Time-Travel Fiction

  Storypilot’s Big List of Adventures in Time Travel


Clyde Crashcup
created by Ross Bagdasarian
First time travel: 31 Jan 1962

As a separate feature in The Alvin Show, Quirky Clyde Crashcup (with his assistant Leonardo) invented everything from babies to...a time machine that reverses all time. [Sep 2012]

 I should like to remind you that all of you who witnessed this demonstration are five minutes younger than you were when we started. 


The Three Stooges Meet Hercules
by Norman Maurer and Elwood Ullman
First release: 15 Feb 1962

I’m a disgrace to my gender, as I coitainly never received the Three Stooges gene. [Jun 2012]

 I’ll smash the first guy who says it’s all Greek to him. 






The Times Without Numbers Stories
by John Brunner
First story: Science Fiction Adventure, #25, Mar 1962

In an alternate Spanish-dominated 20th century, Don Miguel Navarro is a time traveller in the western world’s Society of Time who are locked in a time-travel cold war with the Confederacy of the East, not to mention their task of tracking down various time crimes.

I try to avoid major spoilers (stop reading now, if you wish), but the reason that Don Miguel ends up in a world without time travel is one that I thought of (long after Brunner) based on fixed-points in mathematics. That idea alone gives the story an extra star.

The original three stories appeared in three consecutive issues of Science Fiction Adventure, and they were later fixed up into a short novel that was subsequently expanded. It’s the expanded version that I read from the CU library. [Apr 2014]
 TitlePublication 
”Spoil of Yesterday“Science Fiction Adventure, Mar 1962
“The Word Not Written“Science Fiction Adventure, May 1962
“The Fullness of Time”Science Fiction Adventure, Jul 1962
Times Without Numbers1962 fix-up novel
Times Without Numbers1969 expanded

 It wasn’t only the embarrassing experience of being shown off around the hall by her—as it were, a real live time-traveller, exclamation point, in the same tone of voice as one would say, “A real live tiger!” That happened too often for members of the Society of Time not to have grown used to it; there were, after all, fewer than a thousand of them in the whole of the Empire. 










Marvel Superhero Comics
fearlessly led by Stan Lee
First time travel: Fantastic Four 5, Jul 1962
The Marvel Brand began as early as 1939 with the first edition of Marvel Comics. Throughout the ’40s and ’50s, some of the Timely and Atlas comics had the slogan “A Marvel Magazine,” ”Marvel Comic,” or a small “MC” on the cover (such as Tiny Tessie 24, which I found in my dad’s stash).

As for me, I was hooked when Marvel started publishing the Fantastic Four in 1961. During the sixties, I devoured all 831 Marvel superhero comics as they arrived at the local Rexall Drug Store. By my count, 37 of those 831 issues in the ’60s involved superhero time travel, starting with Fantastic Four #5 in July 1962. After 1969, there was no time travel in comic books, not ever (or, if you prefer, you may count everything as time travel, but never mind). Are you suprised that Spider-man never took off in time during the ’60s? He did come close in Avengers #11, but in any case, here are those occurrences: [Jun 1962]
 TitleNotes 
Fantastic Four 5 (Jul 1962)FF to time of Blackbeard
Journey into Mystery 86 (Nov 1962)Thor vs Zarkko, the Tomorrow Man
Journey into Mystery 101 (Feb 1963)Thor travels to future to be Zarkko slave
Journey into Mystery 102 (Feb 1963)   Thor returns to the present, a free god!
Tales of Suspense 44 (Aug 1963)Iron Man to time of Cleopatra
Fantastic Four 19 (Oct 1963)FF to ancient Egypt
Strange Tales 123 (Aug 1963)Doc Strange sends Thor’s hammer back
Fantastic Four 23 (Feb 1964)Dinosaur to Baxter Building
Avengers 8 (Sep 1964)Kang the Conqueror from the future
Fantastic Four Annual 2 (Sep 1964)FF vs Rama-Tut [reprint and new]
Strange Tales 124 (Sep 1964)Doc Strange to time of Cleopatra
Avengers 10 (Nov 1964)Immortus (aka Kang) from the future
Avengers 11 (Dec 1964)Kang (again) and Spider-Man (sort of)
Fantastic Four 34 (Jan 1965)Gideon uses Doom’s machine
Strange Tales 129 (Feb 1965)Doc Strange travels back an hour or so
Strange Tales 134 (Jul 1965)FF vs Kang
Fantastic Four Annual 3 (Sep 1965)Cadre of villains sent to the past
Avengers 23 (Dec 1965)Avengers defeated by Kang in the future
Journey into Mystery 122 (Nov 1965)Thor moves Hobbs through time
Avengers 24 (Jan 1966)Avengers defeat Kang in the future!
Tales to Astonish 75 (Jan 1966)Hulk to post-apocalyptic future
Tales to Astonish 76 (Feb 1966)Hulk vs King Arrkam in the future
Tales to Astonish 77 (Mar 1966)Hulk vs the Executioner in the future
Tales to Astonish 78 (Apr 1966)Hulk returns from post-apocalyptic future
Avengers 28 (May 1966)Collector/Beetle in time machine
Strange Tales 148 (Sep 1966)Book of Vishanti to ancient times
Strange Tales 150 (Nov 1966)Doc Strange to ancient Babylon
Thor 140 (May 1967)Thor vs Growing Man (Kang’s minion)
Avengers 56 (Sep 1968)To World War II
Avengers Annual 2 (Sep 1968)The Scarlett Centurion (aka Kang)
Iron Man 5 (Sep 1968)Warriors from 24th century
Marvel Super-Heroes 18 (Jan 1969)Guardians of the Galaxy from the Future
Marvel Super-Heroes 20 (May 1969)Diablo uses Doom’s time platform
Silver Surfer 6 (Jun 1969)To the future and back by traveling fast
Avengers 69 (Oct 1969)Avengers vs Kang in 41st century
Avengers 70 (Nov 1969)Avengers vs Squadron Sinister
Avengers 71 (Dec 1969)Avengers to 1941 vs Invaders

 And now I shall send you back...hundreds of years into the past! You will have forty-eight hours to bring me Blackbeard’s treasure chest! Do not fail! 
—Dr. Doom in Fantastic Four #5




Dell/Gold Key Spin-Off Comics
First time travel: Dell Movie Classics 208, Aug 1962
In addition to the well-known comic book adaptation of The Time Machine, Dell and Gold Key comics had numerous movie and tv spin-offs in the 60s, some of which had time travel. Some were just one-shots (such as The Three Stooges Meet Hercules in Dell Movie Classics 208; and Hector Heathcote in 1964) while others were series (such as the short-lived two issues of The Time Tunnel in 1967). As I find others, I’ll add them to my time travel comic book page. [Feb 1967]

 Two scientists are hurled helpless into the lost world of time! 
—from the cover of The Time Tunnel 1.


