Time-Travel Fiction

  Storypilot’s Big List of Adventures in Time Travel


“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. 


“Another Story or
a Fisherman of the Inland Sea”

by Ursula K. Le Guin
First publication: A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (1994)

At 18, Hideo leaves his family and his planet, O, to become part of a group that invents instantaneous tranportation—a device that ends up taking him back to the time that he first left Planet O [Jul 2011]

 So: once upon a time when I was twenty-one years old I left my home and came on the NAFAL ship Terraces of Darranda to study at the Ekumenical Schools on Hain. 


“The Tourist”
by Paul Park
First publication: Interzone, Feb 1994

Once the time-travel tourist business gets going, there’s no stopping it, not to mention all those travelers who feel they have business with Hitler or Stalin—which brings about an interesting theory of time not being a continuum at all, all told through the personal lens of one recently divorced man who buys a ticket for Paleolithic Spain and sets out after his ex-wife. [Apr 2014]

 We just can’t keep our hands off, and as a result, Cuba has invaded prehistoric Texas, the Empire of Ashok has become a Chinese client state, and Napoleon is in some kind of indirect communication with Genghis Khan. 


Time Chasers
by David Giancola (Giancola, director)
First release: 17 Mar 1994

Before watching this movie (about amateur inventor Nick Miller’s time machine in a two-prop plane and the evil corporation that tries to take it over), I never realized that the word “unwatchable” had degrees. Of course, the movie itself is unwatchable, but in a genuinely inoffensive, cultish way; the self-absorbed add-on commentary from the Mystery Science Theater 3000 hosts who presented it in 1997 on early-morning tv is categorically unwatchable. [May 2013]

 You brought us up here this morning to look at your—time machine?! 


Timecop
by Mark Verheiden (Peter Hyams, director)
First release: 14 Sep 1994

When I was a teen, my friends and I (hi Dan and Paul) produced a fanzine called Free Fall. What’s that got to do with Timecop? For a short time, I was part of a group called APA 5, which Paul introduced me to. We would all send our fanzines to a central location, where they would be collated and the resulting giant fanzine sent back to each of us—one of whom was the eventual Hollywood writing success, Mark Verheiden. Oh, and in this movie, Time Enforcement Commission agent Van Damme goes back in time to blow lots of stuff up in hopes of saving his already-blown-up wife. [Sep 2012]

 I can’t tell you anything. He’ll send somebody back to wipe out my grandparents. It’ll be like I’ve never existed. My mother, my father, my wife, my kids, my fucking cat. 


The Simpsons
created by Matt Groening
First time travel: 30 Oct 1994


Homer’s first time travel was part of the fifth Halloween montage in a segment called “Time and Punishment” (aka “Homer’s Time Travel Nightmare”) where each tiny dinosaur he stomps on alters his own life. The next bit I saw was Professor Frink, who built and used the chronotrike in “Springfield Up,” attempting to tell his young self to choose a different career. [Oct 1994]
 EpisodeNotes 
Treehouse of Horror V (30 Oct 1994)Butterfly Effect take-off
Springfield Up (18 Feb 2007)Frink’s chronotrike
Treehouse of Horror XXIII (7 Oct 2012)   Back to the Future take-off

 Homer: [to self] Okay, don’t panic! Remember the advice Dad gave you on your wedding day.
Grandpa: [in flashback] If you ever travel back in time, don’t step on anything, because even the slightest change can alter the future in ways you can’t imagine. 


Dog City
produced by Jim Henson Productions
First time travel: 12 Nov 1994


This combined animation/muppet show from Jim Hensen Productions gets an extra half star just because the main characters are all dogs, one of who explains how a time machine has completely altered Dog City in the episode “Future Schlock’ (12 Nov 1994). [Jan 2014]

 Due to the use of a time machine, events were changed in Dog City’s past, which naturally affected Dog City’s future, which was Dog City’s present, of course. 




Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller
First time travel: 2 Jan 1995

Seven seasons with nine time-travel episodes including the most troublesome “Trials and Tribble-ations.” [Jan 1993]
 TitleEvent 
Past Tense I/II (2/9 Jan 1995)Back 300 years
Visionary (2 Feb 1995)Jump forward several hours
The Visitor (9 Oct 1995)Sisko skips through timelines
Little Green Men (13 Nov 1995)To 1947 Roswell
Accession (26 Feb 1996)Akorem, a poet from 200 years past
Trials and Tribble-ations (4 Nov 1996)Take a good guess
Children of Time (5 May 1997)Defiant crew visit their descendants
Wrongs Darker than Death... (1 Apr 1998)   Kira back to mother’s time

 We do not discuss it with outsiders. 
—Worf in “Trials and Tribble-ations”




Star Trek: Voyager
created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller and Jeri Taylor
First time travel: 30 Jan 1995

Seven seasons with 12 time-travel episodes, two of which featured Kess’s namesake, Kes. [Dec 2010]
 TitleEvent 
Time and Again (30 Jan 1995)Back one day to save a planet
Eye of the Needle (20 Feb 1995)Contact an old Romulan ship
Future’s End I/II (13/20 Nov 1996)   Back to 1900s via 2900 AD technology
Before and After (9 Apr 1997)Kes skips through her life
Year of Hell I/II (5/12 Nov 1997)Krenim temporal ship
Timeless (18 Nov 1998)15 years in the future
Relativity (12 May 1999)Seven becomes a time cop
Fury (3 May 2000)Kes wants to change her past
Shattered (17 Jan 2001)Chakotay steps between times
Endgame (23 May 2001)Future Voyager hatches a plan

 As they say in the Temporal Mechanics Department: There’s no time like the present. 


From Time to Time
by Jack Finney
First publication: Feb 1995
Finney’s sequel to Time and Again initially finds Si Morley living a happy life in the 19th century with his 19th century family, while The Project in the future never even got started because he prevented the inventor’s parents from ever meeting. But vague memories linger in some of the Project member’s minds, and Morley can’t stay put. [Sep 2012]

 They’re back there in the past, trampling around, changing things, aren’ t they? They don’t know it. They’re just living their happy lives, but changing small events. Mostly trivial, with no important effects. But every once in a while the effect of some small changed event moves on down to the&mdash 




Lois and Clark
created by Deborah Joy LeVine
First time travel: 26 Mar 1995

Four seasons with 7 time-travel episodes: [Sep 1993]
 TitleEvent 
Tempus Fugitive (26 Mar 1995)To 1966 (H.G. Wells, Tempus)
And the Answer Is... (21 May 1995)Time traveler’s diary (Tempus)
Tempus Anyone? (21 Jan 1996)Future alternate universe, Tempus
Soul Mates (13 Oct 1996)Back to prevent a curse
’Twas the Night before Mxymas (15 Dec 1996)   Christmas Eve time loop
Meet John Doe (2 Mar 1997)Future Tempus runs for president
Lois and Clarks (9 Mar 1997)Future Tempus traps Clark

 Lois, did you know that in the future you're revered at the same level as Superman? Why, there are books about you, statues, an interactive game—you’re even a breakfast cereal. 


“Time’s Revenge”
by Pauline Ashwell
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jun 1995
A housewife has a chance encounter with a time-traveler who deals in ancient artifacts, after which the two of them have time-to-time encounters. [Dec 2013]

 I had not realised how important the Time Traveler’s visits had become in my pleasant, prosperous, humdrum existence. 




The Time-Traveling Terraformers Stories
by Pauline Ashwell
First story: Analog Science Fiction, Aug 1995
Sandy Jennings, an orphan and a red-headed Ph.D. student in microbiology, is recruited into a terraforming project by a group of several hundred time travelers who work in a loosely defined, non-authoritarian structure that spans years of their lifetimes and eons of the planet’s time. Sandy is not seen in the third and fourth stories, which show nick-of-time recruitments of vulcanologist Simon Hardacre and plankton expert Haru.

I liked these last two stories, especially the character of Haru, but I longed for more development beyond what Sandy had already shown us of their common universe. [Sep 2012]
 TitlePublication 
Hunted Head (Aug 1995)Analog
One Thousand Years (May 2000)   Analog
Out of Fire (Mar 2001)Analog
Elsewhere (Jun 2001)Analog

 Knowledge, absolute and definite knowledge of the future as it affects yourself, is never any use. Whether it is bad or good, you cannot do anything that will change it. It simply takes away your power to decide. 


