| || 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:
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.
- Married women—Fiction.
- Quantum theory—Fiction.
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 one’s 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.
| || 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 Connor’s alive and able to send his friend back in time to save his mom to make sure he’s born, doesn’t that mean he doesn’t have to?
Lincoln: I, uh, never saw the original Terminator.
Coulson: You’re off the team.
| || 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 doesn’t get to kill anybody, not today.
Bubbles: Yeah, that’s good.
Randy: No, we can’t do that. We’ll 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.
It’s not a game, and it’s not a dream. I can time-travel. Clint can. Bruce, too, when he’s not writing on the ground, and apparently so can you.
| || 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.
“New Under the Sun” by Janet Shell Anderson, 365 Tomorrows, 28 Jan 2016
And Still More Time Travel of 2016
The story pilots haven’t yet taken these adventures out for a test drive.
—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
Scottish Time Travel: Lost in the Highlands by Lorraine Beaumont
Romance Time Travel of 2016
Bodice rips are a more workaday mode of time travel than time ships.
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 ]