The Big List of Time Travel Adventures

 2012 to 2017



   Dating Rules from My Future Self
by Wendy Weiner, Leah Rachel and Sallie Patrick
First release: 9 Jan 2012 (internet serial)

Budding Lucy gets romantic advice from her future self via text messages.

Janet found this one on the web, and we watched a daily installment with tea in my first September of retirement. In the second season, our heroine switches from nicely nerdy Lucy (Shiri Appleby) to lovely and lonely Chloe (Candice Accola). Now, if we can only get writer Sallie Patrick to slip some time travel into the other show she works on, Revenge.

 Lucy: tell me who this is.
Unknown: Im u. 10 years in the future. 




   Alcatraz
created by Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lillen, Bryan Wynbrandt
First episode: 16 Jan 2012

This show has a Ph.D. with a comic book shop, a kindly old uncle, Vince Lombardi as a 1963 jail warden, a crochety FBI agent who really has a kind heart, residents of 1963 Alcatraz showing up today, and a girl with a gun! What’s not to love?

 All the prisoners were transferred off the island, only thats not what happened—not at all. 




   “Auburn Tresses”
by Roi R. Czechvala
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 23 Jan 2012

Dr. David Jansen travels back to the late 1960s, falls in love with a beautiful redhead, and promises to return.

 One sandaled foot was outthrust. The caption below the figure admonished the viewer to “Keep on Truckin’” 


   “Cretaceous on Ice”
by K.C. Ball
First publication: Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities, Feb 2010

Sheriff Lyle, daydreaming of his retirement just outside of Bozeman, spots his brainiac buddy Pete and his egghead nephew Jimmy chasing a Deinonychus full-speed down the highway in their stretch-cab Ram pickup—and it’s not the only one on the loose.

 “Lookee here, its good you know what this thing is, but where in hell did it come from?”
“The early Cretaceous. One hundred twenty million years ago,” Peter said.
Sometimes real smart people can be a little dense.
 




   Toyota Camry Superbowl Commercial
First aired: Superbowl XLVI, 5 Feb 2012

 This is the reinvented baby. It doesn’t poop. It is also a time machine. 




   Mysterious Island
adapted by Cameron Larson
First release: 11 Feb 2012

I wonder whether all eigthteen of the executive producers (yes, I counted them) of this movie were sitting around (maybe in a hot air balloon with no burner), trying to come up with a movie idea.

“Let’s do a movie of Lost,” said one. “It’s a big hit.”

“No, we can’t do Lost,” said another. “We don’t have the rights.’

“Then let’s find some old sci-fi thing—you know, by one of those old French guys—and rewrite it so that it’s like Lost with time travel.”

“Wait, didn’t Lost have time travel?”

“Maybe, but not with Civil War dudes and hot chicks in a crashed plane.”

 Well honestly, to me maam, it looked like a flying locomotive. 


The story also appeared in this 2015 collection.

   “Life and Death and Bongo Drums”
by Larry Hodges
First publication: Every Day Fiction, 20 Feb 2012

Life and Death argue over the fate of a time traveler.

 “You are a problem,” Death finally said. “You were scheduled to die seventy years ago, during World War II, but since you hadnt yet been born, I skipped the appointment.” 




   JCPenney Commercials
acted by Ellen Degeneres
First aired: 84th Oscar Awards, 26 Feb 2012

 Was it always this way? 


   “The Man Who Murdered Mozart”
by Robert Walton and Barry N. Malzberg
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2012

In the late 21st century, frustrated violin player Howard Beasley and his six friends make a plan to kidnap Mozart from his death bed, so that Beasley can get him to finish his Requiem and thereby ride the crest of the ensuing admiration to becoming the head of the world.

 That question is beyond me. Try asking Mozart. 


   “Mrs. Hatcher’s Evaluation”
by James Van Pelt
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar 2012

Perhaps you know how much I enjoy being deeply dragged into an engaging story, and then, only after some time, realizing that it’s a time travel story. If you haven’t yet read this story, then I apologize for depriving you of that pleasure. Now go read it now and find out about why Mrs. Hatcher’s teaching methods are indeed ”best practices.”

 What happened in Hatchers room? 


   “Twember”
by Steve Rasnic Tem
First publication: Interzone, Mar/Apr 2012

On the plains of eastern Colorado, Will Cotton and his family deal resignedly with the great escarpments sweeping through the world, like the wall of an enormous time-al wave, lifting artifacts and flashes of people from one era to another in a way that is a metaphor for shifting perspectives as you age.

Steve Rasnic Tem and his wife Melanie were the writers-in-residence at the 2014 Odyssey Writers Workshop which I attended with many wonderful students and two remarkable writers-in-residence. Melanie died the following spring, and we all miss her wisdom and kindness greatly.

 Trapped in most of these layers were visible figures—some of them blurred, but some of them so clear and vivid that when they were looking in his direction, as if from a wide window in the side of a building, he attempted to gain their attention by waving. None responded in any definitive way, although here and there the possibility that they might have seen him certainly seemed to be there.
The vast majority of these figures appeared to be ordinary people engaged in ordinary activities—fixing or eating dinner, housecleaning, working in offices, factories, on farms—but occasionally hed see something indicating that an unusual event was occurring or had recently occurred. A man lying on his back, people gathered around, some attending to the fallen figure but most bearing witness. A couple being chased by a crowd. A woman in obvious anguish, screaming in a foreign language. A blurred figure in freefall from a tall building.
 




   My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
developed by Lauren Faust
First time travel: 10 Mar 2012

Not until the fourth reincarnation of the My Little Pony cartoons did Twilight Sparkle dabble in time travel by receiving a dire warning from her future self (“It’s about Time,” Episode 20 of Season 2).

 Who are you? I mean, youre me, but Im me, too. How can there be two mes? Its not scientifically possible. You are not scientifically possible! 




   Virgin Media Commercial
acted by David Tennent and Richard Branson
First aired: Spring 2012

 Rich? Rich?! 




  Spider Webb #2
Paradox Resolution
by K.A. Bedford
First publication: 29 Mar 2012

Time machine repairman and ex-cop Spider Webb has another case of a time machine gone astray: This time it’s his boss’s souped-up time machine that’s been stolen, and of course it must not fall into the wrong hands.

 Now Spiders new boss, Mr. J.K. Patel, wanted him to figure out how to bring in more business by offering a paradox resolution service as well. 


   “Living in the Eighties”
by David Ira Cleary
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apr/May 2012

Living in Minneapolis, fifty-something Bob Marshall and his cult-band friend Clayton discover a website that can move them through time: Bob back to the eighties where he longs to save his long-dead girlfriend Gretchen from his younger self; Clayton to the future where he seeks a diabetes cure.

 “This web site, Bob,” he said to me, shaking the snow off his black beret, sitting down beside me at the bar, ”it’s a time travel site. Time travel?” 


Moe Berg

   Wilber’s Moe Berg Stories
by Rick Wilber
First story: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apr/May 2012

At the end of Wilber’s first Moe Berg story, Moe himself admits that he doesn’t know what’s going on, and I admit that I’m in the same boat—but I can tell you that that was the first story that I read in the Moe Berg subgenre of time travel stories. In this case, Red Sox catcher Moe Berg travels (as he did in real life) to Zurich with the mission to kill Heisenberg, but this is only one of many Moe Berg lives; in many of those lives he interacts with a beautiful young woman and seeming time-travel agent who only sometimes encourages him to kill Heisenberg. You can also read about Moe in one other of Wilber’s alternate history stories and at least one independently conceived story by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
  1. Something Real (Apr/May 2012) Asimovs
  2. At Palomar (Jul 2013) Asimovs

 But I have to admit Im not real sure whats going on here. 




   The Shadow Out of Time
adapted by Richard Svensson and Daniel Lennéer (Lennméer and Svensson, director)
First release: 3 Apr 2012 (internet)

A short adaptation of Lovecraft’s story, but just narration over video with no dramatization (similar to the story itself for that matter).

 This is the story of the nightmare that took hold of my life. 




   “Older, Wiser, Time Traveler”
by M. Bennardo
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, Apr 9. 2012

Time machines are useful after you commit a crime, especially a crime of passion.

 It doesnt need to be anything fancy—one of those ones from the kits in the back of Popular Mechanics will do fine. But the point is that you need one. If you dont have one, then forget about it. Theres nothing you can do. 




   “The Sanctimonious Time Traveler Trap”
by Larry Hodges
First publication: Quantum Muse, May 2012

Bob travels from the future to save skydiver Harvey, whose chute is fated to not open.

 Okay, Bob, why wont my parachute work? And does everyone in the future dress like a cucumber? 




   Men in Black III
by Etan Cohen (Barry Sonnenfeld, director)
First release: 23 May 2012

When Boris the Animal escapes from lunar prison and returns to 1969 to kill Agent K and expose Earth to attack, Agent J must follow to save Agent K and Earth.

Tim and I saw this with Michelle on Fathers Day Eve in 2012.

 This is now my new favorite moment in human history. 




   Continuum
created by Simon Barry
First episode: 27 May 2012

Policewoman Kiera Cameron is sucked into a time transporter when a group of seven terrorists escape from 2077 to 2012. For me, the main drawback is the stereotyped terrorists whom Kiera fights; I felt that they didn’t need to be pure evil, particularly when the governments of the future have all be overtaken by corporations.

 Time traveler—hello? 


   “The Widdershins Clock”
by Kali Wallace
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jun 2012

I didnt understand the significance of the title clock in this story story told from the point of view of Marta who could have been a brilliant mathematician, but such was not allowed in 1950s America, so instead we hear of Marta’s grandmother’s clock and a search for the missing grandmother, meeting (along the way) at least one old woman who seems out of time.

 Grandma and I have a theory about how John Carter found his way to Mars. We think we can explain it with Schrödingers equation. 




   The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee
by John Hambrock
First time travel: 3 Jun 2012

Young Edison Lee is Danny Dunn (from my childhood) crossed with Bill Watterson’s Calvin (from my kids’ childhood), complete with a time machine (which both Danny and Calvin also had). The first appearance I saw was in 2012, although it wasn’t until 2014 that the real travelin’ seemed to start, with a trip back to 1972.

Even then, though, I almost put the whole thing into the it’s-only-in-his-imagination category, but what could possibly be more real than a kid’s imagination?

 Edison Lee: So do me a favor. In forty-two years dont let me “borrow” your tools without your knowledge to build this stupid time machine.
1972 Dad: Im such a horrible father.
Edison Lee: And buy more chocolate milk. 




   Safety Not Guaranteed
by Derek Connolly (Colin Trevorrow, director)
First release: 8 Jun 2012

Shy, beautiful Darius, an intern at Seattle Magazine, goes to investigate an awkward guy who placed an ad calling for a companion for a time-travel adventure.

Janet and I saw this for our 32nd anniversary. What a wife!

 Stormtoopers dont know anything about lasers or time travel. Theyre blue collar workers. 




   Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales
created by John Lasseter
First time travel: 16 Jun 2012

Mater, the sidekick in Cars and the hero of Cars 2, spins a good yarn in each episode of this Disney Channel series, including a time trip to Radiator Springs.

 Wait a minute—if Stanley dont stay here in the past . . . ah choo! . . . ahhhh! . . . therell be no town here in the future! 




   “Elsewhere”
by Benjamin Rosenbaum
First publication: Strange Horizons, 18 Jun 2012

No, I don’t understand Benjamin Rosenbaum’s stories any more than you do (and quite possibly no more than the author does), but the fact remains that I like the images in his writing (such as “Droplet”), and in “Elsewhere” I detected something that could be time travel as much as Anything Else. And foolish you thought I never fell for abstract art.

 Thats how they beat the time-skew problem: Not Very would express sentiments and opinions aloud, then shuffle through the images to find those which contained (and had always already contained) Unlike Themselves’ responses. 


   “Zip”
by Streven Utley
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jul 2012

Three time travelers—Chernikowski, Plant, and the narrator—keep going further and further back in time to escape the wave of destruction that’s seemingly following their time machine.

 I do not have to be a physicist, and I certainly am not one, to recall Einsteins words: “The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubborn, persistent illusion.” 






   Geico Happier-Than Commercials
First aired: Aug 2012

 . . . happier than Christopher Columbus with speedboats. 

  Hey. Theyre comin. Yeah, British. Later. 




   “My Wife Hates Time Travel”
by Adam-Troy Castro
First publication: Lightspeed, Sep 2012

When a not-so-brilliant man and his similarly equipped wife find out that one of them is destined to invent time travel, they end up continuously fighting, not the least cause of which is their future selves popping in all the time, intent on informing them that they should do this and not that.

 Being the future inventors of time travel wasnt all bad, of course. It was great to know that wed never lose anything, never go to a movie that turned out to be a stinker, never buy a book we wouldnt want to finish, never go out to a restaurant where the service was lousy, and never get stuck in a traffic jam, because wed always be warned away, beforehand. It was terrific to have some future version of myself pop in just as I was about to irritate my wife with some inconsiderate comment and tell me, “It would be a really bad idea to say that.” 




   Marvin
by Tom Armstrong
First time travel: 2 Aug 2012

Precocious little Marvin Miller was a baby/toddler for all of his comic strip life until, on his thirtieth anniversary, grown-up Marvin came back in time to take the tyke to see his future. The process of time traveling had the side effect of aging the baby to an adult, but worry not: Marvin reverts to his tiny self on the return trip.

 Its just that I was kind of hoping that when I grew up Id look like Brad Pitt, not Opie. 




   Time Again
by Ray Karwell, C.S. Hill and Debbie Glovin (Karwell, director)
First release: 21 Aug 2012

When Sam (the good sister) fills in for waitress Marlo (the not-so-good one) at the diner, a bad guy leaves a time of ancient coins that end up getting Sam killed by the bad guy’s even badder boss, but fortunately 70-year-old Agnes also has some of the coins which repeatedly let Marlo go back to try to change things.

 Man Customer: Relativity’s the best.
Woman Customer: Im sorry, but Time’s Arrow is much better. 




   “12:03 P.M.”
by Richard Lupoff
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep 2012

After the events of “12:02 P.M.,” Myron Castleman finds that he can jump back to different times, not just 12:01 P.M., and that he can make small changes that have big consequences—although it’s still nearly impossible to get anyone to believe his story, except, perhaps, for Dolores.

 The man in the dark suit has become the most talked-about mystery man in the world. Who is he? Where did he come from? He appeared and unquestionably saved the life of one President but inadvertently—we presume inadvertently—caused the death of another. 




   Dodge Dart Commercial
First aired: 5 Sep 2012

 Send future guy home. Destroy time machine. 




   The Garfield Show
created by Jim Davis
First time travel: 18 Sep 2012

At least one episode of our favorite cat’s cartoon show (’It’s about Time.” written by Mark Evanier) includes a time machine in which a jealous Nermal goes back in time to replace Garfield at the pet shop when he was first adopted by Jon. After that, Garfield still has his Jon-centric memories, but nobody at Jon’s house recognizes the lasagna-eating cat.

 Interviewer: Professor Bonkers, is it true youve invented a time machine?
Professor: That is correct.
Interviewer: How long did it take you?
Professor: The rest of my life. I actually finished it 47 years from now, and then when I was done, I jumped into my time machine and came back here to today in it. 




   “Professor Jennifer Magda-Chichester’s Time Machine”
by Julian Mortimer Smith
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 19 Sep 2012

Each time professor Magda-Chichester invents her time machine, it turns out that someone else has already beaten her to the punch.

 And yet it didnt happen like that. 




   Looper
by Rian Johnson (Johnson, director)
First release: 28 Sep 2012

Too much exorcist and not enough consistent time travelin’ for my taste; even so, I enjoyed this story of a future where gangsters send inconvenient people back in time to be killed by hitmen in the past, and eventually each hitman is sent back to be killed by himself.

 If I hurt myself, it changes your body; so, does what I do now change your memory? 


   “The Mongolian Book of the Dead”
by Alan Smale
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2012

When the Chinese invade Mongolia, a wandering American named Tanner is taken by four Mongols because he has a critical role to play for Khulan and her shaman sister Dzoldzaya.

 To her all times are one, all distances are one. 




   “The Number Two Rule”
by Lesley L. Smith
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 23 Oct 2012

What happens when a time-travel agent completes her mission in the past but the recall mechanism fails?

 We didnt have any other rules, just the two. 


   “The Man in the Pink Shirt”
by Larry Niven
First publication: Analog, Nov 2012

Hanny Sindros, a writer, travels back to meet John W. Campbell, Jr., and talk about whether the Nazis might gain something from Cleve Cartmill’s atomic power stories.

 What if these German spies see that Astounding has suddenly stopped publishing anything about atomic bombs? What would they do? Theyd think we were hiding something. 


   “Tech Support”
by Richard A. Lovett
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Nov 2012

Still uncertain about what to call his new device to transmit voice over wires, young Alec receives a call from a troubled man who can only be from the future.

 Mr. Watson, come here—I want to see you. 


Another of Carhart’s stories appeared in this 2015 anthology.

   “And Yet, It Moves”
by Susan Nance Carhart
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 6 Nov 2012

Solberg—a rich, individualist inventor—insists on using his time machine without having it vetted by his staff, and he thereby falls into a trap. Perhaps I have just read too much time travel (blasphemy!), but I feel that Carhart fell into the same trap as her protagonist: For me, the story needed to be vetted by someone who could say how much this particular idea needs a new twist if it’s to work.

 You have a team to vet your ideas. Bring them in on this! 




   “Since You Seem to Need a Certain Amount of Guidance”
by Alexander Jablokov
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 6 Nov 2012

Alex Jablokov brought this funny story for the students to read at the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2014. The story, in the form of a letter from the future, tells us how much happier and better the future is. And don’t contact them again!

I loved meeting Alex. He is kind and mentoring to new writers!

 We do not think the Marx Brothers are funny. 




   Bravest Warriors
by Pendleton Ward and Breehn Burns
First time travel: 8 Nov 2012

In the year 3085, the four children of the Courageous Battlers (who died) form a new team to right wrongs (such as that time loop in the first regular episode, “Time Slime”) across the universe using the power of their emotions and other moop.

 Repair the time loop! Save Glendale! 


   “The Mouse Ran Down”
by Adrian Tchaikovsky
First publication: Carnage: After the End, Volume 2, 15 Nov 2012

John, Ellie and Marcus have a spot in late 16th century London where they live nine months of the year to escape the destruction of the Now, but even the future of that space is uncertain as the enemy hunts them.

 Living space is tough to find, though—there just arent many places in any city of any time that will stay overlooked for the duration. The invisible spaces of Babylon in 1700BC would already be staked out and claimed by whoever was taking refuge there. 


   Dino Time
aka Back to the Jurassic
by Greco, Rosenblatt, Beechen, Park, Choi and Kafka (Choi and Kafka, director)
First publication: 30 Nov 2012 (straight-to-video)

Rocket-boarding Ernie Fitzpatrick is always pushing his mom’s rules to the limit (and beyond) along with his best friend Max (and usually tailed by his tattle-tale sister Julia). On one escapade, the trio accidentally activates Max’s dad’s time machine and end up back in the age of friendly, anthropomorphic T. Rexes.

 See that carving? Its been dated all the way back to the Cretacious period. Which is weird, ’cause who could have carved it? No humans were around 145 million years ago, just dinosaurs. 




   “He Could Be Ambrose Bierce”
by Shannon Kelly Garrity
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 11 Dec 2012

Mona, who works as a file clerk in the modern-day Wisconsin office of the Time Displacement Bureau, suspects that her new nieghbor may be a displaced time traveler or time terrorist, but her awkwardness prevents her from effectively findout out more.

 Skirmishes with Purity were no laughing matter, and any traveler who showed the slightest inclination toward interfering with the past would find his or her license permanently removed.
But it made for a good story.
 




   The New Yorker Cartoons
by Tom Toro, et. al.
First one that I saw: 17 Dec 2012

I’d wager there have been many New Yorker cartoons with time machines, but the first one I saw came to me from my high school friend Jim Martin, written and drawn by Tom Toro in the 17 Dec 2012 issue (I think) and reprinted in a Readers’s Favorites contest in 2013.

 You invented a time machine to come back and . . . 




   “The Ghosts of Christmas”
by Paul Cornell
First publication: tor.com, 19 Dec 2012

A depressed, pregnant scientist is the first to try her own machine that takes her backward and forward into her own body on a myriad of Christmas Days.

 If I stopped now, I was thinking, the rest of my life would be a tragedy, I would be forever anticipating what was written, or trying . . . hopelessly, yes, there was nothing in the research then that said I had any hope . . . to change it. I would be living without hope. I could do that. But the important thing was what that burden would do to Alice . . . If I was going to be allowed to keep Alice, after what Id seen. 