Harvey
founded by Alfred Harvey
First time travel: Richie Rich 13, Oct 1962
I’m sure I’ll find some earlier time travel in Harvey Comics, but Richie Rich #13 was the first Harvey Comic that I ever bought (the same month as Fantastic Four #7). On the cover, the poor little rich boy was watching his big-screen tv with a master control that also indicated movies, hi-fi, phono-vision, short wave and satellites. And inside he time traveled to visit his ancestor Midas Rich. What more could a six-year-old want? [Sep 1962]

 Away we go, Mawster Richie! 
—Alas, I no longer have #13, so I don’t know whether Cadbury said this or not, but he should have!


“Time Has No Boundaries”
aka "The Face in the Photo"
by Jack Finney
First publication: The Saturday Evening Post, 13 Oct 1962


Young physics Professor Weygand is questioned by Instructor Martin O. Ihren about the disappearance of several recent criminals who have shown up in very old photos. [Mar 2005]

 I did, and saw what he meant; a face in the old picture almost identical with the one in the Wanted poster. It had the same astonishing length, the broad chin seeming nearly as wide as the cheekbones, and I looked up at Ihren. “ Who is it? His father? His grandfather?” 


Astro Boy
aka Tetsuwan Atomu
created by Osamu Tezuka
First U.S. syndication: 1963


Astro Boy began as a Japanese comic (manga) in 1952 and then became an anime cartoon before anybody knew what anime was. The cartoons of the 21st century Pinocchioish robot boy were dubbed in English and syndicated in the U.S. starting in 1963. I do remember one time-travel episode in which Astro Boy stopped a time-traveling collector from the future who was after ancient animals and people for his zoo; and I suspect there was more time travel in the manga and later U.S. cartoons. [circa 1963]

 Dad’s taking animals and plants and even people back with him to display in the 23rd century. 
—“Time Machine” (1963)


Time Cat
by Lloyd Alexander
First publication: 1963

Jason’s cat, Gareth, calmly reveals that he can take Jason to nine different times, and the history lessons ensue. [Aug 2012]

 I can visit nine different lives. Anywhere, any time, any country, any century. 


“Who Else Could I Count On?”
by Manly Wade Wellman
First publication: Who Fears the Devil?, 1963

Wellman’s tall-tales character of John the Balladeer has a conversation with an old man who came from forty years in the future to stop a terrible war. [Jul 2013]

 I’ve come back to this day and time to keep it from starting, if I can. Come with me, John, we’ll go to the rulers of this world. We’ll make them believe, too, make them see that the war mustn’t start. 


Brain Boy
created by Herb Castle and Gil Kane
First time travel: Brain Boy #4, Mar/May 1963


All you really need to be a superhero is to be really smart. That’s Brain Boy, and he battled a time machine in #4 (Mar/May 1963). [Sep 1971]

 And you haven’t asked what the late Professor Krisher was working on. It was the practical application of a theory of time travel! Going back in time—say to civil war days, or the days of the Roman Empire! 


A Hoax in Time
by Keith Laumer
First publication: Fantastic, Jun-Aug 1963
I haven’t yet read this serialized version that Laumer expanded to the novel The Great Time Machine Hoax in 1964, though I think this shorter version might have been published in the Armchair Fiction Double Novel #31 in 2011).

“Flux”
by Michael Moorcock and Barrington J. Bayley
First publication: New Worlds, Jul 1963
When the government of the European Economic Community has no idea what to do next, they send Marshall-in-Chief Max File ten years into the future to find out the eventual effects of their actions.

Although this story was too abstract for my taste, I did enjoy the early presentation of what today might be called a Boltzmann Brain. [Apr 2012]

 The world from which he had come, or any other world for that matter, could dissipate into its component elements at any instant, or could have come into being at any previous instant, complete with everybody’s memories! 


The Gasman Cometh
by Michael Flanders and Larry Swann
First publication: in the show At the Drop of Another Hat, 2 Oct 1963

When Janet asked why I was listening to this favorite of hers one Saturday morning, I told her I was adding it to my time travel page. She just rolled her eyes and said, “I never would have guessed.” [Jun 1980]

 ’Twas on a Monday morning, the gasman came to call... 


Dr. Who
created by Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, and Donald Wilson
First episode: 23 Nov 1963

Sadly, I’ve never been a vassel of the Time Lord, though I’ve seen his pull on his other subjects such as my student Viktor who gave me a run-down of the tv and movie series and spin-offs. In exchange, I guaranteed him at least a 4-star rating and he promised to never again mention the short story, comic book, audio book, radio, cartoon, novel, t-shirt, stage and coffee mug spin-offs.
 TitleNotes 
Dr. Who original series23 Nov 1963 - 6 Dec 1989
Daleks’s Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (movie)5 Aug 1966
K-9 and Company (spin-off)28 Dec 1981
P.R.O.B.E. The Zero Imperative (video)1994
P.R.O.B.E. The Devil of Winterborne (video)  1995
P.R.O.B.E. Unnatural Selection (video)1996
P.R.O.B.E. Ghosts of Winterborne (video)1996
Dr. Who (tv movie)12 May 1996
Dr. Who revival on BBC26 Mar 2005 - present
Torchwood (spin-off)22 Oct 2006 - present
The Sarah Jane Adventures (spin-off)1 Jan 2007 - 18 Oct 2011
K-9 (spin-off)31 Oct 2009 - 3 Apr 2010
Counter-Measures (spin-off)Jul 2012

 Hard to remember. Some time soon now, I think. 
—The Doctor answering a police officer’s query as to his date of birth


“Waterspider”
by Philip K. Dick
First publication: If, Jan 1964

Aaron Tozzo and his colleague Gilly travel back to a 1950s science fiction convention (to them, a Pre-Cog Gathering) to ’nap Poul Anderson because they believe that sf writers have pre-cognition of their own time that can solve their current space travel problem. A cute story with descriptions of many writers of the time, but the ending takes that turn that I never like of Tozzo slowly losing his memory of the original world after they inadvertantly change something. [Dec 2011]

 “Yes,” he said to Poul, “you do strike me as very, very faintly introve—no offense meant, sir, I mean, it’s legal to be introved.” 


Herbie, the Fat Fury
created by Richard E. Hughes (as by Shane O’Shea) and Ogden Whitney
First time travel: Herbie #1, Apr/May 1964

Herbie Popnecker was the prototypical cool nerd before there were cool nerds, and his lollipops and grandfather clock took him to different eras 13 times, the first episode being in #1 of his own comic (after five monotime appearances in ACG’s Forbidden Worlds). He also had an early cameo in a time-travel story in Unknown Worlds #20 (Jan 1963). All in all, the fat fury time traveled in Herbie #1, #2, #4, #6, #8, and the odd issues in #9 through #23 (not to mention a 1994 cameo in Flaming Carrot #31). [Apr 1964]

 Civil War...wonder how it’s going to turn out? 


