Time-Travel Fiction

  Storypilot’s Big List of Adventures in Time Travel

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]

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]

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]

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]

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. 

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? 

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”

A Young Connecticut Yankee
in King Arthur’s Court

by Frank Encarnacao and Ralph L. Thomas (Thomas, director)
First release: 24 Apr 1996

Michael York plays Merlin to teenage rock-and-roll hopeful Hank Morgan is zapped back to the round table Mark-Twain-style by a wonky speaker. [Jan 2015]

 Lancelot? This is awesome. 

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]

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. 

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]

“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]

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. 

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.” 

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]

“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”

by Terry Pratchett
First time travel: 1998 in The Last Continent

Discworld humor either bites you or it doesn’t—not so much for me, but my friend Jim Martin talked me into reading The Last Continent (1998) for its send-up of “The Sound of Thunder” and the grandfather paradox. And I did laugh. I can’t guarantee that that book is the first time travel in Discworld, but it does precede the other time travel that I know of in Night Watch (2002). [Jan 2015]

 “It’s not just that things in the future can affect things in the past,” he said. “Things that didn’t happen but might have happened can...affect things that really happened. Even things that happened and shouldn’t have happened and were removed still have, oh, call ’em shadows in time, things left over which interfere with what’s going on.” 
—The Last Continent

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. 

David Brin’s Out of Time Series
created by David Brin
First book: 1999
The 24th century needs heroes—teenaged heroes from our time. [May 2011]

1. Yanked! (1999)Nancy Kress
2. Tiger in the Sky (1999)Sheila Finch
3. The Game of Worlds (1999)   Roger MacBride Allen

 But now you need to prepare yourself for a great shock. You’re not in New York, and you’re not in 1999. This is the future. 

by Michael Crichton
First publication: 1999

Three bland archaeology graduate students, one of whom envisions himself as a knight, are sent back to 14th-century France to rescue their professor. The novel mentions a multiverse model of time-travel, but gives no explication (nor does it enter the plotline); the most interesting characters and developments appear for a few pages and are never again heard of (at least not in this universe). [Apr 2011]

 I don’t mean time travel at all. Time travel is impossible. Everyone knows that. 

Stargate SG-1
created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner
First time travel: 5 Mar 1999

Premise: Ancient visitors to Earth have left a gateway to the stars and to other Egyptian-like civilizations. I watched the movie and the first two seasons on Amazon, but never fully got pulled in to the gate, not even when they traveled back in time to 1969 and made a cool reference to “Tomorrow Is Yesterday.” [Aug 2014]

1969 (5 Mar 1999)Back to 1969
Window of Opportunity (4 Aug 2000)Time Loop
2010 (3 Jan 2001)From alternate 2010 to 2001
2001 (31 Aug 2001)Continuation of “2010” plot
It's Good To Be King (4 Jan 2005)Discover a time machine
Moebius, Part 1 (15 Feb 2005)Back to origin of the gate
Moebius, Part 2 (22 Feb 2005)Continuation

 Thornbird: I’m Major Robert Thornbird. And you are?
O'Neill: Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise. 

The Devil’s Arithmetic
adapted by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Avrech (Donna Deitch, director)
First aired: 28 Mar 1999

Hannah Stern, reluctant to listen to her elders’ talk of their Jewish heritage, finds herself thrown back to the time World War II Germany in this made-for-tv movie. [May 2011]

 You should know my parents are still alive, and I want to go back to New Rochelle. 

“Remembrance of Things to Come”
by Lawrence Watt-Evans
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Apr 1999
As a first experiment in a new technology, the memories of English Professor Richard Williams are sent back in time into the mind of writer Dorrie Ledbetter right before her untimely death to see if those memories can cause her to leave a clue about the meaning of an ambiguous story. [May 1999]

 We think we have a way to record the quantum state of a present-day brain onto a brain somewhere in the past in such a way that the patterns in the receiving brain will duplicate those in the source brain, and that as a result the receiving brain will acquire the memories of the source brain. 

Family Guy
created by Seth MacFarlane
First time travel: 25 Apr 1999

Nikolaus Correll turned me on to time travel in Family Guy[Oct 2011]

Mind over Murder (25 Apr 99)Stewie tries to avoid teething
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005 dvd)   Stewie meets adult self
Meet the Quagmires (20 May 07)Peter goes back to age 18
Road to Germany (19 Oct 08)Back to Nazi Germany
The Big Bang Theory (8 May 11)Bertram tries to kill da Vinci
Back to the Pilot (31 Nov 2011)Back to Family Guy’s 1st episode
Viewer Mail #2; Internal Affairs (20 May 2012)   To save Kurt Cobain
Yug Ylimaf (11 Nov 2012)Stewie might not be born!
Christmas GUy (15 Dec 2013)Saving Brian

 It’s called a temporal causality loop. The universe created me, so that I could create it, so it could create me, and so on. 
—Stewie in “The Big Bang Theory”

The Smedley Faversham Stories
by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre
First story: Analog Science Fiction, Jun 1999
If a particular conclusion is a good one, what makes you think that only one person will think of it? That’s why Smedley Faversham, in his first time-travel escapade, ran into more than one other time traveler. In all, the punster has had five adventures, each sillier than the last. [May 1999]

Time Lines (Jun 1999)Analog
A Real Bang-Up Job (Jul 2000)Analog
“Put Back That Universe!” (Oct 2000)Analog
Schrödinger’s Cat-Sitter (Jul/Aug 2001)Analog
A Deadly Medley of Smedley (Apr 2003)   Analog
Annual Annular Annals (Jan/Feb 2004)Analog

 When Smedley Faversham traveled back in time to Munich in 1919, the first thing he saw was a large sign reading “THIS WAY TO KILL HITLER.” 

Austin Powers in The Spy Who Shagged Me
by Mike Myers and Michael McCullers (Jay Roach, director)
First released: 11 Jul 1999

After Dr. Evil escapes from his cryogenic orbit around Earth, he invents a time machine to return to 1969 and attack Austin Powers while he sleeps. [Apr 2014]

 Using this <airquotes>time machine</airquotes>, I shall go back to the 1960s and steal Austin Powers’ mojo. 

“Tempora Mutantur”
by H.G. Stratmann
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 1999
While dining at his favorite quiet rib joint, a private man is interrupted by billionaire businessman Rem Caesar who is being chased by time travelers. [Jun 1999]

 If someone built a time machine, they’d be famous for all time. A magnet for every time traveling historian, media-type, tourist—or just “fans” with no lives of their own, coming back to bask in their idol’s luminous prescence. 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling
First publication: 08 Jul 1999

In the third Harry Potter book, (among other things) Harry’s friend Hermione uses a time-turner amulet to travel short distances in time so she can attend more classes, and the device also proves useful when Harry and friends must rescue Sirius and Buckbeak. [Dec 1999]

 Mysterious thing, time. Powerful ... and when meddled with, dangerous. 
—Professor Dumbledore

“Rappaccini’s Other Daughter”
by Anthony Boucher
First publication: in The Compleat Boucher, 1 Aug 1999
You know of Nathanial Hawthorne’s tale of “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” but do you know of the second, equally beautiful, daughter who had a significant effect on all time travelers? [Jan 2013]

 And that is why our time machines are not permitted to travel back farther than the middle of the twentieth century. 

“...And Three to Go”
by Ken Cowley
First publication: Miscellany Macabre, Sep 1999
A recently retired historical researcher visits a 900-year-old inn and cannot stop himself from researching its past. [Dec 2013]

 The area was too gloomy for close examination, but surely there should be rope marks. 

