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"Writing about the future, I have a vested interest in there being a future for me to write about."
- John Brunner

Time Stream  
  The total sequence of events considered as a kind of flow.  

As far as I know, the first use of this phrase.

“Suppose that I actually have been trying to bring these men back to life by the longest way. The chances in that event are that they will never awaken. The process is very delicate. The slightest excess of effort might upset the balance at any point of the time stream, sending them backward into the past or forward into the future independently of my will.

“Perhaps that is the true explanation of my repeated failures with Sylvester and Savadan. I was unable to send them back to the right era in time because in spite of all my efforts they lost their balance in mid stream and drifted into the future instead of the past."

From Time Stream, by John Taine.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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Compare to time line from Liners of Time (1935) by John Russell Fearn.

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