And Still More Time Travel of 2012

The story pilots haven’t yet taken these adventures out for a test drive.
  “Causality” by Duncan Shields, 365 Tomorrows, 25 Jun 2012
—branching universes suck

  “Final Effect” by Desmund Hussey, 365 Tomorrows, 12 Aug 2012
—mention of tachyons

  “Drunken Paper Dolls” by Clint Wilson, 365 Tomorrows, 30 Aug 2012
—time machine in copy mode

  “Ghost of Christmas Future” by Duncan Shields, 365 Tomorrows, 5 Sep 2012
—janitor visits himself

  “Stranded” by Suzann Dodd, 365 Tomorrows, 10 Nov 2012
—traveler not picked up

  “The Loneliness of Time Travel” by George R. Shirer, 365 Tomorrows, 25 Nov 2012
—traveler hooks up with self




Romance Time Travel of 2012

Bodice rips are a more workaday mode of time travel than time ships.
Ravenhurst 1: Forgotten Time by Lorraine Beaumont

Ravenhurst 2: Shadows of Yesterday by Lorraine Beaumont

Ravenhurst 3: Time to Remember by Lorraine Beaumont

River of Time 4: Bourne & Tributary by Lisa Tawn Bergren

MacCoinnich 4: Highland Shifter Vows by Catherine Bybee

Hide in Time by Anna Faversham

A Time for Everything (aka Shadows in Time) by Ann Gimpel

Second Chances 1: Come Home to Me by Peggy L. Henderson

Magic of the Highlands 1.5: Highland Games by Laura Hunsaker

Civil War Brides 7: The Bride Pursued by Tracey Jane Jackson

Civil War Brides 8: The Bride Accused by Tracey Jane Jackson

Celtic Brooch 1: The Ruby Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan

Warrior 1: Warrior's Redeption by Melissa Mayhue

Warrior 2: Warrior's Last Call by Melissa Mayhue

Warrior 3: Warrior Reborn by Melissa Mayhue

Timeless 1.5: Secrets of the Time Society by Alexandra Monir

Roman 1: Love, Eternally by Morgan O'Neill

Roman 2: After the Fall by Morgan O'Neill

Roman 3: Return to Me by Morgan O'Neill

Time Spirit 3: Pure Blood by Melissa Pearl

Heritage 1: Out of the Past by Dana Roquet

Blue Bells 2: The Minstrel Boy by Laura Vosika

Overseas by Beatriz Williams

After Cilmeri 2: Winds of Time by Sarah Woodbury

After Cilmeri 4: Crossroads in Time by Sarah Woodbury

After Cilmeri 5: Children of Time by Sarah Woodbury

After Cilmeri 6: Exiles in Time by Sarah Woodbury




No Time Travel.
Move along.
“Memories of My Mother by Ken Liu, Daily Science Fiction, 19 Mar 2012 [time dilation ]

“Glass Future” by Deborah Walker, Nature, 25 Oct 2012 [precognition ]



   Chrononauts Game
designed by Andrew Looney
First publication: 2013

Although I don’t usually put time-travel games in the list, it is my list and I can do what I want, such as listing this card game that Hannah and Paul gave to me on our ferry trip to Victoria. Each character in the game has the goal of adjusting the timeline back to their original home settings; and each character’s card includes a super-quick flash story, which as far as I can tell has nothing to do with the character, but is fun nonetheless.

 The Time Traveler swiped Shakespeares still-warm corpse (replacing it with a synthetic replica) and restored his health using 23rd-century medical technology. “Now write!” he commanded. 


   “Boomerang”
by Russell James
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

When Robbie’s tenure comes to an end as a historical researcher at the Bridenbaugh Institute, he’s offered the chance to actually study the Great Depression in person—but only because another wacko has gone back to change history.

 Yes, but to do it, you are letting a kidnapper brutally murder a child. Theres a moral case for Akakos actions. 


All royalties from Out of Time are donated to Doctors without Borders.   “The Paths We Choose”
by Paul Siluch
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

A janitor in a physics lab uses the lab’s time travel cage to go back in time and alter the outcome of abusive moments that made him who he is.

 Intelligence was a wind blowing humanity faster and faster. But a man can hide from the wind, he thought. Even change its direction for a moment. 


The authors of the Out of Time anthology also published this second volume a year later.   “A Thousand Different Copies”
by Janet Guy
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

Lieutenant Kyuoko Morioka travels seventy years into the past to bring the inventor of time travel to her day because strange anomalies are appearing in the time stream.

 Im from seventy years in the future, and we need you to save us all. 


from Teresa Robeson’s website   “Unfillable Void”
by Teresa Robeson
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

Cindy Lau’s mother died when Cindy was young, motivating adult Cindy to invent time travel in order to spend as much time as possible with her mother before the death.

 Nobody thought Cindy would devote her life to studying the nature of time solely to fill the hold in her heart, even as she immersed herself in the subject during the last year of her undergrad degree. Nobody believed she would succeed when the mechanics of temporal movement had eluded some of the greatest minds in physics. 


from Kelly Horn’s website   “The Widow in the Woods”
by Kelly Horn
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

Grad student Max has just four hours to find his shady his shady friend's brother who's been lost in time at an old archaeological dig site.

 I didn't lose him in the woods. I lost him in time. 




   El último pasajero
English title: The Last Passenger (translated from Spanish)
by Manel Loureiro
First publication: 2013

Reporter Cataline Soto, aka Kate, takes an assignment covering wealthy Isaac Feldman’s attempt to recreate the exact situation that led to him being discovered as the only survivor on a Nazi cruise ghost ship in 1939.

 If they can go back in time, theyll be able to help Hitler avoid making the same mistakes that led to his defeat. Stalingrad. Normandy. None of it will have ever happened. 




   Pizza Hut Commercial
First publication: Jan 2013

 Invest in the internet. 


A revised version of the story appeared as A Time Foreclosed in 2013.   “Time Out”
aka “A Time Foreclosed”
by Edward M. Lerner
First publication: Analog, Jan/Feb 2013

Ex-felon Peter Bitner jumps at the chance for a steady job with Dr. Jonas Gorski, only to end up debating time-travel paradoxes and ethics with the disgraced scientist who keeps building bigger and bigger time machines.

 Stop Hitler and what else do you alter? Millions of lives saved, sure, but billions of lives changed. 


   “The Woman Who Cried Corpse”
by Rajnar Vajra
First publication: Analog, Jan/Feb 2013

Ali Campbell-Lopez’s mother dies and comes out of a coma for the fourth time under circumstances that imply Ali has powers that will interest various national security agencies and enemy spies, prompting a violent assault on Ali and her teenage daughter, soon followed by the appearance of a much younger, time-traveling version of her mother.

 You wanted to build a time machine to go back and save my grandfather! 




   Robot Chicken
created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich
First time travel: 20 Jan 2013

Claymation Doc Brown and his somewhat faulty time machine comes to Robot Chicken in Episode 16 of Season 6 (“Eaten by Cats”). Unlike Claymation Marty, I kinda like the Weinermobile version. Bonuses in this episode: Thor’s hammer and Cap’s shield, Hawkeye’s bow, and Hulk’s cathater, and possibly Nick Fury’s gun.

 If Im gonna build a time machine, it’s got to be iconic. I’m not gonna use a Honda f-bleep-ing Civic! 




   John Dies at the End
adapted by Don Coscarelli (Coscarelli, director)
First release: 25 Jan 2013

Dave’s friend John takes a psychedelic drug (given to him by Bob Marley—no, not that Bob Marley) giving him a distorted sense of time and pitching him into an interdimensional battle with leech monsters. It’s possible that there’s time travel, too, or at least a time telephone.

 You know what I think? Youre going to be getting phone calls from me for, like, the next eight or nine years, all from tonight. 




   Man in the Emppty Suit
by Sean Ferrell
First publication: Feb 2013

After inventing a time sled at age 18, Sean Ferrell’s hero treks through history, periodically returning to a post-apocalypse party that he holds for only himself in an abandoned New York hotel. It seems like the perfect party with the perfect company until at age 38 he takes pity on a younger self, stopping the Youngster from breaking his nose in a fall and setting off a chain of untetherings wherein the past lives of his many selves are no longer following the same path—especially that of his 39- and 40-year-old selves, the Elder of which is murdered.

 The old mans rheumy eyes watered at me. “Welcome to the secret club of the convention, boy. Now you know. This is where you die.” 




   The Time Portal Stories
by David Erik Nelson
First story: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Feb 2013

In the first story, Taylor, the orientation guy from HR in a fabrication company tells us how his company brings in workers from other times because they’re cheaper than contemporary labor.

In the fun second story, Travis, an HR man for the company that imports laborers from other times, begins recruiting radicals throughout time—such as Suze and her gang in 1995 Nebraska—but he and Suze soon discover that avoiding The Sound of Thunder is more difficult than killing Hitler.
  1. The New Guys Always Work Overtime (Feb 2013) Asimovs
  2. There Was No Sound of Thunder (Jun 2014) Asimovs
  3. Where There Is Nothing, There Is God (Dec 2016) Asimovs

 Anyway, we tried, me and Deke. I personally tried four different times. But Hitler is a really charismatic baby. 




   Hyperfutura
by Eric Kopatz and James O’Brien (O’Brien, director)
First release: 1 Feb 2013

In the future, when a worker loses his job, he has little choice but to participate in medical experiments, such as the experiment that Adam Leben undertakes to become a new type of human who will then be sent back to seed the Earth.

 Ive got a few kinks Ive got to work out. You see . . . see, it fragments the personality right now, and theres . . . no return. 




   “The Time Travel Device”
by James Van Pelt
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 7 Feb 2013

One of my rules is that time travel must involve interaction, which this story—of a literary engineer visiting deaths of his literary heroes—might not have, but I like James Van Pelt enough that I wanted to list the story anyway (and mark my first visit to Daily Science Fiction).

 Time travel existed, but I could not interact with the past or the future. 




   “Pioneers”
by Bob Newbell
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 14 Feb 2013

When the crew of the Tsiolkovsky took off on a 100-year hibernation journey to Alpha Centauri, they didn’t quite realize what their legacy as pioneers would be

 Starship Tsiolkovsky, this is the Haven Space Station calling. Please respond. 




   Time
by Liam Connor (Connor, director)
First release: 17 Feb 2013

In this seven-minute short, Australian schoolboy Jimmy tells his three mates about the special thing his future self left for him to find.

 If time travel became possible within our lifetime, and one of us was able to use it and, perhaps, go back and leave a message or an object for ourselves to find—what would that be? It could be anything, anywhere: a note on your wedding day, a super-powerful ray gun, even some weird perpetual motion machine. 


   “Pre-Pirates”
by Don D’ammassa
First publication: Analog, Mar 2013

Somewhat lazy computer science graduate Teresa Grant has the power to see written words before they are written, whereupon she publishes the best on her website.

 Could you steal something that didnt exist yet? 




   “Uncertainty”
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Feb 2013

For me, the main story of time-travel agent Leah wandering from one World War II encounter with Heisenberg to another did not have a clear notion of time travel, and the ties to the uncertainty principle were not germaine to the story. The exposition of the uncertainty principle itself was also confused, conflating it with the observer effect and not correctly representing the fact that a particle cannot simultaneously possess both a sharply localized position and a sharply localized momentum. On the other hand, I did enjoy the opening scene with Moe Berg, and the mix-ups are partly from his layman’s point-of-view.

 Werner Heisenbergs controversial uncertainty principle was one of the cornerstones of quantum physics. Heisenberg postulated that it was possible to know a particles position or that it was possible to know how fast the particle moved, but no one could know both the position and movement of the particle at the same time. Berg had spent quite a bit of time in Oxford, talking with leading scientists as he prepared for this job, and one of them used a description that moved away from particles into theory, which Berg appreciated. That scientist had told Berg that at its core, Heisenbergs principle meant this: The act of observing changes the thing being observed. 




   1001 Nights
created by Aly Jetha and Shabnam Rezaei
First time travel: 26 Mar 2013

In the one time travel episode (“The Man Who Went Back in Time”) of this Canadian cartoon, Shahrzad tells of a ne’er do well man who complains that he could been a contender had he only had the same breaks as his neighbor.

 That coulda been me. I coulda been rich and successful. But no . . . 


   “The Wall”
by Naomi Kritzer
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apr/May 2013

In 1989, a college freshman named Meghan receives a visit from her future self who encourages her to investigate the fall of the Berlin Wall later that year.

 Im you. You from the future. 




   Esurance Commercial

 Oh! And your car is a time machine. 


I like this silly image (from columbiatalk.blogspot.com) enough to use it for the story, even though these aren’t Pankau’s Eraser Men.

   “Leaving Home”
by Kurt Pankau
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 8 Apr 2013

Agents of the Temporal Response Bureau—a.k.a. Eraser-Men—protect the timeline, but given what happened to her husband, Grace does not approve when her own 17-year-old son applies to become an agent and is accepted.

 Last summer I applied to join the Temporal Response Bureau. 


   “For Fleur”
by Ian Anderson
First publication: Tales of Hope and Time, 20 Apr 2013

As John Elliot’s wife lies dying of a malignant lymphoma, his technology gathers information about cures from the future.

 Fleur’s type of lymphoma was very malignant. The specialists told them that there would be a fifty percent chance of a ’cure’. He felt helpless in the doctors hands and as a scientist he knew enough to be very frightened, but he dare not show it. 




   “Grief in the Strange Loop”
by Rhonda Eikamp
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 23 Apr 2013

A ten-year-old boy manages to first lose his sister in 11th-century Britain (via his father’s time machine) and then lose his Pop somewhere in the 9th-century Bulgarian Empire. The sister is found fairly quickly, but not until thirty years later does an archeology colleague bring a clue as to exactly where his father might be.

 When hed left the room for a moment Sis dared me to send her somewhere. 


   The Change Storm Stories
by Rand B. Lee
First story: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/Jun 2013

For some reason, the world has splintered into a multitude of pockets from different times and different timelines. Who ya gonna call? Whitsun: pocketbuster.
  1. “Changes” F&SF, May/Jun 2013
  2. “The Judging” F&SF, Nov/Dec 2014

 But nobody had any explanations to proffer concerning why the Storm had splintered the world into probability-zones, replacing slices of the known, familiar present with slices of past, future, or alternative presents more or less probable. 

—from “Changes”




   Star Trek: Into Darkness
by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof (J.J. Abrams, director)
First release: 17 May 2013

Tim denies it, but there’s a little-known rule that says that any time Spock Prime gets to talk to new Spock, the movie is counted as possessing time travel under a grandfather clause, even if said movie contained no actual new time travel.

For me, the dark aspects of the movie were nothing but forced melodrama, although it did have great special effects, terrific casting of the principles, and fun trekkie jokes. Those positives, though, weren’t enough to cover up the plot holes and Kirk’s questionabe decisions. Good grief, just blast the bad guy with a photon torpedo rather than blasting your way through a bunch of Klingons (who never harmed you) to give the guy a fair trial. And if you don’t do that, at least blast him to bits on the bridge of that dreadnaught.

 As you know, I have made a vow never to give you information that could potentially alter your destiny. Your path is yours to walk and yours alone. 




   “Private Memories”
by Michael Haynes
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 20 May 2013

The narrator loops over the same stretch of a few minutes over and over in order to talk you out of suicide, and then a second set of loops, and . . .

 I watch you commit suicide for the fourth time. This time I almost have you talked out of it. 


Betancourt is the editor of many sf story megapacks which have an occassional new story and many other fine stories that are from the public domain.

   “Try, Try Again”
by John Gregory Betancourt
First publication: The Time Travel Megapack, Jun 2013

After Dr. Keith O’Conner sends a message back in time to save his dead son, it seems that there is always one more message that needs sending.

 It was a matter of life and death for Dr. Keith OConner. Not his life, but the life of his son. That’s why he had invented time travel . . . the transmission of electrically charged impulses back through the years to a human brain . . . his brain, to be precise. 


The story also appeared in this 2015 anthology.

   “Jinki and the Paradox”
by Sathya Stone
First publication: Strange Horizons, 3 Jun 2013

Mathematical beings called the Rathki set up three experimental human colonies, one of which includes Jinki, a child made of light, and Mr. Quest, a trickster whose job is to generate random errors. Jinki would rather talk with Mr. Quest than anyone else, because he talks of interesting things such as Alice in Wonderland, the dangers of recursive wishes on falling stars, walking through Time, and (most importantly) avoiding pa-ra-dox!

 Theres many a reason a light baby mustnt walk through Time. You shouldnt, Jinki, because youre tied with the human timeline, youd cause a thing, a great big knot of a thing like a briar-rose patch, called a paradox. A pa-ra-dox! 


Wilson has also written a series of Flatworld books about a world beyond the void.

   “The Time Goblin”
by Clint Wilson
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 3 Jun 2013

Wilson tells of a unique being who waits at wormholes to gobble time travelers.

 His kind has known of time travel since before ninety-five percent of all time traveling species in the known galaxy. 




   “Note to Self”
by Hans Hergot
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 4 Jun 2013

Thomas meets a messenger from the future who brings him six words.

 I am from the future. You won a contest, in the future, to send a message to your younger self. 


Shvartsman also edits the Unidentified Funny Objects series.

   “True Love”
by Alex Shvartsman
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 6 Jun 2013

Molly goes back in time to try to experience the true love of Helen of Troy of Cleopatra, but she is disappointed that she can only observe. Based on that, I was about to relegate the story to the no-time-travel pile, when I spotted something that changed my mind.

 We can only be spectators of the past. Passengers, along for the ride. 


   7 Against Chaos
by Harlan Ellison and Paul Chadwick
First publication: Jun 7, 2013

Paul Chadwick’s exquisitely detailed and dynamic art illustrates Harlan Ellison’s story of a band of seven resilient misfits from across the solar system who are led by the deeply scarred Roack, hoping to bring an end to the time chaos that plagues Earth.

The work comes across as dated, but still, I enjoyed seeing the latest work from my childhood friend, Paul Chadwick.

 The crisis computers say the structure of Earths local field of time itself is collapsing. Eras are mixing. 


   The Rewind Agency Series
by Jill Cooper
First book: 10 Jun 2013

In a world where highly regulated time travel permits only observation, teenager Lara Crane Montgomery discovers that she can interact with the past. So, she becomes determined to use her fifteen minutes in the past to prevent her mother’s murder, not knowing that those actions would lead to her father’s conviction for attempted murder (and to a series of follow-up books)
  1. 15 Minutes (10 Jun 2013) save Mom
  2. Plugged (23 Mar 2015) aftermath for Lara

 “When you go back in time, youre a hologram. You know that, so how can you change the past?” Rick says.
I swallow hard. “When I went back on my birthday . . . I touched stuff while I was there. I helped people. I know I can do this. I know.” I shrug. “I think Im special.”
 


   “Without You”
by Craig Allen
First publication: 26 Jun 2013

In a Big Brother world, Eric is supposed to be working on eavesdropping technology for the government, but instead he builds a secret time machine to rescue Anna, a young singer who is repeatedly killed in various violent mishaps.

 No!
No, damn it! It couldnt be.
But it was, and her young life ended like that.
But only in one timeline.
 


   “Dear Tomorrow”
by Simon Clark
First publication: The Mammoth Book of Time Travel, Jul 2013

Among the myriad of sad stories of people who desperately wish to turn back the clock—John Salvin who loses his wife and child in a vanished plane, Kamana Banerjee who loses her husband to a random bullet—a reality tv program, Impossible, Isnt It?, plans to archive the most heart-wrenching of the stories for future time travelers who may respond to those pleas by coming back to appear on the program and providing solice.

 Whats more, its my personal belief that time machines will be invented one day; thats why Im inviting time-travelling viewers from the distant future to visit us at our rendezvous point on Mount Snowden in North Wales, on the tenth of July— 




  
 Dino-Mating #1
“Not with a Bang”
by Rosemary Claire Smith
First publication: Analog, Jul/Aug 2013

Marty Zuber, a lovesick time-ship pilot and bodyguard on Dr. Derek Dill’s trip to the late Cretaceous, is sulky because the girl he’s dating keeps making eyes at Dill in the t-mail messages.

Later stories in the series continue the love triangle.

 Can you comment on the rumors that youre secretely planning on launching missiles to knock the comet off course and save the dinosaurs? 




   The Chronic Argonauts Graphic Novel
adapted by Jason Quinn and Russ Leach
First publication: ebook, Jul 10, 2013

Writer Jason Quinn and artist Russ Leach render Wells’s Time Machine precursor as a graphics novel, expanding the story to include an alien invasion (could it be War of the Worlds?) two millenia in the future.

 Theyve got no manners, those English. 




   “Diamond Doubles”
by Eric Brown
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 16 Jul 2013

A novel writer from the fourth millennium is trapped in the 1960s and subjecting a contemporary editor to his work.

 I have first-hand experience of life in the fourth millennium as I hail from that era. 




   Timeholes
by Paul F. Taylor and Toby Williams (Ben Mallaby, director)
First release: 16 Jul 2013 (internet)

What will happen when time travel becomes as commonplace as hopping on a bus? This short film tells us in just two minutes.