Walker, Texas Ranger
created by Albert S. Ruddy, et. al.
First time travel: 16 Oct 1999

Somebody has to say it: Chuck Norris doesn’t travel to the 19th century after a 1999 encounter with a Shaman (“Way of the Warrior”); the 19th century travels to Chuck Norris. [Dec 2010]

 The shaman sent for me. He brought me here to help you. 

The Justin Counting Stories
by Harry Turtledove
First publication: Asimov’s and Analog, Dec 1999

At twenty-one, Justin Kloster has it made: one more year of college and then happily ever after with his sweetheart Megan. Then his forty-year-old self shows up to prevent Justin from making terrible mistakes that will lead to an eventual nasty divorce with Megan.

Turtledove tells the story twice: Once from the POV of Justin-21 (“Twenty-One, Counting Up”) and once from the POV of Justin-40 (“Forty, Counting Down”). I loved this technique when Orson Scott Card used in Ender’s Shadow, but for me, it fell flat with Justin, perhaps because the stories didn’t add much to each other. [Aug 2012]

 I was stupid. I didn’t know enough. I didn’t know how to take care of her. 

Galaxy Quest
by David Howard and Robert Gordon (Dean Parisot, director)
First release: 25 Dec 1999

Some tv shows (we won’t mention any names) live on for their fans decades after cancelation. The result might be that aliens think the heroes of these shows are real, in which case the aforementioned heroes could be kidnapped to rescue the aforementioned aliens (and to figure out whether the Omega 13 will destroy the universe in 13 seconds or reverse time for that aforementioned amount of seconds).

Tim and I watched this at Lake Cushman during a trip to the northwest in 2003, and I was as surprised as anyone about how much we laughed at Tim Allen’s parady. [Mar 2003]

 Larado: Your orders, sir? [pause] Sir, your orders?
Commander Taggart: Activate the Omega 13. [To be continued...] 

“Time Out of Joint”
by Pauline Ashwell
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jan 2000
A time traveler who makes a living as an antiquities dealer tells a tale of a Greek urn that appeared in two different places at the same time. [Dec 1999]

 If the Time Traveller sold his wares directly from the maker, modern tests would show that they are only a few years old. They are stored in an underground cavern somewhere in the Pliocene to rack up the appropriate number of centuries, so that tests for thermoluminescence and cosmic ray tracks give the right answer. 

This story appeared in Analog’s Probability Zero series of flash fiction.
“Whose Millennium?”
by Michael A. Burstein
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jan 2000
A time-traveling Jew shows up in a police station on the final date of the Hebrew calendar. [Dec 1999]

 It’s September 29, 2239. 

Archie Cartoons
originally directed by Hal Sutherland
First time travel: 14 Feb 2000

There were Archie cartoons when I was a kid: The first ones I remember had the Riverdale teens as a pop band (“Sugar, Sugar!”) around the same time as the Monkees, but I don’t recall any time travel then, even if it was directed by Hal Sutherland, soon-to-be director of the animated Star Trek. However, I did spot a later three-part time travel story in Archie’s Weird Mysteries that ran in 2000 (“Archie’s Date with Fate,” “Alternate Riverdales,” and “Teen Out of Time”). [Jul 2013]

 Free will and predestination aside, I vow to completely redesign my time travel invention to make it safer. 
—Dilton in “Archie’s Date with Fate”

“How I Won the Lottery, Broke the Time Barrier (or is that Broke the Time Barrier, Won the Lottery), and Still Wound Up Broke”
by Ian Randal Strock
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jun 2000
A lowly lab assistant receives a message from his future self with the winning lottery numbers. [May 2000]

 Tomorrow’s Lotto drawing is for forty-five million dollars. The winning numbers will be 17, 19, 30, 32, 42, and 51. 

“Built upon the Sands of Time”
by Michael F. Flynn
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2000
Physics professor Owen fitzHugh tells a story in a pub about how a small quantum fluctuation in the past can cause big consequences down the line—and how he may have sent a chronon into the past to do just that. [Jun 2000]

 I’m not sure. A device to excite time quanta, I think. Into the past, of course. 

from jimloy.com
“The Invention of Time Travel”
by Jim Loy
First publication: jimloy.com, 1 Jul 2000

After reading Professor Hanson’s acceptance speech to the Swedish Academy, another man tells the real story of the professor’s invention. [Jun 2012]

 Wanted: Time traveller to please give me a ride in a time machine. Please meet me at 342 E. Snow Way, New York, NY, at noon, July 1, 2000. 

Disney’s The Kid
by Audrey Wells (Jon Turteltaub, director)
First release: 7 Jul 2000

I never quite figured out how Russ Duritz meets his own eight-year-old self, Rusty, but the young kid certainly manages to straighten out the older kid. [Feb 2013]

 So, I’m forty, I’m not married, I don’t fly jets, and I don’t have a dog? I grow up to be a loser. 

“Quid pro Quo”
by Ray Bradbury
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Oct 2000
An author, frustrated by the wasted talent of Simon Cross, builds a time machine to bring the wasted Cross back to meet the promising young Cross. [Mar 2003]

 You do not build a time machine unless you know where you are going. 

“Crow’s Feat”
by John G. Hemry
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Nov 2000
Mid-list science fiction writer Paul Gallatin runs into scientist Ivan Ivanovich at a party, and the scientist offers to send Paul back to Shakespeare’s time. [Sep 2012]

 Tell me, how many copies do you think a book would sell if it proved your belief that Shakespeare was a fraud? 

“Is There Anybody There?”
by Kim Newman
First publication: The New English Library Book of Internet Stories, Nov 2000
More horror than real time travel, but amusing nevertheless as an internet stalker in 2001 communicates via a ouija board with a psychic in 1923. [Apr 2014]

 Always, he would leave memories to cherish; months later, he would check up on his net-pals—his score so far was five institutionalisations and two suicides—just to see that the experience was still vivid. He was determined to crawl into IRENE D’s skull and stay there, replicating like a virus, wiping her hard drive. 

“The Pottawatomie Giant”
by Andy Duncan
First publication: Sci Fiction, 1 Nov 2000

In the early 1900s, boxer Jess Willard wins the world championship but then snubs Houdini; after he dies, he gets a second chance. [Dec 2013]

 He opened them to find himself in a far more uncomfortable chair, in a balcony at the Los Angeles Orpheum, in the middle of Harry Houdini’s opening-night performance, November 30, 1915. 

South Park
created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone
First time travel: 8 Nov 2000

The first indication of time travel in South Park was in 4th grade when (among other things) Cartman’s Dawson’s Creek Trapper Keeper Futura S2000 has designs on killing Kenny and taking over the world, but fortunately a robot from the future has come back to protect and serve. [Nov 2000]

4th Grade (8 Nov 2000)Attempt to return to 3rd grade
Trapper Keeper (15 Nov 2000)   T2 take-off
My Future Self ’n’ Me (4 Dec 2002)Stan’s future self
Goobacks (28 Apr 2004)Emigrants from the future
Go God Go XII (8 Nov 2006)Cartman to future religious war

 I have come to destroy that trapper keeper because it was the Dawson’s Creek Trapper Keeper that belongs to an Eric Cartman in South Park which three years from now manifests itself into an omnipotent super being and destroys all of hu-manity. 

Dude, Where’s My Car?
by Philip Stark (Danny Leiner, director)
First release: 15 Dec 2000

After a day of whacky adventures, Dude and Sweet find the cosmic continuum transfunctioner, save the world, make up with the twins, and are transported back to a time before the hijinks ensued. [Jul 2011]

 Wait a second, let’s recap. Last night, we lost my car, we accepted stolen money from a transsexual stripper, and now some space nerds want us to find something we can’t pronounce. I hate to say it, Chester, but maybe we need to cut back on the shibbying. 

