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Less than two minutes...?

Discussion in '11/22/63' started by Mr Spaceman, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. Mr Spaceman

    Mr Spaceman New Member

    First of all, thanks for having me.

    I've had this question on my mind since I read this book last year and I'm surprised no one has brought it up before (or at least if it has, I haven't found any threads regarding it...)

    My question: What would happen if you were to go through the rabbit hole for less than two minutes and then return? Would you still return two minutes after leaving? Could you 'skip time' by doing this repeatedly...?

    Obviously any answer would by hypothetical, but I thought it would be a fun topic :)

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  2. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Welcome to the Board!

    Interesting question that I don't recall having seen asked before. What do you think would happen?
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  3. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    HI and welcome. Good question!
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  4. I think you would return two minutes later because (according to Dr Who lol) you can't cross your own time paths. I also think the you who returns might be a copy of yourself who returns to a pocket world. If you go through the rabbit hole ten times, ten different copies of you would arrive in ten different pocket worlds :)

    I havn't read 11/22/63 so my answer probably doesn't relate lol
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  5. do1you9love?

    do1you9love? Happy to be here!

    Welcome to the SKMB!

    I think you would come back two minutes later and yes, could skip time. I can't imagine why anyone would want to skip time that way. It would take a lot of effort.;-D
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  6. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...if you wanted to validate or dismiss your theory, I'd say you had to MUCH time on your hands!.....:biggrin2:

    [​IMG] ....welcome!.....
  8. Anduan Pirate Princess

    Anduan Pirate Princess Well-Known Member

    Welcome! My head hasn't entered deep thought processing mode yet; it's too early. BUT I love your question! 11/22/63 was the book that hooked me into the world of SK, and it's one of my favorites.
  9. Anduan Pirate Princess

    Anduan Pirate Princess Well-Known Member

    Also, I need to say it...the title of this thread...TWSS!!! :biggrin-new:

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

  11. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    I don't understand. It doesn't make sense. :a11:
  12. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    Good question Mr. Spaceman! The answer is "Yes". All the best, mal.
  13. ghost19

    ghost19 "Have I run too far to get home?"

  14. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    It's been a while since I read the book but my impression was that no matter how much time you spent there, when you returned it was only two minutes later.

    So whether you're there one minute or one year or even five years, it's still two minutes.

    Anyway, it's just a fantasy book, dealing with time travel but it is one of my all time favourites.

    Welcome to SKMB Mr Spaceman

    11-22-63 Welcome.JPG
  15. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I'd say, at this point, I'll take that two minutes! ;;D:yes_pig:
  16. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Welcome and I agree with Neesy. Thems the rules.
  17. Great Dane

    Great Dane Well-Known Member

    Time travel semantics always confused me...;-D
  18. Robert Gray

    Robert Gray Well-Known Member

    I have to agree with the other posters, i.e. that regardless of how long you spend on the other side, you return two minutes later. I think it is only natural to assume that when Al first found the rabbit hole he experimented with it. The question you asked is pretty natural. At the very least, we would have to assume that in his many, regular trips to get stock for his restaurant that he would forget something and turn around and go back out to get it (perhaps some period money). Naturally, if something other than the two minute rule applied, he would have learned it and passed it along. The fact that he does not and stresses that it is always two minutes makes me pretty confident once you are fully through the rabbit hole, two minutes will pass before you get back.

    In fact, I'm going to go out on a limb and state why. The amount of time you spend on the other side is irrelevant, no matter how short or long. The two minutes has nothing to do with the time on the other side, it is the time it takes to cross the barrier, i.e. one minute to leave the time stream in the present and one minute to get back. Remember, the time on the other side (past or not) is still part of the time line. It can't count against or for the tabulation. It is the same time stream. The time spent in the past is neutral. That means the distortion, i.e. the lost time in the present is purely the product of the travel, i.e. how long it takes, regardless of how long it seems to take. Do you follow? While it may only seem a few seconds walking down the steps, once you are in between the past and present there is always the same, mathematical delay which adds up to the same amount of time every time. :) Anyway, that is my supposition.
  19. wdb1124

    wdb1124 The Ayatollah of Rock And Rollah

    People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a nonlinear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey...stuff. ;-D
  20. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    I believe that yes, you would still come back 2 minutes later and if you wanted to pass 1 hour in your world, you simply go back and forth 30 times, but I think this would be just as destabilising to the world as changing the past.

    I like the question, it causes me think about my second favourite book.

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