 The nearest booths down there, on the left. 


In addition to writing fiction, Pinsker rocks out on her home page.

   “Join Our Team of
Time Travel Professionals”

by Sarah Pinsker
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 18 Jul 2013

Magda lands a job that many people would jump at: watching after time-travel tourists to make sure they don’ screw up the time line, but who watches the watchers?

 Manhattan in 1985 didnt have jawbone communications, but it did have plenty of bag ladies who talked to themselves. Magda was temporarily one of them. 


Pickett’s first story (“Diatra”) appeared in the second DSF anthology.

   “Sticks and Stones”
by Kevin Pickett
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 24 Jul 2013

A man returns to the school where he was bullied as a child.

 The little boy crouched defensively, making a smaller target for their cruelty, but knowing their aim was good. 




   “Timeless Bore”
by Peter Wood
First publication: Stupefying Stories Showcase, 26 Jul 2013

A none-too-wealthy time traveler insists on passing the time of day in Macs two-pump filling station in Perdue, North Carolina.

 As the man from the future droned on and on, Mac immersed himself in the paper. He grunted every so often to feign interest. 




   Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
adapted by James Krieg (Jay Oliva, director)
First released: 30 Jul 2013 (direct-to-dvd)

By my count, the Flashpoint comics by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert had a total of 72 comics, but it all fit in 81 minutes of this animated dvd in which the Flash awakens without his powers in a world where the rest of the Justice League is at war with pretty much everyone. Initially, he blames his arch-enemy Professor Zoom for messing with the timeline, but it turns out that it’s not Zoom who needs to be stopped from time traveling.

 We have to find out what he changed and change it back before they kill everyone on the planet. 




   Rewind
by Justin Marks
First aired: 26 Aug 2013

For this rejected-series pilot, mega-handwaving went into creating a setting where a government team could send people back to change the past in a way that the team and the travelers can remember the original timeline and observe the effect of any changes—somewhat like Seven Days but without without the charm of Lt. Frank Parker. My thought is that one particular plot device totally missed the boat: The team has a technology that allows them to confidently predict the outcome of any proposed change before enacting it. Imagine how boring The Butterfly Effect would have been had Evan had such a technology in his pocket. Even so, I would have watched this series if it had ever made it into full production.

 Basically, Charlie can show us how an action in the past creates ripples in the present. 


This was the first professionally published story that I read by one of my Odyssey Workshop classmates—nicely done, Chip!

   “Flip Side”
by Chip Houser
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 29 Aug 2013

The story follows a woman in the moments after a traffic accident.

 Look before you cross, Tommy! 


   “Affirmative Auction”
by James Morrow
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 2013

A Plutonian captain in the Pangalactic Virtue Patrol brings his time-traveling spaceship to a South Carolina slave auction in 1801 for a muddled morality lesson.

 . . . we have journeyed here from our mutual suns ninth body to rectify an anomaly that for over two centuries has corrupted your civilization. 




   Insidious: Chapter 2
by Leigh Whannell and James Wan (Wan, director)
First release: 13 Sep 2013

The first scene goes back to the time of Josh (the dad in Insidious) as a boy when he was possessed by a woman in white. The movie then returns to the present day, just after Josh murdered the exorcist who had treated him as a child, and gives a horrorific, supernatural explanation of it all. Oh, yes: If I understood this right, the filmmakers are not the only ones who go back in time.

 Specs: Lorraine, is that Josh?
Lorraine [frightened]: How is that possible? 




   “Eternity and the Devil”
by Larry Hodges
First publication: The Haunts & Horrors Megapack, 19 Sep 2013

Dr. Virgil Nordlinger makes a deal with the devil in which Nordlinger will formulate the Grand Unified Theory of physics, live on this Earth for another fifty years, and spend the rest of eternity in hell.

 After solving GUT, I moved on to temporal studies. 




   The Rush Revere Series
aka Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans
by Rush Limbaugh and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh
First book: Oct 2013

Twenty-first century history teacher Rush Revere visits key points in American history.
  1. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims (Oct 2013)  
  2. Rush Revere and the First Pilgrims (Mar 2014)  
  3. Rush Revere and the American Revolution (Oct 2014) with K.A.L.  
  4. Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner (Oct 2015)  

 The experience over the past several months is not something I want to repeat. 


   “The Time Travel Club”
by Charlie Jane Anders
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2013

At Lydia’s second time at the Time Travel Club, she tells them of her pirate activities in the past and her solar sail demolition races in the future, which is all well and good until the outlandish Madame Alberta shows up and asks them all to help her with ethical questions of building a real time machine, not to mention figuring out a rather strange use for the thing.

 They already have warrantless wiretaps and indefinite detention. Imagine if they could go back in time and spy on you in the past. Or kill people as little children. 




   Dimensions:
a Line, a Loop, a Tangle of Threads

by Antony Neely (Sloan U’Ren, director)
First release: 9 Oct 2013

Imagine that you’re a boy in 1921 Cambridge when your sister dies falling down a well. What would you do? Naturally, you’d vow to become a great scientist in an artsy movie so you can go back in time to alter the tragic event.

 Annie: Are you ready to leave?
Stephen: Yes.
Annie: How long will it take?
Stephen: I dont know: seconds, decades, an eternity.
Annie: An eternity? For a few moments together?
Stephen: Yes. 


Larsen’s first story appeared in this anthology.

   “Chronology of Heartbreak”
by Rich Larson
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 10 Oct 2013

Jack heartlessly breaks up with Kristine in a restaurant.                                                                                    

 The professor was idling the time machine. 




   Free Birds
by Jimmy Hayward and Scott Mosier (Hayward, director)
First release: 1 Nov 2013

Reggie, the turkey who’s awarded the Thanksgiving presidential pardon, has it pretty cushy until he’s kidnapped by Jake for a mission (via time machine S.T.E.V.E., voiced by George Takei) to stop the first Thanksgiving.

 We’re going back in time to the first Thanksgiving to get us off the menu. 




   About Time
by Richard Curtis (Curtis, director)
First release: 8 Nov 2013

Poor Rachel McAdams—always the bride, never the time traveler. This time its romantic comedy with Domhnall Gleeson in the time traveling co-star role. For me, the writer/director had a good vision, but couldn’t make it gel.

 I cant kill Hitler or shag Helen of Troy, unfortunately. 




   Pete’s Christmas
by Peter McKay, Gregg Rossen and Brian Sawyer (Nisha Ganatra, director)
First release: 8 Nov 2013 (made-for-tv)

We all watched this on a visit to Colorado by Hannah and Paul, and everyone agreed that it was a nice (and moralistic) Groundhog Day take-off with 14-year-old Pete reliving Christmas until he gets it right.

 Santa forgot my present? Again?! 




   The In Times Like These Series
by Nathan Van Coop
First book: 13 Nov 2013

Athletic, twenty-something Ben Travers chases through time along with none other than a scientist’s beautiful daughter in this adventure series.
  1. In Times Like These (2013)
  2. Chronothon (2015)
  3. The Day After Never (2016)

 Next thing we know, they’ll be rolling out a Delorean. 




   “Unsolved Logistical Problems in
Time Travel: Spring Semester”

by Marissa Lingen
First publication: Nature, 21 Nov 2013

The instructor of a laboratory/field practicum in time travel presents project ideas.

 2. Queueing theory for assassination tourism: If a dozen time travellers show up to assassinate Hitler in the chaos after the Beer Hall Putsch, who gets precedence? 




   Kristin’s Christmas Past
aka Last Chance Holiday
by Rachel Stuhler
First release: 23 Nov 2013

Thirty-four-year-old Kristin, miserable and estranged from her family, is given a Christmas bottle of champaign by a New York City liquor store owner, and after taking a sip, she wakes up beside her seventeen-year-old self with a chance to fix all her past wrongs.

Janet and I watched this on Christmas Day in 2015, shortly after watching Rachel Stuhler’s similar but later movie, Back to Christmas.

 Youve had a lotta years to make mistakes: Its my turn now! 




   Get a Horse!
by Paul Briggs, Nancy Kruse, Lauren MacMullan and Raymond S. Persi (MacMullan, director)
First publication: 27 Nov 2013

Out on a 2-D black-and-white hayride, Mickey and the gang run afoul of Peg-Leg Pete, who knocks Mickey into a 3-D color future.

 Im gonna knock you right inta next week! 


   “The Chorus Line”
by Daniel Hatch
First publication: Analog, Dec 2013

Billionaire Mr. Croesus thinks Eric Cunningham faked the 4-million-year-old images of our ancestors dancing that made such a hit on YouTube recently, and he intends to prove it.

 The concensus is that butterflies dont know anything about regression analysis. Things tend to return to their mean over time 




   95ers: Echos
aka 95ers: Time Runners
by Thomas Gomez Durham, James Durham and Kip Rasmussen (T.G. Durham, director)
First release: 12 Dec 2013

At the start, a young girl’s father has died and then snow starts falling upward. Later, after a slightly creepy falling-in-love by a man named Horatio, there’s an FBI agent, quite possibly Fox Multer, who’s very good at guessing things. Then her husband dies and we discover that her good guessing comes from being able to wind back time a few seconds—and I’m lost, my patience exhausted before any meaning appears.

 Account locked out.
Account locked out.
Account locked out.
Account locked out
Account locked out.
Password accepted.
[Sally smiles.] 



And Still More Time Travel of 2013

The story pilots haven’t yet taken these adventures out for a test drive.
  “Be Patient, Brethren” by Patricia Stewart, 365 Tomorrows, 16 Jan 2013
—astronaut repeated tossed back

  “Dinner with the Morlocks” by David Barber, 365 Tomorrows, 24 Feb 2013
—blood-suckers from the future

  “Ghost in the Machine” by Clint Wilson, 365 Tomorrows, 7 Mar 2013
—observe but don’t be observed

  “Steampunk” by David Stephenson, 365 Tomorrows, 10 Mar 2013
—time machine blueprints are found

  “Traveller’s Mistake” by Duncan Shields, 365 Tomorrows, 13 Mar 2013
—jokester time traveler

  “A Swirl of Chocolate” by K. Esta, 365 Tomorrows, 11 May 2013
—stop yourself from traveling

  “It All Makes a Difference” by James McGrath, 365 Tomorrows, 8 Jun 2013
—to 1066

  “Party for Two” by Kevin Richards, 365 Tomorrows, 20 Jun 2013
—Hawking’s time travel party

  “Flux” by J.D. Rice, 365 Tomorrows, 10 Jul 2013
—robot from the future

  “Historicity” by Bob Newbell, 365 Tomorrows, 24 Jul 2013
—realities of time travel

  “Pulped” by Bob Newbell, 365 Tomorrows, 29 Jul 2013
—Dr. Sinistral’s evil time machine

  “Intentional Paradox” by Clint Wilson, 365 Tomorrows, 20 Aug 2013
—early humans receive tools

  “Timecasting” by Duncan Shields, 365 Tomorrows, 22 Sep 2013
—the first time traveler

  “Life Itself” by Richard Halcomb, 365 Tomorrows, 2 Nov 2013
—to Primal Earth

  “The Longest Distance” by Aaron Koelker, 365 Tomorrows, 18 Dec 2013
—a long distance relationship




Romance Time Travel of 2013

Bodice rips are a more workaday mode of time travel than time ships.
Aura by ABRAHAM M.A. Abraham

Aura by M.A. Abraham

Challenge 3: Playboy's Challenge by Jo Barrett

MacCoinnich 5: Highland Protector Vows by Catherine Bybee

Outlander 7.2: The Space Between& by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander 7.3: Virgins by Diana Gabaldon

Second Chances 2: Ain't No Angel by Peggy L. Henderson

Civil War Brides 9: The Brides United by Tracey Jane Jackson

Slains #2 Thew Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Roses in Moonlight by Lynn Kurland

Celtic Brooch 2: The Last MacKlenna by Katherine Lowry Logan

Warrior 4: Warrior Untamed by Melissa Mayhue

Timeless 2: Timekeeper by Alexandra Monir

Italy 1: The Other Side of Heaven by Morgan O'Neill

Italy 2: Time Enough for Love by Morgan O'Neill

Heritage 2: Into the Future by Dana Roquet

Tennessee Waltz 2: Kiss Me, I'm Yours by Bella Street

Spirit Path 1: The Spirit Path by Tammy Tate

Spirit Path 2: The Secret Path by Tammy Tate

St Mary's 1: Just One Damned Thing after Another by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 2: A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 2.5: When a Child Is Born by Jodi Taylor

Westin 1: Living London by Kristin Vayden

Westin 2: Surviving Scotland by Kristin Vayden

Blue Bells 3: The Water is Wide by Laura Vosika

After Cilmeri 7: Castaways in Time by Sarah Woodbury




No Time Travel.
Move along.
“Gazing Into the Carnauba Wax Eyes of the Future” by Keffy R.M. Kehrli, What Fates Impose, 2013 [precognition ]

Martha Speaks (”Bulldozer Versus Dinosaur“) by Ken Scarborough, cd .. [just a dream ]

“The Golden Age of Story by Robert Reed, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Feb 2013 [despite title, no time travel ]

Martha Speaks (”Bulldozer Versus Dinosaur“) by Ken Scarborough, 1 Feb 2013 [just a dream ]

Bones (“The Fact in the Fiction”) by Keith Foglesong, 25 Feb 2013 [despite appearances, no time travel ]

“Ahead of His Time” by Ian Anderson, Tales of Hope and Time, 20 Apr 2013 [time phenomena without time travel ]

“Doing Emily” by Joe Haldeman, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 2013 [virtual reality ]

“The Grande Complication” by Christopher Reynaga, Writers of the Future XXIX, Jun 2013 [stopping time ]

“Karina Who Kissed Spacetime” by Indrapramit Das, Apex Magazine, Jun 2013 [alternate timelines ]

“Old Dead Futures” by Tina Connolly, tor.com, 17 Jul 20913 [visions of possible futures ]

“Hiking in My Head by Gareth D Jones, Daily Science Fiction, 12 Aug 2013 [no definite time travel ]

Sleepy Hollow created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove and Len Wiseman, 16 Sep 2013 [long sleep ]

“No Others Are Genuine by Greg Frost, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2013 [no definite time travel ]

Bacardi Through Time Commercial, Nov 2013 [no definite time travel ]

“Images of Undiluted Love” by Joanna Kavenna, New Scientist, 17 Dec 2013 [viewing the past ]



   Time Trap
by Michael Shanks (Shanks, director)
First release: circa 2014 (straight-to-video)

After a spaceman crashes on a barren Earth with no apparent minerals to power his ship, he uses his Portable Time Bubble Generator (for the eight minutes of this short film) to determine whether anything in the past might be useful for fixing his damaged ship.

 
collision approaching
correct
course
manual override required
 


   “The Carl Paradox”
by Steve Rasnic Tem
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jan 2014

Future Carl informs Carl that the life he’s leading is the only one that’s insignificant enough that no paradox or disaster can possibly occur as a result of his time travel.

 The only difference, apparently, is the major dressing used on a roast beef club sandwich at a place called Garalfalos. 


   The Chronos Files
by Rysa Walker
First book: 1 Jan 2014

The first book in Rysa Walker’s Chrons Files series, Timebound, won the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The book follows 16-year-old Prudence “Kate” Pierce-Keller to 1893 where a murder risks wiping out everything she knows, including herself.

The rest of the series has two more novels and two interregnum novellas.
  1. 1.0. Timebound (1 Jan 2014) 16-year-old Kate Pierce-Keller
  2. 1.5. Time’s Echo (25 Apr 2014) Kate in another timeline
  3. 2.0. Times Edge (21 Oct 2014) to Kate’s grandfather’s time
  4. 2.5. Time’s Mirror (30 Jun 2015) to 2305
  5. 3.0 Times Divide (20 Oct 2015) the final chapter
  6. 3.1. Gambit (2 Nov 2015) Chronos historian Saul Rand
  7. 3.5. Simon Says (8 Dec 2015) Marilyn Monroe’s death
  8. 3.6. Whack Job (29 Jan 2016) Simon meets Lizzie Bordon

 I was feeling very shaky on my feet. Id never had any sort of hallucination, and the sounds and images had seemed so real, like I was actually experiencing them firsthand. 




   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! 




   Pepsi Halftime Commercial
First aired: 4 Jan 2014

 I like halftime! 


Six of Rountree’s earlier stories appeared in this collection.

   “Cigarette Lighter Love Song”
by Josh Rountree
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 17 Jan 2014

Every ten years, Melissa casts a spell that makes her and the narrator flit back, experiencing earlier times, all in the spot where the roller rink used to be.

 See, this is how it happens. Im in that place I want to be, then suddenly its twenty years later and Melissa is telling me what a son of a bitch I am and why did I have to screw the whole thing up just as shed finally got the fucking spell right? 




   “The Future Faire”
by Dustin Adams
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 21 Jan 2014

When people from the future put on a faire outside of Portland, Tyler and his parents are among the first in line to visit. As a reader, I’m hoping that deaf Tyler will come away cured, despite the prominent sign announcing: NO TECHNOLOGY IS TO LEAVE THE FAIREGROUNDS!

 Im curious why people from the future would need cash, but my father says, “Business is business, no matter when youre from.” 




   “The Cartography of Sudden Death”
by Charlie Jane Anders
First publication: tor.com, 22 Jan 2014

In a future Earth with an mixture of space colonies and a rigid caste system on Earth, retainer Ythna witnesses a peculiarly dressed red-haired woman emerge from nowhere at the very moment of Ythna’s mistress’s sudden death.

 “No, I swear I had nothing to do with her death,” the woman said sadly. “Except that it created a door for me to step through.” 


   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.

 Last night when he locked up and stared out the window, he had seen someone familiar starting back at him from the parking lots 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.

 Come with me if you want to not die. 




   Uncle Grandpa
created by Peter Browngardt
First time travel: 18 Feb 2014

When the main character of a tv show is the uncle/grandpa/brother/dad of every person in the world (including, presumably, himself), you have to expect time travel sooner or later. In this case, I think the first time travel was when a future Uncle Grandpa delivered a future pizza. The only time traveling that I’ve seen, however, involved the wayward pants that Christopher Columbus refused to return
  1. Future Pizza (18 Feb 2014) pizza from tomorrow
  2. 1992 Called (21 Aug 2014) wayward pants travel five centuries
  3. Time Burgers (21 May 2015) meat from history

 If I dont get my pants back by the end of the day, m calling the time police. 

—“1992 Called”


   “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.

 And youll discover something else when youre tinkering with that drive. 




   “Mrs. Darwin Has Visitors”
by David Barber
First publication: Flash Fiction Online, Mar 2014

This is the first time-travel story that I ran across in the enjoyable monthly, Flash Fiction Online. Among others, Andrew J. Salt from the Creation Museum of Petersburg, Kentucky, has an interest in getting by Charles Darwin’s gatekeeper.

 It seemed Mr Salt had completed a difficult journey today and was impatient. He was in possession of a powerful new idea that must be brought to Mr Darwins notice. 


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.

 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, . . . 




   “The Uncertain Past”
by Ted White
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2014

JFK-viewers are clichéd in time travel, but Ted White—a favorite of mine from his time as Amazing and Fantastic editor—has a new twist as every observer sees a different version of the assasination attempt.

 Kennedy wasnt hit. Neither was Connally. I didnt bother sticking around after that. 




   Mr. Peabody & Sherman
by Craig Wright (Rob Minkoff, director)
First released: 7 Mar 2014

The movie had some good one-liners and even some good (albeit worn) puns in the style of the original cartoon, but for me, the plot lacked even enough structure to hold the attention of a child and the writer was writing down to his audience so much so that not even Patrick Warburton’s voice in a small part was sufficient to rescue the story from the fast-forward button.

 Very well, then: If a boy can adopt a dog, the I see no reason why a dog cant adopt a boy. 


from Gilbow’s home page

   “Running Late”
by S.L. Gilbow
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 7 Mar 2014

The traveling companion of a reluctant time-travel tourist is running late again.

 Time machines, after all, run on a tight schedule. 




   Predestination
adapted by Micheal Spierig and Peter Spierig (both also directed)
First release: 8 Mar 2014

I was so disappointed with this movie that I’m going to have to write a spoiler. So if you don’t want to be spoiled, please stop reading now.

Here’s the problem: Heinlein’s story “—All You Zombies—” was the last word on one specific kind of time travel story: The story is which there is but one timeline. If you travel to the past and do something, it is because you traveled to the past and did that thing. But the Spierig brothers completely missed this point by introducing an older version of the Unmarried Mother who has newspaper clippings of other timelines that he has changed. The nice closed sexual loop is still present in the movie, but that wasn’t enough to stop my disappointment at the drubbing that the central story idea took. I wasn’t so hot on the music either (except for “I’m My Own Grandpa”), but the relationship between the Barkeep and the Unmarried Mother was spot on as was the depiction of time travel and the foreshadowing.

