Time-Travel Fiction

  Storypilot’s Big List of Adventures in Time Travel


Caballo de Troya Series
by Juan José Benítez
First book: 1984

L.S. Thomas kindly sent me a copy of her English translation of the first of nine books about time travelers who visit the life of Christ. Another translation was written by Margaret Sayers Peden. [Aug 2013]

 The computer display read 23 hours, 3 minutes and 22 seconds on Thursday March 30 of the year 30. We had “traveled back” a total of 17,019,289 hours. 


Norby Books
by Janet and Isaac Asimov
First time travel: 1984

In the second book of this children’s series (Norby’s Other Secret, 1984), the precocious robot reveals his time-travel powers to his pal Jeff; their mishaps in time continue in at least three later books (#5 Norby and the Queen’s Necklace, #6 Norby Finds a Villian, and #8 Norby and Yobo’s Great Adventure). [Jul 1985]

“The Toynbee Convector”
by Ray Bradbury
First publication: Playboy, Jan 1984

You’ll enjoy this story (which was also an episode of Ray Bradbury Theater), but I’ll give away no more beyond the quote below. By the way, if you get the original publication, you’ll also acquire the last nude photo of Marilyn Monroe, although (to my knowledge) she never traveled through time. [Mar 2012]

 What can I do to save us from ourselves? How to save my friends, my city, my state, my country, the entire world from this obsession with doom? Well, it was in my library late one night that my hand, searching along shelves, touched at last on an old and beloved book by H.G. Wells. His time device called, ghostlike, down the years. I heard! I understood. I truly listened. Then I blueprinted. I built. I traveled... 


The Bunjee Venture
aka The Amazing Bunjee Venture
adapted by Malcolm Marmorstein
First aired: 24-31 Mar 1984


Karen and Andy’s dad builds a time machine (the last crucial part being their mom’s hair dryer), and the kids travel back to the prehistoric past to find new parents for orphaned Bunjee critter babies.

I like the ABC Weekend and Afternoon Specials. This is the second one that I saw with time travel. It’s based on a book by Stan McMurtry that I haven't yet seen, and there was a follow-on episode, “The Return of the Bunjee” in 1985. [Aug 2013]

 I’ve created the ultimate scientific masterpiece. I’ve done the impossible. I’ve invented a time machine! 


“Twilight Time”
by Lewis Shiner
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apr 1984

Travis goes back to 1961 and the dance where he met his now-departed sweetheart, but he also has memories of aliens who quietly took over the world. [Jun 1984]

 A decade of peace and quiet and short hair was winding down; a time when people knew their place and stayed in it. For ten years nobody had wanted anything but a new car and a bigger TV set. Now all that was about to change. In a little over a year the Cuban missile crisis would send thousands of people into their back yards to dig bomb shelters, and “advisors” would start pouring into Southeast Asia. In another year the president would be dead. 


The Philadelphia Experiment
by Wallace C. Bennett, Charles Berlitz, et. al. (Stewart Rafill, director)
First release: 3 Aug 1984

Seaman David Herdeg and his pal are thrown from 1943 to 1984 during a naval experiment gone awry, and in that future, David is the only one who can save a missing town (provided he can dodge enough bullets and perhaps win the heart of the lovely Allison Hayes). [Jan 2011]

 Navy owes me 40 years back pay. 


The Mackenzie Stories
by John Gribbin
First story: Analog Science Fiction, Sep 1984
Mackenzie, a researcher and problem solver who must continually justify his existence to his benefactor, is puzzled about why the things he sends back in time never reappear, but then in the first story (“Perpendicular Worlds,” Sep 1984 Analog) he starts thinking about Hawking black holes and Everett parallel worlds, and his work continues in a second story (“Random Variable,” Feb 1986 Analog) (although I prefer Gribbon’s science books). [Jun 2013]

 There must be as many different ways in which the world could have got into the state it is now as there are different ways in which it can develop into the future. 


The Terminator
by James Cameron and William Wisher, Jr. (Cameron, director)
First release: 26 Oct 1984

Artificially intelligent machines from 2029 send a killer cyborg back to 1984 to kill the mother of John Connor because, in 2029, John will lead the resistance against the machines’ rule. [Oct 1984]

 Come with me if you want to live. 
—Kyle to Sarah at the Tech-Noir Club


“Slan Libh”
by Michael F. Flynn
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Nov 1984
When Kevin O Malley’s home-built time machine becomes operable, he uses it to research his Irish ancestors during the potato blight of 1845. [Jun 2013]

 The past is changeable but self-correcting. Easy to change small things; harder to change big ones. 


“The Life of Boswell”
by Jerry Oltion
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Dec 1984
Michael Wagoner doesn't really want to be an English major and write poetry for the rest of his life, but what choice does he have—until the first day of his final semester when he meets a centerfold. [Jun 2013]

 All innocence, she turned to the middle, opened the gatefold, held it out sideways, then vertically. I dropped the beer when she shouted, “Grandma!” 


“Hindsight”
by Harry Turtledove (as by Eric G. Iverson)
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, mid-Dec 1984
When 1950’s science fiction writer Mark Gordian has a flurry of great stories (“Watergate,” “Houston, We've Got a Problem,” “Neutron Star,” and the ultimate time-travel yarn, “All You Zombies”), Pete Lundquist has nothing but admiration, until Gordian comes out with a story that Pete himself has been outlining. [Jun 2013]

 “Oh, my God! Tet Offensive!” McGregor stared from one of them to the other. “You’re not telling me that one’s based on fact?” 


“Through Road No Wither”
by Greg Bear
First publication: Far Frontirs, Jan 1985
At a writers’ conference in Manhattan, KS, I was fortunate enough to sit beside the very kind and knowledgeable Greg Bear at the conference dinner, and I’ve enjoyed every piece of his fiction that I’ve read—but I simply didn’t understand this story any better than I understood its title. The story is set in an alternate version of 1984 where Hitler was victorious, and two lost SS officers come across a hag who (I think) sends them back in time. [Dec 2013]

 Your cities in flam, your women and children shriveling to black dolls in the heat of their burning homes. The death camps found and you stand accused of hideous crimes. 


“Sailing to Byzantium”
by Robert Silverberg
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Feb 1985

Charles Phillips is a 20th-century New Yorker in a 50th-century world of immortal leisurites who recreate cities from the past. The one item that you should find out for yourself, I’ll put into a cypher: rgwew ua bi runw relcwk~ [Mar 1985]

 He knew very little about himself, but he knew that he was not one of them. That he knew. He knew that his name was Charles Phillips and that before he had come to live among these people he had lived in the year 1984, when there had been such things as computers and television sets and baseball and jet planes, and the world was full of cities, not merely five but thousands of them, New York and London and Johannesburg and Parks and Liverpool and Bangkok and San Franciscoand Buenos Ares and a multitude of others, all at the same time. 


