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First Online: 01 June 2017Received: 23 September 2016Accepted: 17 May 2017DOI: 10.1007-s11229-017-1448-2

Cite this article as: Richmond, A. Synthese 2017. doi:10.1007-s11229-017-1448-2


H. G. Wells’ Time Traveller inhabits uniform Newtonian time. Where relativistic-quantum travelers into the past follow spacetime curvatures, past-bound Wellsians must reverse their direction of travel relative to absolute time. William Grey and Robin Le Poidevin claim reversing Wellsians must overlap with themselves or fade away piecemeal like the Cheshire Cat. Self-overlap is physically impossible but ‘Cheshire Cat’ fades destroy Wellsians’ causal continuity and breed bizarre fusions of traveler-stages with opposed time-directions. However, Wellsians who rotate in higher-dimensional space can reverse temporal direction without self-overlap, Cheshire Cats or mereological monstrosities. Alas, hyper-rotation in Newtonian space poses dynamic and biological problems, e.g. gravitational-electrostatic singularities and catastrophic blood-loss. Controllable and survivable Wellsian travel needs topologically-variable spaces. Newtonian space, not Newtonian time, is Wellsians’ real enemy.

KeywordsTime travel Dimensionality Incongruence 

Author: Alasdair Richmond

Source: https://link.springer.com/

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