 Unmarried Mother: So I can do this, I can change my past?
Barkeep: Yes, you can.
U.M.: Have you ever thought about changing yours?
BK: I never deviate from the mission.
U.M.: Never?
BK: Never. . . . Look, Ill pick you up when youre done, all right?
U.M.: No, whoa, where are you going?
BK: Dont worry. Ill be around, trust me.
U.M.: Do I? . . . Do I have a choice?
BK: Of course. You always have a choice. 




   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).

 Lets go back 30,000 years to a time before dogs . . . 




   Resurrection
developed by Aaron Zelman, Brad Pitt and Jason Mott
First episode: 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.

 Whats red and green and goes a million miles an hour? 




   “The Sentence Is Always Death”
by Brian Hirt and Ken Gerber
First publication: Daily Science Fictioin, 14 Mar 2014

Forty-three-year-old Paul Beaumont, who used to switch places with his twin brother Thomas, faces sentencing in a court where the sentence is always death and the worst death option involves government time-traveling executioners—although the universe will allow the sentence to be carried out only after the condemned no longer has a future contribution of importance.

 “I order death from category K.” Somehow these words sound less insidious than the proper name. There is only one type of death in this category. It's called “Erasure.” 




   “Lookback”
aka Time Well Spent
by George Zebrowski
First publication: Nature, 27 Mar 2014

A man enjoys dropping into the life of his own younger self to spend time with his own lover’s younger self while his younger self is not at home.

 I always prepared by losing a pound or two, colouring my hair a bit and exercising, even using make-up to look younger than my late 60s, so that she would notnotice in the dim light of the apartment at night. Nearsighted and in bed, it would help that she would not be wearing glasses. 




   One-Minute Time Machine
by Sean Crouch (Devon Avery, director)
First release: 29 Mar 2014 (festival)

James takes his one-minute time machine to a park bench to try to pick up quantum physicist Rachel.

Janet showed this five-minute film-festival film to me on my first prime birthday of the 2010 decade.

 Rachel: Whats that?
James: Huh? Oh, nothing.
Rachel: Sure its not a One-Minute Time Machine? 


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

by Ian Randall Strock
First publication: Analog, 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.

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


Jacobsen also authored this 2012 sf novel.

   “Prometheus . . . ?”
by Mark Jacobsen
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 13 Apr 2014

A pair of time travelers try to learn the old skills such as starting a fire from rubbing sticks.

 You know, Ive seen this in books, but never in real life. 




   Time Lapse
by Bradley D. King and BP Cooper (King, director)
First release: 18 Apr 2014

Three friends stumble across a camera that produces pictures from 24 hours in the future. Gambler Jasper thinks to use it to make a fortune, but painter Finn sees a painting that he’s going to paint, resulting in a nice example of the artist paradox. From there, the plot turns into a horror movie in which whatever the photo shows, they must make happen or die.

 Mr. B. invented a camera that takes pictures of the future. 




   Zits
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.

 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.

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




   “The Gift of Time”
by Maggie Clark
First publication: Clarkesworld, May 2014

From his little office where he works for an esteemed antiquities dealer, Mr. Mouse Musset wills himself back in time to retrieve objects in a way that only he can, but the secretary above him—the very secretary that Mouse worships—does not appreciate Mouse’s finds.

 I have had quite enough assurance, Mr. Musset, from the carbon dating Mr. Hazlitt had performed. Granted, the calligraphy is clever, and the materials all true to form—but how old would you say Beowulf is? Tenth century? Maybe eighth? 




   “Presidential Cryptotrivia”
by Oliver Buckram
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2014

A list of amazing but true facts about U.S. presidents, some of who traveled through time.

 . . . he traveled back in time to 1898 in order to engineer the unlikely annexation of the Kingdom of Hawaii into the United States. 






   Once Upon a Time
created by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz
First time travel: 4 May 2014

I loved the first season of this show in which the Evil Queen casts a spell that takes all of Fairy Tale Land to a small town in Maine. The show definitely jumped the shark in Season 3 when they went to Neverland, but I came back to watch the last three episodes of that season when a time portal opened into the pre-spell Fairy Tale Land.

 Im still here. How is that possible? We saw her die. I should never be born. 




   X-Men: Days of Future Past
by Simon Kinberg (Bryan Singer, director)
First release: 10 May 2014

Wolverine comes back from 2013 to 1980 to persuade Professor X to take a different path.

 Are we destined to destroy each other, or can we change each other and unite? Is the future truly set? 




   “The Santa Anna Gold”
by Michael Bunker
First publication: Third Scribe, 20 May 2014

In addition to the audio/text version on Third Scribe (nicely formatted with images of the area, Jack Finney, and Einstein), this story also appeared as the first story in the Synchronic anthology (22 May 2014). The story follows an off-the-grid man who helps his son, Rick, track down the legendary Santa Anna gold stash by traveling to the past in a Jack-Finney-manner.

 “Historys about finding out what happened and whats true,” and that was that as far as he was concerned. 


   “Corrections”
by Susan Kaye Quinn
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel 22 May 2014

Dr. Ian Webb works in criminal corrections, traveling back in time to stop murders that were committed by remorseful murderers such as Owen—but now Owen has gone back to his story of innocence.

 The blue spider-web hologram springs to life, surrounding Owens head with a neural net. Its the final piece in the technology puzzle, the part that allows me access to Owens mind, once he relaxes enough to let me in. 


Before this short story, Robertson released this post-apocalyptic series.   “The First Cut”
by Edward W. Robertson
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Fresh from graduation (last in his class at the time travel cop academy), Blake Din is assigned to Senior Agent Mara Riesling (pretty and not much older than him) for field training.

 I wasnt overjoyed about running solo through a strange city where every other one of the barbarians was carrying a gun, but that was the job. The job Id been working toward for six years of secondary school and another three years in the Academy. 


The story was also released in this separate e-book.   “Hereafter”
by Samuel Peralta
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Caitlyn, a military nurse, instantly falls in love with a time traveler who must then disappear. The next time they meet, he dies in her arms, and each subsequent time follows a Fibonacci sequence in the number of years of separation.

 You know how some satellites stay in the same place in orbit, where the gravity of the earth and moon balance each other? 


from Isaac Hooke’s website   “The Laurasians”
by Isaac Hooke
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Middle-aged palentologist Horatio Horace and his student Megan tag along with the military boys on a trip to the time of the dinosaurs.

 He hoped to put to rest the debate on protofeathers—or “dinofuzz” as some of his lesser-esteemed colleagues dubbed them—and to prove exactly which species, at least in this time period, had them. 


A plague doctor from the middle ages, who kind of looks like one of the spies in Spy vs Spy   “The Mirror”
by Irving Belateche
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

A rambling story of a young man who comes to New York, eventually takes over the ownership of an antique store, and comes upon a young woman who has a mirror (with slight time-travel powers connected to the time of the Black Plague) to sell and a heart to capture.

 I was working late as usual, when our new employee—Dolores, whom Id hired myself—came into the back office, now my office, to let me know tht a Rebecca Ward was on the phone and wanted to have Remembrance broker a sale for an antique mirror she owned. 


from Eric Tozzi’s website   “Reentry Window”
by Eric Tozzi
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Brett Lockwood, first astronaut on Earth, finds himself inexplicably out of contact with the rest of the mission astronauts and with Earth.

 It was the Mars atmospheric anomaly that resurrected the planetary and deep-space exploration programs from the ashes of oblivian. 


What else am I going to put as an image for this story?   “Reset”
by MeiLin Miranda
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Sandy tells about her life-long friend Catherine who on her 50th birthday always has her mind transferred back to her sixteen-year-old body.

 Sandy, youre the one thing that never really changes, no matter how many times I go through this. 


This is the first book in Ellis’s YA series.   “The River”
by Jennifer Ellis
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Ironman runner and trainer Sarah steals a personal time machine from physicist and running partner Paul in order to fix the past mistake that killed her own daughter.

Although I enjoyed the romantic parts of the story and the adult being back in her childhood body, I felt that the walking through of well-trod genre ground didn’t display full understanding of the grandfather paradox: The paradox is presented as being the problem that the time-traveling grandfather-killer cannot return to his own future because he won’t exist. The actual paradox is deeper than that.

 Just stole a time device from the hottest guy ever. 


from Ann Christy’s website   “Rock or Shell”
by Ann Christy
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Gertie lives on a mattress with all her stuff attached to her by wires so that it won't go wandering away in the no man’s mist where time is in constant flux. I admit, though, that I didn’t understand what was happening in the story which is mostly a conversation between Gertie and a younger girl in the misty land.

 You know that whatever were connected to—even if only through some conductive medium—comes with us? 


Cole also wrote this military sf novel, which he describes as Call of Duty meets Diablo.   “The Swimming Pool of the Universe”
by Nick Cole
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Private Dexter Keith, a soldier fighting aliens on an asteroid, is caught in the blast of a time bomb that sends his mind back through his own lifetime.

 You got to understand, a phase grenade messes with your mind, grunt. 


Pompey the Great   “A Word in Pompey’s Ear”
by Christopher Nuttall
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

After a history graduate student has her research proposal dismissed by her professor, she runs into a woman who offers to put her ideas about Pompey the Great and the Roman Civil War to a real-world test.

 And then I told her that if I had been there, I could have steered Pompey toward saving the Republic. 




   Edge of Tomorrow
aka Live, Die, Repeat
adapted by Christopher McQuarrrie, et. al. (Doug Liman, director)
First release: 28 May 2014

Starship Troopers meets Groundhog Day.

 Come find me when you wake up. 


   “Sidewalk at 12:10 P.M.”
by Nancy Kress
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jun 2014

Sarah, now living on Mars at age 110, uses new technology to revisit the day when she thought life couldn’t possibly be worth living. Be sure to take the quote below with a grain of salt.

 No. No travel is involved. A user cannot affect anything that has happened, ever. All the Chrono does is show on a screen what is already there, was there, will always be there. 




   I’ll Follow You Down
by Richie Mehta (Mehta, director)
First release: 6 Jun 2014 (internet)

What would you do if your wormhole-physicist father took a trip to Princeton and never came back? The obvious answer for nine-year-old Erol is to grow up to be a wormhole-physicist yourself so that you can go back in time and prevent Dad’s disappearance.

 The first move is Pawn 5 to Pawn 3. 




   Experimental Simulation of
Closed Timelike Curves

by Martin Ringbauer, Matthew Broome, Casey Myers, et. al.
First publication: Nature Communications, 19 Jun 2014

With a title like this, it would be a sin to not put this research on the time travel list. The paper describes an experiment by Australian Professor Timothy Ralph and his student Martin Ringbauer (plus the additional authors that seem to be required for any paper in experimental physics). The starting point of the research is David Deutsch’s proposition that the probabilistic quantum behavior of nature can overcome certain kinds of cause and effect violations that seem inherent in closed timelike curves (i.e., time travel!) that are allowed by general relativity. The Australians don’t actually create a time travel situation, but instead they used entangled photons to simulate how Deutsch’s original particle and from-the-future particle would interact.

 One aspect of general relativity that has long intrigued physicists is the relative ease with which one can find solutions to Einsteins field equations that contain closed timelike curves (CTCs)`-causal loops in space-time that return to the same point in space and time. 




   Audi A8 Commercial
First aired: 24 Jun 2014

 Youre me, right? 




   “The Color of Paradox”
by A.M. Dellamonica
First publication: tor.com, 25 Jun 2015

The Allies, facing the inevitable end of the world at the hands of the Russo-German Axis in the second Great War, send a young man back to 1920 Seattle where he hopes to enlist the aid of Agent Sixteen and change the course of the next three decades provided, of course, that he can overcome the psychological-horror-story side effects from the time travel.

Alyx Dellamonica says that this story is just the start of a longer work that she originally conceived but hasn’t yet developed. I would like to see the longer piece and have a better understanding of the psychological effects of time travel in Dellamonica’s universe.

 My stomach cramped and I was, all at once, brimming with fury. I had an urge to chase her out of the room, to smash her head against the banister until her blood ran between my knuckles. To lick, drink . . . I touched my tongue to the notch between my clenched index and middle fingers, imagining salt, and saw a flash of color . . . 


   “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.

 You cant go back there, no matter how much you pay. 




   Premature
by Dan Beers and Mathew Harawitz (Beers, director)
First release: 2 Jul 2014

On the day of his college interview, things don’t go so well for Glenbrook High School senior Rob Crabbe, but right at the climax of the day (so to speak), he finds himself waking up again and again to relive the day, leading to a kind of oversexed Ferris Bueller meets Groundhog Day.

  




   “The LevoGyre”
by Wendy Wheeler
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 8 Jul 2014

The narrator of the story is the test subject for an experiment in gravitational time dilation that instead causes time travel and reveals the meaning of everything.

 Then my theories are correct. The mind is the eternal constant. 


Miles has published several novels, including this one, under the name Julian M. Miles.

   “Cleanup Crew”
by Jae Miles
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 29 Jul 2014

Two paleontologists discover a fossilized mammal in an impossible location.

 Were going to be famous! 


This story also had an audio production on podcastle.com.

   “Makeisha in Time”
by Rachael K. Jones
First publication: Crossed Genres

My favorite Star Trek episode from the entire franchise is The Inner Light, where Picard lives an entire life on a long-dead alien planet. That episode has no time travel, since the life was a virtual life lived out in minutes in his mind, but Makeisha’s form of repeated living past lives on Earth is actual time travel.

For me, Makeisha’s story suffered from having no sustaining characters outside of Makeisha herself, although I did enjoy the idea.

 She will be yanked from the present without warning, and live a whole lifetime in the past. When she dies, she returns right back to where she left, restored to a younger age. It usually happens when she is deep in conversation with her boss, or arguing with her mother-in-law, or during a book club meeting just when it is her turn to speak. 


   “Of All Possible Worlds”
by Jay O’Connell
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Aug 2014

When Costas Regas bonds with his 90-year-old landlord, Mr. Hieronymus, and discovers that the old man is editing the 20th century, that’s a fairly cool idea on its own, even without the possible smidgen of backward time travel that occurs when Costas writes poetry.

 Contained within the poem was a way to close a loop of time, pinch it off, and discard it. Id broken time. 




   “6 Attempts at
Winning Jennifer’s Heart”

by James Aquilone
First publication: Flash Fiction Online, Aug 2014

An assistant to the brilliant Dr. Tomokats hijacks various of the doctor’s technology for purposes of the heart.

 Note: Time travel solves nothing. 




   “Time Crash”
by Jane Elliot
First publication: Crossed Genres, Aug 2014

So far, Catherine has repeated the same day with the same deadly robbery 10,376 times.

 10,376 times the womans mouth opened in a small ‘o,’ her brown lids pulled back to show the whiteness of her eyes, and she stared straight out into space before looking down and sticking a single finger in the slowly spreading blood. Every time it happened, Catherine dropped her half gallon of milk, and she waited for the end to come. 




   2035 Forbidden Dimensions
by Christopher James Miller (Miller, director)
First release: 5 Aug 2014 (straight-to-video)

I get that somebody (Jack Slade) has come back from a dystopic, mutant-filled future to stop the events that led to the aliens creating such a future—but the movie was unwatchable for me, even if the writer did portray Jean-Luc Picard’s young nephew in Star Trek Generations.

 My name is Detective Giger . . . Im contacting you from the year 2035. Dr. Shector has taken over society with a toxic drug made from the flesh of alien beings . . . 




   “1:40 AM”
by Eliza Victoria
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 8 Aug 2014

Peter, a worker at the science institute, is stuck babysitting “John” in the middle of the night when a gunman enters and a time loop ensues.

 Is there something in your past that you want to change? An action you want to reverse? A death you want to prevent? 




   Outlander
developed by Ronald D. Moore
First episode: 9 Aug 2014

Based on the wildly successful romance novel series, this Housewives in Time tv series takes World War II nurse Claire back to 1743 Scotland where the muscular Scottish highlander Jamie Fraser immediately rescues her from a sinister ancestor (and lookalike double) of her husband. In that long-ago time period, Claire longs to return to her life, but that doesn’t stop her from a Jamie romance.

 Perhaps I had stumbled onto the set of a cinema company filming a costume drama of some sort. 




   “Futures Market”
by Mitchell Edgeworth
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 21 Aug 2014

A man travels back in time with stock tips for himself every ten years.

 Youre going to buy stocks in these companies. Biogen. Kansas City Southern. Middleby Corp . . . 


NY Daily News,
23 Nov 1963


   “Changing the Past”
by Barton Paul Levenson
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 27 Aug 2014

A traveler from the 29th century returns to 11/22/63 to change the course of Lee Oswalds actions.

 You know what happened on November 22nd, 1963, and the results. 




   The First Fifteen Lives of
Harry August

by Claire North (aka Catherine Webb)
First publication: 28 Aug 2014

Harry August is living his life over and over again, always born to the same mother in the same time and place, but living in a world that’s altered each time because of the actions of the others who are also reliving their lives. The world Claire North (aka Cat Webb) built has a rich, interlocking structure: The repetitions are synchronous in that the entire life of the universe plays out before restarting from the beginning for everyone, but only a handful, such as Harry, remember the previous time around. Those who do remember have formed a society whose overriding purpose is to keep the status quo because once a change is made and a person is not born during a cycle of the universe, that person will never again be born. The society also arranges a system to send messages back through the generations by having young reborn children contact older society members who are near death. From time to time, changes in the universe cause new members to be born, and thus, Harry appears just in time to become embroiled in a vicious plot to change everything.

I was fortunate to meet Cat Webb at the 2015 Campbell Conference in Lawrence, Kansas, where she cheerfully talked to me and Rob Maslen about anything and everything during the week leading up to the announcement of Harry August as the winner of the 2015 Campbell Award for the best novel of the year. Yay, Cat (and yay for your friendliness and wry sense of humor)!

 My first life, for all it lacked any real direction, had about it a kind of happiness, if ignorance is innocence, and loneliness is a separation of care. But my new life, with its knowledge of all that had come before, could not be lived the same. It wasnt merely awareness of events yet to come, but rather a new perception of the truths around me, which, being a child raised to them in my first life, I had not even considered to be lies. 


Cattail hearts from prairieinfusions.com

   “Cattail Hearts”
by Kate Heartfield
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 29 Aug 2014

After spending five years in the late 19th century at the Indian Industrial School for Native American children who were taken from their families, a young girl’s teacher tells her about her future in Manitoba. As with so many stories of grandfather paradoxes, it deals with only half the paradox that it brings up, although I did like the twist.

 If someone peeled all of me away bit by bit, what would be left would be you. 


   “Embrace of the Planets”
by Brenda Carre
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 2014

For a long time, maybe the entire ten years since that horrific accident, Eleanora Watson has been hoping that the strange little shop calle Trove would be open some day, and now it is. Inside, she finds the even stranger owner and a lost book by Jules Verne (who pointedly never wrote of time travel).

 Ah, yes. Embrace of the Planets. As far as I know its the only copy of Vernes theories of the universe ever printed. 




   Steven Universe
created by Rebecca Sugar
First time travel: 4 Sep 2014

With the help of three aliens, Steven discovers the magical powers that he inherited from his alien mother. In one episode (“Steven and the Stevens”), the boy time travels with the help of a magic hourglass, whereupon he attempts to divert a disaster at his dad’s carwash but only makes things worse. Eventually, though, he forms a singing group with other versions of himself.

 Dont make me hurt me, Steven! 


   The Copernicus Legacy
by Tony Abbott
First book: 9 Sep 2014

Chased by a secret order, thirteen-year-old Wade Kaplan (plus step-brother, cousin, and cousin’s best friend) spans the globe searching for parts of an age-old astrolabe that doubles as a time machine—although in the first book (The Forbidden Stone), an actual spanning of time is limited. There is a second book (The Serpent’s Curse) and a collection of novellas (The Copernicus Archives).

 After their arrival at a local hospital, the students, aged 7 to 14, and teachers on the bus claimed that it entered the south side of the Somosierra Tunnel and was immediately struck by . . . 




   Monster High: Freaky Fusion
by Keith Wagner (William Lau and Sylvain Blais, directors)
First publication: 30 Sep 2014

The animated gang of teen monsters travel centuries into the past to the first day ever at Monster High, but when they return they have each merged with another in the group creating freaky hybrid monsters all around. I’m not sure, but I’m betting that Mattel used this dvd release as an opportunity to also sell freaky hybrid fashion dolls.

 Its 1814: Theyve never seen fasion styles like ours before. 




The Cloisters
   “The Cloisters”
by Jeff Grimshaw
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2014

I freely admit that I don’t take to dreamlike stories, but Grimshaw’s 15-minute surreal read about a jilted man who wanders through the Cloisters with a cute pony-tailed guard drew me in; and I’m sure it would have done so even if the space-bending tunnels that connected the medieval gardens to sundry places throughout New York hadn’t also connected to sundry times.