Trancers
by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo (Charles Band, director)
First release: 22 May 1985

In the first of the six (really!) Trancer movies, heroic trancer-hunter Jack Deth follows evil trancer-maker Martin Whistler from 2247 to 1985 via a drug-induced time-travel that can take you back to the body of an ancestor. What I don’t fully understand is how they blackmailed Helen Hunt to appear in the first three as Deth’s 1985 love interest, even though this was in her pre-Mad about You days. [Apr 2013]

 Greetings to the council. As you may have gathered, I have survived the pathetic trap set by Trooper Deth on Mecon 7. For twelve long years, you have hunted my disciples like dogs. Now, my day of vengence is at hand. I’v synthesized a time drug, and in a moment shall retreat down the dark corridors of history. Know that it is I who is solely responsible for your demise. One by one, your ancestors shall be murdered, and you, their progeny, shall cease to exist. Then shall I return, join my legion, and claim the seat of power for my own. Adieu...adieu... 


Back to the Future
by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale (Zemeckis, director)
First release: 3 Jul 1985

Typical teenager Marty McFly meets Doc Brown for the first test of his DeLorean time machine, but when Libyan terrorists strike, things go awry, Marty and the DeLorean end up in 1955 where his parents are teens, and Doc must now send Marty back to the future. [May 1985]

 Next Saturday night, we’re sending you...back to the future! 


1985 Pepsi Commercial
First aired: Summer 1985

 Relax, Smith. What could 12 oz. of Pepsi possibly change? 


My Science Project
by Jonathan R. Betuel (Betuel, director)
First release: 9 Aug 1985

Not even the support of a young Fisher Stevens (Gary’s friend Chuck from Early Edition) could rescue this story of a high school motorhead who steals a power-sucking, space-time transforming orb from a miltary base for his science project. [Mar 2013]

 Now that sounds like we’re dealing with a time-space warp. 


Contact
by Carl Sagan
First publication: Sep 1985

Sagan’s philosophical opus centers around Dr. Ellie Arrowway, the discovery of a radio message from Vega, and the subsequent building of a machine in accordance with directions in the message. A key twist in the plot requires Ellie to briefly posit time travel as the only explanation that fits her scientific viewpoint. [Jul 2012]

 You know, it’s not called a space-time continuum for nothing. If they can make tunnels through space, I suppose they can make some kind of tunnels through time. 




“Mozart in Mirrorshades”
by Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner
First publication: Omni, Sep 1985
Time travelers are pilfer 18th century resources and generally polute their century with pieces of modern culture.

And a little bone to pick, not with this story, but with Harry Turtledove, editor of The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century, which includes this story. I suppose he’s just marketing the book with a title that he supposes will sell, but I would like a clear distinction drawn between alternate history (What if...the South won the war?), time travel (such as this story), and true history (such as the true story of how Asimov met Campbell). [Dec 2013]

 At first Sutherland hadn’t wanted Rice at the meeting with Jefferson. But Rice knew a little temporal physcis, and Jefferson had been pestering the American personnel with questions about time holes and parallel worlds. 


Transformers Cartoons
created by Takara Tomy
First time travel: 24 Oct 1985

Two groups of robots who crashed to Earth in the distant past have returned to life and are making Earth—past and present— their battleground. These are the time-travel cartoon episodes that I spotted in the four original seasons (1984-1987) and in the Beast Wars episodes (1996-1999) in which time travel was commonplace. I haven’t seen the later series [Robots in Disguise (2000-2002), the Unicron Trilogy (2001-2006), the more recent animated series (2007-2010), and the webisodes (2010)]. [Mar 2014]
 TitleU.S. Air Date 
Dinobot Island, Part 226 Sep 1985
A Decepticon...King Arthur’s Court24 Oct 1985
War Dawn25 Dec 1985
Forever Is a Long Time Coming8 Oct 1986
Beast Wars, Part 116 Sep 1996
Code of Hero9 Mar 1998
The Agenda, Part 313 Mar 1998
Optimal Situation25 Oct 1998
Cutting Edge15 Nov 1998
Other Victories5 Mar 1999
Nemesis, Part 27 Mar 1999

 They were called Autobots and Decepticons. But the brutal Decepticons were driven by a single goal: total domination. They set out to destroy the peace-loving Autobots, and a war between the forces of good and evil raged across Cybertron. 


“Under Siege”
by George R.R. Martin
First publication: Omni, Oct 1985


After a nuclear war, Americans attempt to prevent the rise of Russia at the outset of the 19th century by traveling back to that time and inhabiting the bodies of key Finnish and Swedish military men during the siege of Sveaborg. [Apr 2014]

 He began to babble about Sveaborg, about the importance of what we are doing here, about the urgent need to change something, somehow, to prevent the Soviet Union from ever coming into existence, and thus forestall the war that has laid the world to waste. 


The Cat Who Walks Through Walls
by Robert A. Heinlein
First publication: Nov 1985

Richard Ames doesn’t like the fact that a new acquaintance was killed while dining at his table. Killed, why? and by whom? and why won’t that cat stay put? The eventual answers could lead Richard to Lazarus Long, the Time Corps, and more multiperson pantheistic solipsism. [Dec 1985]

 My darling had planned a pianissimo approach: Live for a time on Tertius (a heavenly place), get me hooked on multiverse history and time travel theory, et cetera. Not crowd me about signing up, but depend on the fact that she and Gretchen and Ezra and others (Uncle Jock, e.g.) were in the Corps...until I asked to be allowed to be sworn in. 


The Twilight Zone (2nd Series)
created by Rod Serling
First time travel: 6 Jan 1985

Three seasons with 7 time-travel episodes. Harlan Ellison was a consultant on the series that included an adaptation of his “One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty.” The series also adapted Sturgeon’s “Yesterday Was Monday’, altering the plot and renaming it to “A Matter of Minutes,” and George R.R. Martin did the script for the time-travel episode “The Once and Future King” based on an idea submitted by Bryce Maritano. [Sep 1985]
 TitleEvent 
One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty (6 Dec 1985)   Hero to his childhood
A Matter of Minutes (24 Jan 1986)From 9:33 AM to 11:37 AM
Profile in Silver (7 Mar 1986)Kennedy in 1963
The Once and Future King (27 Sep 1986)Elvis in 1954
The Junction (21 Feb 1987)To 1912
Time and Teresa Golowitz (10 Jul 1987)Hero to his youth
Extra Innings (1 Oct 1988)Baseball in 1910

 Let the record show that in any age—good or bad—there are men of high ideals: men of courage, men who do more than that for which they are called upon. You will not always know their names. But let their deeds stand as monuments, so that when the human race is called to judgment, we may say, ‘This too was humanity!’ 
—JFK in “Profile in Silver”


Conrad Stargard’s Adventures
by Leo Frankowski
First publication: Feb 1986


Conrad Stargard, 20th century Polish engineer, stumbles through a time portal that was accidentally left open by those meddlers in the Historical Corps, and finds himself in 13th century Poland, whereupon he does any Connecticut Yankee proud.