Courage, the Cowardly Dog
created by John R. Dilworth
First time travel: 29 Dec 2000

In one episode (“1000 Years in the Future”) of the misadventures of Courage and his family, an errant meteor knocks them into the future, it’s up to Courage to explore things in the new Banana Republic and get them back to their own time (or maybe chance will have to do that). [Aug 2013]

 I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more, or the present time, or some combination of the two. 

Power Rangers Time Force
by Judd Lynn and Jackie Marchland
First aired: 3 Feb 2001

In the ninth season of the power rangers, evil mutant Ransik flees from the 30th century back to our time. Rangers pursue. I don’t know whether other years had time travel. [Dec 2012]

 If I can’t rule the present, then I’ll just rule the paaaaaast! 

The two stories were expanded into this 2009 novel.
The Titus Oates Stories
by Brenda W. Clough
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Apr 2001
Titus Oates, a member of Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole, is taken from the time stream and revived in a bewildering 21st century, whereupon he does what any self-respecting explorer would do—heads to the stars!

The two Oates stories (“May Be Some Time” in the April 2001 Analog and “Tiptoe on a Fence Post” in the Jul/Aug 2002 Analog) were combined and expanded for the 2009 novel, Revise the World[Nov 2001]

 Not only are you a person rescued from a tragic death, but your removal is supremely unlikely to trigger any change in the time-stream, since your body was lost: presumed frozen solid, entombed in a glacier for eons ... 

“What Weena Knew”
by James Van Pelt
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Apr 2001
James Van Pelt kindly had coffee with me and signed a baseball for me at a Denver science fiction convention—oh, and he wrote (among other things) this fine story of Weena from the moment that H.G. Wells’s time traveller rescued her from the river.

I met the prolific and kind James Van Pelt at a convention in Denver, where we talked about one of his students who later came to Boulder to study computer science. I had misinterpreted a biography of Van Pelt in Analog as if it were an obituary, so I was happy to see the outstanding writer alive and willing to sign a baseball that I presented to him. [Nov 2001]

 Then a vice clamped her upper arm. A surge. A tremendous force, and she was clear of the stream. Air! There was air to breathe, but all she could do was cough. She was being carried. Her cheek rested on skin. Hough arms wrapped her close until they were on the bank. Gently, her rescuer put her down. Rock warmed her back; her hands lay flat in the heat, her head dropped onto the warmth. Against the sky stood a figure stragely shaped. Weena’s vision swirled—she could barely focus—but before she passed out, she saw in wonder, he was a giant. 

Just Visiting
by Jean-Marie Poiré, Christian Clavier, John Hughes (Poiré, director)
First release: 6 Apr 2001

I just wasn’t in the mood for a comedy when I tried to watch this movie where witchcraft transports a 13th-century knight and his servant to the year 2000. [Aug 2011]

 You could tell from the petulant arch on his furrowed brow that he was not in route to a good deed. 

The Poultry Paradox
by Carlos Pedroza (Pedroza, director)
First publication: 15 Apr 2001

So which did come first? [Jul 2013]

 Broadcasting live from the beginning of time, despite everything; we’ll prove that the chicken came before the egg. 

T2 Novels
by S.M. Stirling
First publication: May 2001

There are interminable Terminator spin-offs, and this series is the first. I enjoyed the first book, T2: Infiltrator, set after the second movie with Sarah and 16-year-old son on the run in Paraguay. [Jul 2010]

T2: Infiltrator (2001) 
T2: Rising Storm (2003) 
T2: The Future War (2004) 

 Come with me if you want to live. 
—John Connor to Kyle Reese in T2: The Future War

created by Matt Groening
First time travel: 6 May 2001

Philip J. Fry never caught my interest the way the Simpsons did, but after suviving a millennium in cryogenic suspension, Philip and his 31st century cohorts do have some wacky time travel, including “The Late Philip J. Fry” wherein the professor’s one-way time machine takes them further and further into futures with a strange resemblance to various sf movie futures. [Jul 2013]

Time Keeps on Slippin’ (6 May 2001)Chronitons skip time forward
Roswell That Ends Well (9 Dec 2001)Back to Area 51 in 1947
The Why of Fry (6 Apr 2003)Back to time he was frozen
The Late Philip J. Fry (7/29/10)Time machine that only goes forward
All the Presidents’ Heads (28 Jul 2011)   American revolution

 We are travelers from the past, my good one. Since your time, human evolution has diverged. There are we—advanced in intellect and morality—and the dumblocks—stupid, vicious brutes who live underground. 
—from “The Late Philip J. Fry”

Time Squad
created by Dave Wasson
First episode: 8 Jun 2001

In a utopian future, the past starts to unravel and it’s up to Otto, a ten-year-old 21st century orphan, and the rest of the Time Squad to patch things back together. [Jul 2013]

 That’s the History Instability Alarm! It’s time for another mission! 

by Edward M. Lerner
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2001
Professor Thaddeus Fitch gives a practical demonstration of the grandfather paradox to his physics classes. [Dec 2001]

 Imagine that I had the technology with which to visit my grandfather in his youth. Once there, what is to stop me from killing him before he’d had the opportunity to reproduce? But if I did succeed, who was it who had travelled backward... 

Pokémon 4Ever: Celebi—Voice of the Forest
by Hideki Sonoda (Kunihiko Yuyama, director)
First release: 7 Jul 2001

A tiny Pokéemon Celebi and his boy are chased into the future by a Pokémon hunter. [Feb 2014]

 They say there’s a sound you can hear when the spirit that protects the forest is time traveling. 

Burton’s Planet of the Apes
by Broyles, Konner and Rosenthal (Tim Burton, director)
First release: 27 Jul 2001

I found two redeeming features in this melodramatic complete remake: Helena Bonham Carter and a time-travel twist at the end that was beyond my understanding. [Dec 2011]

 In this temple as in the hearts of the apes for whom he saved the planet the memory of General Thade is enshrined forever  

Publicity poster for Writers of the Future
“T.E.A. and Koumiss”
by Steven C. Raine
First publication: Writers of the Future Volume 17, Aug 2001
Time-travel agent Germaine returns to the time of Ghengis Khan along with telepath bimbo Elena, intent on stopping Vlad from installing a millenia-long Russian utopia. [need quote] [Feb 2002]

“Time Out of Mind”
by Everett S. Jacobs
First publication: Writers of the Future Volume 17, Aug 2001
Thomas Randall, young and single, lives in a world that is besotted by bubbles that shift acres from one time to another. [need quote] [Feb 2002]

Samurai Jack
created by Genndy Tartakovsky
First aired: 10 Aug 2001

When the evil Aku returns to threaten the empire, a young prince trains for years to eventually fight and defeat him, but before Aku can be fully vanquished, he sends the prince into the future where he battles through threat after threat (with stories told in pictures more than words) in his quest to return to his own time. [Jul 2013]

 I thought once like you, but the sword is only a tool. What power has it compared to that of the hand that wields it? 

Invader Zim
created by Jhonen Vasquez
First time travel: 24 Aug 2001

Tim showed me the one Zim time-travel episode (“Big, Bad Rubber Piggy”) on Christmas Day in 2010. The would-be alien invader Zim plans to send a terminator robot back to kill is nemesis Dib, but the time-travel portal will accept only rubber piggies, which Zim manages to make do with. [Dec 2010]

 You could prevent Walton Chunky from ever inventing Breakfast Chunks by using temporal object replacement technology! 
—“Big, Bad Rubbery Piggy”

Happy Accidents
by Brad Anderson (Anderson, director)
First release: 12 Sep 2001

Ruby Weaver tells her therapist that her latest beau, Sam Deed, is sweet, kind and quirky—and the fantasy that he’s come back from the year 2470 because of that photo he saw of her (and possibly to make an important change) is nothing more than a game that they play. [Dec 2012]

 Break the causal chain. 

