I probably shouldn’t answer since I’m just getting it myself, but wanted the practice. So…
That’s what I’m getting. If you look at the movement of the sun to indicate time, it’s not about looking at a number of moments of time-specific language, it’s about the space between where the sun is and where it’s going to be. It’s an indicator of time, but Timelocks, as I’m getting it, have to be tied to time only, not the indication of time. The fuel in Dunkirk is an optionlock because it’s about the space between fifty gallons (or whatever the number was) and zero gallons, or maybe it’s about the miles left that the plane can still fly. He could land on the beach and buy himself more time before the plane runs our of fuel, but he couldn’t land and buy himself more miles before the plane runs out of fuel without breaking the limit by adding more fuel.
Time and Space seem to be the same thing, or at least on the same spectrum. So running out of one feels like running out of the other. Time without space is an abstract-y kind of thing that space flows through. So getting closer to 5:33 might look like running out of space between the sky and the horizon. Or the sun getting closer to the horizon might look like running out of minutes or seconds. But you can only lock time with measurements of time (seconds, minutes, etc).[quote=“LunarDynasty, post:60, topic:1450”]
Maybe if the story communicates clearly that the fuel consumption is constant, and doesn’t get sidetracked with “well we can do one of these or two of that on the remaining fuel,” it might be a Timelock.
That’s not how I’m understanding it. Measuring time with constantly draining fuel is still looking at the space between full and empty or here and there. A timelock would have to be something like, “I need the fuel to last for sixty minutes and then someone else can take over” or something like that.