One night when we were playing duplicate bridge, Bryan Campbell told me that this was the favorite time-travel series of a friend of his, which goes to show that just because my rating of a story is low, doesn’t mean that you (or Bryan’s friend) won’t enjoy it. [Jun 2012]

 “This country and this century are in horrible shape because of the lack of socialism!”
   “You are absolutely right, Sir Conrad! What is socialism?”
 


“The Pure Product”
by John Kessel
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Mar 1986

A cynical psychopath from the future takes a road trip (sometimes with random blood, sometimes with trite tripping) across 20th-century North America. [Jul 2011]

 “I said, have you got something going,” she repeated, still with the accent—the accent of my own time. 


Highway of Eternity
by Clifford D. Simak
First publication: June 1986

Jay Corcoran and Tom Boone are trying to track down a missing client when the building they are in is demolished and the two of them jump into a time machine that takes them to one of the pockets of rebels from the far future who are resisting the decorporealization of man. [Jun 2012]

 Horace, the hardheaded, practical lout, the organizer, the schemer. Emma, the moaner, the keeper of our consciences. Timothy, the student. Enid, the thinker. And I, the loafer, the bad example, the one who makes the others feel virtuous. 


Flight of the Navigator
by Mark H. Baker, Michael Burton, Matt MacManus (Kleiser, director)
First release: 30 Jul 1986

Twelve-year-old David Freeman stumbles down a ravine and wakes up eight years later without having aged, but that’s not the time travelin’, which occurs only after he becomes the pilot of a small space ship that’s been collecting specimens from around the galaxy.

Janet said that I had to mention I fell asleep during this one. [Jun 2012]

 This is totally rad. You’re like my big little brother. 


Lazer Tag Academy
produced by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears
First episode: 13 Sep 1986

Young Jamie Jaren, the Lazer Tag champion of 3010, travels back to 1980 to protect her distant teenaged ancestors from the evil Draxon Drear who was unwittingly released into that earlier era. [Aug 2013]

 As Drear races through time in his quest to conquer the future, he is pursued by Jamie Jaren. Jamie must team with her ancestors Tom, Beth and Nicky Jaren. Join us now in their adventure through time to preserve the past, save the future, and keep the peace established by...the Lazer Tag Academy! 


Peggy Sue Got Married
by Jerry Leichtling and Arlene Sarner (Coppola, director)
First release: 10 Oct 1986

Middle-aged Peggy Sue has two grown children and an adulterous husband whom she married at 18, so will she do things the same when she finds herself back in 1960 in her senior year of high school? [Oct 2010]

 Well, Mr Snelgrove, I happen to know that in the future I will not have the slightest use for algebra, and I speak from experience. 


Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
by Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, Nicholas Meyer, Have Bennett, Leonard Nimoy
First release: 26 Nov 1986

As the brave crew of the Enterprise are returning to Earth to stand trial for the events of the previous movie, Spock determines that Earth’s demise is imminent unless they can return to 1986 and retrieve a humpback whale (which they then proceed to do).

I saw this in the theater with Deb Baker and Jon Shultis during a winter trip to Pittsburgh for a small computer science education conference. [Dec 1986]

 McCoy: You realize that by giving him the formula you’re alterning the future.
Scotty: Why? How do we know he didn’t invent the thing? 


Muppet Babies
created by Jim Henson
First time travel: 27 Dec 1986


As babies, all the muppets are occasionally looked after by Nannie. They first time traveled by taking Gonzo’s supersonic snowmobile trike back to rescue Nanny’s ruined yearbook in “Back to the Nursery.” [Dec 1986]
 EpisodeNotes 
Back to the Nursery (27 Dec 1986)Trike to the past
Romancing the Weirdo (11 Nov 1989)A time machine in Gonzo&rsquos novel
The Next Generation (15 Sep 1990)Rowlf visits his future grandson

 But how can we replace a picture taken a zillion years ago? 
—from “Back to the Nursery”


“Le Gouffre des années”
aka “The Gulf of the Years” (translated by Edward Glauvin)
by Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud
First publication: Le héroes blessé au bras, 1987
I read the English translation from Châteaureynaud’s collection, A Life on Paper (2010). The story tells of a man who returns to occupied France during World War II on the morning that his mother was killed by an errant bomb. I enjoyed the writing, but was unsatisfied with the ending. [Apr 2014]

 You’re Jean-Jacques Manoir, aren’t you? Right? You don’t know me, but I know all about you. 


A Handful of Time
by Kit Pearson
First publication: 1987

When twelve-year-old Patricia is sent to Western Ontario for the summer to let her parents sort out a divorce agreement, she is bored and ostracized by her cousins until she finds a pocketwatch that takes her back to the time when her mother was twelve. Actually, Patricia only views the past, so perhaps this isn’t time travel, but never mind because this was Hannah’s favorite book pre-HP. [Dec 1998]

 The wind in the trees sounded like rain. Patricia shivered and drew the flannelette sheets and heavy satin quilt closer around her neck. She didn’t get to sleep for a long time. 


Project Pendulum
by Robert Silverberg
First publication: 1987

Ricky and Sean Gabrielson, 23-year-old identical twins, are the first men to travel through time, taking ever larger swings that send one backward and one forward.

This was the first book that I read in the rare books room of the University of Colorado library from the Brian E. Lebowitz Collection of 20th Century Jewish American Literature. [Apr 2012]

 Hi there. You’re not going to believe this, but I’m you of the year 2016, taking part in the first time-travel experiment ever. 


Fraggle Rock
created by Jim Henson
First time travel: 23 Feb 1987

The symbolic and colorful world of Jim Henson’s fraggle muppets included at least one moment of time travel when Mokey, Boober and Wembly are mysteriously transported back to a time of fraggles who cannot laugh. [Jan 2014]

 Wouldn’t it be fun to travel in time? O’ course, you wouldn’t really go anywhere. No, Sprocket, because the past and the future are happening now, here in the present. It’s all a question of perception. I thought dogs knew things like that. 

The story also appeared in this 1990 collection.
“The Silver Box”
by Louise Lawrence
First publication: A Quiver of Ghosts, Mar 1987
While searching for a ghost in the past, Mark and Zak stumble upon young Carole, shut up in her with glandular fever in 1987. [Jan 2014]

 What else do we live for but the little mundane things of life? If we sit around waiting for the few, rare wonderful moments that make it all worthwhile we may as well not live at all. 


