Put simply a “timeslip” is an alleged paranormal phenomenon in which a person, or even group of people, seem to somehow travel through time via apparently supernatural (as opposed to technological) means. Now, admittedly, the whole notion sounds like it was ripped straight from the pages of a Doctor Who script. Time travel, naturally, has been a stable of science fiction and fantasy ever since H G Wells wrote the Time Machine.

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No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns, they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water… Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.

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Philip K Dick’s 1979 warning about the creeping Totalitarian state:

"I felt I had become part of a small Totalitarian community you see. In which, no one to one relationships were permitted, no privet conversations were permitted. People were encouraged to nark on one another. They would report at the meetings that so and so had said such and such. The greatest menace that faces the human being in the 20th century is the coming into existence in our time of a Totalitarian state. Which can take many forms … It doesn’t have to take the form of right wing Fascism. It can take the form of left wing Fascism. It can take the form of psychological movements, drug rehabilitation places, it can be powerful people, manipulatory people. It can be in a relationship where you’re in a relationship with someone who is more powerful than you psychologically…”

Philip K Dick

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