“The Chronology Protection Case”
by Paul Levinson
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Sep 1995

When six of seven physicists (plus one pretty wife) in a time-travel research group meet untimely ends, forensic examiner Phil D’Amato suspects that a paradox-paranoid universe is looking out for itself. [Nov 1996]

 The drive back to Westchester was harrowing. Two cars nearly side swiped me, and one big-ass truck stopped so suddenly in front of me that I had all I could do to swerve out of crashing into it and becoming an instant Long Island Expressway pancake. 




Star Trek: Gargoyles
created by Greg Weisman
First time travel: 14 Sep 1995

What’s that? You didn’t realize that Tim’s favorite childhood cartoon was part of the Star Trek universe? And I suppose you also believe that Doc Brown had nothing to do with Brownian motion?! According to the creator, this universe has a fixed time line in which you may travel but not change things—what he calls “working paradoxes,” though my memory holds only one time-travel episode, “Vows” (14 Sep 1995). [Sep 1994]

 You may have prevented me from altering the past, but you failed too. You see I have clear memories of your little inspirational about keeping my vows of love. I never forgot it. Obviously history is immutable. 


12 Monkeys
by David Peoples and Janet Peoples (Terry Gilliam, director)
First release: 5 Jan 1996

In the year 2035 with the world devastated by an artificially engineered plague, convict James Cole is sent back in time to gather information about the plague’s origin so the scientists can figure out how to fight it. [Dec 2010]

 And what we say is the truth is what everybody accepts. Right, Owen? I mean, psychiatry: it’s the latest religion. We decide what’s right and wrong. We decide who’s crazy or not. I’m in trouble here. I’m losing my faith. 


Pastwatch:
The Redemption of Christopher Columbus

by Orson Scott Card
First publication: 1996

Diko, a second-generation researcher in a project that observes the past, discovers that it’s actually possible to send objects to the past and that a previous timeline did just this to alter Christopher Columbus’s fate; now, Diko and two others propose a further alteration that involves three travelers going to the 15th century. [May 2011]

 All of history was available, it seemed, and yet Pastwatch had barely scratched the surface of the past, and most watchers looked forward to a limitless future of rummaging through time. 


Johnny and the Bomb
by Terry Pratchett
First publication: Apr 1996
In this third book of the series, teenaged Johnny Maxwell and his yahoo friends uses Mrs. Tachyon’s shopping trolley to travel through time to World War II. [Jul 2011]

 ...if you go mad, do you know you’ve gone mad? If you don’t, how do you know you’re not mad? 


Duckman
created by Everett Peck
First time travel: 20 Apr 1996


Seinfeld’s pal, George Costanza, lends his voice to private detective, lousy family man, and general lech Eric Tiberius Duckman, who in one amusing episode was visited by multiple future selfs warning him of multiple future mistakes. [Aug 2013]

 Actually, it seems that while trying to set the alarm on my clock radio, I may have ripped a hole in the time-space continuum. 
—Ajax in “The Once and Future Duck”


Dexter’s Laboratory
created by Genndy Tartakovsky
First time travel: 28 Apr 1996


Boy Genius Dexter makes amazing invention after amazing invention including a time machine that his annoying sister Dee Dee first used in the first episode, “DeeDeemensional.” I enjoyed the way it ended. [Aug 2013]
 EpisodeNotes 
Deedeemensional (28 Apr 1996)   Dee Dee goes back an hour
Ego Trip (10 Dec 1999)Destroys terminator robots and visits future

 If there were a message that was so important it required time travel, I certainly would not send my idiot sister. 
—Dexter to Dee Dee in “Deedeemensional”


“Time Travelers Never Die”
by Jack McDevitt
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, May 1996
Dave Dryden and his pal Shel have a great life traveling through time, visiting with Napolean and DaVinci, until Shel dies. Or does he?

I was lucky enough to meet Jack McDevitt at Jim Gunn’s workshop in Lawrence. He was always encouraging, kind, insightful and upbeat—for me, the best of the resident writers at the workshop. [May 1996]

 Time travel should not be possible in a rational universe. 


Wishbone’s The Time Machine
adapted by Vincint Brown and Mo Rocca
First airing: mid-1996
Wishbone, our favorite imaginative dog, is an different literary adventurer during every episode, including one scarey 1996 tale (“Bark to the Future”) where he became the traveller. The kids loved this show, especially Hannah ... and me. [Jul 1996]

 This is the problem with time. I’m hungry now, but snack time is later. Why can’t later be now? 