 Actually it wasnt cool, but I threw the scarf around my neck and headed for the Cloisters, inertia being my guiding principle. 


Lafayette, CA, memorial to the American dead in Iraq

   “The Recent Future”
by Dani Ripley
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 7 Oct 2014

Two sixth-graders, Scout and her genius best friend Billy, build a time machine to go back and save Billy’s dad who was “blown up in Iraq.”

 He surprised everyone by declaring his intention to build a time machine so he could go back and save his dad. 






   The Flash
adapted by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns
First episode: 7 Oct 2014

Time travel is implied right from the first episode of the CW’s rendition of The Flash where a newspaper from the future is seen in the closing scene. The rest of the first season builds a fine time-travel arc that includes a nefarious time traveler from the far future, a classic grandfather paradox (sadly not examined), a do-over day for the Flash (which Harrison Wells calls “temporal reversion”), and a final episode that sees the Flash travel back to his childhood (as well as a hint that Rip Hunter himself will soon appear on the CW scene). The primary time-traveling nemesis, wiped out in Season One, reappears in Episode 11 of Season 2. I suspect that more time travel is on the horizon for Barry Allen and his cohorts (especially Cisco).

 Wells: Yes, its possible, but problematic. Assuming you could create the conditions necessary to take that journey, that journey would then be fraught with potential pitfalls: the Novikov Principle of Self-Consistency, for example.
Joe: Wait—the what, now?
Barry: If you travel back in time to change something, then you end up being the causal factor of that event.
Cisco: Like . . . Terminator.
Joe: Ah!
Wells: Or: Is time plastic? Is it mutable, whereby any changes in the continuum could create an alternate timeline?
Cisco: Back to the Future.
Joe: Ah, saw that one, too. 




   Dodge Brothers Commercial
First aired: 18 Oct 2014

 As boys, the Dodge brothers built their own bicycle. 


   “The Bomb-Thing”
by K.J. Kabza
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2014

Blaine’s high school buddy Mason wants to get into the pants of a visiting hottie from Cal Tech, so naturally Blaine and Mason help her break into the physics lab at the local university where the bomb-thing they find takes them back to the sixties.

 Phyllis pointed at something on a table. It looked, no joke, like a bomb: kinda half-finished, with wires and plugs everywhere, and blinking lights and a countdown clock that said 03 10:11 02 05 1968. 




   The Conroyverse
aka The Amazing Buffalito and Conroy Books
by Lawrence M. Schoen
First time travel: “Calendrical Regression” in Nov 2014

I stumbled across one of the Amazing Buffalito and Conroy stories while reading something else, and it seemed that the Buffalito Reggie (the cute miniature bison that eats anything and farts oyxgen) just had to be living in a universe with time travel. In “Trial of the Century,” Reggie's companion Conroy (the billionaire ex-ceo turned spacefaring on-stage hypnotist) has a time-travel gag in his act; and in the first novel, Buffalito Destiny, the entire ex-state of Texas has differing time rates from one spot to another. But I had to know for sure whether the amusing pair ever ran into real time travel, so I wrote to Lawrence Schoen, and he quickly and happily pointed me toward the most recent novella, “Calendrical Regression” wherein Conroy brings a Mayan high priest to the present day from 89 generations in the past.
  1. 1. “Buffalo Dogs’ (Summer 2001) in Absolute Magnitude
  2. 2. “Telepathic Intent” (29 Jul 2003) in Buffalogic, Inc.
  3. 3. Buffalogic, Inc. (29 Jul 2003) collects 1-2
  4. 4. “The Matter at Hand’ (Mar 2005) in Aliens and AIs
  5. 5. “Requiem’ (Spring 2005) in Absolute Magnitude
  6. 6. “Buffalogenesis’ (2006) novelette
  7. 7. “A Buffalito of Mars’ (25 Jun 2007) in Visual Journeys
  8. 8. “Buffalogistics’ (2008) collects 4-5
  9. 9. Buffalito Destiny (2009) has Texas temporal distortions
  10. 10. Buffalito Contingency (Jun 2011) novel
  11. 11. “Yesterday’s Taste’ (3 May 2012) in Transtories
  12. 12. “Barry’s Tale’ (12 Nov 2012) in Buffalito Buffet
  13. 13. “Trial of the Century’ (Dec 2013) has time-travel insurance gag
  14. 14. “Calendrical Regression” (Nov 2014) novella

 . . . and fed all of it to my buffalito, . . . 


   “I’ll Follow the Sun”
by Paul Di Filippo
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2014

A Paul Di Filippo time travel story imbued with Steve Ditko and Robert Heinlein seems like it should be right up my alley, but I was sadly disappointed by the lack of time travel complications as college math student Dan Wishcup travels from his home time (and mine) of 1964 back to 1914 and forward to 2014.

 Dan expected some weighty math tomes, but the books disclosed themselves as a Signet paperback and a larger one from City Lights Press. The pamphlet proved to be a comic book! Specifically, Strange Tales No. 126, just out last month. 


from Shvartsman’s
home page


   “Letting Go”
by Alex Shvartsman
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 3 Nov 2014

When your girlfriend heads into space on a journey that will age her only two years while you age sixteen, you do the only logical thing.

 Because it amuses you and—more importantly—because you know it would make her laugh, you design the time machine prototype to look like a blue phone booth. 




   Interstellar
by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan (C. Nolan, director)
First release: 7 Nov 2014

On a future Earth that is fast succumbing to worldwide drought and poltergeists in bedrooms, farmer-girl Murph’s father Cooper and a professor’s daughter lead a mission through a wormhole to a possible new home for mankind.

 Time is relative. It can stretch, it can squeeze, but it cant run backwards. It simply just cant. 




   Xfinity Scrooge Commercial
First publication: 10 Nov 2014

Yes, I remember about Rules #1 and #2 (viewing the past or viewing a possible future is not time travel), but future Tiny Tim does interact with Scrooge and the ghost!

 Now remember, Mr. Scrooge, we can see them, but they cant see us. 


Another of Trexler’s stories is available on smashwords.

   “The Prisoner”
by Roger Dale Trexler
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 13 Nov 2014

A time-travel researcher awakens as an ape-like mammal in the Jurassic where he meets at least one other modern animal.

 The plants, he thought. They’ve been extinct for a million years. 


When he was just a babe in arms, Soto moved to Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, about a mile from Isaac Asimov’s boyhood home.

   “Making Time for the Kids”
by Julion J. Soto
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 20 Nov 2014

The story (about a man who goes back in time to a school shooting) promises to say something interesting about time-travel paradoxes and the butterfly effect, but the promise is never fulfilled.

 I didnt know, nobody did, but I was going to find out about time paradoxes and the butterfly effect in one fell swoop. 


   “Blake Takes a Case”
by Belinda Whitney
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Loquat T. Blake, time detective, takes the case of one Mrs. Kate Alston’s neice who disappeared from the face of teh Earth back in 2037 at a location that could just create the biggest time paradox this side of John Wilkes Booth’s pistol.

 I thought the Time Agency was going to be fun when I joined. I didnt expect them to be a bunch of old fogies, petrified of time paradoxes, with red tape up the wazoo for every trip they made. So I “borrowed” some of their old equipment from storage and struck out on my own under-the-radar business. 


from Robeson’s website   “Occupational Hazard”
by Teresa Robeson
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Ex-temporal emissary Bernard Rolfe finds himself slipping in and out of past and future times, a sad symptom of Dirac’s Syndrome—no, not thatDirac, but rather Alexa Dirac, the freckled and beautiful first-known sufferer of the syndrome.

 That changed when he was plucked out of bed and plopped in the Pleistocene ice age, where he found himself, with nothing on but his pajamas, facing the tusked end of a wooly mammoth. He decided then tht he sould let the Agency know before something carnivrous made a meal of him, or, worse, died from weather exposure. 


from Horn’s website   “Of Time and Treasure”
by Kelly Horn
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Anthony Corbin remembers little of his life as a young bouy before being adopted by a wealthy time-traveling philanthropist who is now dead.

 “But in her younger days, before she married Jonathan, she was an accomplished academic. She was a brilliant woman.” Harris stopped and cleared his throat. “She built a time machine.” 


   “The Tether”
by Janet Guy
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Carnival barker Richard Hunt and his assistant Lana strap the tourists into The Tether day after day, launching them into the future and bringing them back—but only if they use preapproved safe coordinates of future events.

 The colossal, the stupendous, the first ride in the world to bring you back from the future, The Tether. Im your conductor, Richard Hunt, but you can call me Mister Richie. 


an xkcd comic explains the no-communications aspect of quantum entanglement   “To Dream of Future Yesterdays”
by Paul Siluch
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

After quantum theoretician Ben Hill’s time travel/wormhole project is shut down by the frugal government, he realizes where it all might have gone awry, which triggers one iteration after another of better and better (or maybe darker and darker) lives.

 I bought the qubit microscope. It was just sitting there, forgotten after the inquiries started. I scanned my own brain and noticed the telltale quantum irregularities we had only seen in the hart of the collider. Which meant the crazies on the internet were right: our brains are quantum computers.
It also meant something else very, very important. If we used quantum particles to think, we must be entangled with quantum particles somewhere else. Of some
when else. Suddenly the whole doomed Project offered up a small ray of hope, but in an entirely new direction. We would never be able to send a person back in time, but I might be able to send information back. 


a SPAD VII biplane
from roden.eu
   “Touch and Go”
by Russell James
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Gerald Greene, a failed World War I pilot on his final SPAD VII mission, ducks into a cloud in a dogfight only to emerge in the next world war.

 What are you doing landing this antique at a military airfield? 




  Dino-Mating #2
“Dino Mate”
by Rosemary Claire Smith
First publication: Analog, Dec 2014

The love triange between Marty Zuber, his arch-nemesis Dr. Derek Dill, and Julianna Carlson continues as they study the mating habits of the kentrosarus in the Jurrasic.

 “What do we want?&rdauo;
“The present!”
“When do we want it?”
“NOW!”
 


   “Videoville”
by Christopher East
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2014

In late 1986, geek Tim Stanek (he prefers the term “nerd”) and his high-school buddy Louis are approached one night by an unheard-of sort of person: a sensitive and inclusive football jock who asks them to come with him on a mission that needs their particular kind of resourcefulness.

 AAPL, AMZN, GOOG, NFLX 




   Odd Squad
created by Tim McKeon and Adam Peltman
First time travel: 3 Dec 2014

This Fred-Rogersish gang of mathy kids teach a small lesson in each episode, including more than one episode with time travel.
  1. Ms. O Uh-Oh (3 Dec 2014) Ms. O from the past
  2. 6:00 to 6:05 (22 Jan 2015) dinosaurs
  3. Back to the Past (21 Jun 2015) to the future and back
  4. Drop Gadget Repeat (9 Nov 2016) a time loop

     Because I traveled through time, I dont know if Im 10 or 11 . . . I just know I cant see color any more. 

    —6:00 to 6:05




   The Librarians
adapted by John Rogers
First episode: 7 Dec 2014

Under the guidance of the Warehouse caretaker (John Larroquette), three apprentice Librarians and their Guardian venture forth each episode to contain various rogue magic threats while the actual Librarian (Noal Wyle) who put the team together tries to find the library which is lost in space and time. Apart from that lost library, there is no time travel until the final episode of the second season (“. . . And the Final Curtain”) when two of the team depart for the year 1611.

For me, the characters, acting, writing, and plot arcs were well below that of Warehouse 13, although the setup was nice.

 More than that, Im offering you an opportunity to save the world every week. 




   Back to Christmas
aka Correcting Christmas
by Rachel Stuhler (Tim O’Donnell, director)
First release: 20 Dec 2014

One year after breaking up with her boyfriend on Christmas Eve, still-regretful Ali runs into her fairy godmother at a diner, and the next morning Ali wakes up in the previous year.

Janet and I watched this movie on Black Friday, and at the 23:00 mark, she told me how it would end!

 Isnt this supposed to be like déjà vu where everything happens the same and I get to react differently and fix everything? 


More of Lerch’s stories, including this one, are available at smashwords.

   “Paradox for Dinner”
by Burke Lerch
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 22 Dec 2014

Why time travel at all? Dinner!

 Arguably the best patty melt anyone had ever had, unless someone else out there was so inspired by a sandwich that they had also built a time machine just to eat the same patty melt again, again, and yet again. 



And Still More Time Travel of 2014

The story pilots haven’t yet taken these adventures out for a test drive.
  “Time Was” by Roger Dale Trexler, 365 Tomorrows, 23 Feb 2014
—physicist visits movie star

  “Love Beatrice” by Clint Wilson, 365 Tomorrows, 5 Mar 2014
—phone call to the past

  “Missed Connections” by Tyler Hawkins, 365 Tomorrows, 11 May 2014
—not-very-accurate time machine

  “Update” by Duncan Shields, 365 Tomorrows, 24 Jun 2014
—time traveler meets future tech

  “Guardian Angel” by Elijah Goering, 365 Tomorrows, 7 Sep 2014
—man visits himself repeatedly

  “The Hero of Time” by Glenn Leung, 365 Tomorrows, 26 Sep 2014
—time-traveling superhero appears today




Romance Time Travel of 2014

Bodice rips are a more workaday mode of time travel than time ships.
Ravenhurst 4: Dreams of Tomorrow by Lorraine Beaumont

Ravenhurst 5: Now and Forever by Lorraine Beaumont

River of Time 5: Deluge by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Forever Mine by Monica Burns

Outlander 8: Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon

Duncurra 1: Highland Solution by Ceci Giltenan

Second Chances 3: Diamond in the Dust by Peggy L. Henderson

Tales of a Traveler 1: Hemlock by N.J. Layouni

Tales of a Traveler 2: Wolfsbane by N.J. Layouni

Celtic Brooch 3: The Sapphire Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan

Magic of Time 1: All the Time You Need by Melissa Mayhue

Loch Moigh 1: True to the Highlander by Barbara Longley

Loch Moigh 2: The Highlander's Bargain by Barbara Longley

Elizabethan 1: The Thornless Rose by Morgan O'Neill

Elizabethan 2: Begun by Time by Morgan O'Neill

Elizabethan 3: Ever Crave Rose by Morgan O'Neill

Must Love 1: Must Love Breeches by Angela Quarles

Heritage 3: Forevermore by Dana Roquet

Tennessee Waltz 3: Kiss Me, I'm Home by Bella Street

St Mary's 3: A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 4: A Trail through Time by Jodi Taylor

After Cilmeri 8: Ashes of Time by Sarah Woodbury

After Cilmeri 9: Warden of Time by Sarah Woodbury




No Time Travel.
Move along.
“Static” by David Austin, Crossed Genres, Dec 2014 [just memories ]

“The Dark Age” by Jason Gurley, 9 Jan 2014 [time dilation ]

“Schools of Clay” by Derek Künsken, Asimov’s, Feb 2014 [time dilation ]

Doritos Time Machine Commercial, Super Bowl XLVIII, 1 Feb 2014 [despite appearances, no time travel ]

In the Name of the King 3: The Last Job by Joel Ross (Uwe Boll, director), 26 Feb 2014 [secondary worlds ]
aka In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission

“All of Our Past Places” by Kat Howard, Jour. of Unlikely Cartography, Jun 2014 [despite title, no time travel ]

Iceman by Fung Lam and Mark Wu (Wing-Cheong Law, director), 19 Sep 2014 [long sleep ]

Mind Dimensions by Dima Zales, 2 Oct 2014 [stopping time ]

“Calvera by Rachel Barber, 9 Dec 2014 [no definite time travel ]

   “History’s Best Places to Kiss”
by Nik Houser
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2015

Rather than continue with a messy divorce, Ray Fox and Karen Jameson-Pfiffer-Browning go back in time to prevent themselves from ever marrying each other.

 A word of advice: never read Philip K. Dick before going on vacation through time. 


from Schaefer’s website

   “Perfectly Justified Response”
by Peter A. Schaefer
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 13 Jan 2015

Nome’s lab partner has a time machine, and she’s considering sending various objects back 30 years or possibly back to the time when the Earth first formed through planetary accretion.

 Did you know the Earth formed through planetary accretion during the formation of the Solar System approximately four-point-five billion years ago? 




   12 Monkeys
adapted by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett
First episode: 16 Jan 2015

Same backstory as the movie, same names for the characters, no Bruce Willis, but still a fun adaptation of the movie with cool instant effects when an action alters the future, but not so clever use of the watches and the paradox of meeting yourself.

 About four years from now, most of the human race will be wiped out by a plague, a virus. We know its because of a man named Leland Frost. I have to find him. 




   Project Almanac
aka Welcome to Yesterday
by Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman (Dean Israelite, director)
First release: 30 Jan 2015

When teenage genius David Raskin and his sister Chris are rummaging through the attic, they discover a video tape made by their father on the day of his death ten years ago. The tape seems to show current-age David in the background, which leads David, Chris, and their three friends to build a time machine.

Based on the trailer, I thought it was a fun premise with promise, but in the execution, the movie couldn’t decide what it wanted to be: David Raskin, Boy Genius (and scientific handwaver), or Ferris Bueller and the Time Machine, or The Blair Time Travel Project, or maybe The Butterfly Effect IV. Whichever it was, none of the different directions could support a plot for me, none had a consistently worked-out model of time travel, and none had reliable continuity in the filmmaking.

 Did you see the tape at your seventh birthday? I think we already did build it. 


An early Chamberlain short, short story appeared in this Asimov/Carr/Greenberg anthology.

   “Afternoon Break”
by Gregg Chamberlain
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 5 Feb 2015

On an afternoon during his first week of vacation, a journalist stops by a tavern for a half-pint.

 “Quick,” he shouted. “What year is this?” 




   “Amelia and the Time-Traveling Sheldon”
by Amy Farrah Fowler
First reading in: “The Troll Manifestation”, 5 Feb 2015

Living alone on the 19th century American plains, Amelia meets and falls in love with a time-traveling physicist.

 Which word don't you understand? Time or travel? 


172 of Reid’s short, short stories appeared in this anthology.

   “When a Bunch of People,
Including Raymond, Got Superpowers”

by Luc Reid
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 16 Feb 2015

If a bunch of people in a story suddenly got the superpowers of their choice, doesn’t it naturally follow that at least one of them would have the power to turn time?

 Time Turner actually did pretty well with her power until she accidentally let slip . . . 


from Burgis’s website

   “Marking Time”
by Stephanie Burgis
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 20 Feb 2015

After an adult life of painful and disappointing moments, a woman hears about a crazier woman at the farmers’ market who can put each of those moments into a string of beads that have a power more than mere jewelry.

 This bead marks the moment you told Tom Merchant (high on your first-ever vodka shots and the teeth-jittering adrenaline of being out—even just as part of a group—with Tom Merchant, the most brilliant, amazing guy youd ever met) that you couldnt care less about your practical engineering major, that thing that your parents were both so proud of. 


The Archduke Ferdinand and his wife the Archduchess shortly before their assasination that sparked the Great War   “A Small Diversion on
the Road to Hell”

by Jonathan L. Howard
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2015

A time traveler comes to the Helix bar where he’s flabbergasted to discover that the Great War on Earth from nineteen fourteen to eighteen was still started in exactly the same manner as before his trip in time. And that’s not the only chrono-intervention gone awry.

 He looks at me, looks at my look, looks at his bag, opens his bag, looks in his bag, takes out a gun. He does not look as if he is about to use it. Instead, he breaks it open. “Look!” he says, and I am looking already. “It hasn’t been fired! How can Princip have laid his hands on another gun so quickly? The car went by thirty seconds after I stole this from his pocket. He didnt have time! How is it possible? 




   “The Shape of My Name”
by Nino Cipri
First publication: tor.com, 4 Mar 2015

In 2076 a teenaged transgender son—genetically female in a family where the ability to time travel is passed from mother to child via mitochondrial DNA—lives with an aunt in the house where his mother abandoned their family more than a century in the past by traveling to a limit point in 2321 where their time machine can reach but not return.

I noticed that the time machine’s name, anachronopede, is nearly that of El Anacronópete, so I wrote to Nino Cipri to ask whether Gaspar’s novel was an inspiration. It was, said Nino, writing to me: “ It is indeed a reference to El Anacronópete. I was researching time travel in fiction while writing that story, and it was the earliest mention of a time machine I could find. Plus, the name is so great.”

 I picture you standing in the kitchen downstairs, over a century ago. I imagine that you’re staring out through the little window above the sink, your eyes traveling down the path that leads from the back door and splits at the creek; one trail leads to the pond, and the other leads to the shelter and the anachronopede, with its rows of capsules and blinking lights. 




   World of Tomorrow
by Don Hertzfeldt (Herzfeldt, director)
First publication: 31 Mar 2015

Young Emily is contacted by a third-generation clone of herself from the far future.

 Oh. Oh God. Oh God. Oh God. Oh God. Oh my God. Holy Mother of God. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh God. 