Timestalkers
by Ray Brown and Brian Clemens (Schultz, director)
First aired: 10 Mar 1987

After the death of his wife and child, Dr. Scott McKenzie stumbles upon a tintype photograph from the old west with three corpses, a shooter and a modern Magnum 357, leading him to develop a theory of time travel that is soon confirmed when a beautiful woman of the future appears to take him back to the old west in order to chase the shooter, save President Cleveland, and pursue other obvious plot developments. [Dec 2012]

 Georgia: Very impressive, professor. It’s a small wonder you were considered one of the world’s foremost authorities.
The Professor: [incredulously] Were? 


Amazing Stories
created by Steven Spielberg
First time travel: 20 Mar 1987


Steven Spielberg brought Amazing Stories to tv in two seasons of an anthology format. At least one time-travel story—Jack Finney’s venerable “Such Interesting Neighbors”—appeared in the second season (20 Mar 1987).

Janet and I bought our first color tv for these episodes, a Sony of course. [Mar 1987]

 Oh, Randy, neighbors are always strange; those are the rules. 


To Sail Beyond the Sunset
by Robert A. Heinlein
First publication: Jul 1987

In the 19th century, Maureen Johnson grows up near Kansas City, eventually marrying and raising her own brood, including Lazarus Long (the original) and Lazarus Long (from the future). [Dec 1987]

 I found myself offering my hand and greeting a young man who matched in every way (even to his body odor, which I caught quite clearly—clean male, in fresh rut)—a man who was my father as my earliest memory recalled him. 


“Trapalanda”
by Charles Sheffield
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Jul 1987

As a service to all you time travelers in wwwland, I’m including this story in my adventures page, but only to give fair warning of the third darned story in The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century with nary a lick of time travel. What was that crazy pair of editors (Turtledove and Greenberg) thinking? Still, it’s an enjoyable Lovecraftian tale with well-drawn characters meeting time anomolies as they search for a lost city in Patagonia. [Jul 2011]

 No one who spends more than a week in central Patagonia can be ignorant of Trapalanda. For three hundred years, explorers have searched for the “City of the Caesars,” Trapalanda, the Patagonian version of El Dorado. 


Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson
First time travel: 31 Aug 1987


 Relax! We’ll be back as soon as we go.          

“Himself in Anachron”
aka “Lui-même en Anachron”
by Cordwainer Smith
First French publication: in Les puissances de ;’espace, Sep 1987
(first English publication in The Rediscovery of Man, 1993)

Tasco Magnon, time traveler, decides to take his new bride on his next trip through time— a quest to find the mythical Knot in Time, where the two of them get trapped and only one can return. [Apr 2014]

 ‘Honeymoon in time,’ indeed. Why? Is it that your woman is jealous of your time trips? 


Replay
by Ken Grimwood
First publication: Sep 1987
After 43-year-old radio newsman Jeff Winston dies, he finds himself back in his 18-year-old body in 1963—an occurrence that keeps happening each time he dies again in 1988; eventually, in one of his lives, he finds Pamela, another replayer, and they work at figuring out the meaning of it all (without success). [Jun 2011]

 So he hadn’t died. Somehow, the realization didn’t thrill him, just as his earlier assumption of death had failed to strike him with dread. 


The Time Guardian
by John Baxter and Brian Hannant (Hannant, director)
First release: 3 Dec 1987

When terminatoresque cyborgs attack a future Australian city (headed by Quantum Leap’s favorite scoundrel, Dean Stockwell, and defended by everyone’s favorite princess, Carrie Fisher), the scientists taken them all back in time—a fine plan until the evil cyborgs follow. [Apr 2013]

 One city attempted to escape their onslaught by unravelling the secrets of time and travelling back in a desperate search for a safer age....they succeeded and time was their friend until the arrival yet again of their relentless enemy. 


The Devil’s Arithmetic
by Jane Yolen
First publication: 1988

In fifth grade, Hannah read this intense novel of a young modern Jewish girl thrown back to the concentration camps of World War II Germany. [May 1989]

 Hannah was stunned. It was as if she’d suddenly been transported to a movie set. 


Lightning
by Dean Koontz
First publication: 1988

Right from her birth, Laura Shane has had a quick wit, a fateful loss of those close to her, and a time-traveling guardian angel from who is himself chased by his evil compatriots. [Aug 2012]

 One of the things he had learned from the experiments in the institute was that reshaping fate was not always easy. Destiny struggled to reassert the pattern that was meant to be. Perhaps being molested and psychologically destroyed was such an immutable part of Laura’s fate that Stefan could not prevent it from happening sooner or later. 


“The Turning Point”
by Isaac Asimov
First publication: The Drabble Project, 1 Apr 1988
In exactly 100 words, Madison goes back in time to meet himself at the turning point of his young life.

Thanks to Marc Richardson for sending this one to me. [Mar 2012]

 He was a clerk. 


“Fire, Fire”
by Allison Prince
First publication: A Haunting Refrain, May 1988
When young Emma falls behind her parents on a country outing, she finds herself at a Neolithic funeral pyre. [Jan 2014]

 Emma, we can’t keep waiting for you all the time. We"re nearly at the top—see you up there, all right? It’s not far. 


Star Trek: The Next Generation
created by Gene Roddenberry
First time travel: 2 May 1988

I watched the premier with Harry and Cathy just four weeks before Hannah was born. In the seven seasons, there were 12 time-travel episodes. [Sep 1987]
 EpisodeNotes 
We’ll Always Have Paris (2 May 1988)Repeated seconds
Time Squared (3 Apr 1989)Back six hours
Yesterday’s Enterprise (19 Feb 1990)Enterprise C from 2344 to 2366
Captain’s Holiday (2 Apr 1990)Vorgans from 27th century
A Matter of Time (18 Nov 1991)Historian from 26th century
Cause and Effect (23 Mar 1992)Time loop
Time’s Arrow I/II (15 Jun / 21 Sep 1992)   To 1890s San Francisco
Tapestry (15 Feb 1993)Picard’s earlier life
Firstborn (25 Apr 1994)Worf’s son from 40 years ahead
All Good Things I/II (23 May 1994)Jumping between three times

 Make it so. 


“Ripples in the Dirac Sea”
by Geoffrey A. Landis
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct 1988

A physics guy invents a time machine that can go only backward and must always return the traveler to the exact same present from which he left. [Nov 1988]

 

  1. Travel is possible only into the past.
  2. The object transported will return to exactly the time and place of departure.
  3. It is not possible to bring objects from the past to the present.
  4. Actions in the past cannot change the present.
 

