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"I never saw why I had to give up science in order to write, or the other way around, so I didn't!"
- Gregory Benford

CTC Computer (Closed-Timeline-Curve Time-Travel)  
  A device that used time travel to perform computations.  

But Nilis had assigned her to another part of the project, the development of his "CTC computer" as he called it, his closed-timeline-curve time-travel computing machine. Nilis made it clear that he considered the CTC-processor work just as important as experiments with the Xeelee ship, and she had to accept the assignment.
From Exultant, by Stephen Baxter.
Published by Del Rey in 2004
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I have room for one more enigmatic quote:

The curves in time had served their purpose - and had rendered their own existence unnecessary. It was another peculiar advantage of a time-travel computer. If it worked correctly, it never actually worked at all a- and so it should never wear out.

Closed timelike curves were theorized by Kurt Gödel in 1949. Here's a link to a 2002 article on Computers with closed timelike curves can solve hard problems. Good luck.

Thanks to Winchell Chung (@nyrath) of Project Rho for the suggestion on this item.

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