Description: Time travel and the paradoxes that can result from it. One of the earliest stories featuring the science fiction concept of intentional and frequent movement in time, and probably the first to investigate the practical paradoxes such a concept would create. Considered to be the first novel to ever explore the idea of temporal paradoxes. In the 1891 story, Peter Tourmalin is having a difficult time adjusting to the shift in time zone on his voyage to Australia, but gets the opportunity to open an account at a "Time Bank" which, by presenting a special check to any clock, allows him to deposit spare time he can later withdraw at any point. Things get complicated, however, when he discovers that time withdrawn is not in consecutive installments, but actually mixed up at different points, often leaving him in the middle of conversations with multiple beautiful women _ and never at the same time.