-11-2019, 05:55 PM
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The potentialities of a race are passed on unchanged—except for mutation—from parent to child. They may be shuffled and dealt and shuffled again, producing an inconceivable number of unique individuals, but the genes are unchanged.
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:48 PM
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How is it that you keep mutating and can still be the same virus?
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:30 PM
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As far as Rosemary knew, all Sianats were infected with the virus during childhood, at which point they ceased thinking of themselves as individuals, but rather as plural entities--a Pair. They were then encouraged to go out into the galaxy in order to share the Whisperer's gifts with species that could never know them first hand (the virus had yet to jump to other species.)
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Old 05-14-2019, 07:26 PM
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The Shawcross virus was to be a masterful piece of biological clockwork (the likes of which William Paley could never have imagined - and which no godless evolutionist would dare attribute to the "blind watchmaker" of chance). Its single strand of RNA would describe, not one, but four potential organisms.
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:04 PM
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There is nothing so patient, in this world or any other, as a virus searching for a host.
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Old 05-17-2019, 01:29 PM
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It gets to be a habit. Most of us manage to keep our body count quite low. It's the neighborly way to live.
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Old 05-17-2019, 03:58 PM
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You see, Doug, a large part of being insane is having been insane. If you were paranoid for a year, a ’doc couldn’t cure you. Your year of insanity would have formed habits. The ’doc would change your metabolism without changing your paranoid habits of thinking. You’d need a human psychotherapist.

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Old 05-17-2019, 05:01 PM
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“He has personality problems beyond the dreams of analysts.”
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:54 PM
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Never diagnosed the enemy before.
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:04 PM
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The enemy of my enemy is my friend ... even if it's a monster.
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:16 PM
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We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:20 PM
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I'm not having the best of days here, Lillian, and the one thing I'm sure of is that we really, really don't want to add any new enemies to our list.
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:50 AM
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Is that what happens to us? A life of conflict with no time for friends ... so that when it's done, only our enemies leave roses.
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Old 05-24-2019, 10:04 AM
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P.S. please if you get a chanse put some flowrs on Algernons grave in the bak yard.
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Old 05-27-2019, 03:15 PM
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In the old days, trouble was kept in the family, which is still the best place for it, not that there's ever a best place for trouble. Why stir everything up again after that many years, with all concerned tucked, like tired children, so neatly into their graves?
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It was fully appropriate, she'd said, slapping back at a branch that had slapped her first, for a woman named Troublesome to choose a mountain named Troublesome when she went into exile. "Fully appropriate, and seemly," said Granny Hazelbide. "I'd of done the same exact thing, in her place." "Well," grumbled [Granny] Shenyjake, "there may be something to what you say." "I should hope and declare there is. Naming is naming!" "But," went on the other doggedly, "I do not see that there was any special merit to be gained from her establishing herself at the very most tip top of this accursed hump of dirt and rock. She was not named Peak of Troublesome, you know. Halfway up would of done it, seems to me. Quarterways up."
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Old 05-28-2019, 03:17 PM
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"Stay out of trouble, Art."

"Go find some trouble, Clark."
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:46 AM
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"Just before they went into warp, I beamed the whole kit and kaboodle into their engine room, where they'll be no tribble at all."
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