Accidental travel

Accidental travel is a speculative fiction plot device which an ordinary person or a group of people accidentally find themselves outside of their normal place or time for no apparent reason. In Russian fandom, the trope is known under the term "popadantsy", plural form for "popadanets", a person who accidentally finds himself elsewhere/elsewhen.[1] The Russian term bears ironical flavor, because popadantsy has become a widespread cliche in pulp science fiction.[2] The accidental time travel trope is known as time slip. Other kinds of accidental travel include space travel (e.g., through accidental wormholes or other spatial irregularities), travel to an alternative universe or into an alternative history. A particular kind of effortless accidental travel is finding oneself elsewhere/elsewhen occupying someone's else mind.[2]

A classical example (of time slip) is Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (19th century), which had considerable influence on later writers.[3] Russian critic Boris Nevsky traces this plot device to at least Gulliver's Travels (18th century).[2]

In Russian science fiction

In Russian science fiction and fantasy a significant number of popadantsy occur at a key moment in the Russian past. Armed with modern knowledge, they turn the tide to the glory of the Motherland, i.e., a popadanets becomes a progressor. It was suggested that this phenomenon of Russian science fiction is characterized by two motivations: "Mary Sue"-type drive to self-fulfillment and patriotic nostalgy over the times of Soviet superpower.[4][5]

In Japanese fiction

An extremely popular light novel and anime genre known as isekai involves ordinary people suddenly becoming trapped in an alternate universe, often one based on fantasy. The alternate universe may also resemble, or literally be an MMO, such as in Sword Art Online, Log Horizon and Overlord. While the characters may face mortal danger, the genre is typically characterized as a form of wish fulfillment, where the reader can imagine escaping their mundane life.

See also


  1. ^ Note: Popadanets is a Russian neologism derived from the verb "popast", "to get into (smth)".
  2. ^ a b c "ПОПАДАНЦЫ: ШТАМПЫ И ОТКРЫТИЯ", Boris Nevsky, Mir Fantastiki ("World of Science Fiction"), no.109; September 2012.
  3. ^ Edward James; Farah Mendlesohn (26 January 2012). The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature. Cambridge University Press. pp. 106–. ISBN 978-1-107-49373-5.
  4. ^ Марш «попаданцев», или Ностальгия по альтернативе Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, Pavel Vinogradov, Literaturnaya Gazeta, No. 13 (6316), April 6, 2011
  5. ^ "Попаданцы у Сталина" ("Popadantsy Visiting Stalin"), Sergey Lukyanenko, Izvestiya, May 26, 2010
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Time slip

Time-slip stories have two (or more) interconnected timelines. Usually the main character is taken on a voyage of discovery, through research, documents, family history, archives or time travel.

The past or future story illuminates the main (and other) character's current dilemmas or challenges.

Usually longer than the average book, because of the multiple stories, these novels and creative non-fiction texts are most often found as a sub-genre within the historical, fantasy, science fiction, memoir and women's fiction categories.

The plot device as used in fantasy and science fiction sees a person, or group of people, seem to travel through time by unknown means for a period of time.Time-slip is also popular in children's literature.Time-slip stories were popularized at the end of the 19th century by Mark Twain's historical novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, which has had considerable influence on later writers. In this novel an accident triggers the main character's slip in time and this has been a staple plot device of time-slip stories since, another being the time machine.

In some time-slip stories, what caused and comes from the time-slip is highly significant. In others, the protagonist has no control and no understanding of the process and it may not be explained to the reader at all. The character is either left marooned or settled in the past time and must make the best of it, or is returned at the climax of the story by a process as unpredictable and uncontrolled.In realistic fiction and memoir, the research and archival processes are often built into the story, as part of the protagonist's, and reader's, journey of discovery.

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