Star Trek: Enterprise
created by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
First aired: 26 Sep 2001

You must watch the whole of Enterprise to grok the full arc of the Temporal Cold War with 13 episodes that were more temporal than others: [Sep 2001]

Cold Front (28 Nov 2001)Crewman Daniels from 31st century
Shockwave I/II (22 May / 18 Sep 2002)Forward to 31st century
Future Tense (19 Feb 2003)Little time loops and cold war
Twilight (5 Nov 2003)Future T’Pol tries to correct past
Carpenter Street (26 Nov 2003)Detroit in 2004
Azati Prime (3 Mar 2004)More of Daniels and Cold War
E² (5 May 2004)Meet your own descendants
Zero Hour (26 May 2004)World War II
Storm Front I/II (8/15 Oct 2004)World War II
In a Mirror, Darkly I/II (22/29 Apr 2005)   23rd-century Defiant

 Old T’Pol: There’s a human expression: Follow your heart.
Young T’Pol: What if my heart doesn’t know what it wants?
Old T’Pol: It will, in time, it will.

“Other People”
by Neil Gaiman
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2001

The demon of this story carries out an exquisite torture of his victim. At the end, we do discover the victim’s fate, though I wondered what became of the demon. Time travel? I haven’t heard Gaiman talk of this story, but I like to think of it in that way because of the opening and closing quotes. [Jan 2014]

 “Time is fluid here,” he told the new arrival. 

“Oven, Witch and Wardrobe”
by Tom Sweeney
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Oct 2001
Siobhan hopes to advance in the time-travelers' hierarchy by successfully transferring plague-doomed children from 1410 Europe to Colonial America. [Sep 2012]

 It had seemed such an easy thing to do. Beguile hungry children with food, ship their dirty young butts off to colonial America and return to the twenty-third century to become the first researcher ever to use time travel for humanitarian purposes. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
created by Joss Whedon
First time travel: 23 Oct 2001

Time travel was not a staple for the young bloodsucker nemesis, but Buffy did slay time on a few occassions. [Oct 2001]

Life Serial (23 Oct 2001)   In a time loop fighting a mummy hand
Get It Done (18 Feb 2003)   Back to meet original slayer makers

 Via, concursus, tempus, spatium, audi me ut imperio. Screw it! Mighty forces, I suck at Latin, okay? But that’s not the issue. I’m the one in charge, and I’m telling you open that portal, now! 
—Willow in “Get It Done”

The anthology had 12 original time travel stories, including “A Touch Through Time.” Let’s see whether I can manage 12 interesting images to illustrate the stories.
“A Touch Through Time”
by Kathleen M. Massie-Ferch
First publication: Past Imperfect, Nov 2001
Dr. Connor Robins uses his time machine to grab extinct animals who are about to die anyway (since things break down if he tries to alter the past), and he also a young actress who died in a 1920s fire.

Kathleen M. Massie-Ferch, an avid geologist and writer, died of breast cancer shortly after this story was published. [Apr 2012]

 You could steal all the cells you wanted to use in cloning, or some sperm and ova. Anything, provided that the interaction changed nothing about their time-stream. We could even pull some of the bodies forward. 

The story also appeared online for the
Free Fiction Monday
of 5 Aug 2013.

“Blood Trail”
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Past Imperfect, Nov 2001
Detective Wheldon, the top man in NYPD Homicide is approached by two FBI agents who offer to let him go back in time two weeks to observe the 4th killing by a serial killer.

This is the first story in Future Imperfect, a 2001 anthology of 12 original time-travel stories, co-edited by the prolific anthology Martin H. Greenberg (1941-2011) who was also a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. [Mar 2012]

 When it became clear that time travel was even a remote possibility, the government bought a lot of scientists. Those who didn’t play got discredited. 

The story also appeared in this 2005 collection.
by James P. Hogan
First publication: Past Imperfect, Nov 2001
Professor Alymer Arbuthnot Abercrombie is on the verge of completing eight years of work to build a time machine when all of his vital notes are stolen. [Apr 2012]

 How can he tell you what you’ll do, like some kind of robot executing a program? You’re a human being with free will, for heaven’s sake. What happens if you plumb decide you’re not going to do it? 

The story also appeared in this 2005 collection.
“Doing Time”
by Robin Wayne Bailey
First publication: Past Imperfect, Nov 2001
Samuel Enderby, Director and Chief Researcher of the Enderby Institute for Temporal Studies (and the inventor of the time machine) accidently finds himself stranded in 10,000,000 AD where the only other occupants are criminals who have been launched uptime using his technology.

 [Mar 2012]

 A marvelous tool for research has been abused and twisted to a vicious purpose. 

The story also appeared as a chapbook in 2013.
“The Gift of a Dream”
by Dean Wesley Smith
First publication: Past Imperfect, Nov 2001
Nursing home residents Brian Saber and Kendra Howard are thrown back into their younger bodies to fight evil aliens in a space opera world.

A recurring time-travel theme is being thrown back in time into your own younger body. In this case, there’s no throwing back in time, so probably no time travel, but the story is still one of my favorites from the Past Imperfect anthology, so this first Brian Saber story makes the list. A sequel, “Hand and Space,” was published in 2011, and Smith has promised more Brian Saber stories, but they’ll need more definite time travel to break into the list! [Apr 2012]

 At top speeds, Trans-Galactic flight regressed a human body, so for quick T-G jumps to the outer limits of the Earth Protection League borders, they had to use old people to start. 

“In the Company of Heroes”
by Diane Duane
First publication: Past Imperfect, Nov 2001
A Swiss clockmaker offers billionaire Rob Willingden the chance to go back to his boyhood to stop the theft of his prized collection of Captain Thunder comics.

In 1987, Marvel’s own Roy Thomas was one of the founders of Hero Comics which sported a title called Captain Thunder and Blue Bolt, but the 1960s timing for the comic book of this story makes it more likely to be modeled after The Mighty Thor who premiered in Journey Into Mystery 83 (Aug 1962). [Mar 2012]

 This is a repair I think you must make. It is irresponsible to leave something broken when it can be fixed— 

Tipler's Physics of Immortality
by William H. Keith, Jr.
First publication: Past Imperfect, Nov 2001
An accident near a black hole has seemingly doomed Kevyn Shalamarn along with her copilot and her AI, until they are pulled into a future that could be taken from Frank Tipler’s The Physics of Immortality[Apr 2012]

 The goal of this device is nothing less than complete knowledge, knowledge of everything that ever has been, that ever will be, that ever could be. 

The Anasazi Man in a Maze design
“Jeff’s Best Joke”
by Jane Lindskold
First publication: Past Imperfect, Nov 2001
When a crazy old man calling himself Coyote shows up at an archaeological dig in New Mexico claiming that the Anasazi disappeared into time, Jeff knows that the only way to convince the world of Coyote’s truth is to play a colossal joke on his co-director Jimmy. [Mar 2012]

 Time even passes differently at the top of a high building than at its base. 

“Mint Condition”
by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
First publication: Past Imperfect, Nov 2001
Sissy is an experienced agent for CollectorCorps, but she always gets stuck with a male chauvinist rookie for her partner in trips to retrieve highly collectable items from the past.

As you can tell from the comic book image, I’d say that the comic book Sissy was after in this trip was based on Giant-Size X-Men #1. [Mar 2012]

 Autographed copies of Minus Men #121? Practically nonexistent in 2059, at least until we got home with some. 

