Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
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[words] Days of future passed

An anachronism is something out of its temporal context.

A prochronism is something from the future of the time being discussed, ie, Wyatt Earp with an AK-47.

Is there a word from something from the past of the time being discussed?

Also, how strong a distinction do we make between anachronisms in science fiction (the voice tech in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is wildly off-based now) which are errors-of-future-history, and anachronisms in general fiction of the prochronic nature?
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