Early Edition
created by Bob Brush
First aired: 28 Sep 1996

A calico cat brings Gary tomorrow’s newspaper every morning—and at least two episodes in the four seasons sent softspoken Gary back in time (to the Chicago Fire in “Hot Time in the Old Time” and to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in “Everybody Goes to Rick’s). Go Gary!

One of the reasons this show appealed to me is the rare occurrence of a strong, introverted lead character. [Sep 1996]

 What if, by some magic, you found the power to really change things? People, events, maybe even your life. Would you even know where to start? Maybe you can’t know. Until it happens. 


Richie Rich Cartoon
by Gary Conrad, Robert Schecter and Alicia Marie Schudt
First time travel: 5 Oct 1996

In the 1962 Richie Rich comic book, the poor little rich kid had an actual time machine, but in the 1996 cartoon (“Back in the Saddle”), he and Gloria just find themselves back in the old west with no machinations needed, where they meet Reggie the Kid. [Apr 2013]

 Richie, look at the date! June 1896! 


Star Trek: First Contact
by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore
First release: 22 Nov 1996

Picard and the Enterprise travel back to 2063 to stop the Borg from preventing Zefram Cochrane’s invention of the warp drive. [Nov 1996]

 Assimilate this! 


“Crossing into the Empire”
by Robert Silverberg
First publication: David Copperfield’s Beyond Imagination, Dec 1996
Mulreany is a trader who travels back to 14th century Byzantium with Coca-Cola and other treats. [Mar 2006]

 One glance and Mulreany has no doubt that the version of the capital that has arrived on this trip is the twelfth-century one. 


Retroactive
by M. Hamilton-Wright, R. Strauss and P. Badger (Louis Morneau, director)
First release: 1 Jan 1997

Kylie keeps going back to the same time in order to stop a psycho killer who has almost as many lives as a Terminator. [Apr 2011]

 This is about you takin’ hold of your life, codependent no more. 




The Company Stories
by Kage Baker
First publication: “Noble Mold” in Asimov’s, Mar 1997

I’ve read five of Kage Baker’s highly acclaimed stories about a group of entrepreneurial time travelers from the 24th century. Of those, my favorite was “The Likely Lad” about young Alec Checkerfield, abandoned by his blue-blood parents to be raised by the hired help; he longs for adventure on the high seas, which he does obtain—but to be honest, I didn’t think it was via time travel (I shall have to read it again!). [Mar 1997]

 For a while I lived in this little town by the sea. Boy, it was a soft job. Santa Barbara had become civilized by then: no more Indian rebellions, no more pirates storming up the beach, nearly all the grizzly bears gone. Once in a while some bureaucrat from Mexico City would raise hell with us, but by and large the days of the old Missions were declining into forlorn shades, waiting for the Yankees to come. 




Files of the Time Rangers
by Richard Bowes
First story: Bending the Landscape: Fantasy, Mar 1997


I’ve read several of the Time Rangers’ stories, including “Straight to My Lover’s Heart’, in which a ranger named Raz (aka Cupid) takes two time-traveling children under his wings—not literal wings, although they could well have been, given the stories’ backdrop of ancient meddling gods. [Apr 2004]
 TitlePublication 
“In the House of the Man in the Moon”Bending the Landscape Mar 1997
“Diana in the Spring”F&SF, Aug 1998
“From the Files of the Time Rangers”Sci Fiction, 6 Sep 2000
“Straight to My Lover’s Heart”Black Gate, Summer 2001
“The Quicksilver Kid”Sci Fiction, 17 Jan 2001
“The Ferryman’s Wife”F&SF, May 2001
“Days Red and Green”Sci Fiction, 14 Nov 2001
“The Mask of the Rex”F&SF, May 2002
“Godfather Death”Sci Fiction, 23 Oct 2002
From the Files of the Time Rangers2005 fix-up novel

 Raz’s specialty is outcasts of Time. Runaways. Fugitives. Ones who can’t go home on holidays, because home hasn’t been built yet. Or it’s a place that's long gone or never was. 


Crime Traveller
created by Anthony Horowitz
First aired: 1 Mar 1997

Unconventional detective Jeff Slade becomes even more unconventional when cute nerd Holly Turner reveals the limited time machine left to her by her lost-in-time father. [Aug 2012]

 If something has happened, it will happen. 


