The Clock that Went Backward

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"The Clock That Went Backward" is a short story by Edward Page Mitchell.[1][2][3][4] The story was published in The Sun on September 18, 1881, and is the first instance of using a time machine for time travel and the first instance of a temporal paradox in fiction.[5][6]

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  1. ^ Vandermeer. The Time Traveler's Almanac. TOR. pp. 154, 450. The Clock That Went Backward, released in 1881 in The Sun is the first time-travel story ever published, coming out several years before HG Well's The Time Machine. Although it is popularly believed that The Chronic Argonauts was the first fiction published with a time-travel theme, another story, also in this anthology, predates it by almost a decade: Edward Page Mitchell's The Clock That Went Backward 
  2. ^ Toomey, David. The New Time Travelers: A Journey to the Frontiers of Physics. p. 26. 
  3. ^ The Time Chronicles. p. 5. 
  4. ^ The Science Fiction Handbook. p. 15. 
  5. ^ "Time Machines: Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics, and Science Fiction". p. 55. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Pickover. Time: A Traveler's Guide. pp. xiv. 

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