The Big List of Time Travel Adventures

2001 to 2015 


Power Rangers Time Force
by Judd Lynn and Jackie Marchland
First episode: 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.

 If I cant rule the present, then Ill just rule the paaaaaast! 

[Dec 2012]

The two stories were expanded into this 2009 novel.
The Titus Oates Stories
by Brenda W. Clough
First story: Analog, 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.

 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 . . . 

[Nov 2001]


“What Weena Knew”
by James Van Pelt
First publication: Analog, 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.

 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. Weenas vision swirled—she could barely focus—but before she passed out, she saw in wonder, he was a giant. 

[Nov 2001]


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.

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

[Aug 2011]


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


So which did come first?

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

[Jul 2013]


T2 Novels
by S.M. Stirling
First book: 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.

 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

[Jul 2010]


Futurama
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.

 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”

[Jul 2013]


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.

 Thats the History Instability Alarm! Its time for another mission! 

[Jul 2013]


“Grandpa?”
by Edward M. Lerner
First publication: Analog, Jul/Aug 2001
Professor Thaddeus Fitch gives a practical demonstration of the grandfather paradox to his physics classes.

 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 hed had the opportunity to reproduce? But if I did succeed, who was it who had travelled backward . . . 

[Dec 2001]


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.

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

[Feb 2014]


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.

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

[Dec 2011]

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.
[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.
[Feb 2002]


Samurai Jack
created by Genndy Tartakovsky
First episode: 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.

 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? 

[Jul 2013]


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.

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

[Dec 2010]


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.

 Break the causal chain. 

[Dec 2012]




Star Trek: Enterprise
created by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
First episode: 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:

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

[Sep 2001]


“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.

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

[Jan 2014]


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

 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. 

[Sep 2012]


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.

 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 thats not the issue. Im the one in charge, and Im telling you open that portal, now! 
—Willow in “Get It Done”

[Oct 2001]

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.

 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. 

[Apr 2012]

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

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

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

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

[Mar 2012]

The story also appeared in this 2005 collection.
“Convolution”
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.

 How can he tell you what youll do, like some kind of robot executing a program? Youre a human being with free will, for heavens sake. What happens if you plumb decide youre not going to do it? 

[Apr 2012]

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.

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

[Mar 2012]


“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).

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

[Mar 2012]

Tipler's Physics of Immortality
“Iterations”
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.

 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. 

[Apr 2012]

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.

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

[Mar 2012]


“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.

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

[Mar 2012]

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.

 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 Mans Search for Meaning).

[Apr 2012]


“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.

 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. 

[Apr 2012]

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.

 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. 

[Mar 2012]


“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.

 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. 

[Jan 2014]

David Wyatt’s interior art for the story from Timewarp Stories
“Timestorm”
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.

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

[Jan 2014]


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.

 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! 

[Jun 2012]


The Bonaventure-Carmody Series
by Chris Roberson
First book: Dec 2001

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.

 Set the Seas on Fire (Dec 2001)
Any Time at All (Sep 2002)
Here, There & Everywhere  (Apr 2005)expands Any Time at All
Paragaea: A Planetary Romance (May 2006)
Set the Seas on Fire  (Aug 2007)Expansion
End of the Century (Feb 2009)

 Roxanne smiled awkwardly, and looked over Juliens shoulder at the open stall. It looked unremarkable now, drab green-painted metal walls and a white porcelain toilet. Hardly the thing youd 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. 

[Aug 2012]


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

After pregnant Kates 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.

 Thats impossible. Its one of a kind, and I made it with Meghan in crafts class last week. 

[Aug 2013]


“Time Sharing”
by Leland Neville
First publication: Fantastic, 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]


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.

 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. 

[Feb 2011]

“Tachycardia”
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.

 “Geoffrey,” I tried to say. He wasnt 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. 

[Mar 2002]


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”).

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

[Aug 2013]


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.

 I have reached the end of your book and there are so many things that I need to ask you. Sometimes Im afraid of what you might tell me. Sometimes Im afraid that youll 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. 

[Feb 2014]


“Veritas”
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.

 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. 

[Jun 2002]


“Ransom”
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.

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

[May 2002]


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.

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

[Jan 2012]


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.

 You built your time machine because of Emmas 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. 

[Aug 2011]


Dust
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).

 Edge: Whats you gonna do with this stupid story anyway?
Angela: Youll see at the end.
Michael: Only if you survive that long. 

[Sep 2013]


The Chronology Protection Case (Movie)
adapted by Jay Kensinger
First released: 20 Apr 2002


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

 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. 

[Feb 2012]


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

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

[May 2002]


Felicity
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.

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

[Jun 2012]


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

A time traveler seeks Dr. Frankenstein.

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

[May 2002]


Odyssey 5
created by Manny Coto
First time travel: 21 Jun 2002


Five shuttle astronauts in orbit watch the mysterious destruction of the Earth, after which an alien offers to send their consciousnesses back in time five years to solve the mystery and save the earth. For me, it was the melodramatic music, weak scientific concepts and weaker dialog that fated this show to one season, although they did take on some interesting questions about how the crew’s actionsmay alter time.

 I . . . have it in my power . . . to project you back. 

[Jun 2015]


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.

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

[Feb 2012]


“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.

 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. 

[Dec 2013]


Megas XLR
created by Jody Schaeffer and George Krstic
First publication: 23 Aug 2002


In the pilot show (called “Lowbrow” and aired on a Cartoon Network Weekend Summerfest), two video-game gearheads (Coop and Jamie) find a time-traveling robot in a junkyard and trick him out with a new engine, some new body work, a 671 jimmy huffer, and an eight-ball gear shift before realizing that they (along with the redhead, Kiva, from the future) must now protect present-day Earth from the evil aliens who enslaved the planet in the future and are now tracking the Megas back through time.

After the pilot, the Cartoon Network picked up the show for 26 new episodes.

 Listen! We need Megas to avert an alien invasion in the far future. He wasnt meant to be a toy for a prehistoric yahoo and his pet monkey thing! 

[May 2015]


¡Mucha Lucha!
created by Eddie Mort and
First time travel: 31 Aug 2002


Just one time-travel episode (“Woulda Coulda Hasbeena”) in this forgetable series when the three kids’ teacher heads back to the land-of-disco to right-a-wrong in his past, and the kids follow.

 Traveling back in time to change the outcome of a wresting match is so against the code of Mas Wrestling that it will rip our world apart at the seams! 

[May 2015]


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


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


One season with 4 time-travel episodes.

 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. 

[Dec 2010]


Do Over
created by Kenny Schwartz and Rick Wiener
First episode: 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.

 That, young time traveler, is your first kiss. 

[Sep 2013]


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


An enjoyable script based on the short story of the same name.

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

[Feb 2012]


“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.

 The wormholes were the ports very reason for existing, the center of Cheenas universe. 

[Nov 2002]


“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.

 This is a call from the past, my darling. 

[Apr 2014]


Das Jesus Video
aka Ancient Relic, aka: The Hunt for the Hidden Relic
adapted by Martin Ritzenhoff and Sebastian Niemann (Niemann, director)
First aired: 5 Dec 2002 (made-for-tv)

Stephen Vogt, an archaeology student, uncovers a 2000-year-old skeleton and the man’s notes purporting to have taken a video of Jesus Christ on a camera that doesn’t yet exist. The result is a 3-hour blood-filled, melodramatic chase that, for me, detracted from the more interesting religious questions that the premise might have addressed.

The two-part German tv movie was based on the book Jesus Video by Andreas Eschbach with some significant changes to the ending. It was released in the US with a quality English dubbing in 2006.

 Gentlemen, sleep well tonight. And dont forget that we are scientists and not science fiction writers. 

[Jul 2015]


“Time Loop”
by Sam Hughes
First publication: qntm.org, 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).

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

[Dec 2011]

“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.

 e.e. cummings at your service 

[May 2012]


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.

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

[Dec 2010]


“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.

 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. 

[Jan 2003]


“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.

 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 dont mind dying! 

[Mar 2012]

John Allemand’s
interior illustration

“The Day the Track Stood Still”
by John C. Bodin and Ron Collins
First publication: Analog, 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?

 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. Thats the way it is when you race the Barada. They put up a piece of tech, you put up a piece of tech. Winner takes all, Indy 500 style. 

[Sep 2012]


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

 Wally didnt need to see the pyramids getting built, or sail with Columbus, or even watch JFKs assassination. What Wally wanted to do, more than anything, was get to work on time. 

[Sep 2012]


The Low Budget Time Machine
aka Space Babes Meet Monsters
by Buddy Barnett, Kathe Duba-Barnet, Brad Linaweaver, and Chuck Williams (Duba-Barnett, director)
First release: May 2003

The main question in my mind as I watched this was how destitute did Patrick MacNee become at the end of his life to be found in this movie telling us about his theory of time travel. I never did figure out what all that had to do with the subsequent story of a professor who owes big money to the mob. The professor’s solution is to send three patsies into the future to bring something back that will end all his monetary troubles. As it turns out, the future has ethereal, never-been-kissed babes from outer space with excellent bowling balls (no, not a euphemism), at least one two-headed mutant, and a monster named Gary. Eventually, they all make it back to the present (except for Two-Head) where they form a rock band that Howard Stern would approve of.

 First I should explain in laymans terms the way time travel works. If you create an instrument that generates five billion electomagnetic transit vibrations per second—faster than the speed of light—one can hypothetically travel through time and space. 

[Jul 2015]


“3rd Corinthians”
by Michael F. Flynn
First publication: Analog, 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.

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

[May 2003]


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 its his friend Nina, aka Time-Zone, who takes him and another hero through time in their first trek through time, trying to save Virgils mother.

 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! 

[Jul 2013]


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.

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

[Dec 2010]


Timeblazers
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 for themselves.

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

[Feb 2014]


Popotan
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.

 Why do we have to keep moving, over and over again? Its so unfair! 

[Apr 2014]


“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.

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

[Sep 2003]


Code Lyoko
created by Tania Palumbo and Thomas Romain
First episdoe: 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 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’t later run into the origin episode!

 Ready for a trip into the past, Yumi? 

[Jul 2013]


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 whos off killing ancestors of other agents so therell 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!

 Drop the gun or your timeline is over. 

[Jul 2013]


Tru Calling
created by Jon Harmon Feldman
First episode: 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.

 Have a little faith in your sister. 

[Jun 2012]


“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.

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

[Dec 2013]


Timeline
adapted by Jeff Maguire and George Nolfi (RIchard Donner, director)
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.

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

[Mar 2014]


Kim Possible
by Bill Motz and Bob Roth (Steve Loter, director)
First time travel: 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”).

 “So, whats the sitch?” 

[Sep 2013]


“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.

 I dont know many captains, but she immediately recognized me. 

[Nov 2003]

“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.

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

[Apr 2014]

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

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

[Feb 2004]


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

 The bizarre beast that rounded the bend in the road made Makers 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. 

[Feb 2004]


Primer
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.

 I havent eaten since later this afternoon. 

[Sep 2010]


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— psychological thriller about how things keep going further and further astray when Evan tries to fix things by changing key moments involving the sociopaths and child molesters of his troubled childhood.

 Hey man, Id think twice about what youre doing. You could wake up a lot more fucked up than you are now. 

[Feb 2011]


“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.

 Heading down for the NT site. More later. 

[Mar 2012]


“Century to Starboard”
by Liz Williams
First publication: Strange Horizons, 2 Feb 2004

Sometime around the publication of this story, Tim and I saw a ship called The World docked on the Willamette in Portland. The ship is privately owned by the occupants of its 165 residences, and as a group they vote on their itinerary every year. It’s a nice fantasy to think about leading such a life, so long as the ship doesn’t run into the kind of storms that Liz Williams’s similar ship hits in this story.

Each of those storms take the entire ship, including Italian citizen Vittoria Pellini, further and further into the future.

 I finally got my head together and told Julio what I thought—that maybe, just maybe, weve gone through some kind of slip in time, like the Bermuda Triangle, only in the Pacific. I know other people sometimes say—just to be spiteful—that Im maybe a little bit of a bimbo, and Julio tends to laugh at me sometimes. Affectionately, of course. But this time I really thought hed laugh, and he didnt. 

[Jun 2015]


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

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

[Mar 2004]


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


Ten seasons with at least 9 time-travel episodes:

 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, youd better find a way to get there, and soon, or . . .
Clark: Ill never have existed. 
—from “Sleeper”

[Oct 2001]


Tripping the Rift
created by Chris Moeller and Chuck Austen
First time travel: 4 Mar 2004



What if Star Trek/Wars were an adult cartoon with time travel on demand, including travel back to the start of the universe in the broadcast pilot, “God is Our Pilot”?

 God Is Our Pilot (4 Mar 2004)to beginning of universe
Roswell (14 Sep 2005)1940s New Mexico
Chode Eraser (6 Sep 2007)Terminator parody

 Chode: Hey, you know what the best part of being able to go back to the beginning of time means?
Whip: Yeah. Not having to remember what you did yesterday.
Chode: Yeah, that. And were gonna know once and for all how the universe was created. 

[Jul 2015]


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

 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. 

[Apr 2004]


The Winning Season
adapted by Steve Bloom (John Kent Harrison, director)
First aired: 4 Apr 2004 (made-for-tv)

Eleven-year-old Joe Soshack finds a priceless 1909 baseball card (never mind that it belongs to that little old-lady down the street) that takes him back to the 1909 World Championship Series where he becomes a not-very-loyal sidekick to the Pittsburgh Pirate’s Honus Wagner in a face-off against the Detroit Tigers and the vicious Ty Cobb.

 You know Ive had people come from all over the world to see me play baseball, but Ive never had someone come from the future. 

[Jul 2015]


“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.

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

[Dec 2013]


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 already grown up in the future!

 There are six of them, Jenna, thats the whole point. There cant be a seventh Sixth Chick. Its just mathematically impossible. Besides youre way cooler than they are, theyre totally unoriginal. 

[Jul 2007]


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 (thatd be 2002) to the present (2004), but my favorite is when Harvey has to defend Quick Draw “Eastwood” McGraw’s 2nd Ammendment rights.

 Ah, thats okay, great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-granddad. 
—George Jetson to Harvey

[Jul 2013]


“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.

 I have been hoping to speak privately with Amphiareaws about Times 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 Times ordinances? If so, it would explain his displeasure; but if not, I must look elsewhere. 

[Apr 2014]


“Time Ablaze”
by Michael Burstein
First publication: Analog, 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.

 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. 

[Apr 2004]


Phil of the Future
created by Tim Maile and Douglas Tuber
First episode: 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.

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

[Jun 2007]


“To Emily on the Ecliptic”
by Thomas R. Dulski
First publication: Analog, 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.

 We dont know how it works. Or even what its energy source is. When the field is on weve detected minor fluctuations in certain astronomical objects. 

[Jul 2004]


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.

 The future is not immutable—you can print that! 

[Apr 2012]


The 4400
created by René Echevarria and Scott Peters
First episode: 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.

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

[Jul 2012]


“Delhi”
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.

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

[Apr 2014]


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

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

[Jan 2005]


“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.

 And then there are the days when she tells me that weve 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. 

[Oct 2012]


“Small Moments in Time”
by John G. Hemry
First publication: Analog, 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.

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

[Dec 2004]


Time and Again
by Jason J. Tomaric (Tomaric, director)
First release: 31 Dec 2004 (straight-to-video)

No, not Jack Finney and not Clifford D. Simak either. This one is all Jason J. Tomaric.

Fourteen years ago (or maybe sixteen, the director’s not quite sure), teenaged Bobby Jones was convicted of a murder that he remembers nothing about. Fortunately, he escapes, and during the escape he finds himself transported back to his hometown on the day of the murder.

 Look, Awanda, if you could go back in time and change anything—I mean anything at all—would you? 

[Jul 2015]

Das Cusanus-Spiel
aka The Cusanus Game
by Wolfgang Jaschke
First publication: 2005

In an alternate Europe where isolationism is enforced by towering walls and the world is crumbling around them, a secret project aims to save the present by harvesting the past.

 Only on the basis of his theoretical work and predictions did Folkert Jensma and Koos van Laere the following year at the Christian Huygens Institute in the Hague prove the existence of so-called time solitons, which Thilawuntha had predicted. These disturbances traverse the flow of time in both directions, that is, they bring about with their passage momentary damming and acceleration in the temporal dimension. They thereby deform the structure of space-time, but are eo ipso not directly detectable by an observer situated within this strugture—that is, within our universe. Their existence can, however, be indirectly demonstrated, because their passage is accompanied by gravitational waves of various strength. 

[Jun 2015]


“The Destruction of Sennacherib”
by Bryn Sparks
First publication: Robots and Time, 2005

Lady Ada Lovelace, who has traveled through time via a Wells-type machine in a steampunk world, tells her story to an enamored compatriot who is 50 years older than when they last shared a conversation.

 It seemed the original analytical engine, the mechanical computer designed and built by my friend and mentor, the great Charles Babbage in the 1830s, had a lethal configuration that could lock up an entire engine if it were ever presented with the right sequence of calculations. The article went on to describe how all the miniaturized analytical engines at the heart of the empires technology were just small versions of the original analytical engine. No one had ever changed the fundamental arrangement of cogs and gears and drive trains and clutches. They had just been made smaller and linked together in greater numbers, so here at the turn of the century, I could be driven in a cab by a man whose very thoughts were determined by the workings of beings of microscopic versions of Babbages original design, all operating in parallel. 

[Aug 2013]


The Time Hackers
by Gary Paulsen
First publication: 2005
Twelve-year-old Dorso Clayman lives in a future where viewing the past is commonplace, but he and his friend Frank are being unpredictably pulled into the past!

Janet found this for me at the library in 2010.

 They might see a vision of a dinosaur one time and on the second try get an image of a man who might be Julius Caesar getting ready for a bath, or Anne Boleyn getting her head chopped off. 

