Time-Travel Fiction

  Storypilot’s Big List of Adventures in Time Travel

Papa John’s Back to the Future Commercial
aka Peyton Manning to 1984
First aired: 2 Jan 2014

 Professional driver. Closed course. Do not attempt! 

A Murder in Time
by Jonas Saul
First publication: 23 Jan 2014
Things start going wrong as soon as Marcus Johnson staged the fake robbery at the store that he managed—not the least of which was himself appearing outside the store and looking in at himself getting ready to undertake the robbery, presumably because of those time-travel experiments his mother participated in when she was pregnant. [Mar 2014]

 Last night when he locked up and stared out the window, he had seen someone familiar starting back at him from the parking lot’s light standard. That someone appeard to be crying and was dressed exactly as he was right now. 

Comcast/Xfinity Commercial
First aired: Superbowl XLVIII, 2 Feb 2014

 We must have encountered a temporal vortex. Further analytics are necessary. 

The Lego Movie
by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, et. al.
First release: 7 Feb 2014

Do legos time travel? Maybe not, but they do go to an old west universe where Emmet asks, “Do you think you can explain to me why I'm dressed like this? And what those big words in the sky were all about? And, like, where we are... in time?” Those questions, together with the quote shown below, get the movie into my time-travel list. [Mar 2014]

 Come with me if you want to not die. 

“Drink in a Small Town”
by Peter Wood
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar 2014
A down-on-his-luck physicist who’s invented a faster-than-light drive stops to watch the first manned Mars landing in a small-town Georgia diner. This is one of the few stories I’ve seen that ties together ftl with time travel. [Feb 2014]

 And you’ll discover something else when you’re tinkering with that drive. 

I don’t like to use the same cover illustration twice, so here’s an interior illustration for a poem in the March 2014 Asimov’s.
“Through Portal”
by Dominica Phetteplace
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar 2014
During a picnic on a planet under study, eight-year-old Emmy wanders away and through a portal that is only partly a time machine. [Feb 2014]

 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 ... 

Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey
presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson
First episode: 9 Mar 2014

Although the 2014 version didn’t capture me as did the original, the new time-traveling Ship of the Imagination is wondrous, as are the other new special effects (but, for me, the animation was weak). [Mar 2014]

 Let’s go back 30,000 years to a time before dogs... 

developed by Aaron Zelman, Brad Pitt and Jason Mott
First aired: 10 Mar 2014

After eight-year-old Jake Langston drowns in a river, 32 years pass before he reappears, unchanged, in a rice paddy in China. They can call it resurection, but it quacks like time travel to me, even if Jake’s original body is still in that mausoleum. [Mar 2014]

 What’s red and green and goes a million miles an hour? 

“It’s Not ‘The Lady or the Tiger’,
It’s ‘Which Tiger?’”

by Ian Randall Strock
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Apr 2014
When searching for a long-lost ancestor (possibly depressed) whose actions literally gave you a good life, a time traveler would be well advised to frequent said ancestor’s watering holes. [Feb 2014]

 I came back to offer you comfort, love, happiness, a life of ease. 

by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
First time travel: 20 Apr 2014

Strangely enough, on Saturday, April 19, my friend Jim Martin sent me a copy of the Sunday, April 20, Zits comic strip, which was the first one that I’ve noticed with time travel. [Apr 2014]

 Ignoring the space/time continuum helped. 

Brewster Rockit, Space Guy
by Tim Rickard
First time travel (that I saw): 21 Apr 2014

I’m not a regular reader of the funnies any more, so I can’t tell you when Dr. Mel in the Brewster Rockit strip first made use of his time machine, but my friend Jim (see Zits, above) also showed me the doctor’s use of his time machine to avoid having a late taxes penalty. [Apr 2014]

 Dr. Mel, you forgot to file your taxes last week! You missed the tax deadline! 

“How Do I Get to Last Summer from Here?”
by M. Bennardo
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, July 2014
This story has a method of time travel that’s remniscent of that in Janet’s favorite time travel novel, Time and Again by Jack Finney, but it’s also tied in with the time in your life that you most long for. [May 2014]

 You can’t go back there, no matter how much you pay. 

12 items are in the time-travel list for this year.
Thanks for visiting my time-travel page, and thanks to the many sources that provided stories and more (see the Links and Credits in the menu at the top). —Michael (