Farnham’s Freehold
by Robert A. Heinlein
First publication: If, Jul to Oct 1964

Hugh Farnam makes good preparations for his family to survive a nuclear holocast, but are the preparations enough to survive a trip to the future? [Aug 1969]

 Because the communists are realists. They never risk a war that would hurt them, even if they could win. So they won’t risk one they can’t win. 


“A Bulletin from the Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Research at Marmouth, Massachusetts”
by Wilma Shore
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Aug 1964
After Dr. Edwin Gerber’s death, a tape recording surfaces that purportedly has him interviewing a man from the year 2061. [Apr 2012]

 Q. How does it feel to go back a hundred— 


Charlton Superhero Comics
First time travel: Blue Beetle 2, Sep 1964
When I turned 10, Steve Ditko broke my heart by leaving Spider-Man to rejoin Charlton Comics, which published only two superheroes at that time. I loyally bought the new Blue Beetle (aquired from Fox Comics in the ’50s) and Captain Atom (whom Ditko had first drawn in 1960’s Space Adventures), but I no longer have them and I can’t remember whether they had any time travel in the ’60s. Nevertheless I know of a few possible time-travel moment in the ’60s Charlton superhero comics: the pre-Ditko Blue Beetle #2 (Sep 1964) features on its cover the Man of Dung vs. a mammoth and a saber-tooth tiger; Charton Premiere #1 (Sep 1967), which (among other items) has Pat Boyette’s time traveling Spookman; and Hercules #9 (Feb 1969) with Thane of Bagarth vs a 21st century time traveler. [Jul 1966]

 The mightiest man battles reds from today, and monsters from yesterday! 
—from Blue Beetle #2, Sep 1964


The Great Time Machine Hoax
by Keith Laumer
First publication: Sep 1964


When Chester W. Chester inherits an omniscient computer, he and his business partner Case Mulvihill arrange to promote the machine as if it were a time machine. [Jan 2014]

 Now, this computer seems to be able to fake up just about any scene you want to take a look at. You name it, it sets it up. Chester, we’ve got the greatest side-show attraction in circus history! We book the public in at so much a head, and show ’em Daily Life in Ancient Rome, or Michelangelo sculpting the Pietà, or Napoleon leading the charge at Marengo. 




The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
aka Alfred Hitchcock Presents
created by Alfred Hitchcock
First (and only?) time travel: 28 Sep 1964


As a kid, I knew of the iconic theme song and profile of Alfred Hitchcock, but it wasn’t until 2013 that I spotted an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour with time travel—namely, their adaptation of John Wyndham’s “Consider Her Ways.” [Jan 2013]

 This evening’s tale begins with a nightmare-like experience, but that is only a prelude to the terrifying events which follow. And now, speaking of terrifying events... 


The Time Travelers
by Ib Melchor and David L. Hewitt (Melchor, director)
First release: 29 Oct 1964


When group of time travelers accidentally see that the world will be desolate 107 years in the future, an electrician, two scientists and finally the curvaceous blonde technician all jump through the portal, only to have the portal collapse behind them, whereupon they are chased on the surface by Morlockish creatures who are afraid of thrown rocks and they meet an advanced, post-apocalyptic, underground society that employs androids and is planning a generation-long trip to Alpha Centauri. [May 2012]

 Keep an eye out for them. Get as many rocks as you can. 


“Famous First Words”
by Harry Harrison
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jan 1965
For the most part, this story is about a cantankerous inventor who merely listens in on past historical events—which, of course does not qualify as time travel. But there’s that for the most part... [Feb 2010]

 Thor, will you please take care of... 


“The Kilimanjaro Machine”
aka “The Kilimanjaro Device”
by Ray Bradbury
First publication: Life, 22 Jan 1965

This story is Bradbury’s tribute to Hemingway, a time-traveling tribute told from the point of view of a reader who admired him and felt that his Idaho grave was wrong. [Apr 2014]

 On the way there, with not one sound, the dog passed away. Died on the front seat—as if he knew. . .and knowing, picked the better way. 




Campfire Tales from Philmont Scout Ranch
by Al Stenzel
First publication: Boys’ Life, Mar 1965

A Navaho who steps through the cave finds himself at a vast inland sea; at first it is populated by dinosaurs, but each subsequent strip takes him to a later time.

Jon Shultis told me of this comic strip that told the tale of the Cave of Time in many of the Boys’ Life issues from March 1965 through March 1967. [Jun 2012]

 This is all wrong! If I dare change their stone age way of life, it may affect the whole future of their race. 


“Double Take”
by Jack Finney
First publication: Playboy, Apr 1965

Jake Pelman is hopelessly in love with Jessica, the breathtaking star in a movie that he works on, but it takes a breathless trip to the 1920s for Jess to realize what her feelings for Jake might be. [May 2011]

 Out of the world’s three billion people there can’t be more than, say, a hundred women like Jessica Maxwell. 


“Man in His Time”
by Brian Aldiss
First publication: Science Fantasy, Apr 1965
Janet Westerman is trying to cope with the return of her husband Jack from a mission to Mars in which some aspect of the planet made it so that his sensory input now comes from 3.3077 minutes in the future. [Aug 2012]

 Dropping the letter, she held her head in her hands, closing her eyes as in the curved bone of her skull she heard all her possible courses of action jar together, future lifelines that annihilated each other. 


“Wrong-Way Street”
by Larry Niven
First publication: Galaxy Science Fiction, Apr 1965

Ever since an accident that killed his eight-year-old brother, Mike Capoferri has been interested in time travel, and now he thinks one of the alien artifacts found on the moon is a time machine. [Apr 2012]

 Mike was a recent but ardent science-fiction fan. “I want to change it, Dr. Stuart,” he said earnestly. “I want to go back to four weeks ago and take away Tony’s Flexy.” He meant it, of course. 




The Corridors of Time
by Poul Anderson
First publication: Amazing Stories, May-Jun 1965

While awaiting trial for a self-defense killing, young Malcolm Lockridge is approached by a wealthy beauty, Storm Darroway, who offers to defend him in return for him joining her in what he eventually finds out are Wars in Time between the naturalist Wardens and the technocrat Rangers.

For many years, I thought this novel was part of Poul’s Time Patrol series, until Bob Hasse mentioned this as one of his favorites that is not in the series. The beginning reminded me of Heinlein’s Glory Road, and the rest is remniscent of Asimov’s The End of Eternity, both of which captivated me in the summer of 1968. Poul’s book holds up well in that company. [Apr 2014]

 A series of parallel black lines, several inches apart, extended from it, some distance across the corridor floor. At the head of each was a brief inscription, in no alphabet he could recognize. But every ten feet or so a number was added. He saw 4950, 4951, 4952... 


