Today, I decided to track down the term ‘Time Track’ and see when it first was used that way – as it’s own term.
I personally had never heard of this term until I became involved with Scientology and Dianetics.
So, lo and behold – what did I find? As it is with everything else Hubbard (L. Ron Hubbard) – he appropriated the term from someone else.
I’d be willing to bet that most Scientologists do not know that, and think it’s some great and original term that Hubbard came up with.
In fact, when you see where it did come from, you may be as amused as I was to see how utterly classic that is.
I guess first, we’ll establish L. Ron Hubbard’s first appropriation of the term. It was in 1950, in the book Dianetics; The Modern Science of Mental Health – Dirty netics – as my husband calls it.
An index system – with a Time File system, which has a Time Track that you “return” or “go back” on.
Perfect. Like a kind of Time Travel in other words.
Engineering meets Science-Fiction?
And that is exactly where the term time-track(s) first shows up, in pretty much the same basic context. A “traveling” through time along a “track” – with a multiple track idea presented. Hubbard expanded his description of time track to include that idea as well.
“[running incidents]…whether you stay on this time track, whether you go to some other time track.”
“What I’m interested in is, how many dimensions are there? And I want to do some research on this and get some real advance data, because I have got a hunch that we had better start equipping some people to do some exploring.”
– L. Ron Hubbard Lecture Care of The Body, 18 February 1952, R&D (Research and Discovery) Volume 10, First Edition 1989, p.229
NOTE: In the index, the below is listed as a definition of time track that I bet most don’t know of:
“Because what is the track? The Track is data on how you take care of or dispose of bodies or how you take care of or dispose of the physical universe.”
“…that is all there is on that track that you are trying to process.”
– L. Ron Hubbard Lecture Care of The Body, 18 February 1952, R&D (Research and Discovery) Volume 10, First Edition 1989, p.227
In the 1951 book Science of Survival, p. 102, Book 1, Hubbard also describes a multiple time track idea.
The web gives us the following somewhat circular definition of time track –
Time Track – a time stream.
Timeline – a time stream.
Time Stream – The series of all events from past to future, especially when conceived of as one of many such series
The term time stream predates time track by at least 10 years. Time Stream was the name of a science-fiction story by John Taine – which was a pseudonym for Dr. E.T. Bell, (Eric Temple Bell) a Professor of Mathematics at Cal-Tech University in California.
Theoretical (Quantum) Physics was also a subject of great interest to him, and is what you see him incorporating in his Science Fiction stories.
A handwritten note by Bell on a 1931 publication, dates Time Stream to July 1921.
The Search for E.T. Bell: Also Known As John Taine By Constance Reid
The description of time as a flowing stream in which one could “swim” into the future or the past, was a startling concept in the 1920’s and Bell could not find a publisher willing to present his story until 1931.
Bell’s presenting of the term time stream – was first entered into mainstream America in the December 1931 issue of Wonder Stories № 837/2.
“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.”
Another author, C.D. Simak, also used the same term.
- 1931 C.D. Simak World of Red Sun Wonder Stories (Dec.) № 879/1: You’re traveling in time, my lad […]. You aren’t in space any more. You are in a time stream.
The term appears to have laid dormant for the next 10 years, until Sci-fi writer A.E. van Vogt picked it up again in 1942 and used it in his story Search Destination: Universe! but even that was not published until 1953 in Astounding Science Fiction Magazine № 150.
The Palace of Immortality was built in an eddy of time, the only known Reverse, or Immortality, Drift in the Earth Time Stream.
This same year 1942, is where the term time-track first appears.
Can you guess where?
In John Campbell’s Astounding Science Fiction magazine, the October 1942 Issue, Vol.30, № 2.
And in this same issue, L. Ron Hubbard also has a story – The Beast.
I own a frail, but readable copy of this very issue, so let’s have a look-see shall we?
Here’s the cover and the Title Page:
Do you see the second story, Anachron, Inc. by Malcolm Jameson?
That is where we find our earliest broad public use of the term time track.
The story description:
Selling the goods of an overproducing world to all the ages via time machine was a noble idea-but door-to-door salesmen in medieval France had certain difficulties-
Malcolm was a U.S. Navy officer, as was Hubbard at this time. Malcolm had written a book Probability and Atomic Support, but it was published post-humously by Fort Leavenworth in 1955.
