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"...a few centuries of coherent humanist thought, set against a million odd years of evolved killer ape tendency. No-one's going to give you very good odds on humanism, are they?"
- Richard Morgan

Time Line  
  Time seen linearly, as a distinguishable series of events.  

As far as I know, this is the earliest instance of this phrase.

“Recently, Lee — commencing I believe about four months ago, our liners began to disappear — and all our efforts to locate them or the passengers and crew have completely failed! There are only two alternatives to be admitted. Either those liners have been turned aside from the time line by some colossal and unsuspected power, or else they have been flung beyond the Limited Stop — the year Ten Million and Two Thousand. If that be so, if the latter is the case, those liners are marooned in far futurity and lost!”
Technovelgy from Liners of Time, by John Russell Fearn.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1935
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Compare to time stream from Time Stream (1931) by John Taine.

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