Time loop

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A time loop or temporal loop is a plot device in which periods of time are repeated and re-experienced by the characters, and there is often some hope of breaking out of the cycle of repetition.[1] Time loop is sometimes used to refer to a causal loop.[1][2] Stories with time loops commonly center on the character learning from each successive loop through time.[1]

The short story "Doubled and Redoubled" by Malcolm Jameson that appeared in the February, 1941 issue of Unknown tells of a person accidentally cursed to repeat a "perfect" day, including a lucky bet, a promotion, a heroically foiled bank robbery, and a successful wedding proposal. This story was a precedent to the films Groundhog Day and 12:01 PM.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. "Themes : Time Loop : SFE : Science Fiction Encyclopedia". Sf-encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  2. ^ Klosterman, Chuck (2009). Eating the Dinosaur (1st Scribner hardcover ed.). New York: Scribner. p. 60. ISBN 9781439168486. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Stockwell, Peter (2000). The Poetics of Science Fiction (1st ed.). Harlow [u.a.]: Longman. p. 143. ISBN 9780582369931.