[Dec 2010]


“A Few Good Men”
by Richard A. Lovett
First publication: Analog, Jan/Feb 2005
Time travelers from a future without many men come back to our time to import what they need most, but they accidentally snatch Tiffany Richardson as well.

 There were eight good prospects back there, and Id have had them all if this bitch hadnt shown up. 

[Dec 2005]


Slipstream
by Louis Morneau and Philip Badger (David van Eyssen, director)
First release: 4 Feb 2005

Sean Astin plans to use his 10-minute time machine to repeatedly withdraw the same money from a bank teller that he’s chatting up, but a violent gang of other bank robbers throws a wrench into his plan.

 Did you ever wish you could keep doing the same thing over and over again? 

[Apr 2012]


“Letters of Transit”
by Brian Plante
First publication: Analog, Apr 2005
A scientist on the first near-lightspeed ship to Centauri A exchanges letters with his underaged girlfriend back on Earth through a wormhole for which time passes at the same rate on both ends. When the ship returns to Earth with its end of the wormhole, the hole will act as a time machine for messages, but the clichéd paradox police won’t let scientist send girlfriend any information about the future.

 You wouldnt want to cause any of those nasty paradoxes, would you? 

[Jan 2006]


“Message in a Bottle”
by Nalo Hopkinson
First publication: Futureways, 1 Apr 2005
An artist named Greg, who never wanted to have children, becomes close to Kamla, an adopted daughter of a friend; the situation works out fine, even when Greg does have an unexpected child with his girlfriend, and even when Kamla turns out to be one of the thousands of children with extremely slow-growing bodies and minds from the future.

 I'm from the Future, Says Bobble-Headed Boy. 

[Apr 2014]


“The Apotheosis of Martin Padway”
by S.M. Stirling
First publication: The Enchanter Completed: A Tribute for L. Sprague de Camp


Some 50 years after Martin Padway was thrown back to Byzantine times, a group of holy men and scientists travel back to the supposed date when the Great Man ascended to godhood.

 “Its definitely a past with Martinus of Padua in it. There are no other lines within several hundred chronospace-years that show a scientific-industrial revolution this early. Quantum factors make it difficult”—fucking meaningless—“to say if its precisely the line that led to us.” 

[Feb 2014]


“Working on Borrowed Time”
by John G. Hemry
First publication: Analog, Jun 2005
Tom and his implanted AI Jeannie (from “Small Moments in Time”) are back again, this time trying to stop future Nazis from destroying Edwardian London.

 What? The British Empire started coming apart in the 1920s? 

[Jul 2005]


“The Starry Night”
by Barry Malzberg and Jack Dann
First publication: Sci Fiction, 22 Jun 2005


A visage of the universe exploding bounces back and forth between a space-faring priest, an epileptic six-year-old in our day, and Vincent Van Gogh.

 For the first time she is a little scared. She wishes that she were in her room, not in this space car with the stars glowing and exploding like the stars in Mr. Goghs painting. 

[Dec 2013]


Bewitched
by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron (Nora Ephron, director)
First release: 24 Jun 2005

Not only does Isabel the witch want to live just like any normal woman, she also gets talked into playing the role of witch Samantha who wants to live just like any normal woman in a remake of Bewitched—and like the original Samantha, she has some trouble constraining her powers. Yes, she’s also an occasional failure at constraining her power to rewind the hands of time.

 No breakfast after eleven. 

[Jul 2007]


“Scream Quietly”
by Sheila Crosby
First publication: Farthing, Jul 2005

In 1849 England, Sophie’s abusive husband abuses her and beatys their one-year-old son, so at the first opportunity, she and her son flees to a friend’s house where they are visited by apparent faeries.

 They said they were not faeries, but men, “even as yourselne,” from the far distant future, and they were journeying in time! They were most astonished to hear this was the year of our Lord 1849, for they had believed themselves in 1343 and were in great fear of being burned as witches. 

[Jul 2015]


“The Time Traveler’s Wife”
by Scott William Carter
First publication: Analog, Jul/Aug 2005
No, we’re not talking about that wife; we’re talking about Scott William Carter’s version—Yolanda Green, an even-keeled, mostly content wife of a university professor time traveler—and the story of what she does when he goes off into the future, failing to return for dinner.

 “Weve done it,” he said. “Three times with a mouse and five times with a monkey. The university has approved my request for a manned test run. Were going into the future! 

[Sep 2012]


Time Warp Trio
adapted by Kathy Waugh, et. al.
First episode: 9 Jul 2005


Ten-year-old Joe and his two mates Fred and Sam travel back and forth in time in these 22-minute Discovery Kids cartoons based on Jon Scieszka’s story series.

 Ever wonder how three kids from Brooklyn got their hands on a time-traveling book? 

[Mar 2013]

I have no image for the story, but here’s the first book in Colorado author Tobler’s series, The Rings of Anubis.
“Gauging Moonlight”
by E. Catherine Tobler
First publication: Sci Fiction, 20 Jul 2005

The alien narrator loves Alice Oxbridge, although the word love does not capture the feeling any more accurately than space travel captures climbing into a vehicle capable of carrying you off-planet. And our narrator has the power to erase the the moments of tragedy in Alice’s life, he cannot do so without breaking his one unbreakable tenet and becoming the prime example of sentient idiocy.

 Alice’s was not the first birth I witnessed, nor even the most unusual. The first time I saw Alice’s birth, I bypassed the event, skimming ahead to the advent of the automobile. Gears fascinated me more. But on reflection, something drew me back to Alice in the garden, newborn on the rain-wet grass. The world seemed to move beneath her. 

[Oct 2012]


“Fleet of Ages”
by Jared Axelrod
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 5 Aug 2005

Axelrod is one of the founders of 365 Tomorrows, which presents a piece of flash fiction every day of the year, and this was their first time-travel story, a story in which ships bring items from the future with unpredictable consequences.

 I used to think that, more than any man, I understood the consequences of what those ships were supposed to bring back. 

[May 2015]

Kat Beyer’s
illustration for her story

“The Strange Desserts of
Professor Natalie Doom”

by Kat Beyer
First publication: Strange Horizons, 22 Aug 2005

For Natalie, it isn’t easy growing up as the only human creation of a mad scientist (including a time machine, of course) and his gorgeous, shapely wife— especially when you have the name of Natalie Doom and a leaning toward feminism).

 Apparently I inherited Mamas looks and Papas brains. Again and again in my life Ive gotten the best of a bad bargain. 

[Oct 2012]


“Paradox & Greenblatt, Attorneys at Law”
by Kevin J. Anderson
First publication: Analog, Sep 2005
Marty Paramus and his partner specialize in legal nuances arising from the new time-travel technology.

 So you figured that if you kept Franklins biological mother and father from meeting, he would never have been born, your parents marriage would have remained happy, and your life would have remained wonderful. 

[Aug 2005]

The story also appeared in this 2007 collection.
“Triceratops Summer”
by Michael Swanwick
First publication: Amazon Shorts, Sep 2005
An incident at the Institute for Advanced Physics brings a herd of Triceratops to present-day Vermont, which is certainly a worry, but according to Everett McCoughlan of the Institute, that will be the least of our worries by the end of the summer.

 Everything ends eventually. But after all is said and done, its waht we do in the meantime that matters, isnt it? 

[Mar 2014]


Hyams’ Sound of Thunder
adapted by Donnelly, Oppenheimer, Poirier (Peter Hyams, director)
First release: 2 Sep 2005


The time safari is not improved by 90 minutes of melodramatic nonsense.

 A butterfly caused all this? 

[Jul 2011]


“Who Forever Belongs To”
by Jared Axelrod
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 4 Oct 2005

In his second time-travel story, 365 Tomorrow founder Jared Axelrod has a rummage sale aficionado stumble across a time machine and philosophically discuss why the owner would let it go for five dollars.

 So when I unearthed the device from under a seriously disturbing collection of polyester sweaters, I knew it was something to treasure. I just didnt know what. 

[Jun 2015]


The Diving Universe Series
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First story: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2005
I haven’t followed all of the stories in Rusch’s Diving Universe, so I can’t tell you which of the stories and novels have a significant time-traveling aspect caused by the space-folding anacopa. But in “Becoming One with the Ghosts” (Asimovs, Oct/Nov 2010), the starship Ivoire gets folded 5000 years into the future. Later, while trying to shut down an anacapa drive gone bad in “Encounter on Starbase Kappa” (Asimovs, Oct/Nov 2013), Captain Jonathan “Coop” just might have a chance to return the ship and the crew to their own time.

 A. Diving into the Wreck (Dec 2005)Asimovs
B. Room of Lost Souls (Apr/May 2008)Asimovs
The Spires of Denon (Apr/May 2009)Asimovs
Diving into the Wreck (Nov 2009)includes parts of A and B
Becoming One with the Ghosts (Oct/Nov 2010)Asimovs
Becalmed (Apr/May 2011)Asimovs
City of Ruins (May 2011)
Stealth (Oct/Nov 2011)Asimovs
The Spires of Denon (Apr/May 2009)Asimovs
Boneyards (Jan 2012)
Skirmishes (Apr 2013)
Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls (May 2013)Asimovs
The Application of Hope (Aug 2013)Asimovs
Encounter on Starbase Kappa (Oct/Nov 2013)Asimovs

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

[Feb 2015]


Chasing Christmas
by Todd Berger (Ron Oliver, director)
First aired: 4 Dec 2005 (mad-for-tv)

Jack Cameron, a Christmas grump, is taken back to 1965 by the ghost of Christmas Past who then decides to stay there, putting Jack and the cosmos at risk. It’s then up to Christmas Present to save the day, although in the end it’s dues ex machina rather than Present who fixes things.

 Past: Charles Dickens was a former target of ours who chose to write a book about his experiences even though we explicitly told him not to.
Jack: But it was a great book—
Past: It was crap, like everything he did! Did you ever read A Tale of Two Cities? ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst . . .’ Make up your mind, Mr. Dickens! 

[Jul 2015]

“Written in Plaster”
by Rajnar Vajra
First publication: Analog, Jan/Feb 2006
Thirteen-year-old Danny Levan is a bullied, half-Jewish boy in 1938 Surrey when he discovers strangely colored bits of plaster that can reform into what can only be described as his own protective time-traveling golem.

 A pack of chips was constantly pursuing and reuniting with the giant, but moonlight glinted off of one largish piece that seemed in danger of being left behind, lodged in a groove between cobblestones.
   “Wait,” Danny called out softly and although the creature was obviously too far off to hear, and lacked ears besides, it immediately paused long enough for the chip to free itself and join the others.
 

[Dec 2005]


Life on Mars [UK]
created by Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah
First episode: 9 Jan 2006


While working on murder case that has drawn in his girlfriend, Manchester Police Detective Sam Tyler is hit by a car and thrown into 1973 where DCI Hunt, WPC Cartwright, and everyone else in the district believes him to be a detective on loan.

 I had an accident, and I woke up 33 years in the past. Now that either makes me a time traveler or a lunatic or . . . Im lying in a hospital bed in 2006 and none of this is real. 

[Jan 2015]


The Plot to Save Socrates
by Paul Levinson
First book: Feb 2006

Young doctoral student Sierra chases back to ancient Alexandria after her professor who seems to be chasing after a time traveler who is trying to get Socrates to abandon Athenian death row for the future.

Although I haven’t seen a second novel, a sequel novella called “Unburning Alexandria” featured Sierra chasing around 410 A.D. Alexandria.

 If I, today, had finished constructing a device, in this room, which allowed you to travel even a day into the past, and you used it to travel into the past to kill or otherwise distract me from completing the device, how would you have been able to travel in the first place into the past, with no device then constructed? 

[Aug 2012]


Lost
created by Jeffrey Lieber, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof
First time travel: 8 Feb 2006

Sadly, I never bonded with Lost, the six-season story of plane crash survivors on a supernatural island, but Tim assures me that I must list it with at least four stars.

 Sayid: Radio waves at this frequency bounce off the ionosphere. They can travel thousands of miles. It could be coming from anywhere.
Hurley: Or any time . . .
 



Fetching Cody
by David Ray and Carolyn Allain (Ray, director)
First release: 24 Feb 2006

Druggie Art finds his girlfriend in an overdose coma, so he gets in a time-traveling chair to go back and set things right—like The Butterfly Effect, but with no horror-flick tension.

 Okay, okay, take me back before Cody got sick, before she got all fucked up, when there were bullies and shit. 

[Apr 2014]


Always Will
by Michael Sammaciccia (Sammaciccia, director)
First release: Mar 2006

Will, a high school senior, discovers how to use a stolen time capsule to go back in time and relive moments over and over until he gets it right.

 Seriously, it lets me, like, revisit a moment in the past. 

[Jul 2013]

Kachelries’s early stories appeared in this 2007 collection.
“Dropping a Pebble in a Dry Well”
by Kathy Kachelries
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 13 Apr 2006

Demetri Thornwick is pissed by the D- he received on a term paper that computes the MDZC for changes made even when DT>200 years.

 The arguments always center on the Maximum Disruption with Zero Consequences (MDZC). You know, whats the most I can change without screwing up the primary timeline. 

[May 2015]


Throg
by Matt Power and Dana Lee (Power, director)
First release: 25 Apr 2006 (straight-to-video)

Medieval boy Throg becomes immortal after Urshag the Destroyer chops off his arms and Hades gives him the power of regeneration, after which he lives a long time through badly written Monty Python imitations until the touching end. Granted that immortality is not time travel, but Hades does manage a moment of time travel for Throg along the way.

 Get that fire started yet, boy? 

[Jul 2015]


xkcd
by Randall Munroe
First time travel: Comic 103, 15 May 2006


Nerdy Randall Munroe’s quirky stick figures don’t shy away from the difficut time-travel tropes.

     

 Comic 103 (15 May 2006)Back to the Future
Comic 239 (23 Mar 2007)Blagofaire from the Future
Comic 567 (10 Apr 2009)Ben Franklin Urgent Mission
Comic 630 (31 Aug 2009)Megan’s Time Travel
Comic 652 (21 Oct 2009)Come with Me If You Want . . .
Comic 656 (30 Oct 2009)Doc Brown on Oct 30
Comic 657 (2 Nov 2009)Primer Time Chart
Comic 716 (19 Mar 2010)Time Machine
Comic 730 (21 Apr 2010)DeLorean flux capacitor
Comic 887 (3 Sep 2014)Rowling’s Time Turners
Comic 935 (8 Aug 2011)Babe Ruth & the Tardis
Comic 1063 (1 Jun 2012)Kill Hitler
Comic 1177 (22 Feb 2013)More Terminator
Comic 1191 (27 Mar 2013)The Past Oil Reserves
Comic 1203 (24 Apr 2013)Useless Time Machines
Comic 1256 (26 Aug 2013)Why Are There Two Spocks?

 Why are you so obsessed with this Hitler guy? 

[Feb 2007]


“Suspension of Disbelief”
by B. York
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 31 May 2006

According to young Aaron’s buddy Hamel, once people get time machines, there’s no telling which descendants are going to bite the dust.

 If, forty years ago, some madman had come and swiped our parents, neither of us would be around. So forty years ago, we could stop existing. 

[May 2015]


The Lake House
by David Auburn (Alejandro Agresti, director)
First release: 16 Jun 2006

Letters—eventually love letters—pass back and forth between Dr. Kate Foster and architect Alex Wyler who are two years apart in time.

 Its kind of a long distance relationship. 

[Jun 2006]


Click
by Mark O'Keefe and Steve Koren (Frank Coraci, director)
First release: 23 Jun 2006

Michael Newman falls asleep on a store mattress, and when he awakens, he is given a universal remote control that lets him fast forward through the boring parts of his life.

 Its an advanced piece of equipment like TiVo. 

[Feb 2010]

Broeck Steadman’s interior illustration
“Environmental Friendship Fossle”
by Ian Stewart
First publication: Analog, Jul/Aug 2006
A contract investigator who tracks down crimes against endangered species finds a mammoth tusk that’s only 30 years old according to radiocarbon dating.

 “Mammoth ivory,” the old man said, as if it was a proposition put up for debate. “I have hunt mammoth.” 

[Jun 2006]


“The Teller of Time”
by Carl Frederick
First publication: Analog, Jul/Aug 2006
You get one guess what happens when you juxtapose these circumstances:
  1. As a boy, Kip Wolverton’s best friend is crushed in a tragic accident in a bell tower.
  2. Then, because Kip is too shy to ever approach the bell-ringer of his dreams, the girl goes and marries his other best friend, so Kip goes off to America to drown his sorrows and become an expert physicist studying time.
  3. Finally, 25 years later, Kip returns to England to do time experiments in bell towers where he finds girl grown and unhappily married.

     “Research money is difficult to come by these days,” said Neville. “There is a lot of good science lanuishing because more meretricious projects get the funds.” 

[Sep 2012]


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
adaptation by Satoko Okudera (Mamoru Hosoda, director)
First release: 15 Jul 2006

In this loose anime adaptation of Yasutaka Tsutsui’s story, young Makoto Konno is thrown into a train crossing on her bike and unintentionally travels back in time to avoid being hit; that leads her to experiment with her ability—yes, with teenaged concerns, but still with charm.

 And then, when you came to, youd gone back a few minutes in time. 

[Feb 2013]


American Dragon
created by Jeff Goode
First time travel: 12 Aug 2006

Like all American teens, Asian-American Jake Long skateboards—oh, and he’s also the wise-cracking American Dragon, guardian of all magical creatures. In one episode (“Hero of the Hourglass”), Jake travels back to when his dad was a teen in order to get his mom to reveal the truth about magic and dragons.

 Or, I can change things for the better . . . ooh, theres a whole side of my family that my dad doesnt doesn't know about. I have the chance to change that, the chance to reverse the last twenty years and redo everything without the lies, the secrets, the being grounded every other week. 

[Sep 2012]


Scrat in No Time for Nuts
by Cris Renaud (Renaud and Mike Thurmeier, directors)
First release: 14 Sep 2006


Each time the machine of an unfortunate time traveler zaps Scrat’s Precious into an unknown time, the famed ice-age rat faithfully follows.