The story also appeared in this 2003 collection.
“Palimpsest Day”
by Gary A. Braunbeck
First publication: Past Imperfect, Nov 2001
In his forties, Danny’s parents are long gone as is the hope he had of marrying the girl he longed for in high school; instead, he runs a used bookstore in his childhood hometown, takes care of his Downs Syndrome sister, and has a surprising chance to change everything in the past. [Apr 2012]

 Live your life as if you were already living for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now. 
—Danny’s mother (possibly quoting Victor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning).

“Theory of Relativity”
by Jody Lynn Nye
First publication: Past Imperfect, Nov 2001
Dr. Rachel Fenstone takes her time machine from her universe to a parallel universe (both of which contain the Marx Brothers) where she meets an analog of herself so that together they can figure out where their histories diverged and visit that moment in their mutual pasts. [Apr 2012]

 In June’s reality her grandfather was an inventor, too, but his parents settled in New York, where the boys grew up in the tenements not far from where the Marx Brothers were born. 

The story also appeared in Stephen Jones’s 2010 anthology, Visitants.
“Things I Didn’t Know My Father Knew”
by Peter Crowther
First publication: Past Imperfect, Nov 2001
After his wife leaves for the day, writer Bennett Differing’s house is engulfed in a thick white fog, out of which comes his father who died 27 years before.

The second publication in Visitants (2010) is more in-line with the story than a time-travel anthology. [Mar 2012]

 Maybe the dead did use mist as a means of getting around—so many movies had already figured that one out ... and maybe they did travel in time. 

“What Time Is It?”
by Rita Lamb
First publication: The Young Oxford Book of Timewarp Stories, Nov 2001
A 15-year-old boy sits with his elderly grandmother who had trouble remembering what time she is in, and at least once, the trouble slips over to the boy, too. [Jan 2014]

 And drowsily I put my hand down to where I felt the warm, heavy head shifting restlessly on my kneww, and I stoked the silky crown, and I looked into the puzzled brown eyes of a young dog. 

David Wyatt’s interior art for the story from Timewarp Stories
by Steve Bowkett
First publication: The Young Oxford Book of Timewarp Stories, Nov 2001
Danny and his partner in soldiering are at ground zero when a storm of refugees from a devastated future begins to arrive. [Jan 2014]

 Nobody really knew much about that devastation—The Catastrophe, as it had been called. It had happened—would happen, from Danny’s perspective—almost a million years in the future, or so the Time Techs believed. 

Black Knight
by Darryl Quarles, Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow (Gil Junger, director)
First release: 21 Nov 2001

When janitor Jamal Walker falls into the moat at Medieval World, he wakes up and carries out a weak impersonation of a Connecticut Yankee. [Jun 2012]

 Your Majesty, starting at small forward from Englewood High, two-time all-county conference player of the year, the messenger from Normandie—Jamal “Skyyyyyy” Walker! 

Another Day
by Helen Frost and Don MacLeod (Jeffrey Reiner, director)
First release: 4 Dec 2001

After pregnant Kate’s boyfriend dies in a factory fire, she decides to forgo medical school and raise the baby along with her best friend David until four years later when a tramatic incident, some melodramtic music and godawful narration throw her back to before the fire. [Aug 2013]

 That’s impossible. It’s one of a kind, and I made it with Meghan in crafts class last week. 

“Time Sharing”
by Leland Neville
First publication: Fantastic Stories, Winter 2001
Detective Lindsey Fillmore arrives at Taylor Houston’s house to investigate a dead body and possibly connect it to Houston’s video-making time-traveling escapades. [Dec 2001==find]

Kate and Leopold
by Steven Rogers and James Mangold (Mangold, director)
First release: 25 Dec 2001

Leopold, a 19th century blueblood, awakens in 21st century New York where he meets and confounds adwoman Kate. [Feb 2011]

 Time, it has been proposed, is the fourth dimension. And yet, for mortal man, time has no dimension at all. We are like horses with blinders, seeing only what lies before us, forever guessing the future and fabricating the past. 

by Paul Park
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jan 2002
A retired widower travels back to his son’s death during an operation in which his heart is momentarily stopped. [Mar 2002]

 “Geoffrey,” I tried to say. He wasn’t looking at me. He was staring through the bars of his cage, his arms as thin as the sticks of bamboo, as they had been toward the end. 

The Fairly Odd Parents
created by Butch Hartman
First time travel: 26 Jan 2002

Young Timmy Turner has two fairly odd fairy parents who can grant wishes, but are always creating problems for Timmy to fix, including at least twice when he had to wish himself back in time: to the old west (“Old, Old West”) and to a pirate ship (“Odd Pirates”). [Aug 2013]

 Safety’s for yellow bellies. 
—Timmy’s dad in “Odd, Odd West”

Donnie Darko
by Richard Kelly (Kelly, director)
First release: 30 Jan 2002

For me, this cultish movie about a schizophrenic teenager presented a shallow understanding of both schizophrenia and time travel. [Feb 2014]

 I have reached the end of your book and there are so many things that I need to ask you. Sometimes I’m afraid of what you might tell me. Sometimes I’m afraid that you’ll tell me that this is not a work of fiction. I can only hope that the answers will come to me in my sleep. I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to. 

by Robert Reed
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Feb 2002

Jonathon Colfax, Emperor of the Roman Empire, tells the story of his travel back from the 21st century and the intrigues of his rise to power.

Robert Reed is my favorite prolific short story author from around the turn of the millennium. [Jun 2002]

 What we should do is gather up a group of people, and train them, and then travel back in time and conquer the Roman Empire. 

by Albert E. Cowdrey
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar 2002
Maks Hamilton, time-travel agent who lives centuries after the troubled times, must travel back to just before the disasters to kidnap a boy.

Albert E. Cowdrey is another of my favorite turn-of-the-millennium short story writers. [May 2002]

 I’ve got a sense of justice. It amused me to kidnap the son of the man who kidnapped me. 

DC’s The Time Machine
adapted by John Logan and Mike Collins
First publication: Mar 2002

Nicely done, giveaway comic with a 10-page teaser for the movie on slick paper. [Jan 2012]

 Will Mara be rescued? Will Alexander recover the time machine? Will he ever prevent Emma’s death and return to 1903? For the answers, see “The Time Machine”—opening March 8—only in theaters! 

Simon Wells’ The Time Machine
adapted by John Logan (Simon Wells, director)
First release: 8 Mar 2002

This version (definitely not your grandfather’s time machine) has imaginative settings, but for me, the refactored plot was all dramatic music and no substance. [Aug 2011]

 You built your time machine because of Emma’s death. If she had lived, it would never have existed. So how could you use your machine to go back in time and save her? You are the inescapable result of your tragedy, just as I am the inescapable result of you. You have your answer. Now go. 

by Milcho Manchevski (Manchevski, director)
First release: 5 Apr 2002

A reliable source (well, TV Guide) told me this would be a thought-provoking time-travel Western. I can affirm that the first of those double-barreled adjectives is inaccurate; it’s harder to tell about the second, even after surviving the incomprehensible story of two brothers in the old west (and Macedonia), a mean-spirited woman in the present, and a black dude who may have had his thumbs broken by crooked present-day police (or possibly he broke them at the Alamo). [Sep 2013]

 Edge: What’s you gotta do with this stupid story anyway?
Angela: You’ll see at the end.
Storypilot: Only if you survive that long. 