My Favorite Martian
created by John L. Greene
First time travel: 20 Jun 1965

Three seasons with at least 8 time-travel episodes All time travel occurs with Martin’s CCTBS, a cathode-ray, centrifugal, time breakascope. [Jun 1965]
 TitleEvent 
Time Out for Martin (20 Jun 1965)To 1215 England
Go West, Young Martian (12 Sep 1965)To 1849 St. Louis
The Time Machine Is Waking Up... (21 Nov 1965)   Jesse James from 1870
The O’Hara Caper (19 Dec 1965)Back to lunchtime
Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow (2 Jan 1966)To 1920/45 Cleveland
When You Get Back Home... (27 Feb 1966)Back to the morning
Martin Meets His Match (27 Mar 1966)Da Vinci from 1400s
Pay the Man the $24 (1 May 1966)To 1626 Manhattan

 What a planet for me to get marooned on. 


I Dream of Jeannie
created by Sidney Sheldon
First time travel: 25 Sep 1965


Five seasons with 3 time-travel episodes, all with Jeannie (who was the primary reason I wanted to be an astronaut).

Naturally, I never had any refined taste (as indicated by the four stars), but I was a product of my 60s childhood, and, besides, Jeannie (occassionly and briefly) had a belly button (including Season 5’s “Mrs. Djinn-Djinn”). [Sep 1965]
 TitleEvent 
My Hero? (25 Sep 1965)To ancient Babylon
My Master, the Pirate (13 Mar 1967)To Captain Kidd’s time
My Master, Napoleon’s Buddy (3 Apr 1967)   To Napoleaon's time

 We’re at the marketplace, master. Oh, and there is Ali, the man who hit me. 
—from “My Hero?”


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
by Yasutaka Tsutsui (David Karashima, translator)
First publication: Chu̅aku Sannen, Nov 1965—Taka IchiMay 1966
After an earthquake and a fire keep her up late, junior high school girl Kazuko Yoshiyama rushes late to school with her friend Goro, and they both are run down by a speeding truck, but then she finds herself waking up again in a seemingly ordinary morning with no last-night earthquake, no last-night fire, and no runaway truck—at least not at this moment. [Feb 2013]

 As the first period of math class began, Mr. Komatsu—the fat math teacher—wrote down an equation on the board, and Kazuko began to frown. It was the very same problem they’d solved just the day before. But more than that, Mr. Komatsu had written the problem on the board at exactly the same time before, and Kazuko had been called to the front of the class, where she’d struggled for some time over the solution. 


Tunnel Through Time
by Lester Del Rey
First publication: May 1966

When Bob Miller’s dad invents a time machine and sends Doc Tom gets trapped in the time of the dinosaurs, there’s only one possible solution: send a pair of 17-year-olds (including Bob) back on a rescue mission!

This was the first book that I got through the Scholastic Book Club when we moved to Bellevue in 1968. Each month, the club would give you a flier where you ticked off the books that you wanted, and the next month the books would magically show up at school! [Apr 1968]

 But they’d overlooked someone. Me. Somehow, by hook or crook, I was going to make that trip, too. Doc Tom wasn’t the only one who liked dinos! 






Bewitched
created by Sidney Sheldon
First time travel: 26 May 1966


Eight seasons with at least 19 time-travel episodes, all with the enchanting Samantha. (I had a scheme to become the third Darrin.) [May 1966]
 TitleEvent 
What Every Young Man Should Know (26 May 1966)Courtship days
A Most Unusual Wood Nymph (13 Oct 1966)To 1300s
My Friend Ben (8 Dec 1966)Ben Franklin
Samantha for the Defense (15 Dec 1966)More Ben
Aunt Clara’s Victoria Victory (9 Mar 1967)Queen Victoria
Samantha’s Thanksgiving to Remember (23 Nov 1967)To 1620
Samantha’s Da Vinci Dilemma (28 Dec 1967)Da Vinci
Samantha Goes South for a Spell (3 Oct 1968)To 1868
Samantha’s French Pastry (14 Nov 1968)Napoleon
The Battle of Burning Oak (13 Mar 1969)Rewind time a few minutes
Samantha’s Caesar Salad (2 Oct 1969)Julius Ceasar
Samantha’s Hot Bedwarmer (8 Oct 1970)1600 Salem
Paul Revere Rides Again (29 Oct 1970)Paul Revere
Samantha’s Old Salem Trip (12 Nov 1970)1600 Salem
The Return of Darrin the Bold (4 Feb 1971)To 1300s
How to Not Lose Your Head I/II (15/22 Sep 1971)Henry VIII
George Washington Zapped Here I/II (19/26 Feb 1972)   George Washington

 Oh, my stars! 


Warren Comics (Anthologies)
founded by James Warren
First time travel: Creepy 9, Jun 1966

In the late 1960s, these horror comics were a little risqué for a young teen. Afterall, they were the size of a magazine, printed in black-and-white, were sold next to Playboy in the 7-11, and just for your teenaged-boy mind, they featured scantily clad, buxom women. I have only one issue that I actually managed to hang on to (Vampirella #13 from 1970), but I surreptitiously soaked up many other issues of Creepy and Eerie with fabulous covers by Frazetta and Krenkel. The earliest Eerie time travel that I’ve found so far was an adaptation of Robert Bloch’s story “The Past Master” in Eerie #12; and Creepy 9 had an Alex Toth story called “Out of Time” in June 1966. [Nov 1968]

 Be silent...there is little time! From the pages of the great black book came the incantation that has drawn you from the future... 
—from “Out of Time”, Creepy 9


“Divine Madness”
by Roger Zelazny
First publication: Magazine of Horror, Summer 1966

A man has seizures that reverse small portions of his life that he must then relive. [Apr 1974]

 The door slammed open. 


“The Man from When”
by Dannie Plachta
First publication: If, Jul 1966

A man goes to investigate an explosion and finds a time traveler. [Jan 2014]

 A calculated risk, but I proved my point. In spite of everything, I still think it was worth it. 


“Behold the Man”
by Michael Moorcock
First publication: New Worlds, Sep 1966
The first version of this story that I read was the 24-page graphic adaptation scripted by Doug Moench and illustrated by Alex Nino in final issue of my favorite comic magazine of 1975, the short-lived Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction. In the complex story, Karl Glogauer travels back to 28 A.D. hoping to meet Jesus, but none of the historical figures he meets are whom he expected. [Oct 1975]

 The Time Machine is a sphere full of milky fluid in which the traveler floats enclosed in a rubber suit, breathing through a hose leading into the wall of the machine. 
—from the graphic adaptation


The Time Tunnel
created by Irwin Allen
First aired: 9 Sep 1966


When the senate threatens to cut off funding for Project Tic-Toc, Tony Newman and Doug Phillips set out to prove that the project is viable, but instead they are trapped moving from one past time (perhaps the Titanic!) to another (could be the first manned mission to Mars) each week. [Sep 1966]

 He could be living in yesterday or next week or a million years from now. 