 Here stood . . . 
—[Youll have to watch yourself to find out what stood here, ’cause I’m not spoiling.]

[Jul 2013]


Heroes
created by Tim Kring
First episode: 25 Sep 2006

Hiro Nakamura reads comic books, wants to be a hero, and believes that his will power is enough to move him through time and space (and, yes, it is).

I enjoyed talking about this show with my friend John Kennedy before he died of cancer on 18 Mar 2009.

 Save the cheerleader, save the world. 

[Sep 2006]


The Butterfly Effect 2
by John Frankenheimer and Michael D. Weiss
First release: 10 Oct 2006

 Theres this entire other version of my life without you. I went through this whole year of my life believing you were dead. 

[Sep 2012]


“Prevenge”
by Mike Resnick and Kevin J. Anderson
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Nov 2006
Kyle Bain, a member of the Knights Temporal, goes on a mission to prevent a murder in the past because that’s what the Knights do—regardless of whether the murder may be just or not.

 Thou shalt UN-kill, whenever possible. 

[Dec 2006]


Day Break
created by Paul Zbyszewski
First episode: 15 Nov 2006


Detective Brett Hopper keeps waking up at the same time on the same day, but each day he learns more about who's trying to frame him.

 Maybe. Well see how the day goes. 

[Nov 2006]


Happy Tree Friends
by Aubrey Ankrum, Rhode Montijo, Kenn Navarro and Warren Graff
First time travel: 20 Nov 2006


Cute forest animals mutilate and maim each other with at least one time machine in “Blast from the Past” where Sniffles vainly tries to save his friends from playground death and mayhem.

 Cartoon Violence: Not recommended for small children or big babies 

[Jul 2013]


Déjà Vu
by Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio (Tony Scott, director)
First release: 24 Nov 2006

While investigating the burning death of a young woman who washed up on shore a few minutes before a bomb demolished a New Orleans ferry, ATF Agent Doug Carlin gets pulled into an FBI investigation that can view happenings four days and six hours into the past.

Oh, who’s kidding whom? We all know these scientists never stop at mere viewing. I would have given more stars to this action movie if I could have figured out how Doug could live in a world where after the girl washes up dead, she is there to bandage him and answer the phone.

 Danny: Whatever you did, you did it already. Whether you send this note or you dont, it doesnt matter. You cannot change the past. Its physically impossible.
Agent Carlin: What if theres more than physics? 

[Aug 2012]


Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
by Mario Puzo, et. al. (Richard Donner, director)
First release on dvd: 28 Nov 2006


Richard Donner, the original director of Superman II, was replaced partway through the production. Almost 30 years later, a dvd the movie was put together with mostly his footage and a time-travel ending that was pretty much identical to the end of Donner’s first Superman movie (and equally lame).

 Jeepers, I have seen some faraway looks in my time, but with that look, you might as well be on the North Pole or someplace. 

[Aug 2011]


Wonder Pets
created by Josh Selig
First time travel: “Save the Dinosaur”, 6 Dec 2006

When the kindergardeners leave for the day, three kindergarden pets—a hamster, a duck and a turtle, of course—save various different animals from perils, including one episode when the trio traveled into a classroom poster to save a trapped triceratops.

 Look! Theres there are dinosaurs in that poster! Lets go there! 

[Apr 2014]


American Dad!
created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman
First time travel: 17 Dec 2006

Typical patriotic American family fare with Dad, Mom, two kids, an alien, a man trapped in a goldfish body, and the occassional romp through time.

 Best Christmas Story Never Told (17 Dec 2006)   to the 70s to kill Jane Fonda
May the Best Stan Win (14 Feb 2010)Cyborg Stan from the future
Fart-Break Hotel (16 Jan 2011)Steve travels to find a beauty
The Kidney Stays in the Picture (1 Apr 2012)back to discover Hayley’s dad

 Getting Scorsese off drugs means he never did all the cocaine that fueled him to make Taxi Driver, which means he never cast Jodie Foster, which means John Hinkley never obsessed over her, and he never tried to impress her by shooting President Reagan, which means Reagan was never empowered by surviving an assassination attempt—he must have lost to Mondale in ’84. Bingo! Forty-seven days into his presidency, Mondale handed complete control of the U.S. over to the Soviet Union. 
—from “The Best Christmas Story Never Told”

[sep 2012]


365 Tomorrow’s 2006 Time-Travel Stories

In addition to two stories listed above (“Dropping a Pebble in a Dry Well” by Kathy Kachelries and “Suspension of Disbelief” by B. York), 365 Tomorrows published several other time travel flash fiction pieces in their second year, mostly using pseudonyms. In all, these are the time-travel stories I spotted:

Note: § indicates a separate list entry for the story.

 A Lighthouse Through Time (31 Mar)by Kathy Kachelries
a renter disappears
Dropping a Pebble in a Dry Well (13 Apr)§by Kathy Kachelries
Zero Consequences
Suspension of Disbelief (31 May)§by B. York
time travel affects descendants
Fate of Our Futures (3 Aug)by Michael “Freeman” Herbaugh
3m year-old human skull found
Paranoia (12 Sep 2006)by Michael “Freeman” Herbaugh
time-travel researcher being watched
Time and Again (23 Sep)by Steven Perez
team hunts time travelers
Say Again? (12 Oct)by Steve Smith
Stan argues that he can time travel
One of a Kind (22 Oct)by Megan Hoffman (as by Pyai)
little brother time travels
Once in a Lifetime (25 Nov)by Matt Brubeck
time-traveling rich kids
Einstein’s Last Words (19 Dec)by J.S. Kachelries
traveler visits Einstein’s death

 You see, just before his death at 1:15 AM, he uttered his last words to the attending nurse. Unfortunately, he spoke them in German, and she only understood English. 
—“Einstein’s Last Words”

[May 2015]

Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
by Dan Berendsen, et. al. (Frank Nissen, director)
First release: 6 Feb 2007

Cinderella’s nasty stepmother uses the Fairy Godmother’s wand to turn back time and enlarge the slipper to fit one of the nasty stepsisters.

Computer animation has produced some nice stories, particularly as done by Pixar, but even the best computer animation can’t live up to the early Disney artists who produced the original Cinderella, and reasonably competent computer animation such as this Cinderella fare, can’t survive a weak storyline, lame dialogue, and tuneless songs.

In any case, here’s a relevant cost comparison in 2015 dollars:

 Cinderella (1950)$29 million
Cinderella III (2007)$9 million
Inside Out (2015)$175 million

 The wand is not a toy! 

[Aug 2014]


Primeval
created by Adrian Hodges and Tim Haines
First episode: 10 Feb 2007

A time anomaly is allowing beasties from the past and future into present-day England. Oh, and Professor Cutter goes through the anomaly, too, because he’s searching for his lost wifey.

 Miss, oh Miss!! There’s a dinosaur on the playground. 

[Dec 2011]


The Last Mimzy
by Rubin, Emmerich, Hart, Skilken (Bob Shaye, director)
First release: 23 Mar 2007


The people of the future are dying, so they send time-traveling dolls back to 2007 where they can communicate only with sappy Seattle children.

 Theyve been sending other Mimzies to the past to look for it, but none of them have come back. 

[Feb 2012]


Meet the Robinsons
by Jon A. Bernstein, Michelle Spritz, Nathan Greno (Steve Anderson, Director)
First release: 23 Mar 2007

Twelve-year-old orphan genius Lewis along with his 13-year-old buddy Wilbur Robinson from the future mangle every time-travel trope while fighting a clichéd villian with a clever hat.

 Remember, Ive got a time machine. You mess up again, and Ill just keep coming back ’til you get it right. 

[Mar 2012]




According to Jim
created by Tracy Newman and Jonathan Stark
First time travel: 4 Apr 2007

Jim uses a porta-potty as a time machine to get repeated chances at being a successful dad at his son’s t-ball game (“The At-Bat”). Janet and I watched the time-travel episode on a happy summer evening.
[Jul 2011]


The Forbidden Kingdom
by John Fusco (Rob Minkoff, director)
First release: 18 Apr 2007

Modern-day martial-arts-obsessed teen Jason Tripitikas falls off a building with a golden staff and finds himself in fuedal China fulfilling the legend of the seeker who will return the staff to The Monkey King.

 Jason: Is this a dream?
Lu Yan: No, where you come from is the dream, through the gate of no gate.
 

[Dec 2010]


Panic Time
by John Carstarphen (Carstarphen, director)
First release: 1 May 2007 (limited)

Elisa figures time travel can provide the perfect alibi for murdering her scumbag husband. Sadly, though, if you watch this movie with another person, neither one of you will have an alibi for those lost seventy minutes, since you’ll both be asleep.

 The police said that the killer left behind no evidence at all. 

[Apr 2014]


“Swing Time”
by Carrie Vaughn
First publication: Jim Baen’s Universe, June 2007

Carrie Vaughn lives just down the road from me, and I met her once at a reading. Her voice captured me, and her stories do too, although this tale—of time traveling theives, Madeline and her nemesis Ned, who gain their ability from dancing—did not grab me as much as a non-time-travel story, “The Librarian’s Daughter.”

 With a few measures of dancing, a charge of power crept into Madeline's bones, enough energy to take her anywhere: London 1590. New York 1950. There was power in dancing. 

[May 2014]


“A Zoo in the Jungle”
by Carl Frederick
First publication: Analog, Jun 2007
Arthur Davidson decided to become an astronaut when his father disappeared on the moon twenty years ago. Now, Arthur and a cosmonaut are exploring the very crater where the father disappeared when they come across an alien-built planetarium that may have the power to reunite Arthur with his father.

 A planetarium on the Moon. Its like a zoo in the jungle, or building a swimming pool under water. Whats the point? 

[May 2007]


Against Time
aka All Over Again
by Cleve Nettles (Nettles, director)
First release: 12 Jun 2007 (direct-to-dvd)
This movie was made in 2001 and made the film festival circuits, but it wasn’t released until it appeared on dvd in 2007 (the dvd cover says that it won an award at the International Family Film Festival, but that’s not listed on the IFFF website); there was a warning sign that I might not take to it (the writer and the producer were one and the same), even though the hero (Z.T.) is a high school shortstop and budding inventor with a pretty, doting girl (Delena) and his own future self come back to warn him about becoming an old drunk.

 From the future? A wino from the future?! 

[Apr 2013]


“Darwin’s Suitcase”
by Elisabeth Malartre
First publication: Jim Baen’s Universe, Jul 2007

In the 22nd century, Sister Solange uses a time viewer to watch the forbidden Charles Darwin who, much to Solange’s surprise, has an encounter with a less-devout 22nd century man.

 He looked ordinary enough for such an evil man.
She wondered what he was thinking. Was he plotting his terrible attack on the Church?
 

[Jul 2015]


Discipline
by Paco Ahlgren
First publication: 1 Jul 2007

Ahlgren melds the multiverse, quantum mechanics, the mysticism of the East, horror worthy of Stephen King, a little “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for,” and the violence of addition into a skillfully woven story of young Douglas Cole: his dog dies, he loses his family and moves to Texas, his friend kills himself, and his girlfriend leaves him (though, admitedly, the dog came back to life), all before reaching a time-travel-infused turning point.

Many small things were just that little bit off for me, such as the initial introduction of the uncertainty principle. I wish Ahlgren had taken the bull by the horns and stated that the reason we cannot know both the position and movement of a particle simultaneously is because those two properties simply don’t simultaneously exist.

 Unfortunately, while I was becoming more adept at making the business decisions that repeatedly benefited my shareholders, I had also been informed by my mentors and closest friends that the proliferating global acts of terrorism—along with the economic catastrophe which had ended only a few years earlier—had been engineered by a power-hungry madman whose sole objective was to become a diety, thereby ruling the entirety of space and time. 

[Apr 2012]


The Accidental Time Machine
by Joe Haldeman
First publication: Aug 2007

A faulty part changes a calibration device into a time machine that takes dropout student Matt Fuller further and further into the future including a theocracy of 2252 (where Martha, a sexually spontaneous vestal virgin, joins the adventure) and an AI-tocracy some 24,000 years later.

 So he had to plan. The next time he pushed the button—if the simple linear relationship held true—the thing would be gone for over three days. Next time, over a month; then over a year. Then fifteen years, and way into the future after that. 

[Jun 2011]


Confessions of a Jane Austin Addict
by Laurie Viera Rigler
First publication: Aug 2007
A modern-day L.A. woman wakes up in the body of a thirty-something spinster in 19th century England and, until the right man appears, refuese to believe it’s anything more than a dream.

 Im still here. Shit. Its morning. Birds singing. The scent of roses wafting through my window. Mrs. Mansfield in my doorway. 

[Aug 2013]


Hirsute
by A.J. Bond (Bond director)
First release: 9 Sep 2007

Some guy invents a time machine and uses it to go back in time to make a 14-minute, half-hairy, half-gory film.

 If I can make this work, Ill just come back here right . . . right now: seven forty-two P.M., Friday, June 13, 2008. 

[Nov 2010]


Los Cronocrímenes
aka Timecrimes
by Nacho Vigalondo (Vigalondo, director)
First release: 20 Sep 2007

Cuando Héctor (1) sigue una chica desnuda en el bosque, entre en un silo y un cientifico le envía en el pasado.
No, I don’t want to expand my list to non-English stories beyond El Anacronópete, but since I’m learning Spanish, I should try at least one, and this one is full of wonderful contortions, horror and fatalism.

 Has viajado en el tiempo. 

[Jul 2012]


Journeyman
created by Kevin Falls
First episode: 24 Sep 2007


Reporter Dan Vasser’s life is thrown into disarray when he starts jumping backward in time to help others in peril.

 Whats going on? That game was eight years ago. 

[Sep 2007]


“A Bridge in Time”
by Joseph P. Martino
First publication: Analog, Oct 2007
Tom Carson merely fixes time gates from nine to five, while others worry about whether stock pickers (such as his curvacious running partner, Jennifer Campbell) might be passing information to their past selves while they take a detour over a bridge in the past during construction of a new bridge.

 Dont ask me to explain time travel paradoxes. All I do is fix the time gates when something goes wrong. Paradoxes are argued over at a much higher pay grade than mine. 

[Nov 2007]


“Wikihistory”
by Desmond Warzel
First publication: Abyss and Apex, Oct 2007
The time-travel bulletin board has a recurring problem.

 Haven’t you noobs read IATT Bulletin 1147 regarding the killing of Hitler?! 

[Dec 2010]

from Petrie’s website
“Afar”
by Simon Petrie
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 21 Oct 2007

A man with an Ethiopian alias plans a seemingly impossible time travdel escapade in humanity’s far past.

 Anyone wanted to change the past, badly, far enough back, things shift so that person didnt exist, or time travel hadnt been invented. 

[Jun 2015]


“These are the Times”
by John G. Hemry
First publication: Analog, Nov 2011
Temporal Interventionish Tom and his implanted assistant Jeannie are at the start of the American Revolution, a decidedly TI-crowded time, when they run into Toms love interest Pam, another TI from Toms future who is trying to figure out who fired the first shot.

 The steath-suited TI leveled a weapon, then droped as a stun charge hit. Moments later the other TI weod fired the stun charge fell, then two more TIs appeared and took out whoever had nailed the second TI. But then the stealth-suited TI reappeared, having recovered somewhen in the future and jumped back to try to finish the job. 

[Dec 2007]


Southland Tales
by Richard Kelly (Kelly, director)
First release: 14 Nov 2007

After terrorists destroy Abilene and El Paso with nuclear bombs, the patriot act dominates the U.S. and the world is engulfed in World War III. Unfortunately, the U.S. seems to be more engulfed in the next presidential election and finding an alternative to oil, which somehow (don’t ask me how) combine to create a rift in space-time that doesn’t really play much of a role in the self-important plot, but does serve to send two monkeys (or maybe two of the movie’s characters) back in time 69 minutes.

You’d think by now that I would have learned not to rent movies where the director and writer are one and the same, but I keep holding out hope.

 And what did we do when we discovered a rift in the fourth dimension? We launched monkeys into it. 

[Jun 2015]


“Anything Would Be Worth It”
by Lesley L. Smith
First publication: Analog, Dec 2007
Physics grad student Abigail thinks that because waves go back through time in one interpretation of quantum physics, she might be able to go back in time, too.

 I just went back in time to save Sophias girls, so I should be able to save my girls! I concentrated with all my might on waves that went back in time, and then I felt a Herculean wrench. 

[Jan 2008]

Jerry Oltion’s
trackball telescope

“Salvation”
by Jerry Oltion
First publication: Analog, Dec 2007
Physicist William Winters asks the church for money to build a time machine to take him and the Reverend Billy back to the time of Jesus.

 Im talking time travel,” William went on. “You could go back in time and meet Jesus. Assuming he existed.” 

[Dec 2007]


Stuck in the Past
by Owen Smith (Greg Robbins, director)
First release: 15 Dec 2007
I did discover one fact while watching this film: Adding time travel and musical aspects to the story of an aging, lonely actress who gets to be 17 again cannot rescue an otherwise miserably written movie.

 Kinda like I did live my life, but now I gotta live it all over again. 

[Jul 2012]


365 Tomorrow’s 2007 Time-Travel Stories

365 Tomorrows’s third year included these time-travel stories:

Note: § indicates a separate list entry for the story.

 The Metaphorical Car for the      
New Generation (28 Jan)  
by Idan Cohen
I want that car!
Temponaut (14 Feb)by Duncan Shields
drunken scientists travels forward
Relative (22 Feb)by T.J. Moore
travel to abandoned world
A Perfect Alibi (11 Mar)by J.S. Kachelries
rivals at a temporal physics conference
Time Enough for a Weddingby Grady Hendrix
time traveler misses own wedding
Afar (21 Oct)§by Simon Petrie
nipping humanity in the bud
Before the Previous Crunch (5 Nov)  by Patricia Stewart
to before the big bang
Moore’s Law (30 Dec)by Gavin L. Perri
an old man tells how it used to be

 The car was like lightning beneath the curve of his body . . . 
—“The Metaphorical Car for the New Generation”

[Jun 2015]

Campfire’s The Time Machine
adapted by Lewis Helfand and Rajesh Nagalukonda
First publication: 2008

Campfire Graphic Novels, based in New Delhi, is producing an adventurous series of long graphic adaptations of classic novels with vivid colors and striking artwork. Nagalukonda’s work on “The Time Machine” jumps out at you with an exagerated perspective and an original interpretation of the Eloi and the Morlocks.