“Hot Tip”
by Billy Bruce Winkles
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, May 2002
Obscure physicist John Suttle receives a phone call from the future with information about his eventual fate. [May 2002]

 As I said, I’m calling you from the twenty-fifth century. I am also a physicist. In fact, I’m the leader of a research group that’s studying space-time contortion phenomena. Recently, we discovered a way to make phone calls into the past. 

created by J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves
First time travel: 1 May 2002

High school senior Felicity Porter follows Ben to college in New York and mopes around him for four years before he cheats on her, so (in the final five episodes of the series) her friend Meghan casts a spell to send her back in time where she can be with Noel who’s always had a crush on her although now he’s not quite so certain, after all there is that Hannah girl. [Jun 2012]

 Next time be a more responsible time traveler. 
—Meghan to Felicity

“When Bertie Met Mary”
by John Morressy
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jun 2002

A time traveler seeks Dr. Frankenstein. [May 2002]

 The time traveler—for so I must call him—emerged from his laboratory with a small wooden box cradled in his hands. 

The Chronology Protection Case (Movie)
adapted by Jay Kensinger
First released: 1996

Stilted acting and hokey science, but still an enjoyable, low-budget adaptation with a believable version of D’Amato. [Feb 2012]

 Everything is related to each other on some level, and people have discovered that the deeper you go, the more you find that totally different things are made of the same thing. 

Austin Powers in Goldmember
by Mike Myers and Michael McCullers (Jay Roach, director)
First released: 26 Jul 2002

When the Austin Power’s father is kidnapped and taken to 1975 by the evil Goldmember, the famous spy must follow in the Pimpmobile. [Feb 2012]

 Powers: Where’s Goldmember?!
Dr. Evil: Not where, Mr. Powers—when! 

“Time and Again”
by Betsy Gallup
First publication: Revolution SF, 8 Aug 2002

Some years after Cassie has given up her career to be a full-time mom, it occurs to her that she might use the beta version of her mother’s invention, the Redux 3000, to make life a little different. [Dec 2013]

 Her mom had spent a lifetime researching time travel and The Redux bracelet was the result. Cassie was one of several test subjects asked to test the new technology. 

The Bonaventure-Carmody Series
by Chris Roberson
First publication: 30 Apr 2005

After boarding-school student Roxanne Bonaventure stumbles across a bloody old woman who gives her a bracelet, she begins to find herself in different times and alternate universes with different Beatles’ songs and alternate Beatles.

This first novel, Any Time at All: The Lives and Time of Roxanne Bonaventure, was expanded into Here, There & Everywhere and followed by three more books. [Aug 2012]

Any Time at AllSep 2002
  expanded to: Here, There & Everywhere Apr 2005
Paragaea: A Planetary RomanceMay 2006
Set the Seas on Fire (expanded from 2001 story) Aug 2007
End of the CenturyFeb 2009

 Roxanne smiled awkwardly, and looked over Julien’s shoulder at the open stall. It looked unremarkable now, drab green-painted metal walls and a white porcelain toilet. Hardly the thing you’d expect from some sort of door in time. At least proper English children in books got to travel through wardrobes and garden holes, not through unhygenic high school bathrooms. 

by Christopher Evans
First publication: Interzone, Sep 2002
A cynical innkeeper for time travelers whines. [need quote] [Jan 2003]

The Twilight Zone (3rd Series)
created by Rod Serling
First time travel: 2 Oct 2002

One season with 4 time-travel episodes. [Dec 2010]

Cradle of Darkness (2 Oct 2002)   To kill baby Hitler
Found and Lost (27 Nov 2002)Relive your past
Rewind (5 Feb 2003)Short time ago
Memphis (26 Feb 2003)MLK in 1968

 I reminded them that Adolph Hitler was responsible for the deaths of 60 million people. 

Do Over
created by Kenny Schwartz and Rick Wiener
First aired: 19 Sep 2002

Thirty-something Joel Larsen, disappointed in his life, finds himself back in 9th grade with a chance to do things over again. [Sep 2013]

 That, young time traveler, is your first kiss. 

The Chronology Protection Case (Radio)
adapted by Mark Shanahan, Paul Levinson and Jay Kensinger
First aired: Fall 2002

An enjoyable script that formed the basis for the later short film. [Feb 2012]

 But if you come across something you know to be true, one thing is certain: you can never go back to not knowing. 

“At Dorado”
by Geoffrey A. Landis
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2002
Cheena’s husband comes back to the port around the wormhole—dead, though the death is in the future, and she doesn’t bother to tell him. [Nov 2002]

 The wormholes were the port’s very reason for existing, the center of Cheena’s universe. 

“The Time Telephone”
by Adam Roberts
First publication: Infinity Plus, Oct 2002

A pregnant woman calls her future daughter at age sixteen (at a cost of nearly 18,000 euros) to find out whether the daughter was glad she was born—and she’s not the only one calling into the past. [Apr 2014]

 This is a call from the past, my darling. 

“Time Loop”
by Sam Hughes
First publication: 14 Dec 2002

I first encountered Sam Hughes while desperately trying to figure out the ending to the remake of Planet of the Apes; in addition to excellent speculation on that count, he had this short-short story about a time loop (later made into a fun youtube video by Andrew Hookway). [Dec 2011]

 I am your future self, and I just traveled back in time to meet you. 

“O. Henry’s Incredible Time-Travel Adventure”
by Lucas Gattuso
First publication: Gattuso’s English 127 Portfolio, circa 2003

Someone is killing those damnable authors who use only their initials, and only H.G. Wells and his time machine can save O. Henry and the rest. [May 2012]

 e.e. cummings at your service 

The Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
First publication: 2003

Due to a genetic disorder, Henry DeTamble reacts to stress by jumping to important and unimportant moments of his life, including many visits to his once and future wife.

To me, the story owes a lot to one of F.M. Busby's stories (“If This Is Winnetka, You Must Be Judy”)—a debt that Niffenegger might be acknowledging in the quote below. [Dec 2010]

 Could I? Do I have kids, Henry? In 2006 do I have a husband and a house in Winnetka and 2.5 kids? 

“Train of Events”
by James L. Cambias
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jan 2003
Jeremy Calder has been told by time travelers that he will cause the release of a deadly virus. No one is allowed to stop him—for he hasn’t done anything yet—and he seems to accept his fate without believing that he can change future history. [Jan 2003]

 Since the history books all agreed that he was going to kill six hundred people on June 25, 2038, Jeremy Calder was careful to get up early that day. 

by Kyle Kirkland
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Apr 2003
Twenty-first century Emma Krath is resurrected in the far future, through extensive use of records rather than through time travel, but never mind that. In this future she must be the arbiter to prevent a war between Earth and her colonies. [Apr 2012]

 You keep saying I’m Emma. But Emma’s long gone. You say that you’ve replicated Emma from all those records or something. 

“Legions in Time”
by Michael Swanwick
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apr 2003

Ellie Voigt’s job is to sit and watch a door, until one day she gets angry enough at Mr. Tarblecko that she steps through the door into a time war. [Mar 2012]

 One man with a sunstroker can be overwhelmed by savages equipped with nothing more than neutron bombs—if there are enough of them, and they don’t mind dying! 

John Allemand’s
interior illustration

“The Day the Track Stood Still”
by John C. Bodin and Ron Collins
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, May 2003
Did I spot a smidgen of time travel in this delightful story of a race where Babs the car is certainly in love with the driver and vice versa, all in the tense context of knowing that if the race is lost, then the car will be forfeited? [Sep 2012]

 I tried not to think about what was at stake. The pressure was bad enough without telling her this was for all the marbles: if we lost this Indy 500, she was gone. Sayonara muchacha. Hasta la bye-bye, and good night, Babs. That’s the way it is when you race the B’arada. They put up a piece of tech, you put up a piece of tech. Winner takes all, Indy 500 style. 