“On the Watchtower at Plataea”
by Garry Kilworth
First publication: Other Edens II, Nov 1988
Miriam and her fellow time travelers, John and Stan, set up camp in an abandoned watchtower to observe and record the siege of the walled city-state Plataea in the Peloponnesian War. [Apr 2014]

 It was a shock to find that the expedition could go no further back than 429 BC; though for some of us, it was not an unwelcome one. Miriam was perhaps the only one amongst us who was annoyed that we couldn't get to Pericles. He had died earlier, in the part of the year we couldn’t reach. So near—but we had hit a barrier, as solid as a rockface on the path of linear time, in the year that the Peloponnesian War was gaining momentum. 


“The Instability”
by Isaac Asimov
First publication: The London Observer, 1 Jan 1989
Professor Firebrenner explains to Atkins how they can go forward in time to study a red dwarf and then return back to Earth. [Dec 1999]

 Of course, but how far can the Sun and Earth move in the few hours it will take us to observe the star? 


Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon (Stephen Herek, director)
First release: 17 Feb 1989

The Two Great Ones, Bill S. Preston, Esq., and Ted “Theodore” Logan, are the subjects of time-traveler Rufus’s mission, but instead they end up using his machine to write a history report to save their band Wyld Stallyns. [Jul 2010]

 Most excellent! 


Quantum Leap
created by Donald Bellisario
First aired: 26 Mar 1989

Physicist and all-around good guy Sam Beckett rushes his time machine into production—funding is about to be cut!—and as a consequence, he shifts from one life to another, always with a moral mission and his holographic cohort Al. [Mar 1989]

 Oh boy! 


“The Price of Oranges”
by Nancy Kress
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apr 1989

Harry’s closet takes him back to 1937 where his social security income buys cheaper oranges, treats for his friend Manny, and possibly a companionable man for his jaded granddaughter Jackie. [May 1989]

 Harry bought a pair of socks, thick gray wool, for 89 cents. When the man took his dollar, Harry held his breath: each first time made a little pip in his stomach. But on one ever looked at the dates of old bills. He bought two oranges for five cents each, and then, thinking of Manny, bought a third. At a candystore he bought G-8 and His Battle Aces for fifteen cents. At The Collector’s Cozy in the other time they would gladly give him thirty dollars for it. Finally, he bought a cherry Coke for a nickel and headed towards the park. 




Field of Dreams
by Phil Aldin Robinson
First release: 23 Apr 1989

Corn farmer Ray Kinsella is called to build a ballpark in his cornfield (with part of his calling resulting from a trip to 1972); once the field is built, various ballplayers from the past come. [Dec 1992]

 If you build it, they will come. 


Mixed Doubles
by Daniel da Cruz
First publication: Aug 1989
Justin Pope, a music major (like Paul Eisebrey!), stumbles upon a time machine that he uses to kidnap Franz Schubert from his deathbed; Pope cures Franz and uses him as a source of compositions to create a magnificent career of his own (with the help of Angelica), until Franz turns the tables (with the help of Philipa).

Paul Eisenbrey introduced me to this author in college, but I found Mixed Doubles on my own some years later. [May 1990]

 From time to time double checking with the manual, he began to punch in the commands that, he had calculated from ceaseless experimentation, would project him three thousand years into the past, plus of minus fifteen years. It was a vast improvement on his first efforts, which had been accurate only to within two centuries. The reentry program was more precise by orders of magnitude: it would bring him back to the moment of departure, plus zero to seventeen hours. 


Ray Bradbury Theater
created by Ray Bradbury
First time travel: 11 Aug 1989


Ray Bradbury Theater ran for two seasons on HBO starting 21 May 1985. It then shifted to the USA Network for four seasons which had three time-travel adaptations. [Mar 2012]
 TitleEvent 
A Sound of Thunder (11 Aug 1989)Dinosaur hunt
Touch of Petulance (12 Oct 1990)Newspaper from the future
The Toynbee Convector (26 Oct 1990)   100 years into the future

 Dinosaurs large and small fill my junkyard workroom.
This one given to me by a friend 30 years ago. These given as toys to my daughters, and when they didn’t play with them I simply took them back. So with dinosaurs coming into my life, I often wondered what would happen if I could go back into theirs. Dinosaurs, time machines, put them together and you have a
tale one billion years old.
 
—Bradbury’s introduction to “A Sound of Thunder”


Millennium
by John Varley (Michael Anderson, director)
First release: 25 Aug 1989

Cheryl Ladd plays Louise Baltimore opposite Kris Kristopherson’s Bill Smith. [Aug 2011]

 For one thing, paradoxes can occur. Say you build a time machine, go backwards in time and murder your father when he was ten years old. That means you were never born. And if you were never born, how did you build the time machine? Paradox! It's the possibility of wiping out your own existence that makes most people rule out time-travel. Still, why not? If you were careful, you could do it. 


The Smurfs
created by Peyo (aka Pierre Culliford)
First time travel: 9 Sep 1989


While trying to return a dinosaur to its proper time at the start of Season 9, a time whirlwind whips the annoying little mushroom blueters into time—a condition that’s carried on through the rest of the season. [Jul 2013]

 Well, Papa Smurf, there is one way to get this critter back home, but it’s awfully dangerous. 


Ring Raiders
by Phil Harnage
First aired: 16 Sep 1989


Matchbox produced and aired five cartoon episodes in 1989 to promote their Ring Raider line of toys including the time-traveling planes of the evil Skull Squadron and the right-stuff Ring Raider pilots. [Aug 2013]

 Lieutenant, I’ve got three strange bogeys about a mile north-northwest. They’re like nothing I’ve ever seen before. They don’t even have props. 


Back to the Future II
by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale (Zemeckis, director)
First release: 3 Jul 1989

Doc Brown takes Marty and Jennifer from 1985 to 2015 to save their children from a bad fate, but the consequences pile up when Biff also gets in on the time-travel action. [Jul 1989]

 The time-traveling is just too dangerous. Better that I devote myself to study the other great mystery of the universe—women! 


12:01 P.M.
by Richard Lupoff, Stephen Tolkin, Jonathan Heap (Heap, director)
First release: 1990 (27 minute short film)


Kurtwood Smith brings Myron Castleman’s 59 minutes to life. [Dec 2011]

 You see, it’s like...it’s like we’re stuck. You know, like a...like a needle on a scratched record. It all starts at 12:01, and everything goes along fine until one o’clock and then Bam! the whole world snaps back to 12:01 again. 


Eternity Comics’ The Time Machine
adapted by Bill Spangler and John Ross
First publication: Apr 1990
This three-issue black-and-white adaptation has some creative twists such as when it occurs to the time traveller how to use the machine to destroy the Morlocks. [need quote] [Jan 2012]

 I was elated! I gripped the starting lever with both hands and went off with a thud. 