 We did not know the man standing before us, but he spoke with much excitement and passion. Over time, we came to know him as the Time Traveler. 

[Jan 2012]


Ctrl
by Robert Kirbyson
First released: Jan 2008 (internet serial)

Nerd’s revenge with a keyboard, including ctrl-z which takes him back in time. The original 6-minute film took honors at the 2008 Sundance Festival, and then NBC picked it up for ten short webisodes.

 Just hit control-z. 

[Jan 2011]


The Sarah Connor Chronicles
created by Josh Friedman
First episode: 13 Jan 2008

After the events of the second movie, Sarah and teenaged John are trying to lay low when Cameron, a beautiful young terminator, arrives from 2027 and tries to take them away from their problems with a jump to 2007; other terminators follow and violence ensues.

 Come with me if you wanna live. 
—Cameron Philips to John while fleeing Cromartie

[Jan 2008]


Minutemen
by John Killoran, David Diamond, David Weissman (Lev Spiro, director)
First aired: 25 Jan 2008 (direct-to-tv)

When 14-year-old Charlie invents a time machine, he gets together with his nerdy friend and the school biker to fix the social embarrassments inflicited upon fellow outcasts.

 Stop! [Flashes badge] Bureau of Weights and Measurements! 

[Mar 2012]


“Inside the Box”
by Edward M. Lerner
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Feb 2008
After foiling a murder attempt by his time-traveling grandson, Professor Thaddeus Fitch tries to explain Schrödinger’s cat to his class of undergraduates.

 Some assert that the realm of quantum mechanics is so removed from the realm of our senses were unequipped to judge. 

[Jan 2008]


“Knot Your Grandfather’s Knot”
by Howard V. Hendrix
First publication: Analog, Mar 2008
While sorting through the attic, elderly Mike Sakler finds a note from himself detailing how he must go back in time to save his grandfather from a mugging near the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

 Indeed the notes from that page on were most curious. “Planck energy for opening gap in spacetime fabric = 1019 billion electron volts,” read one, but then that was crossed out with a large X as the writer of the notes took a different tack. 

[Mar 2008]


Phineas and Ferb
created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh
First time travel: 1 Mar 2008


Stepbrothers Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher foil their sister Candace and undertake grand projects during their summer vacation, including some travel through time.

 It’s about Time (1 Mar 2008)to prehistoric times
Quantum Boogaloo (21 Sep 2009)   Candance travels to future to bust brothers

 Mom, its me, Candace from the past. I came here in a time machine that Phineas and Ferb borrowed from a museum. Youve gotta bust them! 

[Aug 2013]


Tripping the Rift: The Movie
by Mark Amato, Ken Goin, Lanier Laney, John Minnis, and Terry Sweeney (Bernie Denk, director)
First release: 25 Mar 2008 (straight-to-video)


A mash-up of third season cartoon episodes (hence, all the writer credits) including the Terminator parody.

 So, its agreed: You and Babette travel back, decline the invitation to Chodes party, and Bernice will shut down the Arnie-1000. 

[Jul 2015]


“The Beethoven Affair”
by Donald Moffitt
First publication: Analog, Apr 2008
In a world where music companies use time travel to plumb the past for new new pop hits, junior account executive Lester Krieg (no relation to my favorite Seattle Seahawk quarterback) comes up with the idea of getting Beethoven to write a tenth symphony—regardless of the cost.

 Everybody and his brother Jake knows that Beethoven wrote nine symphonies and stopped there. And even the dimmest of music lovers has wish fulfillment fantasies about what a tenth would have sounded like. 

[May 2008]


“Lost Continent”
by Greg Egan
First publication: The Starry Rift: Tales of Tomorrow, Apr 2008
The north of Khurosan, not part of our world, lies the site of a bloody battle between the Warriors and the Scholars, both of whom have come through time to take Islamic boys and turn them into soldiers in their war, but one boy’ uncle gives him to a man who promises to take him to a safe place or possibly a safe time.

 I havent just been to Mecca. Ive been there in the time of the Prophet, peace be upon him. 

[Apr 2014]

Wismer’s fiction also appeared in this anthology.
“Vis Insita”
by Asher Wismer
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 17 May 2008

Professor Rudnicki sits in a bar, bemoaning the particular mode of failure of his latest time travel.

 Time is relative to our senses, space doubly so. What we perceive to be real is in fact the simple accumulation of expectation; we expect the glass to hold the whiskey, and we expect the whiskey to get us drunk, but only AFTER we drink it. 

[Jun 2015]


“Back”
by Susan Forest
First publication: Analog, Jun 2008

Alan and Victor are carrying out a careful sequence of time-travel experiments with slips of paper, flatworms, stray cats, a potted palm and chimps, with the only problem being getting the time traveler back from the past.

 It was while Alan and Victor were touring the warehouse with the real estate agent tht a slip of paper bearing the words, “It worked,&rdqup; materialized on a desk in the office. 

[May 2008]


“Finalizing History”
by Richard K. Lyon
First publication: Analog, Jun 2008
In early 1960, Perry Mason author Earl (not Erle) Stanley Gardner and his wife host John W. Campbell, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Edward Teller, Ronald Reagan, Douglas MacArthur and Jackie Kennedy to discuss a shared dream in which a time-traveling alien requires them to pick one person to eliminate from history as a prerequisite to a final revision of mankind’s history.

 If one of these people dies young, that will pay your debt. 

[May 2008]


9th Wonders!
by Isaac Mendez
First publication in our world: 10 Jun 2008

You, too, can read some of these fictional comics from Heroes in the two volumes published in pleasant hardback books (transcribed by mortal artist Tim Sale).

 I did it! 

[Dec 2008]


Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox
by Eoin Colfer
First publication: 5 Jul 2008

In book six of the series, Artemis Fowl’s mother contracts a terminal disease for which the only possible cure lies in a species of lemur that Artemis made extinct eight years ago. The series is popular, but for me, the condescending tone of the series is its downfall.

 Oh, bless my bum-flap. Youre time travelers. 

[Dec 2014]


Termination Point
by Peter Sullivan (Jason Bourque, director)
First release: 20 Jul 2008 (made-for-tv)

A scientist at a top-secret weapons facility creates a weapon that he then regrets. So he steals it and gets on a plane to Mexico with the head security agent’s family, hoping that having the family along will restrict the agent’s options. But the response is out of the agent’s hands when the president orders the plane shot down. Fortunatly, the scientist activates the weapon just before the missles strike the plane—well, partly fortunate: One copy of the plane and most of the passengers are blown into yesterday, while the scientist and the agent’s family survive in a null space that will first eat all of California and then the rest of the universe.

So, why were the dead passengers and one copy of the plane blown into yesterday? I never did figure that out; it had no bearing on the movie, except perhaps the filmmakers were Donnie Darko wannabes, and it provided a cheap wrap-up at the end.

 Hunky Farm Boy at the Beginning of the Movie: Whats the date today?
Curvaceous Farm Girl: September second. Why?
H.F.B.: This [crashed] plane boarded tomorrow! 

[Jul 2015]


100 Million BC
by Paul Bales (Griff Furst, director)
First release: 29 Jul 2008 (direct-to-dvd)

After discovering a 64-million-year-old message written on a cave wall, Dr. Frank Reno, a scientist on the original Philadelphia Experiment, leads a group of modern-day Navy SEALs back to the Cretaceous to rescue those who were lost back in that 1949 experiment leading to machine-guns-vs-dinosaurs, a t-rex in Los Angeles and potential paradoxes for the original travelers.

 FRANK IT WASNT YOUR FAULT 

[Dec 2012]


Eureka
created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia
First time travel: 19 Aug 2008

Sheriff Jack Carter is not the brainiest person in the top-secret government enclave of Eureka (though his daughter Zoe might be), but even so, he gets his share of solutions to the zany science project problems that arise, including bouts with a time-loop wedding (“I Do Over” on 18 Aug 2008), a trip to 1947 (“Founder's Day”), a series-ending anomoly for Jack and Zoe (“Just Another Day” on 16 Jul 2012), and other time anomolies.

 Zoe: Dad, did you just see . . .?
Carter: Yeah, Ill deal with that tomorrow. 
—from the series finale

[Jul 2006]


The Tomorrow Code
by Brian Falkner
First publication: Oct 2008

Australian teenager Tane Williams and his best friend (and genius) Rebecca Richards use university lab equipment to detect messages from the future which include a lottery number and a possible route to change Rebecca’s tragic past.

 “Try to think logically,” Rebecca said firmly but not unkindly. “How could you transport a live human being through a pinhole of any kind?” 

[Jan 2015]



In the U.S. pilot,
Colm Meaney was cast as Gene Hunt.

Life on Mars (US)
adapted by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg
First episode: 9 Oct 2008


I watched this show when it first came out, but it never engaged me, and somehow the casting seemed off. Not until seven years later did I watch the original U.K. version: Surprise! I was drawn in, partly because the characters appealed to me more, and partly because of a softer sell—still melodramatic, but not often over the top.

 It goes like this, Spaceman. We live on a rock, there aint no rhyme, there aint no reason. We live on a rock, just one of many. Hurling around in some big cosmic jumbalaya. Now you wanna get questiony, thats your prerogative. My ma took me to a loud church every Sunday. She squeezed her eyes shut, she pressed her rosary beads to her lips and she prayed for good things for those she loved. But, cancer took two of her sisters. Her husband couldnt make a move without a belly full of gin, her youngest son turned to a life of crime, and her oldest, me, is a nasty son of a bitch who cant get out of third gear without a snarl. So, who was she talking to every Sunday and why wasnt he answering? I will tell you why, because we live on a rock, just one of many. There aint no answers! Theres just this! And all you can really hope to do is to find a couple of people who make the seventy or eighty odd years we get to live on this sweet swinging sphere remotely tolerable.
I gotta take a leak.
 

[Oct 2008]

Mark Evan’s
interior illustration

““Greenwich Nasty Time””
aka “Wizards of Science”
by Carl Frederick
First publication: Analog, Nov 2008

An experiment causes Great Britain to swap with a century-old version of itself, but fortunately, physics student Paul and his girlfriend Vicki were with their bicycles on the nearby Isle of Wight, so they make the crossing back to the main island and pedal to the rescue.

 The experiment could result in an alternate Great Britain being swapped with ours—one displaced backward in time from the instant of the experiment. 

[Dec 2008]








Fringe
created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
First time travel: 2 Dec 2008

When smart and beautiful FBI Agent Olivia Dunham is recruited by Homeland Security to investigate strange happenings on the fringe of science, she’s given free rein to choose any colleagues she wishes, which leads her to the slightly mad (but kindly) scientist Walter Bishop and his jaded son Peter.

I didn’t get around to watching this until it appeared on Amazon Prime after the series finale. It’s a little too violent for my taste, but the three main characters have become favorites of mine just as much as Myca, Pete and Artie on that other show; and as I watched into the first half of Season 3, it became more and more addictive. By the time it reached the middle of Season 4, it became my favorite long love story ever.

The first glimpse of time travel was in Episode 10, when Walter tells of the time travel machine that he built to save Peter as a boy, although that episode didn’t see any actual traveling.

 Safe (2 Dec 2008)Walter tells of machine
Ability (10 Feb 2009)Jones uses machine to escape jail
August (19 Nov 2009)we learn the Observers time travel
The Bishop Revival (28 Jan 2010)  possible Nazi time traveler
Peter (1 Apr 2010)Observers time travel in alt univ
White Tulip (15 Apr 2010)Dr. Alistair Peck loops thru time
The Firefly (21 Jan 2011)Doc Brown’ son thru time
The Day We Died (6 May 2011)Peter to future / machine to past
Subject 9 (14 Oct 2011)short jumps back for Olivia
Novation (4 Nov 2011)another short Olivia time loop
And Those . . . Behind (11 Nov 2011)  events from four years in past
An Origin Story (2 Nov 2012)a shipping corridor through time
The Boy Must Live (11 Jan 2013)Windmark visits 2609
Liberty (18 Jan 2013)still in 2609

 After all, I was the scientist; and my only son was dying and I couldnt do anything about it . . . I became consumed with saving you, conquering the disease. In my research, I discovered a doctor, Alfred Gross—Swiss, brillant physician, hes the only man that had ever successfully cured a case of heppia. But there was a problem: he had died in 1936. And so, I designed a device intended to reach back into time, to cross the time-space continuum, and retrieve Alfred Gross. 

[Mar 2013]

All good time machines must have crytals, including Napoleon Dynamite’s machine (shown above) and the machine in this story.
“Sufficiently Advanced”
by Sam Clough
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 14 Dec 2008

A man’s time machine takes him to the far future where he’s given the choice of which of four collectors to ally with.

 My instruments detected his arrival—hes mine by right. 

[May 2015]


365 Tomorrow’s 2008 Time-Travel Stories

In addition to a few stories listed above (e.g., “Sufficiently Advanced” by Sam Clough), 365 Tomorrows published several other time travel flash fiction pieces in 2008, mostly using pseudonyms. In all, these are the time-travel stories I spotted:

Note: § indicates a separate list entry for the story.

 Chronolicide, She Wrote (8 Jan)by J.S. Kachelries
Angela Lansburyfield time-travel murder
The Incomprehensible Being (20 Jul)by Cal Glover-Wessel
Free movement thru time only
The Yellow Room (2 Feb)by Seth Koproski
time-travel philosophy
Vis Insita (17 May)§by Asher Wismer
another time travel gone awry
Unforeseen Consequences (16 Aug)by Luke Chmelik
AIs and time machines don’t mix
Time and Space (4 Sep)by Rayne Adams
thief to ancient Egypt
A Study in Logic (29 Sep)by Patricia Stewart
Homes and Wattson
The Old Man and the Sea Redux (30 Sep) by Andy Bolt
crowdsourcing the classics
The Collector (7 Dec)by Tom Manzenec
sliding sideways and forward in time
Sufficiently Advanced (14 Dec)§by Sam Clough
four future collectors
The Time Traveller (18 Dec)by Gavin Raine
miscalculation going forward

 The old man fought off the dinosaurs, mused on the nature of human existence, fell in love with a woman who turned out to be a zombie, then a robot, and then his sister, had crab cakes and fine wine on the Parisian seashore, traveled back in time to kill Hitler . . . 
—“The Old Man and the Sea Redux”

[May 2015]

College Humor Originals
First time travel: 26 Jan 2009 (internet serial)

I haven’t completely figured out what collegehumor.com is all about, but they do have at least three amusing short films with time travel.

 Time Gun (26 Jan 2009)
Back to the Future Sex Scenes (9 Feb 2012)
Hardly Working / Killing Hitler (11 Oct 2012)

 I invented a time machine to make the world a better place, which is why Im going to travel back to kill Adolf Hitler. 

[Feb 2014]


“The Boogie-Woogie, Time-Traveling, Cyborg Blues”
by Barton Paul Levenson
First publication: Electric Spec 1 Feb 2009

Cliff Robinson—a black, piano playing cyborg soldier in the 39th century—escapes back to depression-era Pittsburgh where he is tracked down by a time-travel cop.

 Hosin Tau was Minister of Internal Security in the Silver Republic, a nation-state carved out of the Grand Union of the American South in World War VIII. 

[Aug 2014]

Dunesteef Audio Magazine’s story illustration
“This Must Be the Place”
by Elliot Bangs
First publication: Strange Horizons, 2 Feb 2009


At a bar, Andrea meets a loopy man who seems to already know her; he leaves a mysterious message on a napkin, which turns out to be a hint about their next meeting where the man is younger and no longer knows her.

 If I had the power to decide never to meet him again, I reasoned, surely I had the power to change the course of the relationship for the better. 

[Oct 2012]

The story also appeared in Hart’s 2012 collection.
“Time’s Arrow”
by Geoff Hart
First publication: geoff-hart.com, 10 Feb 2009

Physicist Tim with a dead girlfriend experiences various precognition episodes leading up to his attempt to travel to the past to undead the girlfriend, or at least plant the seeds for the precognition.

 Im certain I didnt send myself any mail recently, but then again, I have plans to do so in the near future—or near past, I suppose. 

[Feb 2014]


Before You Say ‘I Do’
by Elena Krupp (Paul Fox, director)
First release: 14 Feb 2009

Using a wish (followed by a car crash), George Murray travels from 2009 back to 1999 to stop his girlfriend Janie from marrying her no-good ex-husband.

 I wish Id met Jane before she was married. 

[Dec 2010]

from Fishbone’s website
“Caesar’s Secret Weapon”
by Greg R. Fishbone
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 23 Feb 2009

A Roman general tests a maxim propounded by a time traveler.

 Your gods have abandoned you, Romanus. Your weapon has no power against us. 

[Jun 2015]


“I, Lensman”
by Adam Zabell
First publication: 365 Tomorrows 15 Mar 2009

A science-fiction-reading pilot of a time ship doesn’t mind that a lot of missions end up in the early-mid 1900 CE.

 They know I read golden age sci-fi and they think my Fix is interstellar travel, so they wont assign me to anything after 2500CE. 

[May 2015]


“Come-From-Aways”
by Tony Pi
First publication: On Spec, Spring 2009
I am a sucker for a soppy, romantic time-travel story. In this case, linguist Kate Tannhauser is one of the members of a team that’s assembled to deal with the arrival of a man who can be nothing but Prince Madoc of Gwynedd—a twelfth-century Welsh seafarer who seems to be skipping through time at 75-year intervals—and Kate intends to be with him on the next skip.

 Based on the linguistic evidence, I must conclude Madoc is truly a man out of time. 