“Get Me to the Job on Time”
by Ian Randal Strock
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, May 2003
A man tells the story of his coworker who had a rather mundane use for his discovery of time travel. [Sep 2012]

 Wally didn’t need to see the pyramids getting built, or sail with Columbus, or even watch JFK’s assassination. What Wally wanted to do, more than anything, was get to work on time. 

“3rd Corinthians”
by Michael F. Flynn
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jun 2003
This is the second Michael F. Flynn time-travel story that I’ve read set in O Daugherty’s Irish pub. This time, amidst philosophical discussion, Father McGinnity tells of a third letter from Paul to the Corinthians that simply couldn’t be genuine. [May 2003]

 Oh, the Bible is true, only it may not always be factual. 

Static Shock Cartoon
created by Dwayne McDuffie and Michael Davis
First time travel: 7 Jun 2003

Based on the DC comic book, fourteen-year-old superhero Virgil Hawkins, aka Static, has power over electromagnetism, but it’s his friend Nina, aka Time-Zone, who takes him and another hero through time in their first trek through time, trying to save Virgil’s mother. [Jul 2013]

Flashback (7 Jun 2003)Nina’s first travel
Future Shock (17 Jan 2004)   Forty years forward

 She can rewind herself through time like a tape through a VCR! 

T3: Rise of the Machines
by John Brancato, Michael Ferris and Tedi Sarafian (Jonathan Mostow, director)
First release: 02 Jul 2003

If they can’t get John Connor, then the machines from 2029 will send a T-X terminator for his lietenants in 2004, but they don’t count on John sending back another Model 101 to work with John and his future wife Kate. [Dec 2010]

 Get in! Do you wanna live?! Come on! 
—John Connor to Kate Brewster while fleeing the T-X

created by Wilson Coneybeare
First episode: 5 Jul 2003

When Shakira or Alex ask questions about life of yore, Sam and Jen take them back to see in this Canadian TV show. [Feb 2014]

 And now they take me back in time to find out what life in the past was really like. 

by Jukki Hanada
First episode: 17 Jul 2003

Three young sisters—Ai, Mai and Mii—and their maid find themselves continually jumping from place to place and time to time. [Apr 2014]

 Why do we have to keep moving, over and over again? It’s so unfair! 

“The Only-Known Jump Across Time”
by Eugene Mirabelli
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep 2003
In the 1920s, Lydia Chase and her father’s tailor fall in love and jump across time. [Sep 2003]

 The only known jump across time produced by an apparatus, a so-called time machine, took place in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in May of 1928. 

Code Lyoko
created by Tania Palumbo and Thomas Romain
First aired (in France): 3 Sep 2003

As you watch the first few episodes of this French nearly-anime cartoon (dubbed in English), there’s a challenge in working out exactly what’s what in the group of young friends at a boarding school where the resident genius (Jeremy Belpois) interacts with a girl (Aelita) who's trapped in a virtual world which is terrorized by the evil Xana. I suspect I may have missed a few episodes at the start (I started with “Teddygozila”), but it seems that at the end of each successful adventure in the virtual world, the supercomputer can take the adventurers back in time to a point of their choosing. It’s kind of cool that things aren’ fully explained, so I hope I don’ later run into the origin episode! [Jul 2013]

 Ready for a trip into the past, Yumi? 

Timecop: The Berlin Decision
aka Timecop 2
adapted by Gary Scott Thompson (Steve Boyum, director)
First release: 30 Sep 2003 (direct to video)

Time Enforcement Commission agent (and martial arts expert) Ryan Chang chases through time after rogue agent Brandon Miller who’s off killing ancestors of other agents so there’ll be nobody to stop him from what he sees as a moral obligation to right the wrongs of past timelines (but no obligation to fill the holes in the current plotline).

Despite my reservations, my friend Tandy, a martial arts afficionada, enjoyed the movie a lot (only partly because she’s in love with Jason Scott Lee), and it is true that even my favorite time-travel movies have some of the same plot holes as this one, all of which yeilds an extra star in my subjective rating! [Jul 2013]

 Drop the gun or your timeline is over. 

Tru Calling
created by Jon Harmon Feldman
First aired: 30 Oct 2003

From time to time, a dead guy asks morgue worker Tru Davies for help, which causes her day to rewind and gives her a chance to save the dead person with the help of her shy boss Davis and her neer-do-well brother Harry.

Hannah gave me the dvd of the first season for Christmas, and it took a few episodes for the show to grow on me. I was hooked about halfway through the season, with the introduction of Jack Harper and the suggestions of an overarching plot. [Jun 2012]

 Have a little faith in your sister. 

“It’s All True”
by John Kessel
First publication: Sci Fiction, 5 Nov 2003

In 2048, washed-up film maker Det Gruber is a time-traveling talent scout hired to recruit young, bitter Orson Welles from 1942. [Dec 2013]

 Welles clenched his fists. When he spoke it was in a lower tone. “Life is dark.” 

adapted by Jeff Maguire and George Nolfi
First release: 26 Nov 2003

The book was interminably slow, and so was the movie—and I’m only talking about the battle scenes in 1357 France. The actual time-travel mechanism is cool, though. [Mar 2014]

 It means the camera was taking pictures in the wilderness near Castlegard, France, in the year 1357. 

Kim Possible
by Bill Motz and Bob Roth (Steve Loter, director)
First publication: 28 Nov 2003

Buffy has nothing on high school cheerleader Kim Possible, who fought time-traveling badies and their time monkey in a special one-hour episode (“A Sitch in Time”). [Sep 2013]

 “So, what’s the sitch?” 

“The Chop Line”
by Stephen Baxter
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2003
In the future wars between man and Xeelee, Ensign Daxx meets the time-traveling future Captain Dakk who must try the younger Dakk for the future crime of disobeying orders in a combat situation. [Nov 2003]

 I don’t know many captains, but she immediately recognized me. 

“Tune Out of Time”
by Philip E. High
First publication: Step to the Stars, 2004

Philip E. High was a prolific author, although not well known in the states. This story, first published when he was 89, tells the tale of the miraculous Mottram’s organ, which unexpectedly sends Alan Stapleton to the past (or is it the future?) on an obscure fragment of matter called Earth—and he may find himself in several other locations before he finds his way home. [Apr 2014]

 I deduce that this device was locked on the past—who’s past, yours or ours? Time is relative, our future could be in your past or vice versa. 

The story also appeared in this 2008 collection.
by Michael Burstein
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2004
Astronaut gets put in a time loop by aliens. [Feb 2004]

 Aaron snorted. “I remember that conversation from over six months ago.”
    Gabe shook his head. “It happened this morning.”

“The Dragon Wore Trousers”
by Bob Buckley
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2004
A dinosaur scientist time travels to the middle ages. [Feb 2004]

 The bizarre beast that rounded the bend in the road made Maker’s mouth drop in surprise. It was like nothing he had ever seen before, a top-heavy, lopsided creature having four legs, a narrow head atop a long neck, and a huge shiny lump on its back. 

by Shane Carruth (also director)
First released: 16 Jan 2004

Some guys invent a time machine and use it to go back in time to prevent the artsy author of this film from ever writing a coherent plot. [Sep 2010]

 I haven’t eaten since later this afternoon. 

The Butterfly Effect
by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber (Gruber and Bress, directors)
First release: 23 Jan 2004

Scary, dark, disturbing, sick and violent —but captivating&mdash psychological thriller about how things keep going farther and farther astray when Evan tries to fix things by changing key moments involving the sociopaths and child molesters of his troubled childhood. [Feb 2011]

 Hey man, I’d think twice about what you’re doing. You could wake up a lot more fucked up than you are now. 