The Loose Ends Stories
by Paul Levinson
First story: Analog Science Fiction, May 1997
Time traveler and history meddler Jeff Harris aims for the 1980s to prevent the Challenger explosion, but instead finds himself in the time of JFK, meets the love of his life, meets other time travelers, toys with the idea of assassinating Nixon and Andropov, and eventually does alter Challenger’s history with unintended consequences for the Soviet Union. [Aug 2012]
 TitlePublication 
Loose Ends (May 1997)Analog
Little Differences (Jun 1998)   Analog
Late Lessons (Oct 1999)Analog

 Do you think that, if someone had a mind to do it—if someone really wanted to and had the connections—that someone back in 1982 to 1984 could have forced Andropov from office—could have replaced him with someone not so dictatorial? 


The Sticky Fingers of Time
by Hilary Brougher (Brougher, director)
First release: 2 Jun 1997

After watching an H-bomb test in 1952, frustrated writer Tucker Harding finds herself in 1997 where she runs into frustrated, suicidal writer Drew, and then both the writers have a lot of slow-paced angst when editor/friend Isaac explains that Tucker will be killed, causing her stuff to permeate time and infuse lots of other time travelers. [Jan 2013]

 Think of nonlinear time as a pie. We can eat the pieces in any order, but you can’t eat the same slice twice. And baby, I’ve eaten a lot of pie. 


“Palindromic”
by Peter Crowther
First publication: First Contact, Jul 1997

I wouldn’t have used the word palindromic to describe the happenings of this story: Aliens arrive in 1964, and their sense of time is backward from ours. It’s not palindromic because they experience the events in backward order: If I spell out the word time, they will hear e-m-i-t. It would be cool, however, to have a real palindromic story where some sequence of events in reverse is the same as that sequence experienced forward, like the expression emit time[Apr 2014]

 He seemed to be trying hard to find the right word. “They’re palindromic.” 


Contact
adapted by James V. Hart and Michael Goldberg (Robert Zemeckis, director)
First release: 11 Jul 1997

Jodie Foster creates a convincing Ellie in this big screen release of Sagan’s novel. [Jul 2009]

 You want to classify prime numbers now? 


Redux Riding Hood
by Dan O’Shannon (Steve Moore, director)
First release: 5 Aug 1997


Five years after the fact, Wolf is still haunted by the debacle that followed after his slip of the tongue (“All the better to eat you with”) gave the game away to Red, even though his wife Doris begs him to forget about it and move on with his life. [Jul 2013]

 It’s a time machine. Don’t you see? Now I can go back and have another shot at Little Red Riding Hood. 


Safety Not Guaranteed Classified Ad
by John Silveira
First publication: Backwoods Home Magazine, Sep/Oct 1997

 Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me.                     This is not a joke. 


“A Memory of the Nineteen-Nineties”
by Teller
First publication: The Atlantic Monthly, Nov 1997


Max Beerbohm, an author in the 1890s and early twentieth century, told a tale of Enoch Soames who made a deal with the devil to visit the Reading Room in the British Museum on 3 June 1997. Famed magician Teller recounts what happened at ten past two on the designated day, a day that Teller has been waiting and planning for for thirty-four and a half years. [Apr 2014]

 In other words, anyone in the Round Reading Room of the British Museum at ten past two on June 3, 1997, would be able to verify Beerbohm’s memoir, and see an authentic, guaranteed, proven ghost. 



Sabrina and her aunts in the 60s: Far out!

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
created by Nell Scovell
First time travel: 7 Nov 1997


The first time travel was part of a four-part crossover of time-travel episodes in Boy Meets World (’40s), You Wish (’50s), and Teen Angel (’70s). [Note 1997]
 EpisodeNotes 
“Inna Gadda Sabrina (7 Nov 1997)”   To the 1960s
“Love in Bloom” (11 Feb 2000)Daniel Boone to the present
“Time after Time” (15 Mar 2002)To when Zelda was in love

 Peace, love and no bathing. 
—Sabrina’s description of the 60’s



Cory and Shawn in the 40s: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boys

Boy Meets World
created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly
First time travel: 7 Nov 1997


The early episodes had charm, but the one spout of time travel (“No Guts, No Cory”, courtesy of Salem from Sabrina) to World War II was trite. [Note 1997]

 Cory—we’re going down to elist. 