[Apr 2014]


“Grandfather Paradox”
by Katherine Mankiller
First publication: Electric Velocipede, Spring 2009

Ann, who was abused by her father as a child, uses a time machine to break the cycle.

 “You may have free will,” Ann said, “but not me. I am a product of causal determinism.” 

[Aug 2014]


“Caveat Time Traveller”
by Gregory Benford
First publication: Nature, 2 Apr 2009
The mind comes up with story ideas in all kinds of roundabout ways. In this case, Benford notes that his 2009 story must have boiled up from a childhood memory of Mack Reynolds’ nearly identical 1952 story, “The Business, As Usual.”

 Yes, I learned that later. I mustve read it as a kid (was 11 then).
I must look it up sometime. I knew Mack, too, visited him in Mexico in 1966. Odd how the mind works.
 
—Gregory Benford on his web site, responding to a fan’s question

[Jun 2015]


Mac vs PC Commercial
First aired: May 2009

 Im a PC, and Im headed to the future. 



The Princess and the Bear
by Mette Ivie Harrison
First publication: May 2009
An enchanted king (now a bear) and a wolf (who was a princess for a while) are sent back in time to stop the spread of unmagic in this second book of Harrison’s Animal Magic Universe.

Although I didn’t connect strongly with this book, I did enjoy meeting Mette, a friendly young mother who reads and writes all the time when she isn't spending time with her family. That meeting was at Orson Scott Card’s writing bootcamp in Orem, Utah, in the summer of 2002.

I suspect that the title of this book is a nod to one of my favorite Card stories, also called “The Princess and the Bear,” although there is no other connection between the two stories.

 Yet your kingdom needs you to return, so I held time open for you to go back and be king once more. If you so choose. 

[Feb 2014]


Star Trek (the reboot)
by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
First release: 8 May 2009

Young Kirk and Spock meet future Ambassador Spock who has come back in time to stop Nero from destroying Vulcan.

Tim and I saw the reboot in the theater on opening day.

 You know, coming back in time, changing history . . . thats cheating. 

[May 2009]


“Time Machine”
by Simon Rich
First publication: Free-Range Chickens, 12 May 2009

Just one of many fun gags in Simon Rich’s second collection, Free-Range Chickens.

 As soon as my time machine was finished, I traveled back to 1890, so I could kill Hitler . . . 

[Feb 2015]


“The Affair of the Phlegmish Master”
by Donald Moffitt
First publication: Analog, Jun 2009
Given the title, I figured I might run into comedy or puns, but that wasn’t the case for this story of Dutch historian and translator Peter Van Gaas who travels back to an alternative timeline with a billionaire to commission a Vermeer portrait of the billionaire’s wife while trying not to run afoul of the thug hired by those who have a financial interest in not seeing more works of art from past masters.

 Harrys going to upset a multibillion dollar applecart. I dont know what strings he pulled to get an import license for a priceless artifact from another timeline, but its not going to be worth what he thinks. 

[Oct 2012]

from Ian Rennie’s blog, showing his NaNoWriMo award
“Contraband”
by Ian Rennie
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 5 Jun 2009

A Chronology Enforcement agent is after archaeologist Lloyd Fry for bringing something other than his body back to a pre-unity time.

I wish that it had been clear at the end whether Lloyd remembered anything of the encounter, but even without that, there were pieces I enjoyed.

 And I wanted to get a hologram of the eiffel tower before it was wrecked by the earthquake. My mother asked me to. 

[May 2015]


“Palimpsest”
by Charles Stross
First publication: Wireless, Jul 2009

As much as I love Asimov’s The End of Eternity, I’ve also always wondered about the logistics of Eternity’s access to the different centuries. Stross stated that his story, which begins with a clever hazing ritual for Agent Pierce to join the Stasis organization, was a rewrite of Asimov’s story, and I’d hoped that it would address the questions in the back of my mind. Did it? No, although it did take the ideas to a trillion-year span of history hacking and solar system engineering.

 Theyll have no one to remember their lives but you; and all because you will believe the recruiters when they tell you that to join the organizaton you must kill your own grandfather, and that if you do not join the organization, you will die.
(Its an antinepotism measure, theyll tell you, nodding, not unkindly. And a test of your ruthlessness and determination. And besides, we all did it when it was our turn.)
 

[Apr 2014]


“Turning the Grain”
by Barry B. Longyear
First publication: Analog, Jul/Aug to Sep 2009
By the halfway point of the story, Gordon Redcliff (angry, jaded ex-military sniper and bodyguard) is stranded in a primitive civilization 140,000 years in the past, and he must face the question of whether the widow he’s falling in love with is enough motivation to violate his directive to not interfere with “one hell of a disaster coming in just a matter of a few months.”

 Three weeks in prehistory, Mr. Redcliff. Arent you excited? 

[Oct 2012]


S. Darko
by Nathan Atkins
First release: 3 Jul 2009

Seven years after Donnie Darko’s death, his sister has even more artsy adventures in death and time travel.

 Its like everybody knows everything about me, but Im invisible at the same time. 

[Feb 2014]


The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations
by Holly Brix (Seth Grossman, director)
First release: 31 July 2009

Lots of blood and gore in this third of the butterfly horror movies, wherein Sam Reide uses his time travel ability to pose as a psychic for police, all of which is fine until he breaks the rules to try to prevent the murder of his first girlfriend.

 Theres two big rules: You never jump back to alter your own past, and you never jump unsupervised. 

[Feb 2013]


The Time Traveler’s Wife
adapted by Jeremy Leven, Bruce Joel Rubin (Robert Schwentke, director)
First release: 14 Aug 2009

I thought the book suffered from not exploring the consequences of Henry’s travel on free will and determinism, but the movie had even less depth.

I watched this one with Harry on my short visit to Scotland in the summer of 2010.

 And after she gives him the blanket she happens to be carrying, he explains to her that hes a time traveler. Now, for some reason Ill never understand, she believes him. 

[Jul 2010]


“First Flight”
by Mary Robinette Kowal
First publication: tor.com, 25 Aug 2009

When time travelers want to create a film of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, their only choice is to send Louise because she’s the only living person who speaks English and was also alive in 1905.

 Louise hesitated. “The Good Book promises us free will.” 

[Apr 2014]


Dinosaur Train
created by Craig Bartlett
First episode: 7 Sep 2009


Buddy, a tyrannosaurus rex, is being raised by a pteranodon family who has access to a dinosaur train that can travel through the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods.

 See kids, in the Jurassic period, theres no grass or flowers. 

[Jul 2014]


“Augusta Prima”
by Karin Tidbeck
First publication: Mitrania, 3rd quarter, 2009

A curious story about a curious girl, Augusta Prima, who lives in the most perfect of the eight lands, a land where places and time (and other abstractions, I would say) float in an unmeasurable way.

After its original Swedish publication, this story was translated to English and widely reprinted, including Weird Tales, Lightspeed and The Time Traveler’s Almanac. Artistic stories tend to be hit-or-miss with me (mostly miss). This one hit, but I never seem to be able to say why.

 The hands are moving now. Time is passing now. 

[Apr 2014]


From Time to Time
adapted by Julian Fellowes
First release: 24 Sep 2009

At his granny’s house during World War II, 13-year-old Tolly sees ghosts from the 19th century and then finds that he can travel there, interact with those who believe, and solve a family mystery.

This one had several British actors that Janet likes including Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins and Alex Etel.

 Rose: Are you a ghost?
Tolly: I dont think I can be. Im not dead. 

[Sep 2012]


Dark Adventure Radio Theatre
First time travel: “The Shadow Out of Time,” 27 Oct 2009

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre, produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, does audio dramatizations of Lovecraft’ stories including a nice 77-minute production of “The Shadow Out of Time.”

 Tales of intrigue, adventure, and the mysterious occult that will stir your imagination and make your very blood run cold. This is Dark Adventure Radio Theatre, with your host Chester Langfield. Todays episode: H.P. Lovecrafts The Shadow Out of Time! 

[Jun 2015]


“Joan”
by John G. Hemry
First publication: Analog, Nov 2009
It’s comforting to know that when you open a science fiction story named “Joan,” your expectations will be met—as in this story of our heroine Kate, time travel, and Joan of Arc.

 I realize I may seem a little obsessive, but is it so wrong to wish I could have saved her from being burned? She was such a remarkable person and it was such a horrible fate. 

[Dec 2009]


Time Travelers Never Die
by Jack McDevitt
First publication: Nov 2009
Early in the novelization of the story, Shel has a conversation with his dad about the chronological integrity principle. There is only one timestream, and if we try to do anything to change what is already known about the stream, then time will stop us. On the other hand, if we can arrange for an event to happen that meets the known facts without being quite what we thought it was . . .

 What did you try to do? Post somebody at the Texas School Book Depository? 

[Mar 2012]


Misfits
created by Howard Overman
First episode: 12 Nov 2009

Five teens, trapped in a freak storm, acquire superpowers, including Curtis who can rewind time. More graphic and less intense than Heroes (Season One)—and nobody can fly.

Later, in Season 2, another of the misfits travels back from the future.

 There's always someone who can fly. 

[Mar 2014]


“A Flash of Lightning”
by Robert Scherrer
First publication: Analog, Dec 2009
High school student Terri Bradbury and her high school class take a field trip to the distant past where Mr. Schoenfield sets off a nuclear explosion to experimentally study three theories of time travel’s effect on the future.

 Well discuss the ethics of time travel in the spring semester. 

[Dec 2009]






How I Met Your Mother
created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas
First time travel: 7 Dec 2009


While Ted once again pursues some girl, Marshall does the more important task of writing a letter to his future self, and future Marshall comes back to anonymously deliver a plate of hot buffalo wings (in “The Window,” Episode 10 of Season 5).

And in an episode that Janet called me in to watch just before Hannah’s wedding (“The Time Travelers,” Episode 20 of Season 8), Ted goes down to the bar where he meets Barney, Twenty-Years-from-Now Barney, Twenty-Years-from-Now Ted, Twenty-Hours-from-Now Ted, and Twenty-Minutes-from-Now Barney—not to mention two versions of Twenty-Months-from-Now Coat-Check Girl.

 Okay, guys, Ive been waiting twenty years for this. Just like we practiced, one, two, ah one-two-three-four: ♫ Whooooa, ooooooh, ooooooh, oooh, for the longest time . . . ♫ 

[Dec 2009]


365 Tomorrow’s 2009 Time-Travel Stories

Note: § indicates a separate list entry for the story.

 Visits (12 Jan)by Duncan Shields
visits from a future self
Caesar’s Secret Weapon (23 Feb)§by Greg R. Fishbone
Roman legions
I, Lensman (15 Mar)§by Adam Zabell
time-travel agent likes golden age sf
Temp Agency (12 Apr)by Paul Starkey
working temp jobs in past
Presque Vu (2 May)by Debbie Mac Rory
escape artists exiled in time
Trains (11 May)by Jacob Lothyan
ancient telegram warns time traveler
Contraband (5 Jun)§by Ian Rennie
time traveler brings back contraband
Instruments of War and Peace (13 Jun)by John Logan
preventing the human scourge
P is for . . . (12 Jul)by Steven Odhner
I don’t know what P is for
The Future Was What We Made It (21 Jul)by Adam Zabell
time-travel lecture
The Future’s Promise (7 Aug)by Garrick Sherman
just time dilation
The Jump (15 Aug)By Apollyn
time travel/bungee cord analogy
The Accident (13 Sep)by Iva K.
Time-travel bigwig & guide get stuck
Please Pick Up Your Bread Crumbs (16 Sep)by J.E. Moskowitz
time cops to Biblical times
Through the Hoop (26 Oct)by Duncan Shields
time machine with no receiver
Time Net (8 Oct)by Duncan Shields
a net to catch time meddlers
Spotted (17 Oct)by Ryon Moody
old man finds traveler
Archived (31 Oct)by Bryan Mulholland
archivist interviews scientists
Cogito, ergo sum (1 Nov)by Jacob Lothyan
mind travelers . . . or not?

 She didnt like to think about the crushing gravity that would be pulling her into the distant future, but gravity-travel turned out to be simpler than flying at relativistic speeds, so she had no other option. 
—“The Future’s Promise”

[May 2015]

How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe
by Charles Yu
First publication: 2010

Holy Heinlein! Jim Curry kindly gave me this book as a retirement gift. It is more of a lit’ry work than a science fiction novel, and as such, I wish it had more deeply explored the question of free will.

 Im saying: you are stuck in a time loop. If you take that call, then you always took that call. You always take that call. Its got to be self-consistent with the rest of this. If you pick up that phone, its just one more thing that well have to do again. And who knows what complications it leads to. 

[Dec 2011]

from fodey.com newspaper generator
“Chronomechanic”
by Duncan Shields
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 1 Jan 2010

Duncan Shields is one of the more prolific writers at 365 Tomorrows—quite possibly producing 365 time travelers on his own—and for me, this is one of his better stories.

Normally, I don’t like suicides in stories because I feel that the topic is often approached in a shallow manner, but in this case, Shields’s hero has a hobby of tracking and trying to understand teen suicides while he philosophizes about the alternate universes created by time travel.

 I suppose as hobbies go, its a little dark. Whatever. It keeps me humble, rooted in the now, happy to be alive, and aware of death. 

[Jun 2015]


“Married Life Is Strange”
by Kathy Kachelries
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 12 Jan 2010

I love the cavalier attitude of this woman whose sweetheart invents things. Must be a metaphor for something.

 I knocked on the door to the garage. “There is a Frenchman in my kitchen,” I said. 

[Jun 2015]


“The Times That Bleed Together”
by Paige Gardner
First publication: Flash Fiction Online, Feb 2010

With the help of a little man in a grey suit, Luke Russell thinks that he can fix a horrific event of the past.

 “Its a time machine,” Luke says. ”Im going to fix it.” 

[Jan 2015]


Sponge Bob Square Pants
created by Stephen Hillenburg
First time travel: 15 Feb 2010


Admitedly, I don’t watch the porose crusader, but I did hulu one time-travel episode, “Back to the Past” (15 Feb 2010). I wonder whether Rick, my marine biologist friend, watches Sponge Bob.

 This device allows us to transport into the future or past, at a date or destination of our choosing. Unfortunately, the consequences of altering the order of history are so dangerous [thunder], weve chosen to leave it alone. So you mustnt touch! 

[Aug 2013]


Coke Zero Commercial
First aired: 8 Mar 2010

 Isnt it time to bend time? 



The Penguins of Madagascar
created by Tom McGrath and Eric Darnell
First time travel: 13 Mar 2013


In one episode (“It’s about Time”), Kowalski invents the chronotron (“So why not just call it a time machine?”, asks Skipper.)

 So while were at it, why not just call the Great Wall a “fence,” Mona Lisa a “doodle,” and Albert Einstein “Mr. Smarty-Pants”? 

[Aug 2013]


Toki o Kakeru Sho̅jo
aka The Girl Who Runs Through Time, aka Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
adapted by Tomoe Kanno (Masaaki Taniguchi, director)
First release: 13 Mar 2010

Riisa Naka (Japanese voice of Makoto in the 2006 Anime adaptation) plays the daughter, Akari, of a grown-up Kazuko (from the original novel). Akari tries to leap back to the time of her mother’s first love, Kazuo, in hopes that he can bring her mom out of a coma induced by a car accident.

 So you believe me? Youre an SF geek, right? 

[Feb 2013]


Hot Tub Time Machine
by Josh Heald, et. al. (Steve Pink, director)
First release: 26 Mar 2010

Three middle-aged losers (along with a nephew) head back to their teenaged bodies at a ski resort twenty years earlier.

 Yes, exactly. You step on a bug and the fucking internet is never invented. 

[Sep 2011]


“Grandfather Paradox”
by Ian Stewart
First publication: Nature, 29 Apr 2010

I didn’t understand the logic of this short story, which is part of Nature’s Futures series of short, short sf stories. The grandfather, Hubert, is traveling forward in time, begging his grandson to kill him so that he won’t invent a time machine that he’s already invented—but I can’t see how killing him after the fact will do any good. Please explain it to me!

In any case, thank you to the kind librarian at the Norlin Library who made an electronic copy for me when we couldn’ track down a hard copy of the journal.

 With its logical basis wrecked, the Universe would resolve the paradox by excising the time machine, and snap back to a consistent history in which Hubert married Rosie, with all of its consequences. 

[Jan 2013]


Through the Wormhole
hosted by Morgan Freeman
First episode on time travel: 23 Jun 2010 (Season 1, Episode 3)

The time-travel episode of this Science Channel series is worth watching just to see interviews with the likes of Frank Tippler, Kip Thorne and Analog’s own alternative scientist, John G. Cramer.

 Thats the way that entanglement works; and so, if I put a spool of fiber optics in here thats, say, 10 kilometers long, then she would send the signal 50 microseconds after Bob received it. 
—John Kramer

[Dec 2012]


“How the Future Got Better”
by Eric Schaller
First publication: Sybil’s Garage, 7 Jul 2010

Images from the past: not time travel. Precognition of the future: not time travel. But images from the future: yes, time travel. (I know the rules can be difficult to grasp, but it will come to you.) In this case, the whole family, plus the Willards from next door, gather ’round to see the first broadcast of their own future.

 In the future, I got a beer. 

[Apr 2014]

The story also appeared in this 2012 collection.
“The Battle of Little Big Science”
by Pamela Rentz
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Aug 2010
A council of Native American elders has been funding Agnes Wilder’s project to view the past, but now they’re ready to cancel the shoestring budget because they haven’t yet seen a demonstration of the technology.

 When can you make the machine work? 

[Nov 2014]


“Superluminosity”
by Alan Wall
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Aug 2010
After Jack Reynolds, a historical phenomenologist, has an affair, Fiona demands that he use the time machine he stole from a shut-down program to retrieve a fancy handbag from the early 1900s.

 Prove it then. Prove it by doing something for me. Something special. 