It’s about Time
created by Sherwood Schwartz
First aired: 11 Sep 1966


Astronauts Gilligan and the Skipper Mac and Hector get thrown from the space age to the stone age, complete with Tyrannosaurus Rex, English-speaking cavemen, a beautiful cavewoman (Imogene Coca) and the requisite hyjinx. Partway through the first season, the cavepeople came to modern-day New York.

During my 2012 visit to Bellevue, my college roommate Paul Eisenbrey reminded me of this show from our childhood. [Sep 1966]

 It’s about time, it’s about space, about two men in the strangest place. 


Star Trek
created by Gene Roddenberry
First time travel: 29 Sep 1966

There once was a Captain named Kirk
Who was known near and far as a flirt
Into hearts his show grew to
Undoubtedly due to
McCoy and that pointy-eared jerk
Gene Roddenberry is the most famous person that I’ve ever met. In 1975 he came to Pullman and I wangled the job of interviewing him for The Daily Evergreen. I didn’t know what to expect from a famous person, and was thrilled to find him friendly and interested in what I was studying at WSU (journalism at that time). Is this a good place to post my Star Trek limerick (from the fanzine, Free Fall, that Paul Chadwick, Dan Dorman and I published in high school)? [Sep 1966]
 TitleEvent 
The Naked Time (29 Sep 1966)Back 71 hours
Tomorrow Is Yesterday (26 Jan 1967)To 1969
The City on the Edge of Forever (6 Apr 1967)   To the 1930s (by Harlan Ellison)
Assignment: Earth (29 Mar 1968)To 1968
All Our Yesterdays (14 Mar 1969)5000 years ago

 Peace and long life. 


Marvel Superhero Cartoons
First time travel: 10 Nov 1966

Admittedly, I watched Marvel cartoons on ABC Saturday morning as early as 1966, but I was never enamoured by them as I was with the comic books. I can list the first time travel in many series—including what I think is the first actual time travel of Spider-Man in any medium—but I have watched only a few. [Aug 2013]
 Series...First Time Traveled in... 
Marvel Super HeroesThe Tomorrow Man (10 Nov 1966)
Spider-ManVine (16 Nov 1968)
Fantastic Four (1978)  The FF Meet Dr. Doom (21 Oct 1978)
Spider-WomanThe Ghost Vikings (12 Oct 1979)
The HulkThe Creature and the Cavegirl (30 Oct 1982)
SM and His Amazing FriendsMeets the Girl from Tomorrow (22 Oct 1983)
X-MenDays of Future Past (13 Mar 1993)
Iron ManHulk Buster (10 Feb 1996)
Silver SurferThe End of Eternity (16 May 1998)
Avengers: United They StandKang (13 Nov 1999)
X-Men: EvolutionAscension, Part 2 (25 Oct 2003)
FF: World’s Greatest HeroesOut of Time (15 Sep 2007)
Wolverine and the X-MenFuture X (8 Nov 2008) [or earlier?]
The Super Hero SquadWorld War Witch (30 Oct 2010)
Iron Man: Armored AdventuresIron Man 2099 (6 Jun 2012)
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes  New Avengers (25 Jun 2012)
Avengers Assemble!Planet Doom (8 Dec 2013)

 Hey, listen to this! ‘This is my last entry. I have set the machine to three million B.C. The door will remain open for any who wish to follow.’ 
—“Vine”, Episode 30 of the original Spider-Man cartoon


Space Ghost
by Lewis Marshall, et. al.
First time travel: 26 Nov 1966

Back in 1966, there was a certain excitement about the each fall’s new lineup of cartoons. Maybe it was because the networks (CBS in the case of Space Ghost) made a big deal about it, even advertising in Marvel Comics; or maybe it was because kids had relatively few choices compared with today’s cable extravaganza. Whatever the reason, I do remember anxiously anticipating the new cartoons in 1966, including Space Ghost and Dino Boy. Space Ghost traveled through time at least once, back to the time of the Vikings in “The Time Machine.” [Nov 1966]

 Spaaaaaaaaaace Ghoooooooooost! 


NoMan
created by Wally Wood, Len Brown and Larry Ivie
First time travel: NoMan #1, Nov 1966
NoMan, a cloaked hero with the power of invisibility, was a memeber of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, a team of superheroes first published in 1965 by Tower Comics. I didn’t read them until 1976, when I bought some black and white reprint comic, Uncanny Tales, when I was in Stirling. I don’t know whether any of the other agents time traveled, but NoMan did in both of the issues of his own comic (#1 in Nov 1966 and #2 in Mar 1967). [Jun 2012]

 Trapped in the Past! 
—from the cover of NoMan #1


The Monkees
created by Bob Rafelson and Burt Schneider
First time travel: 12 Dec 1966

I knew that if I rewatched these reruns long enough, the space-time continuum would bend. In the episode “Dance, Monkee, Dance” (12 Dec 1966), Martin Van Buren himself comes for a free dance lesson. [Aug 2011]

 ♫ I’m in love, I’m a believer, I couldn’t leave her if I tried. ♫ 


One Million Years B.C.
by Brian Clemens (Don Chaffey, director)
First release: 30 Dec 1966

There’s no time travel in One Million Years B.C....or is there? How else do you explain modern humans and dinosaurs coexisting at a time when neither one was running around? (And how else am I gonna get Rachel Welch onto my web page? Remember, I was an impressionable young boy when this was released.) [Dec 2012]

 Loana: [pointing to self] Loana 


The Wild Wild West
created by Michael Garrison
First time travel: 30 Dec 1966

Agents James T. West and Artemus Gordon (in hindsight, quite likely agents of Warehouse 12) traveled in time at least one time when they met none other than Ricardo Montalbán (aka Kahn) who plays Colonel Noel Barley Vautrain with a scheme to travel back to kill Ulysses S. Grant in “The Night of the Lord of Limbo”. [circa 1966]

 The concept of a warp in the fabric of space, a break that could permit an object—or a group of Marco Polos if you please—to enter and go voyaging through space’s unlimited fourth dimension: time. 


Journey to the Center of Time
by David L. Hewitt (Hewitt, director)
First release: a forgetable day in 1967

Hewitt was able to take the same plot from his 1964 The Time Travelers, change the blonde to a brunette, and make an even worst movie, which Tim and I really did try to watch on dvd. [Mar 2013]

 Dr. Gordon: And since space-time is a continuum, the present is only a point moving along that continuum.
Mr. Stanton: When you put it like that, doctor, even I can understand it. 