Back to the Future III
by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale (Zemeckis, director)
First release: 25 May 1990

Marty and 1955 Doc travel back to the old west where the older Doc is trapped along with various Biff ancestors and a possible love interest for Doc. [May 1990]

 It means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. 


Alvin and the Chipmonks
by Dianne Dixon
First time travel: 8 Sep 1990


It was not until the final season of the Alvin revival (nearly two decades after creator Bagdasarian’s death) that the Theodore, Simon and Alvin had a series of movie take-offs including Dianne Dixon’s episode, “Back to Our Future,” in which the quirky inventor Clyde Crashcup (filling in for Doc Brown) brings the 90s trio back to the 50s to stop the original trip from giving up their singing careers. [Sep 2012]

 Now remember boys, you must convince the old Alvin to stick with his musical career, so you can all be stars in the future! 


Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Animated)
produced by David Kirschner, Paul Sabella, and Andy Heyward
First aired: 15 Sep 1990


...featuring the most outstanding voices of the original Two Great Ones, but bogus plots and dialog. [Jul 2010]

 ♫ Whenever time stands still and trouble moves too fast, to save the future, we must learn about the past. ♫ 


The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
created by Reed Shelly and Bruce Shelly
First time travel: 29 Sep 1990

The animation and sound effects are a good reflection of the video game. In one episode (“Toddler Terrors of Time Travel”), the son of King Bowser invents a time machine to go back in time and stop Mario, Luigi and Toad from ever coming to their kingdom. The heroes stow away, and everyone ends up as toddlers in Brooklyn. [Sep 2012]

 Maybe we can go back and change history, King Dad. All we need is a little time travel. 


The Spirit of '76
by Roman Coppola and Lucas Reiner
First release: 12 Oct 1990

In the year 2176, three time travelers aiming for 1776 end up in the time of David Cassidy and disco instead. [Nov 2014]

 Channel Six, our foremost epistomological anthrosociologist has redlined and outlined you for a mission back in time. 


“The Time Traveler”
by Isaac Asimov
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Nov 1990

The little demon Azazel (the hero of many an Asimov tale) sends a world-renowned writer travels back in time to see his first writing teacher at a 1934 school that is remarkably like Asimov’s own Boys High in Brooklyn. [Dec 1990]

 “Because,” and here he struck his chest a resounding thump, “the burning memories of youthful snubs and spurnings remain unavenged and, indeed, forever unavengable.” 


“Ben Franklin’s Laser”
by Doug Beason
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, mid-Dec 1990
It appears that the sun will go nova in 75 hours, which leaves Grayson to go back in time to give a boost to science in Ben Franklin’s time. [Aug 2012]

 It sounded nice and simple: allow Ben Franklin to invent the laser and let the technology casade. Grow enough so that in five hundred years we’d have something to get us out of this mess. 


“3 RMS Good View”
by Karen Haber
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, mid-Dec 1990
When a lawyer from the future decides to rent an apartment in 1968 San Francisco, she must first sign your standard temporal noninterference contract—yeah, like that one ever holds up in court! [Dec 1990]

 Don’t change the past or the past will change you. The time laws. You lawyers understand this kind of thing. You, and you alone, are responsible for any dislocation of past events, persons or things, et cetera et cetera. Read the small print and sign. 


“The Romanian Question”
by Michael Moorcock
First publication: Back Brain Recluse #18, Spring 1991


Jerry appears to be a time traveler (or maybe God) involved with Hitler and the democratic movement in Romania, but really did’t get it. But the bicycle he rides as a time machine shares a description with the time machine in “Behold the Man.” [Feb 2014]

 The time machine was a sphere of milky fluid attached to the front lamp-holder of a Raleigh &r]ldquo;Royal Albert” Police Bicycle of the old, sturdy type, before all the corruption had been made public. 


“Crossroads”
aka “Cross Roads Blues”
by Paul McAuley
First publication: Interzone, Apr 1991

In an alternate 1960s America where the U.S. is isolationist and Adam Clayton Powell is president, Time traveler (or “Loop rider”) Ike Turner has a fascination with blues player Bobby Johnson, so he sticks around a bit longer than he should in 1937 to meet the musician. It shouldn’t be a big deal; after all, according to Einstein, not even the Loop riders can change the past. [Apr 2014]

 Anyway, he went away maybe a year, and I don’t know if he went to the crossroads with ol Legba or not, but Son House told me when he came back he was carryin a gitar, and asked for a spot like old times. Well, Son was about ready to take a break, and told Bobby Johnson to go ahead and got himself outside before the boy began. But that time it was all changed. That time, he tol me, the music he heard Bobby Johnson make put the hair on his head to standin. 


“Robot Visions”
by Isaac Asimov
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apr 1991

A team of Temporalists send robot RG-32 200 years into the future where it seems to almost all that mankind is doing better than expected on Earth and in space. [May 1991]

 RG-32 was a rather old-fashioned robot, eminently replaceable. He could observe and report, perhaps without quite the ingenuity and penetration of a human being—but well enough. He would be without fear, intent only on following orders, and he could be expected to tell the truth. 


Outlander Series
by Diana Gabaldon
First publication: 1 Jun 1991

I admit that I had one of my reading minions (Janet) assay this series for me. She reported that there are uncountably many books about Housewives in Time with ripped bodices.

 I turned to find an interested audience, no doubt attracted by the racket, standing in the hall. Brother Roger and Murtagh stood side by side, staring at my flushed face and heaving bosom. 


T2: Judgement Day
by James Cameron and William Wisher, Jr. (Cameron, director)
First release: 1 Jul 1991

Once more, the machines from 2029 send back a killer cyborg, this time a T-1000 to kill John Connor himself in 1995, but Connor of the future counters by sending one of the original Model 101s to save himself. [Jul 1991]

 Come with me if you want to live. 
—The T-800 to Sarah at the Pescadero State Hospital


Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey
by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon (Stephen Herek, director)
First release: 19 Jul 1991

Two Evil Robots come from the future to kill Bill and Ted and destroy their babes, and after that happens, the Two Great Ones begin a journey that starts with Death and ends with Two Little Ones. [Jul 2010]

 Look, after we get away from this guy, we use the booth. We time travel back to before the concert and set up the things we need to get him now. 


Quantum Leap Comic Books
edited by George Broderick, Jr.
First publication: Sep 1991


Little known fact: The Quantum Leap comic books were actually written and drawn two decades before the birth of their creators, which is the only reason they have been given a special temporal dispensation overriding the law that forbids post-1969 comic books in this list. In the first issue, Sam desperately wants to save Martin Luther King Jr., but he realizes that’s not the reason he’s in Memphis. [Dec 2010]

 He awoke to find himself in the past, suffering from partial amnesia and facing a mirror image that was not his own. 