[Oct 2014]


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
by Edgar Wright and Michael Bacall (Wright, director)
First released: 13 Aug 2010

Yes, Scott Pilgrim also travels back in time (when he’s defeated at Level 7)!

 Steal my boyfriend, taste my steel! 

[May 2011]


“Backlash”
by Nancy Fulda
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sep 2010
Counter-terrorist agent Eugene Gutierrez, who suffers from flashbacks of his wife’s death, is contacted by a young time-travel agent from his own future with a plea to stop Gutierrez’s own daughter from setting off a chain of terrorist events.

 It is possible to create a set of coherent relationships between individual tachyons, similar to quantum entanglement. 

[Nov 2014]


“Red Letter Day”
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Analog, Sep 2010
Without completely forbidding it, the government allows limited time travel: Each person may send a single letter from himself or herself at age 50 back to age 18 with information about a single event, though not everyone sends the letter and not everyone approves of the procedure. Our narrator did not receive the letter when she was young, and now she approaches 50 as a counselor for others who do not receive a letter.

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

[Aug 2010]


“The Window of Time”
by Richard Matheson
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 2010
Eighty-two-year-old Rich Swanson, “Swanee,” knows that he’s a burden living with his daughter, so he decides to rent a room on his own, but instead finds himself 68 years in his past, but still at age 82 and uncertain about why or what he can do in the years of his childhood.

 Of course! How had I missed it? If there was any reasonable point to all this . . . 

[Sep 2010]


A Rip Through Time Pulp Series
by Chris F. Holm, Charles A. Gramlich, Garnett Elliott, and Chad Eagleton
First story: Beat to a Pulp 90, 3 Sep 2010

This series of stories (available in a 2013 e-book collection) follows pulp hero Simon Rip through time as he first takes care of problems caused by H.G. Wells’s traveller and then searches for Dr. Berlin, a later inventor of time travel.

 The Dame, the Doctor and the Device (2010)by Chris F. Holm
Battles, Broadswords, and Bad Girls (2011)by Charles A. Gramlich
Chaos in the Stream (2011)by Garnett Elliot
Darkling in the Eternal Space (2011)by Chad Eagleton
Loose Endsby Garnett Elliot
The Final Painting of Hawley Extonby Chad Eagleton

 But to my way of thinking, all of the events of existence have already happened, and are therefore immutable. Thus, there are no so-called ‘time paradoxes.’ 

[Apr 2014]

The story also appears in this 2013 collection.
“Fiddle”
by Tim Pratt
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 6 Sep 2010

How did Nero fiddle while Rome burned if the fiddle wasn’t invented until the 16th century?

 At any rate, ready your cameras and make sure your bows are rosined. 

[Dec 2014]




Warehouse 13
created by Jane Espenson and D. Brent Mote
First time travel: 7 Sep 2010

The secret service does more than just protect the president: Agents Myka Bering and Peter Lattimer (under the guideance of Artie, not to mention the help of girl genius sidekick Claudia and slighty psychic landlord Leena) also gather and protect remarkable scientific artifacts from throughout history. H.G. Wells shows up at the start of Season 2, but time travel didn’t appear until Episode 10 of that season, when Myka and Pete head to 1961. Later, in the first episode of Season 4, after the deaths of all and sundry (not to mention the demolition of the warehouse), Artie goes back in time again (at great expense to himself). I was expecting more time travel in Season 5 and was not disappointed when our favorite agents follow the evil Paracelsus back to 1541 (“Endless Terror”) to prevent the creation of a warehouse of horrible human experimentation; plus there’s a smidgen of 1942 time travel in the mushy (in a good way) series finale.

 Pete: Im not gonna remember . . .
Artie: Remember what?
Pete: Remember dying.
Artie: No. No, Pete, you wont remember. [Pete dies.] But I will . . ., I will. 

[Sep 2010]


“In His Prime”
by K.C. Ball
First publication: Every Day Fiction, Oct 2010

After being stripped of his license to box for refusing to be inducted into the Army based on his religious beliefs, the Greatest finds himself in a dreamlike locker room being prepared for a fight while the crowd outside cheers his name.

 He remembers going to bed, tired after a long day of training, and he remembers noises in the night, the rush of cool air over his bared body, but he doesnt recall how he got here; wherever here may be. 

[Jul 2015]

The story also appeared in Jonathan Strahan’s best-of-the-year anthology.
“Names for Water”
by Kij Johnson
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2010
I didn’t understand this poetic story of a failing engineering student, Hala, who imagines that a phone call of white noise is many different things, one of which is a call from the future—but I am delighted by the mastery of language by my former teacher at the University of Kansas Center for the Study of Science fiction. She and I also had a perfect day climbing in the western foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

 It is the future. 

[Dec 2014]


“The Termite Queen of Tallulah County”
by Felicity Shoulders
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2010
When Lacey Tidwell’s dad has an attack that leaves him unable to communicate, she completely takes over the family exterminator business including the occassional time-travel trip to delete the origins of various bug problems. I enjoyed the story, but was annoyed that Shoulders brings up the paradoxes without offering any solution.

 Termite Trouble? You Can Turn Back Time! 

[Dec 2014]

Brons, a librarian, has also had stories published in Two-Fisted Librarians.
“Time Crossing”
by Adena Brons
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 9 Oct 2010

A young couple waits in line 45 days so that they can emmigrate to the 14th century.

 The Public Release, 47 years ago, had created a wave of emigration as other times were suddenly opened to those seeking other lives. 

[Jun 2015]

from Albert’s website
“Addendum to the Confessions of St Augustine of Hippo”
by Edoardo Albert
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 15 Oct 2010

A man visits Saint Augustine in the final days of the of Hippo, where the future saint tells him how his own son (and others) traveled through time in dreams.

 I wrote once that the more I thought about time, the less I understood it. 

[Aug 2014]


“Flipping the Switch”
by Michael Vella
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 29 Oct 2010

A scientist building a time machine regrets never spending time with his understanding wife and young children.

 I just had an intense déjà vu . . . 

[Jan 2015]


“Hwang’s Billion Brilliant Daughters”
by Alice Sola Kim
First publication: Lightspeed, Nov 2010

Because of Hwang’s problem, he ends up in odd, far future times, trying to make connections to his daughters.

 Whenever Hwang goes to sleep, he jumps forward in time. This is a problem. This is not a problem that is going to solve itself. 

[Apr 2014]


“Over Tea”
by T.M. Thomas
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 2 Nov 2010

An accidental time-traveler in the times of the American Revolution has tea and a philosophical discussion with a much older time traveler.

 And Ive been trying to figure it out for forty-seven years. Im going to solve it now, so you know. 

[Jan 2015]


Regular Show
created by J.G. Quintel
First time travel: 2 Nov 2010

Two park groundskeepers, Mordecai (a blue jay) and Rigby (a raccoon), live out a surreal sit-com life twelve minutes at a time, including some encounters with time travel such as the do-over that Mordecai wishes for after a bad first kiss with a red bird named Margaret.

 Prank Callers (2 Nov 2010)   back to the eighties
It’s Time (4 Jan 2011)Time Pony takes Mordecai back to episode start
Night Owl (31 May 2011)contest to win a car goes to 4224 A.D.
Bad Kiss (4 Sep 2012)redo a bad first kiss
Exit 9B (2 Oct 2012)back in time two months to save the park

 All I know is guys from the future lie. 
—Mordecai in “Bad Kiss”

[Jul 2013]


“The Man from Downstream”
by Shane Tourtellotte
First publication: Analog, Dec 2010

Americus, a despondent time traveler, comes to the 1st century Roman Empire (726 AUC) to introduce clocks, steam engines and other marvels.

The original publication of this story is followed by a Shane Tourtellotte article, “Tips for the Budget Time-Traveler,” about the economics of trading through time.

 He argued to the scribes that they were naturals for typesetting jobs: literate, intelligent, good at fine work and at avoiding mistakes. “Most of us thought we knew. There were many congenial mealtime arguments about which overarching theory of time travel was the true one. I had my ideas, but they dismissed them. I wasnt one of them; I didnt understand.” He ounded a fist into his thigh, a startling burst of violence. “But their theories were such violations of common sense!” 

[Nov 2010]


Chinese 7up Commercial
First aired: Dec 2010

   



“Uncle E”
by Carol Emshwiller
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2010
Twelve-year-old Sarah decides to keep her mother’s death quiet so that the kids can all stay together, but somehow the previously unknown Uncle E gets wind of the happening.

 We have a hard time getting to sleep—except for Elliot. 

[Dec 2014]


“The Sound/Fury Variable”
by Steven Odhner
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 15 Dec 2010

A mad scientist wants to travel back to meet God before He destroyed Himself to create the universe we live in.

 I have one shot for this, one chance to meet my maker. 

[Jun 2015]


“Palindrome”
by William Arthur
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 28 Dec 2010

Mike, a time patrol type of character, finds himself in a yoyo of a time loop.

 Of all the types of time snags Mike had seen since joining Timeguard—recursive, crablike, anagrammatic—palindromic was the worst. 

[Aug 2014]

The story was reprinted in DSF’s Year One anthology.
“The Plum Pudding Paradox”
by Jay Werkheiser
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 29 Dec 2010

H.G. Well’s traveller goes back in time to persuade J.J. Thomson to not allow Rutherford to observe the nucleus of an atom.

 Rutherfords work will lead to a new theory called quantum mechanics. Its nearly an inverse of your model, a central positive nucleus surrounded by a negatively charged cloud. 

[Jul 2014]


NBA Back-in-Time Commercials
First aired: 2010/2011 Season

 Stephen? Stephen Curry? Your dad played in the NBA? 



365 Tomorrow’s 2010 Time-Travel Stories

Note: § indicates a separate list entry for the story.

 Chronomechanic (1 Jan)§by Duncan Shields
chronomechanic philosophizes
Married Life Is Strange (12 Jan)§by Kathy Kachelries
her sweetheart invents things
Return to Sender (7 Oct)by Dennis Gray
accidental retrieval of past dignitary
Adam (11 Jun)by Clint Wilson
android wonders about origin of life
Time Crossing (9 Oct)§by Adena Brons
emmigrating to 14th Century
The Great Leap Ahead (1 Dec)by Matt Matlo
leaping ahead a few millennia
Future Saviors (25 Dec)by Duncan Shields
making best possible world
The Sound/Fury Variable (15 Dec)§by Steven Odhner
mad scientist travels to Genesis

 Jeremy was all alone, no friends or family. Nothing but a few hundred in a bank account. Pick it up a few thousand years from now, bloated to millions of future-dollars, and he could live like a king in that super-tech wonderland. 
—“The Great Leap Ahead”

[May 2015]

“A Snitch in Time”
by Donald Moffitt
First publication: Analog, Jan/Feb 2011
In the same world as the Beethoven and Vermeer affairs, rogue policeman Francis Patrick Delehanty uses his own resources to travel back to the scene of the first homicide that he dealt with as a rookie cop.

 Have you thought this through, Lieutenant? You see a murder in progress. Youre a cop. Do you try to stop it? But youre not a cop in that timeline, are you? Your lieutenants badge is no good there. Are you acting extra-legally? The only badge around belongs to a rookie cop name Delehanty who doesnt have a clue about whats going down. And what if you dont try to stop it? Are you culpable? In that timeline or this one? 

[Dec 2010]


“12:02 P.M.”
by Richard Lupoff
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jan 2011
Maybe eternity isn’t as long as Myron Kastleman had feared.

 The same hour keeps happening over and over again. Only it isn’t an hour. Not really. It seems to be getting shorter. 

[Feb 2012]

Trianon
Time Travel Urban Legends
by The Wikipedia Editors
First posted on Wikipedia: 8 Jan 2011

The second sentence of this Wikipedia article saddens me.

 All of these reports have turned out either to be hoaxes or to be based on incorrect assumptions, incomplete information, or interpretation of fiction as fact. 

[Jan 2015]


T.U.F.F. Puppy
created by Butch Hartman
First time travel: 15 Nov 2011

Dudley Puppy, a dog and a spy, together with his cat friend keep Petropolis safe from various baddies such as Snaptrap who, in one episode (“Watch Dog”), becomes ruler of Petropolis—now Snaptrapolis—when Dudley and his time watch inadvertently change the past in an attempt to snag the last chocolate donut away from Kitty.

 Or, I could set this watch back one minute and risk horribly altering reality to beat Kitty to that donut. 

[Mar 2014]


“The House That Made the Sixteen
Loops of Time”

by Tamsyn Muir
First publication: Fantasy Magazine, Feb 2011

Dr. Rosamund Tilly lives in a house that fights her every step of her life, including a day when it keeps resetting time to 8:14.

 She would have been excited if she hadnt been so horrified: The house was probably destroying the space-time continuum right now and forming a thousand glittering paradoxes all because she hadnt really cleaned the kitchen. Once shed forgotten to weed the window boxes and the house had dissolved her feet right up to the ankle. 

[Apr 2014]




Where No Sheldon Has Gone Before
by Sheldon Cooper
First rehearsed in: “The Thespian Catalyst” on The Big Bang Theory, 3 Feb 2011

Despite buying George Pal’s original time machine on ebay, Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and their gang have never traveled in time, but in “The Thespian Catalyst,” it was revealed that Sheldon had written a one-act play (Where No Sheldon Has Gone Before) in which Spock comes to take him to the 23rd century.

 Oh, Shelly, a mans here to take you away to the future. Be sure to pack clean underwear. 

[Feb 2011]


Kia Optima Commercial
First aired: Superbowl XLV, 6 Feb 2011

 One epic ride. 



“Do Over!”
by Jeff Kirvin
First publication: Kindle E-Book, 13 Feb 2011
Our hero, Rick “Richie” Preston, is ten years out of high school and doing nothing but flipping burgers when a fight with his father (and bargain landlord) tosses him back into his senior year of high school where he gets a chance to redo everything so long as he agrees to not alter other people’s lives.

Even though I didn’t see this released until 2011, it is set in 1998 and 1988, and I think the writing predated the identically named and similarly plotted 2002 TV show. In any case, I’m glad that Denver resident Jeff Kirvin released this story on Kindle.

 As I stood gaping at the rows of ten-year-old magazines, a fortyish, balding man sidled up next to me. ”Pretty cool, huh, Preston?” 

[May 2014]


Flashback
aka Time Lord
by Brendan Rogers and Will Phillips (Rogers, director)
First release: 15 Feb 2011

I can’t believe that I watched this long enough (24:30) to verify that Flashback, a future movie studio that robotically remasters the classics, uses time travel to retrieve props from the past.

 Now pretend that this urinal cake is me, alright? 

[Apr 2014]


“Betty Knox and Dictionary Jones in the Mystery of the Missing Teenage Anachronisms”
by John G. Hemry
First publication: Analog, Mar 2011
Ninety-year-old Jim Jones is sent back into his 15-year-old body in 1964 to help Betty Knox (who is already back in her 15-year-old body and doesn’t expect him) because all the time-travel agents (sent back to that time to avert the world’s toxin disasters) have disappeared with no discernable effect on history.

 And I know that after Johnson, Richard Nixon is elected president. Then comes Ford. Who comes next? 

[Oct 2012]


“Meet Me at the Grassy Knoll”
by Lou Antonelli
First publication: 4 Star Stories, Issue 1, Spring 2011

A man pays $20 million to a Russian to be taken back in time to discover who was really on the Grassy Knoll in Dallas that day in November 1963.

 You cant change anything. You certainly cant tell anyone. 

[Jul 2014]


No Ordinary Family
created by Greg Berlanti and Jon Harmon Feldman
First time travel: 22 Mar 2011

In this family of superheroes, Mom time travels at the end of Episode 18 (“No Ordinary Animal”) and in Episode 19 (“No Ordinary Future”).

 Time travel, Stephanie! We’re talking the big leagues! The Flash! Silver Surfer!! Doc Brown’s DeLorean!!! 
—Katie in “No Ordinary Future”

[Mar 2011]


Time Travel Tales
by Jay Dubya
First story: Time Travel Tales, 31 Mar 2011

Jay Dubya notes that these 21 stories share similar anachronistic plots and themes dealing with movements or shifts in time. I read the first one—“The Music Disk”— about the nostalgic music experts Chad and Jeremy who long for the 50s and find themselves taken to the times sung about in the war songs on a CD from Satan Records. Two of the stories (“The Music Disk” and “Batsto Village”) are part of the free Kindle sample at Amazon.

 “And look! Theres an abnormal fog cloud up ahead right near the entrance to Atlantic Blueberrys packing house!” the history teacher alerted the already distressed and bewildered driver. 
—The Music Disk

[May 2012]


The Ian’s Ions and Eons Stories
by Paul Levinson
First story: Analog, Apr 2011
In the first story (“Ian’s Ions and Eons”), a man travels back to December 2000, hoping to alter the momentus Supreme Court decision of that month.

Ian and his cohorts have a reprise in “Ian, Isaac and John” (Nov 2011), where a descendant of David Bowe comes back to 1975, purportedly to improve the mix on a Bowe track, but quite possibly with additional motives involving John Lennon. And there are more stories to come, all in Analog.

 Ian’s Ions and Eons (Apr 2011)The 2000 election
Ian, Isaac and John (Nov 2011)David Bowe and John Lennon
Ian, George and George (Dec 2013)Orson Welles to the 1970s

 The Supreme Court will announce its decision the day after tomorrow. Gores people want the recount to proceed in Florida. Bushs do not. 

[May 2011]


Source Code
by Ben Ripley (Duncan Jones, director)
First release: 1 Apr 2011

Spoiler alert! I usually try to keep my spoilers mild, but I am irresistibly drawn to spoil Source Code, since the inventor of The Source Code in the movie explicitly says, “Source Code is not time travel. Rather, Source Code is time reassignment. It gives us access to a parallel reality.” But what does the inventor know? Go watch the movie (which I enjoyed) before reading on!