The Time Hoppers
by Robert Silverberg
First publication: 1967
The High Government of the 25th century has directed Joe Quellen (a Level Seven) to find out who’s behind the escapes in time by lowly unemployed Level Fourteens, Fifteens,...—and put a stop to it. [Jun 2012]

 Suppose, he thought fretfully, some bureaucrat in Class Seven or Nine or thereabouts had gone ahead on his own authority, trying to win a quick uptwitch by dynamic action, and had rounded up a few known hoppers in advance of their departure. Thereby completely snarling the fabric of the time-line and irrevocably altering the past. 


Star Trek, the Blish Adaptations
adapted by James Blish
First publication: 1967

I bought the first four of these collections in July of 1971 in Huntsville, and the rest I snapped up as they were issued in the ’70s (plus Blish’s original novel Spock Must Die!). At that point in my life, I could recite them by heart. Here’s the list of time-travel adaptations, which does not include “The Naked Time” since the 71 hours of time travel was omitted in the Blish version: [Jul 1971]
 TitlePublication 
Tomorrow Is Yesterdayin Star Trek 2 (1968)
The City on the Edge of Forever   in Star Trek 2 (1968)
Assignment: Earthin Star Trek 3 (1969)
All Our Yesterdaysin Star Trek 4 (1971)

 “Jim,” McCoy said raggedly. “You deliberately stopped me ... Did you hear me? Do you know what you just did?”
   Kirk could not reply. Spock took his arm gently. “He knows,” he said. “Soon you will know, too. And what was ... now is again.”
 
—The City on the Edge of Forever


“Thus We Frustrate Charlemagne”
by R.A. Lafferty
First publication: Galaxy Science Fiction, Feb 1967
The Ktistec machine Epiktistes and wise men of the world decide to change one moment in the dark ages while they carefully watch for changes in their own time. [Jul 2011]

 We set out basic texts, and we take careful note of the world as it is. If the world changes, then the texts should change here before our eyes. 


“The Doctor”
by Theodore L. Thomas (as by Ted Thomas)
First publication: Orbit 2, Jun 1967
A doctor named Gant volunteers to be the first time traveler and ends up stranded in a time of cave people. [Jan 2014]

 There had been a time long ago when he had thought that these people would be grateful to him for his work, that he would become known by some such name as The Healer. 


“Hawksbill Station”
by Robert Silverberg
First publication: Galaxy Science Fiction, Aug 1967
Jim Barrett was one of the first political prisoners sent on a one-way journey to a world of rock and ocean in 2,000,000,000 BC; now a secretive new arrival threatens to upset the harsh world that he looks after. [Nov 2010]

 One of his biggest problems here was keeping people from cracking up because there was too little privacy. Propinquity could be intolerable in a place like this. 


Lost in Space
created by Irwin Allen
First time travel: 13 Sep 1967


Three seasons with 2 time-travel episodes. [Sep 1967]
 EpisodeNotes 
Visit to a Hostile Planet (13 Sep 1967)  To 1947
Time Merchant (17 Jan 1968)Back to the launch

 Danger Will Robinson, danger! 








Dragonriders of Pern
by Anne McCaffrey (some with Joan Lynn Nye or Tod McCaffrey)
First story: Analog Science Fiction, Oct 1967

By the time that Lessa of Ruatha Hold becomes Weyrwoman of the only remaining dragon weyr, the end of all Pern seems a possibility since a single weyr is not enough to fight off the falling threads from the Red Star.

I first read this when I returned to Pullman in 1978, but it was Allison Thompson-Brown who reminded me of that the dragons can go when as well as where[Oct 1978]
 TitlePublication 
-A. “Weyr Search”Analog, Oct 1967
-B: “Dragonrider”Analog, Dec 1967 / Jan 1968
1. Dragonflight1968, includes A and B
2. Dragonquest1970
-C: “The Smallest Dragonboy”in Science Fiction Tales, 1973
-D. “A Time When”1975, limited edition
4. Dragonsong1976
5. Dragonsinger1977
6. Dragondrums1979
7. Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern1983
-E: “The Girl Who Heard Dragons”in collection of same name, 1986
8. Nerilka’s Story1986
9. Dragonsdawn1988
-F: “The Impression”in The Dragonlover’s Guide, 1989
10. Regegades of Pern1989
-G: “Rescue Run”Analog, Aug 1991
11. All the Weyrs of Pern1991
-H: “The P.E.R.N. Survey”Amazing, Sep 1993
-I: “The Dolphins’ Bell”1993
-J: “The Ford of Red Hanrahan”1993
-K: “The Second Weyr”1993
12. The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall  1993, collects G, H, I, J, K
13. The Dolphins of Pern1994
14. Dragonseye (aka Red Star Rising)in Legends, Oct 1998
-L: “Runner of Pern”1998
15. The Masterharper of Pern1998
16. The Skies of Pern2001
-M: “Ever the Twain”2002
17. A Gift of Dragons2002, collects C, E, L. M
18. Dragon’s Kin2003
19. Dragonsblood2005
20. Dragon’s Fire2006
21. Dragon Harper2007
22. Dragonheart2008
23. Dragongirl2010
24. Dragon’s Time2011
25. Sky Dragons2012

 Dragons can go between times as well as places. They go as easily to a when as to a where. 


Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
created by Irwin Allen
First time travel: 3 Dec 1967


In the fourth season, the futuristic submarine Seaview and its crew had four time-traveling escapades, including the finale. [Nov 1967]
 TitleEvent 
Time Lock (12 Nov 1967)To the far future
A Time to Die (3 Dec 1967)To 1,000,000 B.C.
The Death Clock (24 Mar 1968)  Captain Crane is a time-machine guinea pig
No Way Back (31 Mar 1968)To the time of Benedict Arnold

 Suppose we had a working time device. Would we be able to get back aboard Seaview before the explosion, find out what caused it, and prevent it from happening? 
—Admiral Nelson to Mr. Pem in “No Way Back”


Dark Shadows
created by Dan Curtis
First time travel: 20 Nov 1967

If you were a cool kid in the 60s, you ran home from school to watch Dark Shadows, a vampiresque soap opera that presaged Twilight by about four decades. I wasn’t that cool myself, but my sister Lynda was, and from time to time I overheard her and the cool kids talking about the inhabitants of Collinwood trekking to the late 1700s (in episodes from late 1967 through early 1969) and the late 1800s (in the March 1969 episodes). There may well be other time-travel escapades that have escaped me. [Nov 1967]

 I’m afraid you must forgive me, miss. If we have met before, I’m sorry to say that I don’t remember it. 
—Barnibus to Victoria Winters when she unexpectedly travels to 1795 for the first time


Hawksbill Station
aka The Anvil of Time
by Robert Silverberg
First publication: 1968
The novelization pads out the original nine chapters of the novella and adds five new chapters with Barrett’s backstory as a revolutionary, right to the point where he’s sent back to the station.

