The Big List of Time Travel Adventures

 Written by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
 from antiquity to 2017



   “The Gallery of His Dreams”
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Axolotl Press, Jul 1991

Having spent his life and his fortune documenting the American Civil War, pioneering photographer Mathew Brady is repeatedly visited by a woman of the future who asks him to photograph the horrors of the wars she knows, starting with Hiroshima.

 Im sorry, maam,” Brady said. He didnt turn to see which portraits she had indicated. “I didnt mean to offend you. These portraits show what war really is, and I think its something we need to remember lest we try it again.” 


The story also appeared online for the
Free Fiction Monday
of 5 Aug 2013.
   “Blood Trail”
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Past Imperfect, Nov 2001

Detective Wheldon, the top man in NYPD Homicide is approached by two FBI agents who offer to let him go back in time two weeks to observe the 4th killing by a serial killer.

This is the first story in Future Imperfect, a 2001 anthology of 12 original time-travel stories, co-edited by the prolific anthology Martin H. Greenberg (1941-2011) who was also a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.

 When it became clear that time travel was even a remote possibility, the government bought a lot of scientists. Those who didnt play got discredited. 


   The Diving Universe Series
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First story: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2005

I haven’t followed all of the stories in Rusch’s Diving Universe, so I can’t tell you which of the stories and novels have a significant time-traveling aspect caused by the space-folding anacopa. But in “Becoming One with the Ghosts” (Asimovs, Oct/Nov 2010), the starship Ivoire gets folded 5000 years into the future. Later, while trying to shut down an anacapa drive gone bad in “Encounter on Starbase Kappa” (Asimovs, Oct/Nov 2013), Captain Jonathan “Coop” just might have a chance to return the ship and the crew to their own time.
  1. A. Diving into the Wreck (Dec 2005) Asimovs
  2. B. Room of Lost Souls (Apr/May 2008) Asimovs
  3. The Spires of Denon (Apr/May 2009) Asimovs
  4. Diving into the Wreck (Nov 2009) includes parts of A and B
  5. Becoming One with the Ghosts (Oct/Nov 2010) Asimovs
  6. Becalmed (Apr/May 2011) Asimovs
  7. City of Ruins (May 2011)
  8. Stealth (Oct/Nov 2011) Asimovs
  9. The Spires of Denon (Apr/May 2009) Asimovs
  10. Boneyards (Jan 2012)
  11. Skirmishes (Apr 2013)
  12. Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls (May 2013) Asimovs
  13. The Application of Hope (Aug 2013) Asimovs
  14. Encounter on Starbase Kappa (Oct/Nov 2013) Asimovs
  15. The Runabout (May/Jun 2017) Asimovs

 Later, he learned that the anacapa malfunctioned, buringing him and his crew five thousand years into their future. 


   “Red Letter Day”
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Analog, Sep 2010

Without completely forbidding it, the government allows limited time travel: Each person may send a single letter from himself or herself at age 50 back to age 18 with information about a single event, though not everyone sends the letter and not everyone approves of the procedure. Our narrator did not receive the letter when she was young, and now she approaches 50 as a counselor for others who do not receive a letter.

 You know the arguments: If God had wanted us to travel through time, the devout claim, he would have given us the ability to do so. If God had wanted us to travel through time, the scientists say, he would have given us the ability to understand time travel—and oh! Look! Hes done that. 




   “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. 


   “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. 


 


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