A common form of time travel is when the traveler goes back in time and a new reality branches off. That’s the form of time travel that I see in Source Code, and from my reading of an interview, perhaps the director sees it that way, too. This view fits better than the parallel worlds postulate of the inventor, because each time the captain goes back, he is in exactly the same moment, with the same passengers, same comment coming from future girlfriend, same woman about to spill coffee, etc. If he were shifting to a parallel universe, then perhaps some things would differ before he arrives. So, I see it as branching worlds time travel, with the twist that the mechanism to do the time travel is to pop the travelers consciousness inside the head of a dead person at about eight minutes before the death. I believe that the original world where the traveler came from (and usually returns to) continues along its original path (as evinced by the fact that after one return in which he saved girlfriend, there was no record of her being saved).

 What is the Source Code? 

[Nov 2013]


My Future Boyfriend
by James Orr and Jim Cruickshank (Michael Lange, director)
First release: 10 Apr 2011 (made-for-tv)

From a utopian world without love or passion, 497 goes back to 21st century New Orleans to learn of these things from romance writer Elizabeth Barrett.

 I really shouldnt be telling you this, 497, but ancient legends have it that this love condition was like some kind of virus which apparently made people act in strange and illogical ways bordering in some extreme cases on obsessive dementia. It is now also thought to be one of the root causes of all the suffering in the world. 

[Jun 2012]


Repeaters
by Arne Olsen
First release: 22 Apr 2011 (straight-to-video)

Recovering adicts Kyle, Sonia and Mike are caught in a time loop in a day away from the recovery facility when they are supposed to make amends with those they hurt; a wild spree ensues on the first few loops, and then one of them spirals off into ever-increasing violence.

 Sonia: Doesnt part of you wonder if maybe hes right? I mean, every good thing we do gets erased; every bad thing we do gets erased. What does it really matter what we do?
Kyle: I guess . . . I just need for it to matter. 

[Sep 2012]

Another of Friedman’s story appeared in this 2013 anthology.
“Unveiled”
by Ron S. Friedman
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 9 May 2011

Itami invents the first time machine.

 If time travel is possible, then why didnt we see tourists from the future taking pictures of Neil Armstrong on July 20th 1969, when he took his first step on the Moon? 

[Sep 2014]


“Time Considered as a Series of Thermite Burns in No Particular Order”
by Damien Broderick
First publication: tor.com, 25 May 2011

This time, Bobby and Moira are in 2073 Melbourne with a mission that could get Bobby arrested, but will save millions if successful.

 On the tram, I had a different kind of hassle, the usual sort. Other passengers stared at me with surprise, disdain or derision. You couldnt blame them. For obvious reasons, wed found no reliable records in 2099 or later of the fashions in 2073. 

[Jul 2015]


“Just Enough Time”
by Douglas K. Beagley
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 31 May 2011

A guy and his 20-something Friends are visited in a coffee shop by a time traveler with limited time to tell them about the futility of fusion, how to cure autism, the solution to cancer, and other things that they are not so interested in.

 Just listen, please—peanut allergies are a virus. 

[Aug 2014]


“Apology”
by Sam Ferree
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 3 Jun 2011

A 26-year-old redheaded woman comes back in time to kill the one man in all history who has no effect on anything.

 “At no point in the past or future will your life have any bearing on anything, at all,” the redheaded, twenty-something time traveler with a sleeve of tattoos tells me. “Thats why its okay to kill you.” 

[Sep 2014]


Midnight in Paris
by Woody Allen (Allen, director)
First release: 10 Jun 2011

Would-be novelist Gil Prender is in Paris with his fiancée who doesn’t understand why he would want to live in Paris or hang out with Hemingway and his pals in the 1920s.

 I was trying to escape my present the same way you’re trying to escape yours—to a golden age. 

[Feb 2012]

from Bellet’s website
“Love at the Corner of Space and Time”
by Annie Bellet
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 23 Jun 2011

The boyfriend of a time traveler finds himself stranded in a nevertime after yet another minor argument with his girlfriend.

 But he knew that in a long-term relationship with a Time Traveler, things got sticky on occasion. 

[Aug 2014]

from Penguins and Steelers fan Barrett’s twitter page
“Something Famous”
by Samantha L. Barrett
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 29 Jun 2011

Dan can’t figure out why dozens of people are staring at him during the month that scientists announce the discovery of time travel.

 Was I on Americas Most Wanted or something? 

[Jun 2015]


“The Messenger”
by Bruce McAllister
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jul 2011
Fifty-year-old Tim goes back to the time before he was born with two important questions for the woman who would become his mother.

 If you actually wanted to change things—say, to tell your mother lies about your father so shed marry someone else, so you wouldnt be born because you hate your life in the present—you wouldnt be able to do it. 

[Jan 2015]

The story also appeared in this 2012 anthology.
“Pug”
by Theodora Goss
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jul 2011
In the time of Napoleon, a sickly English girl discovers a dog in her garden, and the dog leads her through a door to other times and places.

 (Imagine our relief to learn of Waterloo.) 

[Jan 2015]


Penn and Teller’s Fool Us
starring and created by Penn & Teller
First time travel: 16 Jul 2011

I love Penn and Teller’s friendly and praise-filled personalities as much as the magic of the magicians who are trying to fool the most renowned magicians (Penn and Teller themselves). One episode included the time traveling pair of Reece Morgan and Robert West.

 And not only are we magicians, time travelers, and all-around spiffy chaps, we are also tourists—fourth-dimensional tourists. 

[Sep 2014]

The story also appeared as a podcast on Toasted Cake.
“Deathbed”
by Caroline M. Yoachim
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 18 Jul 2011


I don’t always consider living life backwards to be time travel. It depends on whether or not the person in question is experiencing time in a normal forward fashion—which is not the case in this time travel story.

 I could save my past self some trouble if I told him the ingredients, but I cherish those early memories of failed soup, and I worry that giving him the recipe would change the past. 

[Aug 2014]


“Only Backward”
by Kenneth S. Kao
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 26 Jul 2011

Just as Mason is leaning in for his first kiss, he finds himself naked and decades in the future.

 We rewound your biology. 

[Dec 2014]


“We Were the Wonder Scouts”
by Will Ludwigsen
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Aug 2011
As an old man, Harald recounts the days of 1928 when he was one of Mr. Fort’s original Wonder Scouts, seeking out the true explanations for inexplicable phenomena in the woods of upstate New York.

 At worst, well be absorbed into the super-consciousness, learning and seeing all knowledge at once in a single stupendous flash. More likely, well find a tunnel to an underground civilization of pygmies or a portal through time. 

[Jan 2015]


“A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Time Travel”
by Alice M. Roelke
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 11 Aug 2011

More precisely: a guide for time travelers headed to a future of scrofulous morals.

 . . . be certain several of your numbers keep smelling salts handy. 

[Dec 2014]


“No Time”
by Andrew Bale
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 13 Aug 2011

A battlefield plunderer meets his own dead self.

 You get attacked, you have no backup, so you become your own. 

[Jun 2015]


“Restoring the Great Library of Georgia”
by Patricia Stewart
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 15 Aug 2011

Anthony and Lamar travel back to find copies of Stephen Hawking’s lost papers

 Thats why the government gave us the two trillion dollar grant, so we could travel back in time and get hard copies of the monumental technical papers, and rebuild the database from the ground up, similar to what the Greeks did for the Ancient Library of Alexandria. 

[May 2015]


Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
in 4D Aroma-Scope

by Robert Rodriguez (Rodriguez, director)
First release: 19 Aug 2011

Perhaps this would have been better had I smelled it in the theater. As it was, though, retired spy Marissa Wilson and her family chasing the evil Timekeeper didn't grab or hold my interest long enough for me to get to the time travel parts.

 At this rate, well be out of time in no time. 

[Mar 2014]


“The Observation Post”
by Allen M. Steele
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sep 2011
In 1962, Ensign Floyd Moore is the communications officer for the blimp Centurion patrolling the Caribbean for Russian shipments of nuclear missles to Cuba. But what he and his lieutenant stumble upon on the larger Inagua island couldn’ possibly be Russian technology.

 The world was on the brink of nuclear war, and no one knew it yet. Almost no one that, is. 

[Jan 2015]

from the Anderson Institute’s page on wormholes
“Shadow Angel”
by Erick Melton
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sep 2011

No, I won’t vouch for this one having time travel, but it might—I just never fully understood what was happening to pilot Emil as he tries to steer(?) his dive-dreamship through a wormhole(?) while being haunted by his ex and being pulled back and forth by different possible futures vying for their existence.

 “There are several futures, Emil,” Real Haneul said. ”Each one is trying to reach back to shape the past so it can be.” 

[Jan 2015]

from Stasik’s website
“Spiral”
by Sarah Stasik
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 14 Sep 2011

Nadia wishes for more time from a man with a silver finger, and she gets it in a way that causes her to relive her past in a confusing pattern.

 Time is only a line, a curve, a wave of the hand, and its course is moved. 

[Dec 2014]


Terra Nova
created by Kelly Marcel and Craig Silverstein
First episode: 26 Sep 2011

I finally had a free Saturday morning, so I hulued the pilot, but couldn’t get through the melodramic story of a family from 2149 that goes back to an alternate prehistoric time stream as part of the 10th pilgrimage.

 That wasnt a very nice dinosaur. 
—Zoe in Episode 2

[Oct 2011]


“Regret Incorporated”
by Andy Astruc and RJ Astruc
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 27 Sep 2011

Marcus hopes that the time-travel office will see his application as having a low-risk of creating a major change so that he can go back and make things right with his choice of a career.

 Reason for traveling back in time: He had heard this was the big one. That if you didnt get this one right it was all over. 

[Aug 2014]


“The Sock Problem”
by Alastair Mayer
First publication: Fiction, Oct 2011
The narrator’s explanation to his preteen son pretty much sums it up.

 Okay, a spacetime warp. Its formed by the interaction of the complicated magnetic field from the motor, and the rotation of the drum. The metal drum picks up an induced field and right in the center, a spacetime vortex forms. Any sock falling through disappears. 

[Oct 2011]


“This Petty Pace”
by Jason K. Chapman
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2011

Theoretical physicist Kyle Preston is getting garbled visitations from a hologramish future descendant who carries dire warnings, which Kyle wishes did more for him and his girlfriend Anna.

 Its like Schroedingers Subway Rider. Hes both here and twenty minutes away at the same time and you dont know which until he meets his girlfriend. 

[Jan 2013]


Time Ship
by Gary Cottrell
First publication: 9 Oct 2011

I was excited when I read that the book was intended to “challenge the reader to consider the difficult subject of predestination and free will,” but the story itself (of two time-machine-making scientists, one of whom as a boy watched to murder of his parent) was too bogged down in exposition and repetition for me to recommend.

 Just think of it—time travel! If we pull this off, it will mean the Nobel Prize for sure! 

[Sep 2014]




11/23/63
by Stephen King
First publication: 8 Nov 1963

Jake Epping's dying friend Al points him toward a rabbit hole that always leads to the same moment in 1958, so what can he do other than live in the Land of Ago, fall in love with Sadie, stalk Oswald and become America’s hero?

 Save him, okay? Save Kennedy and everything changes. 

[Mar 2012]


Hoops&Yoyo Ruin Christmas
created by Bob Hold and Mike Adair
First aired: 25 Nov 2011

Cheaply animated Hallmark greeting card icons Hoops and Yoyo (and their dog Piddle) travel through a wormhole to the days of Santa’s youth where they endanger Christmas for all time.

 I think that kid in there . . . is Santa Claus. 

[Nov 2011]

An audio version of the story is available on
Escape Pod.

“‘Run,’ Bakri Says”
by Ferrett Steinmetz
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2011

Irena is sent back in time to rescue her brother from a prison, all the time trusting that if things go fatally wrong, she’ll be rewound for another attempt.

 It was supposed to trigger a rewind when her heart stopped. If hed misconfigured it, Irenas consciousness would have died in an immutable present. 

[Jan 2015]


“Strawberry Birdies”
by Pamela Sargent
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2011
Maerleen Loegins travels back to the 1950s where she becomes a physics student and live-in help for a family where both parents are overwhelmed by young Addie, an even younger austistic Cyril, and two newborn twins.

 The reason her parents had put an ad in the paper offering free room and board and a small stipend to a college student was to have someone around to look after their children, especially Cyril, who wouldnt be ready to go to school that fall, not even to kindergarten, and might never be. 

[Jan 2015]


Juko’s Time Machine
by Kai Barry (Barry, director)
First release: 8 Dec 2011 (straight-to-video)


When the wife of Juko’s lifelong friend Jed gets fed up with Juko living in their garage, Jed comes up with his best plan yet, to build a time machine so Juko can go back in time and win the heart of the girl whom he's waited twenty years for, even if Juko isn’ cool like her finance is.

Lauren Struck, one of the producers, sent me a press kit and an invitation to stream the film in May of 2012, precisely 35 years after my first press-kit-and-invitation-to-a-fan-to-see-an-sf-movie-preview—that other one being from a little-known producer named George something, of course, so Lauren is in excellent company. (Thank you, Lauren.)

 Jed? Are you Jed Four? I think youre Jed Four. 

[May 2012]


“A Time to Kill”
by Melanie Rees
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 12 Dec 2011

Jonah sometimes gets too close to the targets that he must kill for the good of the timeline.

 The Time Agency knows what theyre doing. Future terrorists, dictators . . . its justified. 

[Dec 2014]


12 Dates of Christmas
by Brownell, Harris and Mendelsohn (Hayman, director)
First release: 11 Dec 2011 (made-for-tv)

After the requisite bump on the head, Kate Stanton finds herself reliving Christmas Eve over and over, whereupon the romantic hijinks ensue.

 That ship has sailed. You blew your chance. You cant go back and change it. 

[Apr 2012]


365 Tomorrow’s 2011 Time-Travel Stories

Note: § indicates a separate list entry for the story.

 The Third Millennium (1 Feb)by Laura E. Bradford
teen time travelers
No One Ever Considers the
Unforeseen Consequences (16 Feb)
by Patricia Stewart
killing a despot’s ancestor
Time Travel (22 Feb)by Duncan Shields
amateur time traveler
Traveler (17 Mar)by Duncan Shields
traveler emerges from alley
Serial Killer (26 May)by Duncan Shields
serial killer targets travelers
Coincidences (23 Jun)by K. Clarke
Why so many travelers at my house?
Something Famous (29 Jun)§by Samantha L. Barrett
people stare at Dan
No Time (13 Aug)§by Andrew Bale
plunderer meets his dead self
Restoring the Great Library of Georgia 
(15 Aug)§
by Patricia Stewart
finding Hawking’s papers
So the Guy at the Bar Turns to Me
and Says . . . (23 Aug)
David Macpherson
dead authors sign books
Introdus (16 Nov)Duncan Shields
700,000 burning time travelers
Grandfather Clock (19 Dec)by Duncan Shields
grandfather paradox twist

 It was his second day with the red-haired girl who could travel in time, and everything so far had been magnificent. 
—“The Third Millennium”

[Jun 2015]

Dating Rules from My Future Self
by Sallie Patrick
First release: 9 Jan 2012 (internet serial)


Budding Lucy gets romantic advice from her future self via text messages.

Janet found this one on the web, and we watched a daily installment with tea in my first September of retirement. In the second season, our heroine switches from nicely nerdy Lucy (Shiri Appleby) to lovely and lonely Chloe (Candice Accola). Now, if we can only get writer Sallie Patrick to slip some time travel into the other show she works on, Revenge.

 Lucy: tell me who this is.
Unknown: Im u. 10 years in the future. 

[Sep 2012]


Alcatraz
created by Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lillen, Bryan Wynbrandt
First episode: 16 Jan 2012

This show has a Ph.D. with a comic book shop, a kindly old uncle, Vince Lombardi as a 1963 jail warden, a crochety FBI agent who really has a kind heart, residents of 1963 Alcatraz showing up today, and a girl with a gun! What’s not to love?

 All the prisoners were transferred off the island, only thats not what happened—not at all. 

[Jan 2012]


“Auburn Tresses”
by Roi R. Czechvala
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 23 Jan 2012

Dr. David Jansen travels back to the late 1960s, falls in love with a beautiful redhead, and promises to return.

 One sandaled foot was outthrust. The caption below the figure admonished the viewer to “Keep on Truckin’” 

[Jun 2015]


“Cretaceous on Ice”
by K.C. Ball
First publication: Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities, Feb 2010
Sheriff Lyle, daydreaming of his retirement just outside of Bozeman, spots his brainiac buddy Pete and his egghead nephew Jimmy chasing a Deinonychus full-speed down the highway in their stretch-cab Ram pickup—and it’s not the only one on the loose.

 “Lookee here, its good you know what this thing is, but where in hell did it come from?”
“The early Cretaceous. One hundred twenty million years ago,” Peter said.
Sometimes real smart people can be a little dense.
 

[Jul 2015]


Toyota Camry Superbowl Commercial
First aired: Superbowl XLVI, 5 Feb 2012

 This is the reinvented baby. It doesn’t poop. It is also a time machine. 



JCPenney Commercials
acted by Ellen Degeneres
First aired: 84th Oscar Awards, 26 Feb 2012

 Was it always this way? 



“The Man Who Murdered Mozart”
by Robert Walton and Barry N. Malzberg
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2012
In the late 21st century, frustrated violin player Howard Beasley and his six friends make a plan to kidnap Mozart from his death bed, so that Beasley can get him to finish his Requiem and thereby ride the crest of the ensuing admiration to becoming the head of the world.

 That question is beyond me. Try asking Mozart. 

[Nov 2013]


“Mrs. Hatcher’s Evaluation”
by James Van Pelt
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar 2012
Perhaps you know how much I enjoy being deeply dragged into an engaging story, and then, only after some time, realizing that it’s a time travel story. If you haven’t yet read this story, then I apologize for depriving you of that pleasure. Now go read it now and find out about why Mrs. Hatcher’s teaching methods are indeed ”best practices.”

 What happened in Hatchers room? 

[Jan 2015]


My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
developed by Lauren Faust
First time travel: 10 Mar 2012


Not until the fourth reincarnation of the My Little Pony cartoons did Twilight Sparkle dabble in time travel by receiving a dire warning from her future self (“It’s about Time,” Episode 20 of Season 2).