I didn’t get much from the new chapters, and between the novel and the original story, I would recommend reading the 5-star original only. [Aug 2013]

 So Hawksbill’s machine did work, and the rumors were true, and this was where they sent the troublesome ones. Was Janet here too? He asked. No, Pleyel said. There were only men here. Twenty or thirty prisoners, managing somehow to survive. 


Sam, of de Pluterdag
aka Where Were You Last Pluterday?
by Paul Van Herck
First publication: 1968 (Nederlands), 1973 (English translation)

I’m often confused as to whether an author is being humorous or being artsy, but if I’m not laughing a lot and it sounds a little like Kurt Vonnegut, then I assume it’ art. That’s the case here when science fiction writer Sam is put out of a job because science fiction has been banned, all of which happens just as he falls in love with the beautiful and carefree heiress Julie Vandermasten, who asks him to meet her next Pluterday—and yes, there’s a time machine involved, too, because he needs to go back after missing the Pluterday rendezvous. [Sep 2013]

 Sam got out of his bed. “Pluterday!” he rejoiced. And today he had an appointment with Julie. He did some push-ups, meditated a short while on the word om, which he didn’t find fulfilling today, washed himself abundantly, and cursed the normal being that called Sunday a beautiful day. 


The Goblin Reservation
by Clifford D. Simak
First publication: Galaxy Science Fiction, Apr-Jun 1968

Professor Peter Maxwell sets out for one of the Coonskin planets, but his beam is intercepted and later returned to Earth only to find that his beam was actually duplicated, his duplicate has been killed, and his friends (some goblins, a ghost, and a time-traveling neanderthal among others) have already buried him.

I wonder whether this was the first transporter accident story (which, as we all know, eventually leads to two Will Rikers). [May 2012]

 You mean there were two Pete Maxwells? 


“Backtracked”
by Burt K. Filer
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jun 1968
At forty-something, Fletcher sends his current well-honed body back ten years where his out-of-shape thirty-something mind and his thirty-something wife must now accept it without really knowing why the transfer was done. [Apr 2012]

 Maybe he should call Time Central? No, they were duty bound to give him no help at all. They’d just say that at some point ten years in the future he had gone to them with a request to be backtracked to the present—and that before making the hop his mind had been run through that clear/reset wringer of theirs. 


“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 allow me to comprehend The Incredible Hulk #140. [Dec 2013]

 Seven dog-heads slept. 


Slaughterhouse-Five
or the Children’s Crusade

by Kurt Vonnegut
First publication: 1969

Billy Pilgrim, a World War II veteran and sometimes zoo occupant on a far-off planet, lives one moment of his life, then he’s thrown back to another, then forward again, and so on amidst the sadness of what men do to each other in this deterministic and fatalistic universe. [Jan 1975]

 All this happened, more or less. The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true. One guy I knew really was shot in Dresden for taking a teapot that wasn’t his. Another guy I knew really did threaten to have his personal enemies killed by hired gunmen after the war. And so on. 


“Praiseworthy Saur”
aka "If"
by Harry Harrison
First publication: If, Feb 1969
At least three lizards from the future (Numbers 17, 35 and 44) project themselves into the past to protect their remote ancestor. [Jan 2014]

 The centuries will roll by and, one day, our race will reach its heights of glory. 


Magnus, Robot Fighter
created by Russ Manning
First time travel: Magnus, Robot Fighter #26, May 1969

There were times in the 60s when there simply weren’t enough Marvel comics, so I picked up the occassional issue of Magnus, including #26 where the nemesis of robots was stranded in the distant future. [May 2012]

 No robot may harm a human, or allow a human to come to harm... 
—from the splash page of Magnus #1—by the 60s, Asimov’s first law had become so ingrained that the good doctor was not cited as the source of the law


“The Timesweepers”
by Keith Laumer
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Aug 1969
I haven’t yet read this short story that Laumer expanded to the novel Dinosaur Beach in 1971, though perhaps some day I will spot the Ballantime paperback, Timetracks, that collecteded it along with four other stories.

Woody Woodpecker
created by Bugs Hardaway, Walter Lantz and Alex Lovy
First time travel: 1 Sep 1969


I found one cartoon where the screwball woodpecker travels back in time: “Prehistoric Super Salesman” from 1969 where Professor Grossenfibber needs a subject for his time tunnel. [Jul 2013]

 Now my time machine is all ready for the experiment. All I need is somebody...is somebody...ah, the woodpecker, ya! 




The Svetz Stories
by Larry Niven
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Oct 1969

I first read these stories in Didcot in 1980, collected in the UK edition of The Flight of the Horse. Perhaps these are not time travel (which Niven does not believe in), since whenever our svelte hero, Svetz, tries to retrieve an animal from the past, he ends up with a fantasy version instead. I haven’t yet read the 1999 Svetz novel, Rainbow Mars[Jul 1980]
 TitlePublication 
“Get a Horse” (aka “The Flight of the Horse”) (Oct 1969)   F&SF
“Leviathon” (Aug 1970)Playboy
“Bird in the Hand” (Oct 1970)F&SF
“There’s a Wolf in My Time Machine” (Kim 1071)F&SF
“Death in a Cage” (Sep 1973)in collection
Rainbow Mars (Mar 1999)Novel

 He had come to get a horse; he had not expected to meet one at the door. How big was a horse? Where were horses found? Consider what the Institute had had to go on: a few pictures in a slavaged children’s book, and an old legend, not to be trusted, that the horse had once been used as a kind of animated vehicle! 


Land of the Giants
created by Irwin Allen
First time travel: 21 Dec 1969


When a suborbital ship gets caught in a space storm, it ends up on a planet where everything and everyone is twelve times bigger than normal, providing fodder for adventure and at least two treks through time (“Home Sweet Home” on 12 Dec 1969, and “Wild Journey” on 8 Mar 1970).

The writing, acting and sets had little appeal to me, though I did enjoy Batgirl (Yvonne Craig) in “Wild Journey”, aka Marta, the green Orion dancer from the third season of Star Trek. [Dec 1969]

 But don’t you see: If we never take that flight out, there would have never been a crash, and the others would have never been stranded on this planet. 
—from “Wild Country”


Quest for the Future
by A.E. van Vogt
First publication: 1970

Hey, I got an idea! Let’s take three unrelated time-travel stories, change the name of the protagonist to be the same in all three, paste in some transition material, and call it a novel!

To be fair, I did enjoy this paperback when I bought it in the summer of 1970, but when I went to read van Vogt’s collected stories 42 years later, bits kept seeming familiar, which is when I discovered the truth. If I were a new reader, I’d just as soon read the individual stories and skip the conglomeration. The three stories are “Film Library,” “The Search” and “Far Centaurus” (all in van Vogt’s Transfinite collection). [Jul 1970]

 A new novel by “the undisputed idea man of the futuristic field” (to quote Forrest J. Ackerman) is bound to be an event of major interest to every science fiction reader. 
—from the back cover of the 1970 paperback


“A Shape in Time”
by Anthony Boucher
First publication: in The Future Is Now, 1970
Time-traveling, Marriage-prevention specialist Agent L-3H has her first failure while trying to intervene in the 1880 marriage of Edwin Sullivan to Angelina Gilbert. [Jan 2013]

 Temporal Agent L-3H is always delectable in any shape; that’s why the Bureau employs her on marriage-prevention assignments. 