   Found in Time
by Arthur Vincie (Vincie, director)
First release: 15 Apr 2015

In a world populated by a variety of psychic people (including the psycops and doctors who wear storm-trooper masks), a mystic pushes Chris back to an earlier time in his life, starting him on a journey that skips through his life.

 Just push me back. 




   “Stuck in the Past”
by Michael Donoghue
First publication: Abyss & Apex, 2nd quarter 2015

A man, distraught over the fact that Emily left him for a guy with money, ignores a warning from his future self and places a Craigslist ad pleading for someone in the future to send him tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers.

Although there were some science terminology slips, the story was enjoyable for me, particularly the second half when the writing was more about the story and less about amusing interactions with your older self. On the other hand, Emily’s notion of what it meant to “make something of yourself ” didn’t ring true to me.

 I didnt turn around. Who wants to see an older, uglier version of himself? 


R.A. Reikki’s web page

   “Time EMT”
by R.A. Reikki (as by Ron Reikki)
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 30 Apr 2015

A thought-provoking story of an ambulance that goes back to the time before the accident.

 We scanned her I.D. and it showed she had medical insurance. Otherwise, the rule is that we treat you for the injuries, but theres no swap. 




   Connections Academy Commercial
First publication: May 2015

 And I’m Jermey when he was in the fifth grade. 


Castoroides Knight by Charles Robert Knight (i.e., the image that fsf should have used to illustrate the story!)

   “Trapping the Pleistocene”
by James Sarafin
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/Jun 2015

Jack Morgan and his wife, whose ten-year-old daughter recently fell through the winter ice and drowned, are two of the rare beings who live in an agrarian enclave in the new Ohio wilderness, tending their livestock and working with tools rather than living in the anthill-like sterile towers full of webbed-together people. But now the towers need Jack’s help in rescuing a friend in the Pleistocene and track down a specimen of Castoroides ohioensis along the way.

 Okay. But to get to the point, Castoroides ohioensis was a giant species of beaver that lived during the Pleistocene epoch. Its been extinct for at least ten thousand years. Our project requires sending an animal-capture expert to the late Pleistocene to catch an ohioensis and bring back tissue samples. 


   “A Turkey with Egg on His Face”
by Rob Chilson
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/Jun 2015

Shy Georgie Plunkett of St. Clair County, Missouri, has a crush on Chloey Carew—but just how could he possibly compete with brash, outgoing, egotistical Harry Markesan for her attentions? Eenie meanie, time machinie.

 Not entirely true. Georgie had traveled, two-three times to Kansas City. Hadnt liked it much: fair enough. It hadnt liked him, either. Been to Joplin a couple times to visit a sister; to Fort Scott once, to have a special piece of metal crafted for his time machine. That was it. 




   Kung Fury
by David Sandberg (Sandberg, director)
First release: 28 May 2015

I think this short movie (30 minutes) is showing what it would be like if video games were real life. The hero is a cop cum kung-fu-chosen-one in a blood-filled, surreal Miami, who’s sent back in time to kill the Kung Fuhrer. Along the way (among other things), he meets both Thor and David Hasselhoff, gives a beautiful viking girl a cellular phone so she can call him, and crushes random Nazis in original ways.

 Hackerman: I was able to triangulate the cell-phone signal, trace the caller: His name is Adolph Hitler.
Kung Fury: Hitler. Hes the worst criminal of all time.
Hackerman: You know him, sir?
Kung Fury: I guess you could say that. In the 1940s, Hitler was a kung fu champion. He was so good at kung fu that he decided to change his name to Kung Fuhrer. 




   Flight World War II
aka Flight 1942
by Jacob Cooney and Bill Hanstock (Emile Edwin Smith, director)
First release: 2 Jun 2015

Captain Will Strong flies his 757 and about two dozen passengers into a weather anomaly only to emerge over 1940 France.

I’ve heard of this happening before, but this is the first time that I've actually seen a combination of writing and acting that’s so bad I couldn’t tear my eyes away.

 That radar is more advanced than anything the Germans are using at this point. 


from Rice’s home page

   “Apologies to Mr. Hawking”
by J.D. Rice
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 4 Jun 2015

A time-traveler sends his regrets for being unable to attend the widely announced reception that Stephen Hawking threw with an open invitation to all time travelers.

 I regret to inform you that I will not be attending your reception, scheduled for 12:00 UT, 28 June 2009. 


Vermont writer Weil had a 2015 reading in Burlington.

   “Time Machines: An End of the World Inventoryt”
by Ginger Weil
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 11 Jun 2011

I found it hard to tell exactly what happened in this flash piece, but it may be that a scientist has brought a zombie plague back in time.

 The scientist who brought it here is dead. His grave was the first one you dug behind your house. 




   Inside Out
by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley (Pete Docter, director)
First release: 19 Jun 2015

Admittedly, the Inside Out time travel is just one throwaway Bing Bong joke, but in my opinion it cements the central role of the time travel meme in the popular culture of my lifetime.

 Once, we flew back in time. We had breakfast twice that day. 




   Best Friends Whenever
created by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas
First episode: 26 Jun 2015

When best friends Cyd and Shelby get accidentally zapped by Barry’s ray gun, they gain the ability to travel through time, although they don’t lose the ability to freak out over drama at West Portland High School.

 Barry: Cyd, when that laser blasted Reynaldo, it was set at two. You guys were blasted at four . . . hundred. [laugh track] There is no telling what could have happened. It could have sent you to another dimension or made you time travel or rendered you invisible.
Cyd: [Sticks finger in mouth. Makes popping noise. Threatens Barry with slobbered-on finger.]
Barry: Youre not invisible. [laugh track] 




   Inside Amy Schumer
created by Amy Schumer
First time travel: 30 Jun 2015

No topics are off-limit in standup-comedienne Amy Schumer’s, not even time travel which occurs in the episode ‘Wingwoman’ (30 Jun 2015) along with other skits on telephone help for crises, boyfriend-meets-brother, and more.

 Amy plus Six: Amy, its me . . . you, I time traveled from six years in the future.
Amy: How does that work?
Amy plus Six: I dont know! How does electricity work? You just pay for it. Now listen, five-years-in-the-future-you is gonna come back and talk to you.
Amy: Wait, I thought you were from the future.
Amy plus Six: Im six-years-in-the-future-you. Five-years-in-the-future-you has bangs. Now, shes gonna come and shes gonna tell you—
Amy: If I should get bangs or not?
Amy plus Six: No! Shut the f*** up! Shes gonna tell you not to move in with Travis?
Amy [devastated]: Why not?
Amy plus Six: Because he cheats on you; he gives you gonorrhea and bed bugs. Its a nightmare.
Amy: Oh, God, Ive never had bed bugs before. I wont move in with him.
Amy plus Six: Oh, no no no. You have to move in with him, okay? It turns out that by being warned to break up with Travis that things in the future get really screwed up, and California is now in the ocean.  


   “Pollen from a Future Harvest”
by Derek Künsken
First publication: Asimov's Science Fiction, Jul 2015

A breeze of pollen from intelligent alien vegetation continually blows into one artificial wormhole and out another eleven years earlier, which gets Major Okonkwo’s government het up about using it to repeatedly send back research results while Okonkwo and her team try to figure out how and where the rival government is spying on things and why the pollen stream has stopped. All the while, there are discussions of how careful everyone must be to avoid grandfather paradoxes.

For me, Künsken’s earlier novella of aliens and time dilation (“Schools of Clay”) was a realistic, character-driven, multi-layered story worthy of a Hugo, but this second novella was less engaging, even though it does involve actual time travel.

 On their way, the Force had discovered the time gates, a pair of artificial wormholes connected across eleven years of time. All the ancient wormholes were incalcuably valuable; their possession was the defining feature of the patron nations. Finding a wormhole was the Unions chance to slip from beneath the yoke of the Congregate. 




   Time Salvager
by Wesley Chu
First book: Jul 2015

In a future where mankind’s civilization is collapsing in every corner of the solar system, ex-criminal James Griffin-Mars is one of the Chronmen who mines the past—from a space-opera 22nd century to a Big Brother autocracy to Nazi Germany—for whatever scrap might rescue humanity.

 Then he pulled out the recently engraved Time Law Charter and lingered on it, his fingers brushing the inscriptions. He had found what he was looking for. 




   Terminator Genisys
by Laeta Kalogridi and Patrick Lussier (Alan Taylor, director)
First release: 1 Jul 2015

  1. Watch The Terminator.
  2. [optional, but recommended] Watch T2.
  3. Suspend all questions about how various timelines can mesh.
  4. Enjoy Genisys.
  5. Bonus points if you can identify the other excellent time-travel movie with a main character named “Pops”! (Yes, it’s in my list.)

 Come with me if you wanna live! 

—Sarah to Kyle Reese


   “Guaranteed Tenure”
by H.B. Fyfe
First publication: The Third Time Travel Megapack, 8 Jul 2015

In the year 2052, Inspector Johnny Keeler tells the story of why he’s now on the skids due to that alien Qualu who’s set up a time-travel business with a myriad of strict rules, the strictest of which is that he’s always available to the highest bidder (namely Joe Balton, the city’s crime boss).

Horace Browne Fyfe, Jr., was a prolific author, one of Campbell’s stable from 1940 (at age 22) through 1967. He died in 1997, so it would be interesting to hear how the editors of the Megapack ebooks tracked down this story of his, which is listed in the third time travel Megapack as previously unpublished.

 “You see, Inspector,” he says, looking me up and down like I was dressed up for Halloween, “we are not permitted to adjust local-time affairs, for the simple reason that laws vary with time. The legal or moral, I am sure you understand, is a matter not only of place but also of time.” 


the time traveler from Rosarum’s story, drawn by Li Wren (who also designed marianrosarum.com)

   “An Amateur’s Guide to Time Travel”
by Mariam Rosarum
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 9 Jul 2015

Not only does Rosarum provide guidance on what to expect as a time traveler, she also provides instructions on how to time travel as gleaned from the literature.

 Editors Note: This is a work of fiction. Please dont attempt time travel in this way. 




   Rick and Morty
created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon
First time travel: 26 Jul 2015 (“A Rickle in Time”)

Some might argue that Rick and Morty engage in mere time shenanigans—such as that whole time freeze thing and the parallel timelines—with no time travel. But the fourth-dimensional being with a testicle for a head does travel in time, most notably with that = mc² bit at the end.

 Okay, listen you two: We froze time for a pretty long time, so when I unfreeze it, the worlds time is gonna be fine, but our time is gonna need a little time to, you know, stabilize. 




   Blondie
created by Chic Young
First time travel: 30 Jul 2015

Did the Bumsteads ever run into a time machine back in Chic Young’s day? Whether they did or not, the modern version managed to combine a time machine and a sandwich in a way that will be compelling to everyone.

 Well, maybe not everyone. 


   “The First Step”
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Aug 2015

Divorced, workaholic professor Harvey DeLeo’s time machine is finally ready to test on a human, and against everyone’s advice he himself takes that first journey back to a time when he was still married to his beautiful wife and their son was but a toddler.

 This day, the next hour, were the reasons he had built the device. Not so that graduate students in religion could travel back to Christs cruxifixion to see if it really happened as the Bible said. Not so that historians could add to their dissertations by actually speaking to Thomas Jefferson. Not so that techs could fruitlessly try to modify the device so that someone could finally shoot Hitler. 


from Clairval’s website

   “Maze”
by Gio Clairval
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 26 Aug 2015

Professor Talbot puts a stray white rat in its maze, and she briefly hears the rat calling out to her for help. Then, after the rodent bites her, she finds herself as a sea captain serving at the pleasure of King George II (and perhaps also at the pleasure of a drowning rat).

 Shes wearing a cocked hat of beaver fur over a red waistcoat. Her boat just arrived at a northern city on the Baltic, under a sky of zinc marred by sooty clouds. 


from Thomas’s website

   “Dinosaur Man”
by Rhys Thomas
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 31 Aug 2015

A nameless reporter in the future tells us how the discovery of a 70-million-year-old human fossil destroys science as we know it, leaving only one small colony of outcast scientists.

 They became to society as pagans are to us. Considered mad but harmless they were left to their own devices, forgotten for over a century. 


   “Searching for Commander Parsec”
by Peter Wood
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sep 2015

Young Brian, who lives with his mother and idolizes his deadbeat father, listens to a long-gone, space opera radio show that’s still being picked up on his boombox—but it’s more than the radio signals that are time traveling!

 This Commander Parsec show is pretty ridiculous. The commander is always rescuing bimbos and defeating the bad guys all over the Galaxy. 




   Miraculous Ladybug
aka Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
created by Thomas Astruc
First time travel: 22 Sep 2015 (“Timebreaker”)

Parisian teens Marinette Dupain-Cheng (aka Ladybug) and Adrien Agreste (aka Cat Noir) are classmates in school and partners in superheroing, although neither of them know the other’s secret identity. One of their friends, Alix Kubdel (aka Timebreaker), can travel through time when she rollerblades at just the right speed, although when she does so, she also becomes evilized (aka akumatized) courtesy of the series bad guy (aka Hawk Moth).

 Uh, I really dont have time to explain right now, but Im you from just a few minutes in the future. 




   Sprint’s Iphone Commercial
First publication: Fall 2015

 Im building a time machine, so I dont have to wait. 




   Heroes Reborn
produced by Tim Kring
First episode: 24 Sep 2015

The Heroes are back! Including time traveler Hiro! Unfortunately, neither Hiro nor a pair of Noahs could save the plotline of this miniseries (or save the cheerleader for that matter) during the first seven episodes. Matters pick up in Episode Eight, but head downhill again with Hiro out of the picture.

 Whats time travel like? Wheres Hiro? 


   “The Citidel of Weeping Pearls”
by Aliette de Bodard
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2015

Amidst royal intrigue and miltary escalation, in a place far from Earth and a time thirty years after a princess and heir to the throne vanished along with the citadel where she lived, the disappearance still occupies the minds of an ensemble of people, One of that ensemble, Diem Huong, was a girl when the citadel stole her mother away, but now Diem Huong is an engineer on a project which is determined to travel back those thirty years.

 Mother had gone on ahead, Ancesters only knew where. So there was no way forward. But somewhere in the starlit hours of the past—somewhere in the days when the Citadel still existed, and Bright Princess Ngoc Minhs quarrel with the empress was still fresh and raw—Mother was still alive.
There was a way
back. 




   Get Back
aka Imagine . . . Saving John Lennon
by Donovan Day
First publication: Oct 2015

Seventeen-year-old time traveler and Beatles junkie Lenny Funk hangs out with the Beatles in their early days and faces the ultimate time traveler’s dilemma: Do I warn John of his fate?

 What will become of me? 


the actual Hollywood 10 and their families in 1950   “Hollywood after 10”
by Thomas Esaias
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2015

In the post-Chronarch civilization, groups of wealthy time travelers entusiastically take on causes in the past, such as making sure of a successful Norman Mailer fund-raising party to support the convicted Hollywood 10 in the McCarthey era.

 A child doesnt fully mature until it self-consciously overcomes the mistakes its parents and its community made in raising it. What we are doing is saying to our ancestors, ‘Here and here you were wrong. We refuse to accept these errors. We are taking command of our own history.’ This is part of the maturing of human culture. 


I wish Asimov’s still had interior images: perhaps they could have used this lovely selkie from selinafenech.com.   “Walking to Boston”
by Rick Wilber
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2015

At the outset of World War II, Young Harry Mack is flying a bomber to Europe for the lend-lease program. The plane malfunctions and is heading for a crash-landing on the coast of neutral Ireland when an equally young Niamh calls to her selkie sisters of the sea to save the plane’s occupants. Even at the time, Niamh knows there will be a cost for their aid, but that cost isn’t revealed until the end of a long marriage between the two when Niamh, now suffering from dementia, and an aging Harry, regretful of his philandering life, take a time-travel-infused road trip.

 Will this whole dream last through all that drive and any time after they get there? Is he losing it, maybe, the way Niamh is? Are they both lying in a mortuary somewhere, dead and cold, and this is some kind of afterlife? Has time been changed somehow, so he can do better for her this time around? Jesus, would that even work? Could he be better. do better, given the chance? 




   The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show
produced by Dreamworks Animation
First publication: 9 Oct 2015

Why am I not surprised that I can’t find any information on who had the idea of ruining this childhood favorite?

 But first lets get things rolling by introducing an incredible invention of mine that I like to call the WABAC machine. 




   Mount Isa
Hoverboard Unit Investigate

by Sergeant Cath Purcell
First publication: mypolice.qld.gov.au, 21 Oct 2015

 When questioned what speed he was doing, the driver stated that he was doing 88 miles per hour. 




   “Prime Time”
by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks
First publication: Nature, 22 Oct 2015

Something goes awry when Aurelia’s Dad uses his time machine to come back and warn Aurelia about the fact that she’s going to disappear tonight.

P.S. to Jennifer Campbell-Hicks and the Nature editors: The number one is not considered prime, probably because that would cause prime number factorization to not be unique, but since we don’t know the cause of the the total number of dads always being prime, we can overlook that issue.

 What do you think? Your machine is broken. Its spitting you out, over and over. Youre coming out in groups so you always add up to a prime number. We had seven. Now its eleven. 




   Youth Jailed
First publication: USA Today, 22 Oct 2015

 Protesting that he was “put up to the whole thing” by a local gang, Martin McFly, Junior, 17, was arrested for the theft of an undisclosed cash amount by Hill Valley Police this morning. The theft, which was accomplished with a stolen degaussing unit, took place at the Hill Valley Payroll Substation on 9th Street at exactly 1:28 A.M. this morning. 




   “Tomorrow Is a Lovely Day”
by Lisa Mason
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2015

Benjamin, having a really bad day working at his seemingly pointless job watching a machine that supposedly retrieves information from the future, gets a feeling that he and the machine’s inventor have been through all this before.

 I substituted phase-compensating lenses to dispel the zero average of the cosine function mandated by Eberhard’s proof. I instituted an autocidal-prevention mechanism to avoid the self-canceling paradox. Kill my own grandfather? Father a child who will bear a child who will kill me? What nonsense. My calcite crystals generate superluminal tachyons. Information from the future! The Nostradamus Machine! 






   “Beasts of the Earth”
by Ernie Lindsey
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Eleven months after Lucy Quinn died of brain cancer, her mother struggles with hourly grief while her oncologist father is pulled through a portal to a time of Noah and unicorns.

 Dutton nudged forward, arm shaky, stick wobbling, and when the tip pierced the surface, he was caught unawares by the forceful tug from the other end. He didnt let go fast enough, stumbling forward, falling into it with two faint words whispering in his mind: Jess . . . Lucy . . .  




   “The Diatomic Quantum Flop”
by Daniel Arthur Smith
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

A college tripper and his three buddies use a nanodrug and sensory depreavtion tanks in order to experience increasingly longer periods of time inside a simultaneous, non-linear, Eastern religion fashion—a useful way of viewing the world when you’re at a casino.

 The conversation I was having was déjà vu, but at the same time I was already into tomorrow, and back to earlier in the evening walking up Martys porch, looking at the huge Om symbol on the psychedelic tapestry that curtained his window, 


from Wecks’s website   “Eighty-Three”
by Erik Wecks
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Starting at age thriteen, Noah jumps through his life—to his time as a kid, a college student, a movie producer, Rachel’s husband, and an old man—sometimes forward and sometimes backward, but (nearly) always landing in a prime-numbered year and never quite sure whether he’s really time traveling or, if he is, whether he’s able to change things.

 If I remember right, I dont have much time, so let me get to the point. Whats really hard to understand is whether or not you can change stuff. 


Davis also wrote two Quantum Leap novels.   “Excess Baggage”
by Carol Davis
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

By chance, fourteen-year-old Toby Cobb gets in the path of time-traveler John Asher who’s headed to save an important woman from the great San Francisco earthquake. As a result, both of them end up trapped in a wasteland.

 You cant change history, dude. Known fact. You cant mess with things. Create paradoxes. You could much everything up so you dont even exist, like in Back to the Future. And, like, every time travel story known to man. You shouldnt even be telling me this. 


   “Extant”
by Anthony Vicino
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Three paratroopers—Kaelyn, Zoe, and Maddix—are having a really bad jump, but fortunately they can always unwind time by a limited number of seconds.

 Time reversed, dragging at my atoms like a boat suddenly throwing down its anchor whilst traveling at full speed. Nausea and vertigo twisted about, dancing just beyond the perimeter of my mind before slamming into my chest and driving the air out of my lungs. 


   “Meddler”
by Ernie Luis
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Miller, who deals in illict drugs sent from the future, knows the eventual fate of each of his clients, but he can never intervene, not even when his all those people are dying one after another.