Back to the Future (Animated)
created by Bob Gale
First aired: 7 Sep 1991

After III, Doc Brown and Clara settle and raise a family in Hill Valley, though “settle” might be the wrong word when you once again have a working DeLorean. [Sep 1991]

 You do sorta look like that J. Michael Fox guy. 


“Bad Timing”
by Molly Brown
First publication: Interzone, Dec 1991

When Alan’s coworker tells him that an old women’s magazine has a romance story called “The Love That Conquered Time” with Alan himself as the hero, he is dubious, but he reads the thing nonetheless. [Apr 2014]

 You’re the only reason, Claudia. I did it for you. I read a story that you wrote and I knew it was about me and that it was about you. I searched in the Archives and I found your picture and then I knew that I loved you and that I had always loved you and that I always would. 


Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures (Live)
created by Darren Starr
First aired: 28 Jun 1992

The Two Great Ones become the two lame ones, although the Elvis episode has some redeeming factors. [Dec 2010]

 It’s a completely creepy feeling to fail before a large group of Elvises. 


The Ugly Little Boy
aka Child of Time
novelization by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg
First publication: Sep 1992

The story of Ms. Fellowes and Timmie is augmented by the story of what his tribe did during his time away. [Nov 1992]

 He was a very ugly little boy and Edith Fellowes loved him more dearly than anything in the world. 


Darkwing Duck
created by Tad Stones
First time travel: 18 Sep 1992

The crimefighting duck (or his pals) time traveled at least five times, some of which used arch-nemesis Quackerjack’s Time Top (no word on whether it was stolen from Brick Bradford). [Sep 1991]
 EpisodeNotes 
Paraducks (18 Sep 1991)To earlier in DW’s life
Quack of Ages (18 Nov 1991)Back to 1921
Time and Punishment (19 Nov 1991)    Gosalyn to the future
Inherit the Wimp (19 Sep 1992)DW’s ancestors to the present
Extinct Possibility (5 Dec 1992)To the time of the dinosaurs

 Need I remind you about the time with the floor wax, the peanut butter and my VCR? 


The Guns of the South
by Harry Turtledove
First publication: Oct 1992

A faction from the early 21st century brings boatloads of AK-47 machine guns back to General Lee in the War between the States. [Feb 2014]

 My friends and I—everyone who belongs to America Will Break—come from a hundred and fifty years in your future. 


Captain Planet and the Planeteers
aka The New Adventures of Captain Planet
created by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle
First time travel: 31 Oct 1992


Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, sends out five magic rings which are obtained by teenagers who are then tasked with protecting the planet Earth, sometimes individually and sometimes by combining to call forth Captain Planet who (among other things) can even take them into the past (“OK at the Gunfight Corral”). [Aug 2013]

 There she is, boys: my own time machine. 


Quantum Leap Novels
First publication: Nov 1992
 [Sep 2013]
 TitleAuthor 
1. The Novel (aka Carny Knowledge) (Nov 1992)   Ashley McConnell
2. Too Close for Comfort (Apr 1993)Ashley McConnell
3. The Wall (Jan 1994)Ashley McConnell
UK. The Beginning (Jan 1994)Julie Robitaille
UK. The Ghost and the Gumshoe (Jan 1994)Julie Robitaille
4. Prelude (Jun 1994)Ashley McConnell
5. Knights of Morningstar (Sep 1994)Melanie Rawn
6. Search and Rescue (Dec 1994)Melissa Crandall
7. Random Measures (Mar 1995)Ashley McConnell
8. Pulitzer (Jun 1995)L. Elizabeth Storm
9. Double or Nothing (Dec 1995)C.J. Henderson
10. Odyssey (Mar 1996)Barbara E. Walton
11. Independence (Aug 1996)John Peel
12. Angels Unaware (Jan 1997)L. Elizabeth Storm
13. Obsessions (Mar 1997)Carol Davis
14. Loch Ness Leap (Jul 1997)Sandy Schofield
15. Heat Wave (Nov 1997)Melanie Kent
16. Foreknowledge (Mar 1998)Christo Defillipis
17. Song and Dance (Oct 1998)Mindy Peterman
18. Mirror’s Edge (Feb 2000)Ester D. Reese

 “Oh, boy,” he whispered. 


“The Battle of Long Island”
by Nancy Kress
First publication: Omni Magazine, Feb/Mar 1993

Major Susan Peters is in charge of all the nurses at “The Hole” where a series of soldiers from alternative past Revolutionary Wars keep appearing. [May 1993]

 They’re often like this. They find themsleves in an alien, impossible, unimaginable place, surround by guards with uniforms and weapons they don’t recognize, and yet their first concern is not their personal fate but the battle they left behind. 


Bradbury Comics’ “A Sound of Thunder”
adapted by Richard Corben
First publication: Ray Bradbury Comics #1, Feb 1993

In addition to reprinting Williamson’s 1954 adaptation, Ray Bradbury Comics #1 had a new 12-page adaptation by Richard Corben. [Jun 2011]

 My god! It could reach up and grab the moon. 


Groundhog Day
by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis (Ramis, director)
First release: 12 Feb 1993

A jaded weatherman, Phil Connors (no relation to John Connor), is in Punxsutawney to cover the Groundhog Day goings-on, continually repeating the day and—after losing his jaded edge—striving for Rita’s heart. [Feb 1993]

 You’re not a god. You can take my word for it: This is twelve years of Catholic school talking. 


Army of Darkness
by Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi (Sam Raimi, director)
First release: 19 Feb 1993

A Connecticut Yankee (or maybe Michigan) in King Arthur's Court meets the Living Dead and their kin. [Apr 2012]

 This is my boom stick. It’s a 12-guage, double barreled Remington—S-mart’s top-of-the-line. You’ll find them in the Sporting Goods Department. 


X-Men Cartoon
created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
First time travel: 13 Mar 1993

Even though the 1992 cartoon had all them new-fangled X-Men and their funky costumes, I still got some enjoyment from the Kirby-designed villians, such as the Sentinels in the two-part time-travel story, “Days of Future Past” (which, not coincidentally, will also be the name of the upcoming X-Men movie). Well, they were sort of Kirby-designed: He penciled the cover and sketched the layouts of X-Men #14. [Mar 1993]

 We rebels have a theory: If the assasination of the 90s never occurred... 