Malcom had died on April 16, in 1945, from throat cancer, only a few years after he wrote Anachron, Inc. So, of course, he was unable to comment on Hubbard’s later appropriation of his term time track that he presented in Dianetics in 1950.
There sat the truth in the pages of this magazine – lost in the dustbins of history.
Story first page:
On page 62, is where we find our ‘time track’ usage:
You can see it’s usage parallels nicely with what Hubbard will later use it for – multiple time tracks, multiple dimensions – the whole ball of wax.
It’s also interesting that in 1942 – the term Time Stream had been updated to time-tracks, which had a decidedly more “engineering” flavor to it. Perhaps to better reflect or “equal” the Germans well-known flair for engineering and physics?
Anyway, this “engineering” flavor was also right up Hubbard’s ally. He was forever trying to portray himself as some sort of cutting-edge engineer/physicist. Since he was flunking his courses in School that didn’t really pan out for him as a career – tongue firmly in cheek here.
Intelligence Agent come Con-Artist who lies about who he is and who he works for, in order to sucker people into whatever mind-fuck, whiz-bang, experimental “control of awareness” dream some Enslaver dreamed up – now that was more his line of work.
Which is what he ended up being.
Now Hubbard’s story in this issue, is interesting for a couple of reasons.
First, he is obviously already “in the mix” on the whole memories impressed on the body re-activating in the present idea that was being explored in horrific experiments during World War II.
The character “Ginger Cranston” has been mauled on Venus by some animal and is re-tracing his steps.
“Step by step, turn by turn of the trail, a thing was growing inside Ginger Cranston, a thing which was like a lash upon his nerces. His back was slashed with the wounds he had received and the wounds burned, burned with memory.”
“His back was cringing away from the thing it had experienced and as the minutes went the feeling increased. At each or any instant he expected to have upon him once again the shock of attack, from behind, fraught with agony and terror.”
“He tried to reassure himself by inspecting the low-hanging limbs under which they passed; but the memory was there.”
“Deep within he knew that the beast had a thing which belonged to Ginger, a thing which Ginger had never imagined could be stolen. And until he met that beast and killed that beast, he would not recover his own.”
“…da juju [the mysterious beast that attacked him] had him, had his heart and soul, which was far worse than merely having his life.”
Juju was obviously a satirical choice by Hubbard.
Juju: – the “magic” of a given plant, liquid or object. It will either help or hinder health, well-being etc.; i.e. the juju can be “good” or “bad.”
In the next passage, you can see Hubbard presenting one of the “your real identity” ideas that was beginning to be pushed harder by the Enslavers at this time period. The “your real identity” elements poetically in use here, show up much more obviously in Scientology materials of the1951/1952 era. Very Lurian Kabala of him.
“Death was a final conclusion-or was it a beginning? And if he took it now- Suddenly he saw where his thought had led him and drew back in terror from the lip of the chasm. Then, as one wonders how far he would have fallen had he slipped, he crept cautiously back and thoughtfully regarded the bottomless, unknowable deep, finding within himself at this strange moment a power to regard such a thing with a detached attitude, to dispassionately weigh a thing which he believed to be in his hand to choose.
He seemed to fall away from himself in body and yet stand there, an untouchable, uncaring personality who had but to extend a crooking finger and call unto himself all there was to know. Suspended in time, in action, in human thought, he regarded all he was, had been, would be. There were no words to express this identity, this timelessness, only a feeling of actually existing for the first time; layer upon layer of a nameless something had been peeled away to leave a naked, knowing thing; a mask was gone from his eyes.”
“For perhaps an hour, even a day, nothing could touch him, neither sadness nor triumph.”
In my article (Amazing Stories -The Resurrection of Lemuria) , I pointed out that the term Science Fiction came out of an original term “scientific fiction”. Hugo Gernsback defined the term, and incidentally put out the first Science Fiction magazine – Amazing Stories – in 1926.
scientific fiction – a way to educate people about science and technology.
Gernsback felt the pleasure of fiction could make the educational pill of science easier to swallow. I don’t think that kind of sugar-coating of bad medicine works on some people.
So why is it a pill that is fought – is it supposedly because we don’t know what’s good for us due to our being stupid, ignorant animals?
I have another idea of why they can’t get some of their so-called “science” accepted without a fight.
Because it is….