 I boot up my laptop and search for an old report I got on Jeff when he first started coming in. A report from the future. We call it an insight document. And it tells us everything we need to know about the future of our clients. 


from Banghart’s website   “The Nothing Gate”
by Tracy Banghart
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Teenager Juniper Young is a pariah in her own Maine town because her father was one of the messengers about the climate change that did come true. However now hes funding a solution.

 Its an escape, of sorts. But . . . but not outward. 


   “Red Mustang”
by Michael Holden
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Sixty-five-year-old Jimmy Spaulding, a combination handy-man/petty-thief, agrees to drive an old Grace Clark to an unknown destination in return for her not pressing larceny charges against him.

I liked the story’s atmosphere, but felt that the author needed better research about prices in the 60s. By my calculations, that red Mustang must have held about 70 gallons of gas—leaded gas, that is—given the price they paid for a fill-up. And teen talk was peppered with “cool” more so than “like.”

 Pulling back the tarp, I exposed a chromed grill and red paint. Peeling it back fruther, careful not to drap the tarp and bugger up the finish, I found more chrome, more red paint, and red vinyl upholstered seats. As I uncovered more and more of the car, a vague feeling of familiarity crept over me. 


Bale draws a parallel between the world in this story and Piper’s Paratime, although I’d claim that the latter has no time travel.   “Shades”
by Lucas Bale
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Every five years on the dot, William Edward McIntyre jumps forward ten years in time. Will doesn’t fully understand the pattern given that this latest jump wasn’t just ten years. And there are other things that he doesn’t understand such as why, after his first jump, he was in a world where his parents had never had a child.

 Five years later, on September 1st, 1980, just after midday, I ceased to exist for a second time. There was no flash, no blinding light or thunderouse drama. No perfect sphere of swirling lightning. I just blinked and everything changed. If I remember it right, on September 1st, 1990, which is where I was when I next opened my eyes, it was raining. 


   “The Traveler”
by Stefan Bolz
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

After a twelve-year-old boy’s father dies, the boy finds directions for making H.G. Wells’s time machine in the father’s workshop.

 What followed were twenty pages of neatly written text intertwined with drawings, sketches, and mathematical formulas. Then several pages with lists of materials. 


Forty-two of Poyner’s other uniquely bizarre short, short stories appeared in this 2013 collection.

   “The Last of Time”
by Ken Poyner
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 4 Nov 2015

The guy who cleans the time machines in the Duchy of New York tells us about his job.

 Mostly the job is scratching stray seconds and the occasional minute out of the rigging, sucking up a misplaced nanosecond that somehow got into the cockpit. 




  
 Martin and Artie’s Timeline Restoration #1
“Paris, 1835”
by Bill Johnson

Decade by decade, Martin and his AI, Artie (introduced in the second story of the series), work to restore their home timeline, continuously hoping that some other damnfool time traveler won’t come along and mess things up again.

In this first story, Martin (sans Artie) and a countess from a different timeline butt heads over whose timeline they should try to recreate.

 I was in the way back. Far, far back. I skipped downtime and uptime, back to my past and then up to my home, and everything worked find. Then one day, in the far back, I tried to go home. 


Some of Kewin’s other stories appeared in this 2012 collection.

   “Congratulations on the Purchase of
Your New Universe!”

by Simon Kewin
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 1 Dec 2015

Among other things when you buy a new universe, you must be careful to set the arrow of time correctly.

 Thanks for reading these instructions and enjoy the creation and operation of your new universe. With luck, your creation will go on to give you many billions of years of entertainment and pleasure. 



And Still More Time Travel of 2015

The story pilots haven’t yet taken these adventures out for a test drive.
  “Walk-In Bistro” by Rick Tobin, 365 Tomorrows, 6 Jan 2015
—short-term waitress time travels

  “Small Mercies” by David Atos, 365 Tomorrows, 10 Mar 2015
—a merciful time traveler

  “Time Enough for Hate” by Edward D. Thompson, 365 Tomorrows, 22 Jun 2015
—time-machine wife revenge

  “Research Authorization” by David Atos, 365 Tomorrows, 10 Jul 2015
—strict rules exist on changing the past

  “Unraveled” by Bob Newbell, 365 Tomorrows, 19 Aug 2015
—restoring the original timeline

  “{Blink}” by Brad Crawford, 365 Tomorrows, 13 Oct 2015
—an unpredictable time machine

  “Unjust” by Beck Dacus, 365 Tomorrows, 24 Oct 2015
—time machines and courts of law

  “Meeting of the Minds” by S T Xavier, 365 Tomorrows, 7 Dec 2015
—time traveler vs himselves biannually




Romance Time Travel of 2015

Bodice rips are a more workaday mode of time travel than time ships.
Ravenhurst 6: A Victorian Christmas by Lorraine Beaumont

Echo 1: Echo in Time by Lindsey Fairleigh

Echo 1.5: Resonance by Lindsey Fairleigh

A Bridge through Time by Gloria Gay

Duncurra 2: Highland Courage by Ceci Giltenan

Duncurra 3: Highland Intrigue by Ceci Giltenan

Fated Hearts 1: Highland Revenge by Ceci Giltenan

Fated Hearts 2: Highland Echos by Ceci Giltenan

Fated Hearts 3: Highland Angels by Ceci Giltenan

Pocket Watch Chronicles 1: The Pocket Watch by Ceci Giltenan

Caveman 1 by Avery Kloss

Caveman 1 by Avery Kloss

Caveman 1 by Avery Kloss

A Matter of Time by Margaret Locke

Celtic Brooch 4: The Emerald Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan

Merriweather Sisters 1: A Knight to Remember by Cynthia Luhrs

Merriweather Sisters 2: Knight Moves by Cynthia Luhrs

Merriweather Sisters 3: Lonely Is the Knight by Cynthia Luhrs

Magic of Time 2: Anywhere in Time by Melissa Mayhue

Loch Moigh 3: The Highlander's Folly by Barbara Longley

Must Love 2: Must Love Chainmail by Angela Quarles

Swept Away Saga 1: Swept Away BY Kamery Solomon (2015) by Kamery Solomon

St Mary's 0.5: The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 4.5: Christmas Present by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 5: No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 6: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 6.5: Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings by Jodi Taylor

After Cilmeri 10: Guardians of Time by Sarah Woodbury




No Time Travel.
Move along.
“For Lost Time” by Therese Arkenberg, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 22 Jan 2015 [no definite time travel ]

“Samsara and Ice” by Andy Dudak, Analog, Jan/Feb 2015 [long sleep] and [reincarnation ]

“A User’s Guide to Increments of Time” by Kat Howard, F&SF, Mar/Apr 2015 [differing time rates ]

“In the Time of Love” by Amy Sterling Casil, &F&SF, May/Jun 2015 [stopping time ]

“Dixon’s Road” by Rucgard Chwedyk, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2015 [long sleep ]

“Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World” by Caroline M. Yoachim, Lightspeed, Sep 2015 [no definite time travel ]

“Time Flies” by Carie Juettner, Nature, 3 Sep 2015 [despite title, no time travel ]

“Life/Time in the New World” by Ann Christy, The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015 [long sleep ]

“It’s All Relative at the Space-Time Café” by Norman Birnbach, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2015 [despite title, no time travel ]

“Nathaniel” by Mary Ogle, Daily Science Fiction, 21 Dec 2015 [virtual reality ]



   Legends of Tomorrow
created by Phil Klemmer, Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg
First episode: 21 Jan 2016

Time Master Rip Hunter puts together a ragtag band of misfits from the early twentieth century (he found them by watching reruns of Arrow and The Flash) to track down and stop the evil, world-conquering despot Vandal Savage.

The pilot gets one extra half star for playing The Captain and Tennille when the gang visits 1975 and another plus half star because the swollen-headed Rip got belted by both Hawkgirl and the White Canary; but it lost a half star for Rip’s own soppy background story. Beyond the pilot, though, the explanations about changes to the timeline are just whacked.

 I like being part of a team, man. 




   Synchronicity
by Jacob Gentry and Alex Orr (Gentry, director)
First release: 22 Jan 2016

Jim Beale manages to open one portal of a time machine, but he needs help from a capitalist to open the other end. It wouldn’t hurt to also have the help of the beautiful woman who just showed up, even though his best friend tells him to stay away from her.

 What you have to do to traverse a wormhole is have two openings. What we did tonight is open one end of it. 


   “Robot from the Future”
by Terry Bisson
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2016

Eleven-year-old Theodore, his enhanced dog Bette, and his Grandpa deal with a robot who’s traveled from a post-singularity future and needs a Mason jar of gas-o-line to get back home without endangering the Time line.

 “There is no Time machine,” it says. “We are not supposed to be here but our Time line pinched and we are in big trouble unless you can help.” 




   11.22.63
adapted by Bridget Carpenter
First episode: 15 Feb 2016

When Stephen King’s book was first announced, I felt skeptical: After all, could even Stephen King breath new life into the most worn-out time travel trope of all? Yet he came through, not by adding anything new to the save JFK lore, but by blending in a unique brand of horror and producing a captivating page turner. So when Hulu announced that they’d make an eight-part miniseries of the book, I looked forward to its release. Never have I been so disppointed with an adaptation of a book. The acting is admirable, but the characters and plot have been flattened, presumably based on Hulu’s assumptions about what their viewers want.

 Youre going to feel apart from other people. That doesnt go away. 




   Version Control
by Dexter Palmer
First publication: 23 Feb 2016

I don”t know whether there’s any other book with Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication data that lists the topics:
  1. Married women—Fiction.
  2. Physicists—Fiction.
  3. Quantum theory—Fiction.
The married woman is Rebecca Wright, a complex, introspective twenty-something who eventually lands a job at the online dating site Lovability; her physicist husband Philip Steiner has invented a time machine, um, excuse me, a causality violation device. I didn’t actually see any quantum physics going on, but there are multiple timelines, complex relationships, poking fun at both modern cybersocial life and modern academia, and philosophical discussions—all from my friend Marga as a gift for my 60th birthday.

 He can read her face, and can tell that she agrees the opinion that he himself is too politic to speak aloud: that the papers being delivered today are not that good. They are not very interesting. They are parsimoniously doled out fingernail parings of thought, bloated into full length by badly written prose and extensive recapitulations of material with which an audience of this kind would already be familiar. They are evidence that the desire to bide ones time in order to do good science has be sublimated to the constant drive to publish; as the saying goes, the committees that hand out funds and grand tenure cannot read, but they can count. 




   Time Travel Subway Car
by Improv Everywhere
First publication: 16 Mar 2016

What do you get when you put four sets of twins on the N-train?

 No-ma-chine! No-ma-chine! 




   “Spacedad”
by Amanda Grace Shu
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 23 Mar 2016

Clare is the time-traveler’s daughter, more or less, although she thinks that her daddy is in space. But maybe she’s right in that it certainly seems that her daddy could be a time traveler from outer space.

 He is an old man at her birth, a youth at her third birthday party, and a fifty-something when he walks her to her first day of kindergarten. 




   “The Visit”
by Christopher Jon Heuer
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 28 Mar 2016

Billy’s dad gives an incorrect explanation of why time travel is impossible, an explanation that was worn out when Astounding was still young.

 Dad, do you think time travel is possible? 


The story also appeared in this 2016 anthology.

  Dino-Mating #3
“Diamond Jim and the Dinosaurs”
by Rosemary Claire Smith
First publication: Analog, Apr 2016

Now a wildlife biologist, Dr. Marty Zuber and his girlfriend Julianna Carson head to the Mesozoic to try to head off the commercial ambitions of Marty's arch-nemesis, the always nefarious Dr. Derek Dill.

 What should you do if a mosasaur comes up out of the sewer and into your bathroom? 


   “Early Warnings”
by Martin L. Shoemaker
First publication: Analog, Apr 2016

A physicist's future me travels back in time to warn him about the perils of breaking up with Gwen.

 His story was ridiculous, but he really did look like me plus twenty years, and he knew things about me that nobody else could know. 




   Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
created by Josh Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen
First time travel: “Spacetime,” 5 Apr 2016

This show had the episode (“Spacetime”) that pushed me over the edge in the matter of whether to include precognition/premonitions in my time travel list. But when Fitz has quotes such as “You guys, there is no time—” how could I not? It may take me a while to pull in other visions-of-the-future stories, and I won’t include obvious non-examples (such as predicting the future based on elements that are available in the present moment), but I shall persevere. Here’s the reasoning behind my new ruling: If you (or Daisy) are actually getting a picture of the future, then Occam’s Razor says that information about the future is most likely traveling through time. Case closed.

 Coulson: Like, in Terminator, if John Connors alive and able to send his friend back in time to save his mom to make sure hes born, doesnt that mean he doesnt have to?
Lincoln: I, uh, never saw the original Terminator.
Coulson: Youre off the team. 


Abramowitz & Stegun

   “The Treasures of Fred”
by Sandra McDonald and Stephen D. Covey
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 8 Apr 2016

After Frederick A. Hayes dies, his daughter Charlotte finds use for various of his things, but not for his Handbook of Mathematical Functions (Abramowitz and Stegan, 1970) which some burglar repeatedly steals as he and the daughter relive the day of the funeral over and over, apparently as a consequence of a time trap that the father set.

 My father set a time trap? 




   “A Hazy Shade of Winter”
by Adam B. Levine
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 12 Apr 2016

Feeling old, a woman uses the new view-the-past technology to drop in on her younger self.

 Of course, that thought immediately slipped her mind when she turned on the news and saw the main story for the day: time travel had been discovered. 




   Paradox
by Michael Hurst (Hurst, director)
First release: 15 Apr 2016

Unless it were your job, nobody would ever watch this movie beyond four minutes, and yet, alas, such is my job. So: A mysterious, wealthy boss and his dysfunctional group of twenty-somethings build a secret time machine while the NSA surveils the affair. But when they send their first victim traveler forward, he comes back with the news that someone is murdering them all, after which the story turns into teen slashfest with bad acting, worse writing, and no interesting turns. Nevertheless, the movie does an almost perfect job when it comes to creating a single, nonparadoxical timeline.

 Jim: We have a time machine. We have a time machine! None of this has to happen, okay? Somebody goes back and they warn us not to come. So whoever the killer is, he doesnt get to kill anybody, not today.
Bubbles: Yeah, thats good.
Gale: Yeah.
Randy: No, we cant do that. Well cause a paradox! 


   The Infinite Time Series
by H.J. Lawson
First book: 26 Apr 2016

The cover blurb for Infinite Time, the first short book of a series, says Save the girl. Save the day. Save yourself. Not only that, but in the opening pages, Parker (the high-school Hero) blames himself for the death of his Uncle Ben father at the hand of a robber many years ago. Eventually Parker will get a time-travel opportunity to save his father and stop his mother from remarrying the lazy step-father, but not until the second book or later. In the first book, Parker must deal with the high-school bully, a well-written crush on a cheerleader, and a time travel setup that has him meet other time travelers who are given mysterious missions to complete.

 Its not a game, and its not a dream. I can time-travel. Clint can. Bruce, too, when hes not writing on the ground, and apparently so can you. 




   Game of Thrones
adapted by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
First definitive time travel: 22 May 2016

Throughout its first six seasons, the HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones had a handful of time-travelish moments mostly centered on young Bran’s dreams of the past. But it wasn’t until the origin story of Bran’s half-giant companion, Hodor, that we saw a definitive influence of present-day Bran on Hodor’s past. The interaction is a terrific example of a closed causal loop: Bran is observing Hodor in the past because of who Hodor is to Bran, and it is Bran’s presence that creates that very Hodor.

 The past is written; the ink is dry. 




   “Would Santayana Take It Back?”
by Joe Queenan
First publication: Philly.com, 27 May 2016

Shortly after the publication of Wells’s The Time Machine, Jorge Agustin Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás (aka George Santayana) is visited by time travelers who beseech him to never put his only historically remembered sentence.

 Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. 


   Time Squared
by Brian K. Larson
First book: 31 May 2016

In the first book, Jonas Arnell and his crew awaken at Gliese 667 after a cryogenic sleep to find that the signals they detected from Earth are coming from an abandoned version of their own ship.

 Weve got a reactant coolant leak! 


   “Flight from the Ages”
by Derek Künsken
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, May/Jun 2016

In a mind-bending story with vast ideas on every page bang, the artificial intelligence Ulixes-316 starts as a financial agent for a galaxy-spanning bank in which he and Poluphemos witness (or cause?) an explosion that sets off a wavefront that’s collapsing space time at an ever expanding rate. With this as background, time travel plays both a minor role in a light-years-wide tachyon-based computing network and the key role in how a degenerating Ulixes can take care of his damaged companion Poluphemos and take an ethically questionable step that involves rewriting the Big Bang.

 Correct, little algorithm, but we are not in your present. We transmitted ourselves by tachyons into the past, back into the stelliferous period, to one of the first galaxies. We have been working here in the morning of the Universe for twelve million years. 




  Martin and Artie’s Timeline Restoration #2
“When the Stone Eagle Flies”
by Bill Johnson

The Stone Eagle is both a sign and a meeting place for the myriad of odd ones from the future and the past, including Martin and his embedded AI, Artie. In this second adventure, they're back in ancient Mesopotamia, still trying to restore Martin's timeline.

 “The odd ones from the future and the past,” she said, matter-of-factly. “The ones who taught us that the past and future are not one simple path but more like a basket full of loose threads. And all these threads are strung together with different starting points and different events, like knots, along the threads.” 


from Powers’s website

   “The Day the Future Invaded”
by Beth Powers
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 2 Jun 2016

One Friday afternoon in the middle of winter, time travelers from the future appear along with their various gadgets and green food.

 Ruptures in space time . . . quantum [gobbledygook] . . . not linear. 


Echter is a manager for one of my favorite radio shows. (Have they ever done time travel?)

   “Time and Space Died Yesterday”
by Brandon Echter
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 17 Jun 2016

I wouldn’t say that Echter wrote a story here, but all the events of Earth history have been mashed together in his slipstream piece.

 . . . and a grandmother of three writes her suicide note in the same room that Helen is talking to her therapist, who says that the human mind is a primate one, that we are drawn to the exciting and the new and gloss over the day to day lest we go insane in the details, and the first mammals crawl into and from the trees . . . 




   “Penguins of Noah’s Ark”
by Larry Hodges
First publication: Galaxy’s Edge, Jul 2016

A bust of President George W. Bush gets thrown into a time vortex, catching fire by friction, whereupon it sets out on its task to direct various pairs of animals to Noah’s Ark—most notably, the penguin couple of Mrs. Bleep and Mr. Bleep-Bleep.

 The Bush bust passed through the vortex, catching fire through friction as it shot through time. 




   “Rules for Quantum Speed Dating”
by Austin DeMarco
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 4 Jul 2016

Even though this list of rules conflates time travel with quantum superposition, I can’t fault it overly much given that the entire notion of time is poorly understood in quantum mechanics.

 Do not worry if one of your quantum selves accidentally “kills” your grandfather in a lovers’ quarrel over your grandmothers affections. Remember, when the wave function collapses, only one of your selves will be “real.” Simply reset your parricidal self and move on. 


from McDonald’s website

   “Repeat One”
by Andrew Neil McDonald
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 28 Jul 2016

Marty meets an old man who explains how things are.

 “We exist within a glitch of the space-time continuum,” he said, hands flailing, “and are doomed to relive this exact moment, this exact conversation, forever.” 


   “Vishnu Summer”
by David Prill
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2016

Audrey lost one arm in a farm accident as a child; so now, as a young adult, she becomes fascinated when a three-armed man from the next county over is put on trial for murder.

And my interpretation is that the ending involves a brief bit of time travel, back to an alternate world that has returned to the start of Three-Arm’s trial.

 I felt like something was being stripped away from me. From inside. Like something was being unwound. I dont know it thats the right way to explain it. I couldnt explain it. It was just one of those feelings without a name. 




   “Toppers”
by Jason Sanford
First publication: Asimo’s Science Fiction, Aug 2016

Hanger-girl and other lost souls live in a future New York City of crumbling buildings and a ground-level mist that will take you if you let it. The way all this came about involves a researcher who tried to open tiny doors through time.

 The mists are time itself, or at least time as it exists here. 




   Groundhog Day, the Musical
adapted by Tim Minchin and Danny Rubin
First performance: 16 Aug 2016 at The Old Vic, London

Phil Conner sings and re-sings his day across the stage, although for me, the production had too much Frozen and not enough Grease.

 ♫If I had my time again, I would do it all the same, they say, but thats insane—surely youd want to make a couple of fixes!♫ 




   “Academic Circles”
by Peter Wood
First publication: Asimov's Science Ficton, Sep 2016

Kate Warner, assistant professor of English, doesn’t see how that dimwitted Marzano could have submitted her paper on The Man in the High Castle to The Hoboken Literary Journal 18 months before she even started writing it.

Wood creates some likeable characters, but there is no consistency in his model of time travel.

 You have a time machine and youre not doing anything important or helping anyone. All youre doing messing with me. 