“Scout’s Honor”
by Terry Bisson
First publication: Sci Fiction, 28 Jan 2004
An autistic paleontologist receives a series of messages from a time traveler who is studying a band of Neanderthals in prehistoric Europe, although his one friend, Ron, thinks that the messages are an amateur sf story. [Mar 2012]

 Heading down for the NT site. More later. 

“Draft Dodgers Rag”
by Jeff Hecht
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Mar 2004
Time travelers come back to 1969 Berkeley to help Tom, a Vietnam draft dodger. [Mar 2004]

 They want to be heroes. They think war brings glory and makes them men. I think they’re crazy. Our society up then thinks they’re crazier than your society thinks you are. 

created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar
First time travel: 3 Mar 2004

Ten seasons with at least 9 time-travel episodes: [Oct 2001]

Crisis (3 Mar 2004)Phone call from the next day
Reckoning (26 Jan 2006)Back in time to save Lana
Sleeper (24 Apr 2008)Kara and Brainiac back to infant Kal-El
Apocalypse (1 May 2008)Clark back to stop Kara and Brainiac
Legion (15 Jan 2009)The Legion (plus Persuader) from 31st century
Infamous (12 Mar 2009)Clark back to stop Lois from writing a story
Doomsday (14 May 2009)Lois to the future
Savior (25 Sep 2009)Lois returns, persued by Alia
Homecoming (15 Oct 2010)   Clark to his own past and future

 Chloe: When you were a baby. Clark, if you really are in trouble on Krypton, you’d better find a way to get there, and soon, or...
Clark: I’ll never have existed. 
—from “Sleeper”

“The Aztec Supremacist”
by Sheralyn Schofield Belyeu
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Apr 2004
Dr. Harvey takes a posse back to 1492 to pursue an Aztec descendant who plans to stop Columbus’s voyage. [Apr 2004]

 Gentlemen, this person tells me that in many years, the Almighty will allow men to journey through time. He says that he has come from the far future with a message for me. 

“This Tragic Glass”
by Elizabeth Bear
First publication: Sci Fiction, 7 Apr 2004

In a world where time travel can retrieve past historical figures, Dr. Satyavati Brahmaptura (now a colleague of poet John Keats) receives permission from the History Department to nab Christopher Marlowe in order to prove that he was really a she. [Dec 2013]

 The genderbot still thinks Kit Marlowe was a girl. I reentered everything. 

13 Going On 30
by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa (Gary Winick, director)
First release: 23 Apr 2004

Everything that could go wrong is going wrong for 13-year-old Jenna Rink...if only she could be grown up in the future! [Jul 2007]

 There are six of them, Jenna, that’s the whole point. There can’t be a seventh Sixth Chick. It’s just mathematically impossible. Besides you’re way cooler than they are, they’re totally unoriginal. 

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
created by Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter
First time travel: 16 May 2004

After failing as part of a 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, Harvey Birdman is revived as an attorney whose clients are typically other hard-done-by Hanna-Barbera characters, including at least one episode where the Jetsons travel from the far future (that’d be 2002) to the present (2004), but my favorite is when Harvey has to defend Quick Draw “Eastwood” McGraw’s 2nd Ammendment rights. [Jul 2013]

 Ah, that’s okay, great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-granddad. 
—George Jetson to Harvey

“The Lost Pilgrim”
by Gene Wolfe
First publication: The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age, Jun 2004

Gene Wolfe has such subtle plots and such perfection of word choice that he lulls you into a story without your ever realizing that you are in a story—even his titles are perfection. In this case, the story of an apparant time traveler who finds himself on a journey with Greek gods and mortals, but cannot remember who he is or why he was sent to this far past. [Apr 2014]

 I have been hoping to speak privately with Amphiareaws about Time’s enmity. I know that I will not be born for many years. I know also that I have traveled the wrong way through those many years to join our crew. Was that in violation of Time’s ordinances? If so, it would explain his displeasure; but if not, I must look elsewhere. 

“Time Ablaze”
by Michael Burstein
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jun 2004
Lucas Schmidt, time-traveler, goes back to 1904 to witness New York City’s most deadly tragedy: a ship full of German Americans on fire. [Apr 2004]

 A small piece of paper fell out of the book and onto the table. Adele picked it up and examined it. It bore one line: “http://www.general-slocum.com.” She had no idea what it meant; “http” was clearly not a word, although she presumed she knew what the “general-slocum” part referred to. 

Phil of the Future
created by Tim Maile and Douglas Tuber
First aired: 18 Jun 2004

Phil Duffy and his family, on vacation from the 22nd century in a rented time machine, are keeping it together just as best as they can now that they’ve ended up trapped right here in our time zone. [Jun 2007]

 ♫Meet a boy named Phil and his family
On vacation from the 22nd century
They got a rented time machine and they’re on their way
To a time way, way, way back in the day♫

“To Emily on the Ecliptic”
by Thomas R. Dulski
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2004
As part of a therapy to overcome writer’s block, poet Maleus Taub uses an alien artifact Healing Chair to visit Emily Brontë and Emily Dickinson. [Jul 2004]

 We don’t know how it works. Or even what its energy source is. When the field is on we’ve detected minor fluctuations in certain astronomical objects. 

5ive Days to Midnight
by Robert Zappia, David Aaron Cohen, et. al. (Michael Watkins, director)
First aired: 7-10 Jun 2004

In this SciFi Channel miniseries, J.T. Neumeyer (physics professor, widower, and single dad) receives a briefcase from decades in the future containing a police file with the details of his murder five days hence. Once he accepts it as real, he has some success at changing fate by saving a woman from an accident— and then fate starts pushing back by killing her in a different accident, putting J.T. is on a track to meet his own fate. [Apr 2012]

 The future is not immutable—you can print that! 

The 4400
created by René Echevarria and Scott Peters
First aired: 11 Jul 2004

Over the years, people of all ages and walks of life have been abducted. Now, 4400 of them have returned to a glen outside of Seattle, all at the same time and without any aging or memory of where—or when—they’ve been. We get to see how they fit back in or don’t, how they react to hostilities, how they use their powers such as young Maia Skouris who sees the future, 17-year-old bio-phenom Shawn Farrell who now has an eye for Nikki (not so young any more), and Richard who no longer has his life threatened for loving a white woman whom he’s managed to impregnate without sex. [Jul 2012]

 History tells us this is where the path to oblivion began. 

by Vandana Singh
First publication: So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy, Sep 2004
Aseem, a sometimes suicidal man in Delhi, sees and interacts with past and future versions of the city while he searches for the woman whom a computer says is his purpose in life. [Apr 2014]

 A computer is like a beehive. Many bits and parts, none is by itself intelligent. Combine together and you have something that can think. 

“The Hat Thing”
by Matthew Hughes
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sep 2004
A nameless man tells another how to spot time travelers. [Jan 2005]

 Sure. Researchers. Tourists. Criminals altering their present by manipulating the past. Religious pilgrims. Collectors. Who knows what motivates people a million years from now? 

“Time’s Swell”
by Victoria Somogyi and Kathleen Chamberlain
First publication: Strange Horizons, 15 Nov 2004

When a woman awakes with no memory, she finds herself being taken care of by another woman who says that they have come from the future and cannot get back, so they prostitute themselves in various forms to make money and hesitantly take each other as lovers. [Oct 2012]

 And then there are the days when she tells me that we’ve traveled through time, that we have come from the future and are trapped here. She tells me that she was a temporal scientist, that I was her project. That I am modified and enhanced for survival, for time travel, for perfection. Those are the bad days. 

“Small Moments in Time”
by John G. Hemry
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Dec 2004
A time traveler seeking lost seeds in the past finds a man who may have started the worst influenza of the 20th century. [Dec 2004]

 The odd truth of working as a temporal interventionist is that some there-and-thens are better than others. 

175 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 (