The Big List of Time Travel Adventures

 Written by Harlan Ellison
 from antiquity to 2017



   “Soldier from the Future”
aka “Soldier”
by Harlan Ellison
First publication: Fantastic Universe, Oct 1957

Qarlo Clobregnny (aka pryt sizfifwunohtootoonyn), psychologically and physically conditioned as a foot soldier from the moment of birth, is transported from the time of Great War VII to a 1950s subway platform where he and his story eventually become a force in an unexpected direction.

A few years later, the story was the basis of an Outer Limits episode.

 No matter how violent, how involved, how pushbutton-ridden Wars became, it always simmered down to the man on foot. It had to, for men fought men still. 




   “The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World”
by Harlan Ellison
First publication: Dangerous Visions, Oct 1967

A pedestrian blood-and-guts version of Jack the Ripper is pulled from 1888 into a sterile city of the future where he promptly slays Hernon’s granddaughter, an occurrance that leaves the equally evil Hernon unrattled.

 He had looked up as light flooded him in that other place. It had been soot silent in Spitalfields, but suddenly, without any sense of having moved or having been moved, he was flooded with light. And when he looked up he was in tht other place. Paused now, only a few minutes after the transfer, he leaned against the bright wall of the city, and recalled the light. 




   “The Beast That Shouted Love”
aka “The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World”
by Harlan Ellison
First publication: Galaxy, Jun 1968

For me, this nontraditional story didn’t bring any clarity to the notion of evil—but perhaps that’s what was intended, to artistically portray the incomprehensible nature of evil. Still, even without clarity, it was worth reading the award-winning story of evil being distilled and somehow sent throughout time by two future aliens: it stretched my understanding of story and helped me comprehend The Incredible Hulk 140.

 Seven dog-heads slept. 


   “One Life,
Furnished in Early Poverty”

by Harlan Ellison
First publication: Orbit 8, Oct 1970

At 42, Gus Rosenthal is in a place of security, importance, recogntion—in short, the perfect time to dig up that toy soldier that he buried in his back yard 30 years ago with the knowledge that doing so will take him back to that time to be an influence on an angry, bullied 12-year-old Gus.

 My thoughts were of myself: I’m coming to save you. I’m coming, Gus. You won’t hurt any more . . . you’ll never hurt. 


   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. 


 


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