   “A Snowball’s Chance”
by Larry Hodges
First publication: New Myths, Sep 2016

Trini feels responsible for the past twenty years of children who have been lost to the witch in the castle, and now she’s determined to ensure that the deadly cycle comes to an end.

 I am the most powerful witch in the world, and you are armed with a snowball. Do you know what that means? 




   ARQ
by Tony Elliot (Elliot, director)
First release: 16 Sep 2016

Ren (and eventually Hannah) are stuck in a time loop that resets each time Ren is killed by one of the Bloc— a group of violent men who at first don’t seem interested in the time-looping machine (aka ARQ).

 I already tried that. 




   “The Tim Machine”
by Matt Larsen
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 26 Sep 2016

Time travelers are among us in knitting groups and speaking to Tim through his cell phone.

 Faster than light travel makes it possible to send an observer out and back before he left. 




   Timeless
created by Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke
First episode: 3 Oct 2016

I like the show’s period sets and the three main characters: history professor Lucy Preston, timeship pilot/scientist Rufus Carlin, and Delta Force soldier Wyatt Logan. I even like the bad guy that the trio chases through time. But I’m going to use the show to illustrate two questions that I wish they’d answer:

1. Take Lucy, for example. She and her pals go back in time and change something so that when they return to the present, the previously sistered Lucy no longer has a sister, Amy. And everyone except the travelers remember the Amyless version. That Lucy is quite a different Lucy, complete with a fiancé. So what happened to that Lucy?

2. When they discover that evil Garcia Flynn has gone back to some time in history, they inevitably rush to get there quickly. Why are they rushing? And why don’t they consider going back to before Flynn’s arrival in the past to be ready for him when he arrives?

But, yeah, I like the show and their cool timeship.

 Lucy? What the hell has gotten into you? And who’s Amy? 




   “When Grandfather Returns”
by Sharon N. Farber (as by S.N. Dyer)
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2016

In the times of the conquistadors, young Thunder Cries is such a hellion that his parents eventually give him over to the spirits to raise.

 When all was quiet, he walked into the future in his dreams. He saw these Turtle Men at a village like his mother's, perhaps his mother's village. All villages met the same fate. 


from myjewishlearning.com

   “The Compromise”
by Karin Terebessy
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 1 Nov 2016

In a ghetto, a time traveler asks Leo to gather together ten men to sing a kaddish for the traveler’s long gone grandfather.

 Two months earlier, the time traveler had appeared, and taught Leo the mourners Kaddish. 




   “How the Damned Live On”
by James Sallis
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2016

A island castaway discusses life with a spider named Mmdhf who understands time as a single whole that has already been written.

 The closest I can come to the giant spiders name is Mmdhf. She loves to talk philosophy. 




   Travelers
created by Brad Wright
First episode: 23 Dec 2016

Earth’s outlook is pretty grim, which we know because small groups of travelers from the future are taking over the bodies of present-day people with the goal of altering the shape of things that came. I enjoy how the bodies of the star team (Grant, Marcy, Carly, Trevor, and Philip) don’t always match those of their future counterparts.

 We, the last and broken memories, vow to undo the errors of our ancestors, to make the Earth whole, the lost unlost, at the peril of our own birth. 



And Still More Time Travel of 2016

The story pilots haven’t yet taken these adventures out for a test drive.
  “New Under the Sun” by Janet Shell Anderson, 365 Tomorrows, 28 Jan 2016
—circular time on a prison planet

  “This Is the Most Important Job You Have to Do” by Danielle Bodnar, 365 Tomorrows, 10 Feb 2016
—postapocalytic time machine

  “Hydrogen Butterfly” by Glenn S. Austin, 365 Tomorrows, 4 Apr 2016
—back to the primordial solar system

  “Stricken from the Record of Space and Time” by Charlie Sandefer, 365 Tomorrows, 12 Apr 2016
—saving a scientist’s son

  “Paradox Lost” by Bob Newbell, 365 Tomorrows, 29 Apr 2016
—a grandfather paradox

  “Eight Minutes” by Jonathan K. Harline, 365 Tomorrows, 31 May 2016
—end-of-world time loop

  “TimeCorp” by Steven Journey, 365 Tomorrows, 30 Jun 2016
—that whole Earth-is-moving business

  “The Timekeepers” by Matthew Harrison, 365 Tomorrows, 11 Jul 2016
—a 13-hour watch controls time

  “Matured” by Jae Miles, 365 Tomorrows, 12 Jul 2016
—illicit sampling of past food and wine

  “Nothing but Time” by Stephen R. Smith, 365 Tomorrows, 29 Jul 2016
—trapped in a long time loop as an observer

  “One Man’s Trash . . .” by Edward D. Thompson, 365 Tomorrows, 30 Jul 2016
—mining the past for trash

  “Running Back” by Beck Dacus, 365 Tomorrows, 17 Sep 2016
—time reversal at a 1 to –1 ratio

  “The Ouroboros Ship” by T.N. Allan, 365 Tomorrows, 19 Oct 2016
—timeloop on a spaceship with no food

  “My Name is Alex” by Russell Bert Waters, 365 Tomorrows, 4 Nov 2016
—Alex seems to repeat his Saturday

  “The Dandelion Clock” by Robin Husen, 365 Tomorrows, 6 Nov 2016
—going back to save the city from fire

  “Erasure” by Andi Dobek, 365 Tomorrows, 5 Dec 2016
—fix your mistakes with a blackmarket time machine

  “The Tomorrow” by Jae Miles, 365 Tomorrows, 7 Dec 2016
—Vienna in the early 1900s

  “Reversion” by Beck Dacus, 365 Tomorrows, 21 Dec 2016
—a button to return you to age eight

  “Time Inc.” by Travis Gregg, 365 Tomorrows, 22 Dec 2016
—each trip back creates an alternate reality




Romance Time Travel of 2016

Bodice rips are a more workaday mode of time travel than time ships.
Scottish Time Travel: Lost in the Highlands by Lorraine Beaumont

River of Time California 1: Three Wishes by Lisa Tawn Bergren

River of Time California 2: Four Winds by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown

Hearts of Time 1: Silver Hearts by C.R. Charles

Echo 2: Time Anomaly by Lindsey Fairleigh

Echo 2.5: Dissonance by Lindsey Fairleigh

Echo 3: Richochet through Time by Lindsey Fairleigh

Love in Time by Barbara Gabaldon

Pocket Watch Chronicles 2: The Midwife by Ceci Giltenan

Pocket Watch Chronicles 3: Once Found by Ceci Giltenan

Pocket Watch Chronicles 4: The Christmas Present by Ceci Giltenan

Twist of Fate by Kathryn Kelly

Vampire Girl 1: Vampire Girl BY Karpov Kinrade (2016) by Karpov Kinrade

Vampire Girl 2: Midnight Star BY Karpov Kinrade (2016) by Karpov Kinrade

Vampire Girl 3: Silver Flame BY Karpov Kinrade (2016) by Karpov Kinrade

Tales of a Traveler 3: Ironheart Anselm's Tale by N.J. Layouni

Celtic Brooch 5: The Broken Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan

Celtic Brooch 6: The Three Brooches by Katherine Lowry Logan

Celtic Brooch 7: The Diamond Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan

Thornton 1: Darkest Knight by Cynthia Luhrs

Thornton 2: Forever Knight by Cynthia Luhrs

Thornton 3: First Knight by Cynthia Luhrs

Mail Order Bride 1: Touched by Time by Zoe Matthews and Jade Jenson

Mail Order Bride 2: River of Time by Zoe Matthews and Jade Jenson

Loch Moigh 4: The Highlander's Vow by Barbara Longley

Must Love 3: Must Love Kilts by Angela Quarles

Swept Away Saga 2: Carried Away BY Kamery Solomon (2016) by Kamery Solomon

Dunskey Castle 1: Tavish by Jane Stain

Thief in Time 1: A Thief in Time by Cidney Swanson

Spirit Path 3: The Forbidden Path by Tammy Tate

St Mary's 7: Lies, Damned Lies, and History by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 7.5: The Great St. Mary's Day Out by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 7.6: My Name Is Markham by Jodi Taylor

Magic in Morgan's Crossing by Janet Wellington

After Cilmeri 11: Masters of Time by Sarah Woodbury

After Cilmeri 12: Outpost in Time by Sarah Woodbury




No Time Travel.
Move along.
Sherlock (“The Abominable Bride”) adapted by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, 1 Jan 2016 [just a dream ]

Quantum Break by Microsoft, (included with game), 5 Apr 2016 [time phenomena without time travel ]

“The Gettysburg Game” by Jeff Calhoun, Galaxy’s Edge, May 2016 [virtual reality ]

“Hold the Moment” by Marie Vibbert, Analog, Jun 2016 [personal time rate differences ]

“Rats Dream of the Future” by Paul McAuley, Asimov’s, Jun 2016 [predictions ]



  Martin and Artie’s Timeline Restoration #3
“Whending My Way Back Home”
by Bill Johnson

Martin and his AI, Artie, are in ancient Carthage, a few centuries after their second escapade. Seems like they're making progress toward their future timeline, but looks can be deceiving.

 Perfection, of any kind, was an error. 


from Muenzler’s website

   “The Way We Fall”
by Michelle Muenzler
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 26 Jan 2017

A man responds to a break-up by diving off a building, which causes a time loop.

 Or is it the first— 




   “Still Life with Abyss”
by Jim Grimsley
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2017

Teams of researchers from a nebulous future observe branching timelines in their past, with a particular fascination for the one man who has never made a choice that forked off a new line.

 Hes a human freak as far as Im concerned. Whatever I think of him, it doesnt affect my work. 


A spiral is mandatory for a time-travel watch.

   “One of a Kind”
by Maurice Forrester
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 26 Feb 2017

Advertisements for a pocket watch with time-traveling properties are followed from 1895, into the future, and back.

 Offered for private sale is a gold watch engineered to allow the discriminating Gentleman the opportunity to experience time in a new way. This is a one-of-a-kind item. Serious inquiries only. Reply to Box 154 at this newspaper. 




   Making History
created by Julius Sharpe
First episode: 5 Mar 2017

When university janitor Dan Chambers invents a time machine (really more of a time duffle bag), he decides to use it to land a girlfriend in Colonial Massachusetts. His plan succeeds, but along the way, he manages to stop the American Revolution, a consequence that can be righted only by bringing history professor Chris Parrish into the fold.

 After seeing that Peppermint Patricia wrapper, I knew that any society that could mix two separate flavors like mint and chocolate is more open-minded than I could ever fathom. We must start this revolution so that the women of the future can feel the freedom that I felt in those brief moments. 




   Time after Time
adapted by Kevin Williamson
First episode: 5 Mar 2017

H.G. Wells chasing Jack the Ripper through time did’t manage to translate from the 1979 silver screen to the 2017 small screen, although I enjoyed the Paris episode before the show was prematurely canceled.

The model of time travel was particularly troublesome in that I never did understand why H.G’s first trip took him to the museum.

 Its inevitable: Science and technology will advance beyond all imagination, forcing society to perfect itself. Imagine who you could be if you didnt live in fear. Or more importantly, imagine the stories you could write if your life was full of adventure. 


from Halbach’s website   “Alexander’s Theory of Special Relativity”
by Shane Halbach
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

After Alexander accidentally strands his girlfriend in the future, he has trouble reestablishing relations with her.

 She turned and slapped him hard across the face. 


aerial view of Masada   “Eli’s Coming”
by Catherine Wells
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

Eli ben Aryeh, the founder and head of Time Sharing Adventures, is aiming for the year 10 BCE, but he misses by 75 years and ends up instead at the Romans siege of Masada where he is mistaken for the prophet Elijah.

 But they hadnt existed at the time of Herod the Great. And they hadnt captured Masada until—what, 66 CE? 


C.L. Moore never received a Grand Master award, which is given only to living authors.   “Grandmaster”
by Jay O’Connell
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

While her husband is asleep on the couch, renowned science fiction writer C.L. Moore receives a visitor from the future who presents her with a well-deserved award that she never received while alive.

 Shes thirty-six but has felt the same inside since fifteen, when shed read a pulp magazine and knew with absolute certainty what she wanted to do with her life. 


Six other stories by Flynn appeared in this 2012 collection.   “Nexus”
by Michael F. Flynn
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

The lives of Siddhar Nagkmur (a regretful alien time traveler) and Stacey Papandreon (a tired immortal) converge for the second time since 522 AD; throw in some more aliens and a desperate need to repair the timeline to complete the story.

 Nagkmur finds a chronology on the Internet and searches out a year halfway between the present and their encounter in sixth century Constantinople. The quickest way to identify when things went awry, he tells her, is to work by halves. If AD 1300 is undisturbed, the change came later; otherwise, earlier. 


interior art from Analog   “Shakesville”
by Adam Troy-Castro and Alvara Zinos-Amaro
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

Fifty future versions of a man show up in his apartment (49 of whom are corrupted) to warn him of an impending fateful decision that his must make correctly.

 Its not anything fatal. You know it cant be anything fatal, because if it was, thent here would be no future self who could be sent back to warn you. 


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry from The Prisma   “The Snatchers”
by Edward McDermott
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

Max, an experienced snatcher of Valuables from the past, joins with newby Nichole to snatch the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry from his death in World War II.

 Fifty percent of snatchers dont return from their first. Why? Because time is a malevolent killer that tries to eradicate us when we jaunt. But you know all that. 


   “Time Heals”
by James C. Glass
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

John’s hatred of his stepfather leads him to the kind of time jump activity that Time Adventures explicitly forbids.

 His second attempt had not been so subtle, a handgun and cartridges smuggled past Time Adventures people who didnt even bother to check his luggage. 




   Dimension 404
created by Will Campos, Dez Dolly, Daniel Johnson, and David Welch
First time travel: 4 Apr 2017

The Twilight Zone rides again, but this time on streaming tv (Hulu)! The first three episodes, all released on April 4, included a Wishbone meets Captain Planet episode, “Chronos”, with a model of time-travel that made no sense (but was still a hoot).

 You know youve got the wrong equation for closed timelike curves, right? 




   “How Long Is a Time Loop?”
by H. Burford-Reade
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 17 Apr 2017

This first-person account draws a parallel between living with dementia and living in a time loop.

 “So, what exactly is a time loop?” I ask, on a wet winters night, as I take my shoes off and recline on the professors sofa. 




   “Letters Found on the Backs of Pepper Labels next to a Skeleton in an 800-Year-Old Hibernation Capsule Ruputured by What Looks Like Sword Damage”
by Luc Reid
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 25 Apr 2017

A narcissist tricks his grad student into taking him back to Medieval England.

 I told him I was going to be a king in Medieval Times, and here I am getting rich. 


   Drivetime Machine Commercials
First publication: circa Jun 2017

 You warned us you'd be difficult. 




   Don’t Matter Now
by George Ezra
First publication: 16 Jun 2017

Hannah swears that George, the Volvo, and the dog all time travel at the end of Dont Matter Now, which would explain why he’s speaking in a language they don’t know.

 ♫Speak in a language they don’t know
It don’t matter now♫
 


from Shvartsman’s website

   “The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis”
by Alex Shvartsman
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 31 Jul 2017

Apparently, you can go back to punch Hitler.

 If punching Nazis is punishable by death, youve arrived too early. 




   “Other Worlds and This One”
by Cadwell Turnbull
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2017

In his universe, where the narrator lives with his difficult brother and mother, he had no ability to travel to other times and places, but he can visit pretty much any time or place (especially places with Hugh Everett) in any of the other myriad universes from the vast multiverse which are all fixed in stone.

 What I cant do is change anything. I cant change the course of history. I cant make it so that things work out. Every universe exists complete from the start. Its all already happened. 




   Naked
by Alvarez, Knutsson, Knutsson, Koller, and Wayans (Tiddes, director)
First release: 11 Aug 2017

Rob Anderson wakes up naked in an elevator and late for his wedding, and every time the church bell rings, he’s back at the beginning again.

 You are sending me back in time . . . ah, well, not you—God! 


   “An Incident in the Literary Life of Nathan Arkwright”
by Allen M. Steele
First publication: Asimov's Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 2017

Nathan Arkwright, one of the big four of golden-age science fiction writers, is considering whether there's any point to continuing with his Galaxy Patrol series when he gets invited out to dinner by an odd couple with a brand new car.

 Your novels are popular now, but in time your work will become even more esteemed . . . more valuable . . . than you can ever know. 




   “The City’s Gratitude”
by Meg Candelaria
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 18 Sep 2017

A man from the future wants to avert a disaster, but the assigned police officer thinks he’s just a loonie.

 Youre from the future and its very important you talk to the mayor right now about a horrible threat that we have to avert. 




   The Orville
created by Seth MacFarlane
First time travel: 5 Oct 2017 (“Pria”)

It didn’t take long for MacFarlane’s slightly zany Star Trek parody to introduce us to Pria, a collector visitor from their far-future, who grabs people only just before they’re about to die. I know the show has a bit of a comedy take, but I love their excellent take on so many classic sf tropes.

 When we get to my century, I'll introduce you to Amelia Earhart. 




  Martin and Artie’s Timeline Restoration #4
“Hybrid Blue, by Firelight”
by Bill Johnson

It seems that each successive story takes the time traveler and his AI further in time from their goal. This episode, rife with Neanderthals and Denisovans, starts off in 42,967 BCE.

 What do you get when a Neanderthal, a Denisovan, and a Red Deer Cave sit down around a table together? 


artwork by Gerald Kelley

   “The Ant and the Grasshoppers”
by Ian Randal Strock
First publication: Daily Science Fiction 16 Nov 2017

When the narrator realizes that Earth is about to be destroyed by an aseroid, he sends the whole planet back in time ten years.

 If only I had never known, I could have been happier. 




   Dear Principal
by Stephen Callaghan
First publication: 6 Dec 2017

 When Ruby left for school yesterday it was 2017 but when she returned home in the afternoon she was from 1968.
   I know this to be the case as Ruby informed me that the “girls” in Year 6 would be attending the school library to get their hair and make-up done on Monday afternoon while the “boys” are going to Bunnings [hardware store].
 



Romance Time Travel of 2017

Bodice rips are a more workaday mode of time travel than time ships.
Premier Academy 1: As Shiny as a Comet by Dani Corlee

Premier Academy 2: It Was the Time of Romeo and Juliet by Dani Corlee

Forever Young by Gloria Gay

Royal 1: A Royal Affair by Christina George

Royal 2: A Royal Scandal by Christina George

Royal 3: A Royal Romance by Christina George

Duncurra 4: Highland Redemption by Ceci Giltenan

Pocket Watch Chronicles 5: The Choice by Ceci Giltenan

A Waltz in Time by Eva Harlowe

Vampire Girl 4: Moonlight Prince BY Karpov Kinrade (2017) by Karpov Kinrade

Knights through Time Travel 1: Beyond Time by Cynthia Luhrs

Mail Order Bride 3: Winds of Time by Zoe Matthews and Jade Jenson

Mail Order Bride 4: Secrets of Time by Zoe Matthews and Jade Jenson

Mail Order Bride 5: Changed by Time by Zoe Matthews and Jade Jenson

Magic of Time 3: Time to Spare by Melissa Mayhue

Fairy Tales across Time 1: The Earl Finds a Bride by Bess McBride

Highland Hearts Afire 1: Talisman of Light by B.J. Scott

Highland Hearts Afire 2: Forever and Beyond by B.J. Scott

Swept Away Saga 3: Hidden Away BY Kamery Solomon (2017) by Kamery Solomon

Dunskey Castle 2: Seuman by Jane Stain

Dunskey Castle 3: Tomas by Jane Stain

Hadrian's Wall 1: Time of the Celts by Jane Stain

Thief in Time 2: A Flight in Time by Cidney Swanson

St Mary's 7.7: Desiccated Water by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 8: And the Rest Is History by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 8.5: Markham and the Anal Probing by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 8.6: A Perfect Storm by Jodi Taylor

After Cilmeri 13: Shades of Time by Sarah Woodbury




No Time Travel.
Move along.
“After the Atrocity” by Ian Creasey, Asimov’s, Mar/Apr 2017 [clones ]

“Kitty Hawk” by Alan Smale, Asimov’s, Mar/Apr 2017 [despite title, no time travel ]

“A Singular Event in the Fourth Dimension” by Andrea M. Pawley, Asimov’s, Mar/Apr 2017 [despite title, no time travel ]

“Tao Zero” by Damien Broderick, Asimov’s, Mar/Apr 2017 [despite title, no time travel ]

“The Wisdom of the Group” by Ian R. MacLeod, Asimov’s, Mar/Apr 2017 [predictions ]

“Precognition” by Alex Drozd, Daily Science Fiction, 30 May 2017 [precognition ]

“Triceratops” by Ian McHugh, Asimov’s, May/Jun 2017 [despite title, no time travel ]

“Time Travel Is Only for the Poor” by S.L. Huang, Analog, Nov/Dec 2017 [long sleep ]

 


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