Time and Again
by Jack Finney
First publication: 1970

Si goes back to 19th century New York to solve a crime and (of course) fall in love.

This is Janet’s favorite time-travel novel, in which Finney elaborates on themes that were set in earlier stories such as “Double Take.” [May 1990]

 There’s a project. A U.S. government project I guess you’d have to call it. Secret, naturally; as what isn’t in government these days? In my opinion, and that of a handful of others, it’s more important than all the nuclear, space-exploration, satellite, and rocket programs put together, though a hell of a lot smaller. I tell you right off that I can’t even hint what the project is about. And believe me, you’d never guess. 


The Year of the Quiet Sun
by Wilson Tucker
First publication: 1970

Brian Chaney—researcher, translator, statistician, a little of this and that— is unwillingly drafted as the third member of a team (which includes Major Moresby and Lt. Commander Saltus) to study and map the central United States at the turn of the century, at about the year 2000.

For me, I see the tone of several later items, such as the tv show Seven Days, as descendants of Tucker’s novel—and we finally understand why the Terminator arrives at his destination naked. [Apr 2013]

 She said: “It’s a matter of weight, Mr. Chaney. The machine must propel itself and you into the future, which is an operation requiring a tremendous amount of electrical energy. The engineers have advised us that total weight is a critical matter, that nothing but the passenger must be put forward or returned. They insist upon minimum weight.”
    “Naked? All the way naked?”
 


The Time Trap Series
by Keith Laumer
First book: Aug 1970

In these two books (Time Trap and Back to Time Trap), Roger Tyson is caught in a battle between aliens and time travelers from the future. [Jan 2014]

 ...it would be our great privilege to bring to the hypergalactic masses, for the first time in temporal stasis, a glimpse of life on a simpler, more meaningless, and therefore highly illuminating scale. I pictured the proud intellects of Ikanion Nine, the lofty abstract cerebra of Yoop Two, the swarm-awareness of Vr One-ninety-nine, passing through these displays at so many megaergs per ego-complex, gathering insights into their own early evolutionary history. I hoped to see the little ones, their innocent organ clusters aglow, watching with shining radiation sensors as primitive organisms split atoms with stone axes, invented the wheel and the betatron, set forth on their crude Cunarders to explore the second dimension... 


Timeslip
created by Ruth Boswell and James Boswell
First aired: 20 Sep 1970

Serious Simon and Emotional Elizabeth use the Time Barrier to travel to different doctorwhoish pasts and presents, never meeting the Time Lord himself, of course, but sometimes meeting versions of themselves and their families. [Jul 2012]

 Oold Beth: Sometimes in life you have to make decisions and hope they come out for the best. You’ll know about that soon enough.
Young Liz: But I’ll never make your decisions, will I?
Oold Beth: Then how did I come to make them? We’re the same, Liz. But I’m like a person You’ll never be, and you’re like a person I never was, never. 
—from “The Time of the Ice Box”


“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. [Dan 2012]

 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. 


“The Ever-Branching Tree”
by Harry Harrison
First publication: Science Against Man, Dec 1970
A Teacher takes a group of disinterested children on a field trip through time to see the evolution of life. [May 2011]

 Yesterday we watched the lightning strike the primordial chemical soup of the seas and saw the more complex chemicals being made that developed into the first life foms. We saw this single-celled life triumph over time and eternity by first developing the ability to divide into two cells, then to develope into composite, many-celled life forms. What do you remember about yesterday? 

The cover art was by Marvel Comics artist Jim Steranko.
“In Entropy’s Jaws”
by Robert Silverberg
First publication: Infinity Two, 1971

John Skein, a communicator who telepathically facilitates meetings between minds, suffers a mental overload that causes him to experience stressful flashbacks and flashforwards, some of which lead him to seek a healing creature in the purple sands and blue-leaved trees by an orange sea under a lemon sun. [Dec 2013]

 Time is an ocean, and events come drifting to us as randomly as dead animals on the waves. We filter them. We screen out what doesn’t make sense and admit them to our consciousness in what seems to be the right sequence. 


Escape from the Planet of the Apes
by Paul Dehn (Don Taylor, director)
First release: 21 May 1971

Among the original Apes movies, only this one had true time travel; the others involved only relativistic time dilation, which (as even Dr. Milo knows) is technically not time travel. But in this one, Milo, Cornelius and Zira are blown back to the time of the original astronauts and are pesecuted in a 70s made-for-tv manner. [Jan 2012]

 Given the power to alter the future, have we the right to use it? 


“Dazed”
by Theodore Sturgeon
First publication: Galaxy Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 1971
In 1950, a 25-year-old man begins to think that his own generation—those who will soon be in charge— are taking the world in an Orwellian direction because of an imbalance that’s occuring, so he writes a personal ad seeking help in rebalancing the world, and he gets an instant answer that, among other things, takes him a few decades into the future. [Jul 2013]

 When he was in Lilliput there was a war between the Lilliputians and another nation of little people—I forget what they called themselves—and Gulliver intervened and ended the war. Anyway, he researched the two countries and found they had once been one. And he tried to find out what caused so many years of bitter enmity between them after they split. He found that there had been two factions in that original kingdom—the Big Endians and the Little Endians. And do you know where that started? Far back in their history, at breakfast one morning, one of the king’s courtiers opened his boiled egg at the big end and another told him that was wrong, it should be opened at the small end! The point Dean Swift was making is that from such insignificant causes grow conflicts that can last centuries and kill thousands. Well, he was near the thing that’s plagued me all my life, but he was content to say it happened that way. What blow-torches me is—why. Why are human beings capable of hating each other over such trifles? Why, when an ancient triviality is proved to be the cause of trouble, don’t people just stop fighting? 


Dinosaur Beach
by Keith Laumer
First publication: Sep 1971


Timesweep agent Ravel finds himself the only survivor of an attack on the Dinosaur Beach substation until his wife shows up, although their marriage still lies in her future. [Jan 2014]

 The Timesweep program was a close parallel to the space sweep. The Old Era temporal experimenters had littered the timeways with everything from early one-way timecans to observation stations, dead bodies, abandoned instruments, weapons and equipment of all sorts, including an automatic mining setup established under the Antarctic icecap which caused headaches at the time of the Big Melt. 


82 items are in the time-travel list for these years.
Thanks for visiting my time-travel page, and thanks to the many sources that provided stories and more (see the Links and Credits in the menu at the top). —Michael (
main@colorado.edu)