Glimpses
by Lewis Shiner
First publication: Jul 1993


A weak marriage isn’t enough to sustain Ray Shackleford, but he doesn’t want to leave either, so he spends time in his mind wondering what various unmade albums would be like from the Beatles and other 60s bands (the Doors, the Beach Boys), and one day the music of those unmade albums starts coming from the speakers in his stereo repair shop. [Aug 2013]

 When I opened my eyes it was nighttime and I was crouched on the sidewalk in front of Brian’s house and it wasn't 1989 anymore. 


12:01
by Richard Lupoff, Jonathan Heap, Richard Morton (Jack Sholder, director)
First release: 5 Jul 1993

Trapped in a one-day time loop, Barry Thomas tries to bring down the company that’s causing the loop, hopefully coming to a happy ending with the gorgeous scientist who runs the project. [Jan 2011]

 Barry: Oh my God. It’s twelve o’clock.
Lisa: No! We’ve got to do something!
Barry: There’s no time. Quick, tell me what your favorite color is. 


Time Machines: Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics and Science Fiction
by Paul J. Nahin
First publication: Sep 1993
If you have only one reference book on your shelf—on any topic—this must be it. Get the second edition. [Dec 2008]

 This is, I believe, a book for the adventurous in spirit. 


King Arthur and the Knights of Justice
created by Jean Chalopin
First episode: 13 Sep 1993


When the real King Arthur and his knights are put out of commission by the evil Morgana, Merlin brings a football player, Arthur King, and his teammates, the Knights, back as replacements for two seasons on this syndicated series. [Jul 2013]

 And then, from the field of the future, a new king will come to save the world of the past. 


“The Girl with Some Kind of Past. And George.”
by William Tenn
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct 1993
A pretty, young time traveler from the future visits the most fascinating person she can think of in the past—that would be playboy George Rice, coincidentally her great-great-grandfather—but she won’t tell George what makes him so fascinating. [Apr 2012]

 That left the incest angle, and I asked him about that. He says that making it with your great-great-granddaughter from the twenty-first century is not much different from making it with your clothes-designer neighbor from across the hall. 


Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
created by Reed Shelly, Bruce Shelly, Phil Harnage and Kent Butterworth
First time travel: 26 Oct 1993

Video game character Sonic and his sidekick Tails repeatedly foil the evil Dr. Robotnik, including a four-part quest to the past where Robotnik seeks the four all-powerful chaos emeralds in the times of Blackbeard, King Arfur, Sonic’s ancestors and prehistory. [Sep 2012]
 EpisodeNotes 
Blackbot the Pirate (26 Oct 1993)to time of Blackbeard
Hedgehog of the Hound Table (27 Oct 1993)   to time of King Arfur
Robotnik’s Pyramid Scheme (28 Oct 1993)erasing Sonic’s family tree
Prehistoric Sonic (29 Oct 1993)to caveman times and elsewhere

 I can’t go through with this. My theories of time and space were developed for peace, not for your evil schemes. 


The Silurian Tales
by Steven Utley
First story: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Nov 1993

I’ve read ten of Utley’s stories of an expedition plopped into the Silurian geologic period, the most recent of which, “The End in Eden,” tells the tale of customs agents Phil Morrow and Sal Shelton, living at the border between the Silurian period and the present, match wits with NCIS and JAG officers over a case of possible smuggling of Paleolithic biological specimens. [Dec 2013]
 TitleNotes 
There and Then (Nov 1993)Asimov’s Science Fiction
The Age of Mud and Slime (Mar 1996)Asimov’s
A Silurian Tale (May 1996)Asimov’s
The Wind Over the World (Oct/Nov 1996)Asimov’s
The Real World (30 Aug 2000)Sci Fiction
Chain of Life (Oct/Nov 2000)Asimov’s
The Despoblado (22 Nov 2000)Sci Fiction
Cloud by Van Gogh (Dec 2000)F&SF
Half a Loaf (Jan 2001)Asimov’s
Five Miles from Pavement (21 Mar 2001)Sci Fiction
The World Without (Jul 2001)Asimov’s
Walking in Circles (Jan 2002)Asimov’s
Treading the Maze (Feb 2002)Asimov’s
Foodstuff (Feb 2002)F&SF
Beyond the Sea (29 Aug 2002)Revolution SF
Exile (Aug 2003)Asimov’s
Chaos and Gods (18 Aug 2003)Revolution SF
Invisible Kingdoms (Feb 2004)F&SF
Babel (Mar 2004)Analog
Another Continuum Heard From! (2 Apr 2004)  Revolution SF
A Paleozoic Palimpsest (Oct 2004)F&SF
The Wave-Fuction Collapse (Mar 2005)Asimov’s
Promised Land (Jul 2005)F&SF
Silv’ry Moon (Oct/Nov 2005)F&SF
Diluvium (May 2006)F&SF
All of Creation (18 Jan 2008)Cosmos
The World Within the World (Mar 2008)Asimov’s
The 400-Million-Year Itch (Apr 2008)F&SF
Variant (Summer 2008)Postscripts
The Woman Under the World (Jul 2008)Asimov’
Slug Hell (Sep 2008)Asimov’s
We Think, Therefore We Are (Jan 2009)Lost Places of Earth
The Tortoise Grows Elate (Mar/Apr 2012)F&SF
The End in Eden (Oct 2012)Analog
The Gift Horse (Fall 2012)The 400-Million-Year Itch
Sidestep (Spring 2013)Invisible Kingdoms

 Where’s he going to run to? Home is four hundred million miles away. 
—The End in Eden


Philadephia Experiment II
by Wallace C. Bennett, et. al., (Stephen Cornwell, director)
First release: 12 Nov 1993

At the end of the first movie, David Herdeg was left in 1983 America; ten years later, another experiment sends a nuclear bombed to 1943 Germany and David must go back to stop from creating a Nazi-ruled world. [Mar 2012]

 That plane got sucked back there. Landed in the heart of Nazi Germany. 


Goodnight Sweetheart
created by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
First aired: 18 Nov 1993

Television repairman Gary Sparrow walks into a pub and meets a friendly barmaid in London during World War II, a spot where he repeatedly returns to escape a mundane life and loving but sometimes trying wife in 1993. [Jul 2013]

 Oh, I must say you might be takin’ this 1940s theme a bit too far. 


We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story
adaptation by John Patrick Shanley
First release: 24 Nov 1993


Based on the children’s book of the same name, Rex tells the story of how he went from the Cretaceous to the modern-day golf course. The story is weak, but the animation and voices are better than the usual 90s fare. [Aug 2013]

 Greetings friends, and welcome to my shack. My name is Captain Neweyes, and I live in the far future where all the stars and all the planets have had to learn to get along. 


Dilbert
by Scott Adams
First time travel: 19 Dec 1993


 Make sure nothing changes because of my visit or it will kill everyone in the future. 


103 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)