Sabrina as E.T. in the closing credits

You Wish
created by Michael Jacobs
First time travel: 7 Nov 1997

A genie is freed after two millennia to live with a single ’90s mom and her two teens. One of the 12 episodes (“Genie without a Cause” on 11/7/97) takes the family back to the ’50s as part of the Sabrina time-travel night; a later episode (“All in the Family Room” on 5/29/98) had one of the teens run away through time to a pirate ship. [need quote] [Nov 1997]


Adult Marcia heads back to the 70s, now in living color!

Teen Angel
created by Al Jean and Mike Reiss
First time travel: 7 Nov 1997

A teenager’s dead best friend comes back as an angel, but the best thing about the show was that I could continue my crush on Marcia Brady, at least for the first half of the short series which included time travel (courtesy of Sabrina’s Salem) to Marcia’s home time of the ’70s (in “One Dog Night” on 11/7/97). Sadly, the later bit of time travel was Marcialess (“Back to DePolo” on 1/30/98 in which everyone takes a turn at eating the death hamburger that killed teen angel in the first place). [Note 1997]

 I miss the 70s. Back then, I was’t sitting at home without a date on a Friday night. 


Men in Black: The Series
adapted by Duane Capizzi, Jeff Kline and Richard Raynis
First time travel: 20 Dec 1997


I&ve yet to see a modern tv cartoon with animation up to my childhood fare, but the stories of this adaptation of the alien-fighters (based on the Malibu comic, which was based on the movie) are sometimes watchable, including some episodes where the Men time traveled even before Men in Black III[Dec 2013]

 Never put off until tomorrow what you can do yesterday. 
—from “The Way Out West Syndrome”


The Incredible Journey to the Beginning of Time
by Nicholas Harris
First publication: 1998
I thought it worthwhile to include this one example of a nicely illustrated children’s book to show how ubiquitous time travel machines have become in our culture (Chinese authorities notwithstanding). [Nov 2013]

 This book is like a time machine. Starting from now, you are about to travel back through time. 


“I Am a Fine Musician...”
by Roberta Rogow
First publication: Don’t Open This Book!, Mar 1998
When Judy’s genius husband goes off to a conference, he leaves a machine on in his lab that keeps bringing musical geniuses from the past to the present. [Jul 2013]

 I could hear music all the way through the house. From the sounds drifting down, I could tell that Schubert was strumming the guitar, Haydn had formed his string quartet, Bach must have figured out how to turn on the Moog, and Handel had Vivaldi and Corelli working on a motet (or maybe the Italians were working with Handel). 


Lost in Space
by Akiva Goldsman (Stephen Hopkins, director)
First release: 5 Apr 1998

The Robinsons hope to open up a new planet for colonization—and if they fail there is always Dr. Smith’s time machine to let them try again, unless perhaps Smith goes back even farther and... [Feb 2010]

 Will Robinson, I will tell you a joke. Why did the robot cross the road? Because he was carbon bonded to the chicken. 


“Cosmic Corkscrew”
by Michael A. Burstein
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jun 1998
A science fiction writer goes back to 1938 to make a copy of Asimov’s first story before it is lost. [May 1998]

 I looked at the copy of “Cosmic Corkscrew” I held in my hand, and I looked at the Chronobox. 


“Time Gypsy”
by Ellen Klages
First publication: Bending the Landscape: Original Gay and Lesbian Writing, Sep 1998
Thirty-year-old Dr. Carol McCullough, a physics post-doc at Berkeley, worships Sara Baxter Clarke, a rare woman physicist who died in 1956 before she could present her paper giving an argument for a practical tempokinetics. [Apr 2014]

 I'm offering to send you back in time to attend the 1956 International Conference for Experimental Physics. I need a copy of Clarke’s last paper. 


Flint,the Time Detective
by Hideki Sonoda and Akira Yamauchi (original manga)
First aired: 1 Oct 1998 (Japan)


Flint, a none-too-bright cave boy, is defossilized in the 25th century and applies his remarkable strength and bravery to protecting the world from the time-changing machinations of the Dark Lord. The 39 Japanese anime episodes were dubbed in English and broadcast in 2000. [Aug 2013]

 Crossing the time barrier to save the world! 


Seven Days
created by Christopher Crowe and Zachary Crowe
First aired: 7 Oct 1998

Navy Lt. Frank Parker is the mentally unstable operative for government missions that can travel back in time exactly one week. [Oct 1998]

 Someday I’m gonna form a chrononauts’ union. 


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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)