 Who are you? I mean, youre me, but Im me, too. How can there be two mes? Its not scientifically possible. You are not scientifically possible! 

[Aug 2013]


Virgin Media Commercial
acted by David Tennent and Richard Branson
First aired: Spring 2012

 Rich? Rich?! 



“Living in the Eighties”
by David Ira Cleary
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apr/May 2012
Living in Minneapolis, fifty-something Bob Marshall and his cult-band friend Clayton discover a website that can move them through time: Bob back to the eighties where he longs to save his long-dead girlfriend Gretchen from his younger self; Clayton to the future where he seeks a diabetes cure.

 “This web site, Bob,” he said to me, shaking the snow off his black beret, sitting down beside me at the bar, ”it’s a time travel site. Time travel?” 

[Jan 2015]

Moe Berg
Wilber’s Moe Berg Stories
by Rick Wilber
First story: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apr/May 2012



At the end of Wilber’s first Moe Berg story, Moe himself admits that he doesn’t know what’s going on, and I admit that I’m in the same boat—but I can tell you that that was the first story that I read in the Moe Berg subgenre of time travel stories. In this case, Red Sox catcher Moe Berg travels (as he did in real life) to Zurich with the mission to kill Heisenberg, but this is only one of many Moe Berg lives; in many of those lives he interacts with a beautiful young woman and seeming time-travel agent who only sometimes encourages him to kill Heisenberg. You can also read about Moe in one other of Wilber’s alternate history stories and at least one independently conceived story by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

 Something Real (Apr/May 2012)Asimovs
At Palomar (Jul 2013)Asimovs

 But I have to admit Im not real sure whats going on here. 

[Jan 2015]


The Shadow Out of Time
adapted by Richard Svensson, Daniel Lennéer and Christopher Johansson
First release: 3 Apr 2012 (internet)


A short adaptation of Lovecraft’s story, but just narration over video with no dramatization (similar to the story itself for that matter).

 This is the story of the nightmare that took hold of my life. 

[Jul 2013]


“Older, Wiser, Time Traveler”
by M. Bennardo
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, Apr 9. 2012

Time machines are useful after you commit a crime, especially a crime of passion.

 It doesnt need to be anything fancy—one of those ones from the kits in the back of Popular Mechanics will do fine. But the point is that you need one. If you dont have one, then forget about it. Theres nothing you can do. 

[Aug 2014]


Men in Black III
by Etan Cohen (Barry Sonnenfeld, director)
First release: 23 May 2012

When Boris the Animal escapes from lunar prison and returns to 1969 to kill Agent K and expose Earth to attack, Agent J must follow to save Agent K and Earth.

Tim and I saw this with Michelle on Fathers Day Eve in 2012.

 This is now my new favorite moment in human history. 

[Jun 2012]


Continuum
created by Simon Barry
First episode: 27 May 2012

Policewoman Kiera Cameron is sucked into a time transporter when a group of seven terrorists escape from 2077 to 2012. For me, the main drawback is the stereotyped terrorists whom Kiera fights; I felt that they didn’t need to be pure evil, particularly when the governments of the future have all be overtaken by corporations.

 Time traveler—hello? 

[Dec 2014]


“The Widdershins Clock”
by Kali Wallace
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jun 2012
I didnt understand the significance of the title clock in this story story told from the point of view of Marta who could have been a brilliant mathematician, but such was not allowed in 1950s America, so instead we hear of Marta’s grandmother’s clock and a search for the missing grandmother, meeting (along the way) at least one old woman who seems out of time.

 Grandma and I have a theory about how John Carter found his way to Mars. We think we can explain it with Schrödingers equation. 

[Jan 2015]


The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee
by John Hambrock
First time travel: 3 Jun 2012


Young Edison Lee is Danny Dunn (from my childhood) meets Bill Watterson’s Calvin (from my kids’ childhood), complete with a time machine (which both Danny and Calvin also had). The first appearance I saw was in 2012, although it wasn’t until 2014 that the real travelin’ seemed to start, with a trip back to 1972.

Even then, though, I almost put the whole thing into the it’s-only-in-his-imagination category, but what could possibly be more real than a kid’s imagination?

 Edison Lee: So do me a favor. In forty-two years dont let me “borrow” your tools without your knowledge to build this stupid time machine.
1972 Dad: Im such a horrible father.
Edison Lee: And buy more chocolate milk. 

[Jul 2015]


Safety Not Guaranteed
by Derek Connolly (Colin Trevorrow, director)
First release: 8 Jun 2012

Shy, beautiful Darius, an intern at Seattle Magazine, goes to investigate an awkward guy who placed an ad calling for a companion for a time-travel adventure.

Janet and I saw this for our 32nd anniversary. What a wife!

 Stormtoopers dont know anything about lasers or time travel. Theyre blue collar workers. 

[Jun 2012]


Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales
created by John Lasseter
First time travel: 16 Jun 2012


Mater, the sidekick in Cars and the hero of Cars 2, spins a good yarn in each episode of this Disney Channel series, including a time trip to Radiator Springs.

 Wait a minute—if Stanley dont stay here in the past . . . ah choo! . . . ahhhh! . . . therell be no town here in the future! 

[Jun 2012]


“Elsewhere”
by Benjamin Rosenbaum
First publication: Strange Horizons, 18 Jun 2012

No, I don’t understand Benjamin Rosenbaum’s stories any more than you do (and quite possibly no more than the author does), but the fact remains that I like the images in his writing (such as “Droplet”), and in “Elsewhere” I detected something that could be time travel as much as Anything Else. And foolish you thought I never fell for abstract art.

 Thats how they beat the time-skew problem: Not Very would express sentiments and opinions aloud, then shuffle through the images to find those which contained (and had always already contained) Unlike Themselves’ responses. 

[Oct 2012]


“Zip”
by Streven Utley
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jul 2012
Three time travelers—Chernikowski, Plant, and the narrator—keep going further and further back in time to escape the wave of destruction that’s seemingly following their time machine.

 I do not have to be a physicist, and I certainly am not one, to recall Einsteins words: “The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubborn, persistent illusion.” 

[Jan 2015]




Geico Happier-Than Commercials
First aired: Aug 2012


 . . . happier than Christopher Columbus with speedboats. 

  Hey. Theyre comin. Yeah, British. Later. 



Time Again
by Ray Karwell, C.S. Hill and Debbie Glovin (Karwell, director)
First release: 21 Aug 2012 (straight-to-video)

When Sam (the good sister) fills in for waitress Marlo (the not-so-good one) at the diner, a bad guy leaves a time of ancient coins that end up getting Sam killed by the bad guy’s even badder boss, but fortunately 70-year-old Agnes also has some of the coins which repeatedly let Marlo go back to try to change things.

 Man Customer: Relativity’s the best.
Woman Customer: Im sorry, but Time’s Arrow is much better. 

[May 2013]


“12:03 P.M.”
by Richard Lupoff
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep 2012
After the events of “12:02 P.M.,” Myron Castleman finds that he can jump back to different times, not just 12:01 P.M., and that he can make small changes that have big consequences—although it’s still nearly impossible to get anyone to believe his story, except, perhaps, for Dolores.

 The man in the dark suit has become the most talked-about mystery man in the world. Who is he? Where did he come from? He appeared and unquestionably saved the life of one President but inadvertently—we presume inadvertently—caused the death of another. 

[Sep 2012]


Dodge Dart Commercial
First aired: 5 Sep 2012

 Send future guy home. Destroy time machine. 



“Professor Jennifer Magda-Chichester’s Time Machine”
by Julian Mortimer Smith
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 19 Sep 2012

Each time professor Magda-Chichester invents her time machine, it turns out that someone else has already beaten her to the punch.

 And yet it didnt happen like that. 

[Dec 2014]


Looper
by Rian Johnson (Johnson, director)
First release: 28 Sep 2012

Too much exorcist and not enough consistent time travelin’ for my taste; even so, I enjoyed this story of a future where gangsters send inconvenient people back in time to be killed by hitmen in the past, and eventually each hitman is sent back to be killed by himself.

 If I hurt myself, it changes your body; so, does what I do now change your memory? 

[Feb 2013]


“The Mongolian Book of the Dead”
by Alan Smale
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2012
When the Chinese invade Mongolia, a wandering American named Tanner is taken by four Mongols because he has a critical role to play for Khulan and her shaman sister Dzoldzaya.

 To her all times are one, all distances are one. 

[Jan 2015]


“The Number Two Rule”
by Lesley L. Smith
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 23 Oct 2012

What happens when a time-travel agent completes her mission in the past but the recall mechanism fails?

 We didnt have any other rules, just the two. 

[Dec 2014]


“The Man in the Pink Shirt”
by Larry Niven
First publication: Analog, Nov 2012
Hanny Sindros, a writer, travels back to meet John W. Campbell, Jr., and talk about whether the Nazis might gain something from Cleve Cartmill’s atomic power stories.

 What if these German spies see that Astounding has suddenly stopped publishing anything about atomic bombs? What would they do? Theyd think we were hiding something. 

[Aug 2012]


“Tech Support”
by Richard A. Lovett
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Nov 2012
Still not sure what to call his new device to transmit voice over wires, young Alec receives a call from a troubled man who can only be from the future.

 Mr. Watson, come here—I want to see you. 

[Aug 2012]

Another of Carhart’s stories appeared in this 2015 anthology.
“And Yet, It Moves”
by Susan Nance Carhart
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 6 Nov 2012

Solberg—a rich, individualist inventor—insists on using his time machine without having it vetted by his staff, and he thereby falls into a trap. Perhaps I have just read too much time travel (blasphemy!), but I feel that Carhart fell into the same trap as her protagonist: For me, the story needed to be vetted by someone who could say how much this particular idea needs a new twist if it’s to work.

 You have a team to vet your ideas. Bring them in on this! 

[Jun 2015]


“Since You Seem to Need a Certain Amount of Guidance”
by Alexander Jablokov
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 6 Nov 2012

Alex Jablokov brought this funny story for the students to read at the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2014. The story, in the form of a letter from the future, tells us how much happier and better the future is. And don’t contact them again!

I loved meeting Alex. He is kind and mentoring to new writers!

 We do not think the Marx Brothers are funny. 

[Jun 2014]


Bravest Warriors
by Pendleton Ward and Breehn Burns
First time travel: 8 Nov 2012


In the year 3085, the four children of the Courageous Battlers (who died) form a new team to right wrongs (such as that time loop in the first regular episode, “Time Slime”) across the universe using the power of their emotions and other moop.

 Repair the time loop! Save Glendale! 

[Jul 2013]


“The Mouse Ran Down”
by Adrian Tchaikovsky
First publication: Carnage: After the End, Volume 2, 15 Nov 2012
John, Ellie and Marcus have a spot in late 16th century London where they live nine months of the year to escape the destruction of the Now, but even the future of that space is uncertain as the enemy hunts them.

 Living space is tough to find, though—there just arent many places in any city of any time that will stay overlooked for the duration. The invisible spaces of Babylon in 1700BC would already be staked out and claimed by whoever was taking refuge there. 

[Apr 2014]


“He Could Be Ambrose Bierce”
by Shannon Kelly Garrity
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 11 Dec 2012

Mona, who works as a file clerk in the modern-day Wisconsin office of the Time Displacement Bureau, suspects that her new nieghbor may be a displaced time traveler or time terrorist, but her awkwardness prevents her from effectively findout out more.

 Skirmishes with Purity were no laughing matter, and any traveler who showed the slightest inclination toward interfering with the past would find his or her license permanently removed.
But it made for a good story.
 

[Sep 2014]


The New Yorker Cartoons
by Tom Toro, et. al.
First one that I saw: 17 Dec 2012

I’d wager there have been many New Yorker cartoons with time machines, but the first one I saw came to me from my high school friend Jim Martin, written and drawn by Tom Toro in the 17 Dec 2012 issue (I think) and reprinted in a Readers’s Favorites contest in 2013.

 You invented a time machine to come back and . . . 

[Aug 2013]


365 Tomorrow’s 2012 Time-Travel Stories

Note: § indicates a separate list entry for the story.

 Auburn Tresses (24 Jan)§by Roi R. Czechvala
scientist to the sixties
Causality (25 Jun)by Duncan Shields
branching universes suck
Final Effect (12 Aug)by Desmund Hussey
mention of tachyons
Ghost of Christmas Future (5 Sep)by Duncan Shields
janitor visits himself
Drunken Paper Dolls (30 Aug)by Clint Wilson
time machine in copy mode
And Yet, It Moves (6 Nov)§by Susan Nance Carhart
rich, individualist time traveler
Stranded (10 Nov)by Suzann Dodd
traveler not picked up
The Loneliness of Time Travel (25 Nov)by George R. Shirer
traveler hooks up with self

 My theory is that the Tachyons, which are moving backward through space/time will— 
—“Final Effect”

[May 2015]

“Boomerang”
by Russell James
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013
When Robbie’s tenure comes to an end as a historical researcher at the Bridenbaugh Institute, he’s offered the chance to actually study the Great Depression in person—but only because another wacko has gone back to change history.

 Yes, but to do it, you are letting a kidnapper brutally murder a child. Theres a moral case for Akakos actions. 

[Aug 2014]

All royalties from Out of Time are donated to Doctors without Borders.
“The Paths We Choose”
by Paul Siluch
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013
A janitor in a physics lab uses the lab’s time travel cage to go back in time and alter the outcome of abusive moments that made him who he is.

 Intelligence was a wind blowing humanity faster and faster. But a man can hide from the wind, he thought. Even change its direction for a moment. 

[Jul 2014]

The authors of the Out of Time anthology also published this second volume a year later.
“A Thousand Different Copies”
by Janet Guy
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013
Lieutenant Kyuoko Morioka travels seventy years into the past to bring the inventor of time travel to her day because strange anomalies are appearing in the time stream.

 Im from seventy years in the future, and we need you to save us all. 

[Jul 2014]

from Teresa Robeson’s website
“Unfillable Void”
by Teresa Robeson
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013
Cindy Lau’s mother died when Cindy was young, motivating adult Cindy to invent time travel in order to spend as much time as possible with her mother before the death.

 Nobody thought Cindy would devote her life to studying the nature of time solely to fill the hold in her heart, even as she immersed herself in the subject during the last year of her undergrad degree. Nobody believed she would succeed when the mechanics of temporal movement had eluded some of the greatest minds in physics. 

[Aug 2014]

from Kelly Horn’s website
“The Widow in the Woods”
by Kelly Horn
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel 2013
Grad student Max has just four hours to find his shady his shady friend's brother who's been lost in time at an old archaeological dig site.

 I didn't lose him in the woods. I lost him in time. 

[Jul 2014]


Pizza Hut Commercial
First publication: Jan 2010

 Invest in the internet. 


A revised version of the story appeared as A Time Foreclosed in 2013.
“Time Out”
aka “A Time Foreclosed”
by Edward M. Lerner
First publication: Analog, Jan/Feb 2013
Ex-felon Peter Bitner jumps at the chance for a steady job with Dr. Jonas Gorski, only to end up debating time-travel paradoxes and ethics with the disgraced scientist who keeps building bigger and bigger time machines.

 Stop Hitler and what else do you alter? Millions of lives saved, sure, but billions of lives changed. 

[Dec 2012]


“The Woman Who Cried Corpse”
by Rajnar Vajra
First publication: Analog, Jan/Feb 2013
Ali Campbell-Lopez’s mother dies and comes out of a coma for the fourth time under circumstances that imply Ali has powers that will interest various national security agencies and enemy spies, prompting a violent assault on Ali and her teenage daughter, soon followed by the appearance of a much younger, time-traveling version of her mother.

 You wanted to build a time machine to go back and save my grandfather! 

[Dec 2012]


“The New Guys Always Work Overtime”
by David Erik Nelson
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Feb 2013



Taylor, the orientation guy from HR in a fabrication company tells us how his company brings in workers from other times because they’re cheaper than contemporary labor.

 Oh, and youre expected to pay taxes when you get back, whatever the law is, whenever that is. Any questions? 

[Aug 2014]


Hyperfutura
by Eric Kopatz and James O’Brien (O’Brien, director)
First release: 1 Feb 2013 (straight-to-video)

In the future, when a worker loses his job, he has little choice but to participate in medical experiments, such as the experiment that Adam Leben undertakes to become a new type of human who will then be sent back to seed the Earth.

 Ive got a few kinks Ive got to work out. You see . . . see, it fragments the personality right now, and theres . . . no return. 

[Jan 2015]


“The Time Travel Device”
by James Van Pelt
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 7 Feb 2013

One of my rules is that time travel must involve interaction, which this story—of a literary engineer visiting deaths of his literary heroes—might not have, but I like James Van Pelt enough that I wanted to list the story anyway (and mark my first visit to Daily Science Fiction).

 Time travel existed, but I could not interact with the past or the future. 

[May 2014]


“Pioneers”
by Bob Newbell
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 14 Feb 2013

When the crew of the Tsiolkovsky took off on a 100-year hibernation journey to Alpha Centauri, they didn’t quite realize what their legacy as pioneers would be

 Starship Tsiolkovsky, this is the Haven Space Station calling. Please respond. 

[May 2015]


“Pre-Pirates”
by Don D’ammassa
First publication: Analog, Mar 2013
Somewhat lazy computer science graduate Teresa Grant has the power to see written words before they are written, whereupon she publishes the best on her website.

 Could you steal something that didnt exist yet? 

[Dec 2012]


“Uncertainty”
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Feb 2013



For me, the main story of time-travel agent Leah wandering from one World War II encounter with Heisenberg to another did not have a clear notion of time travel, and the ties to the uncertainty principle were not germaine to the story. The exposition of the uncertainty principle itself was also confused, conflating it with the observer effect and not correctly representing the fact that a particle cannot simultaneously possess both a sharply localized position and a sharply localized momentum. On the other hand, I did enjoy the opening scene with Moe Berg, and the mix-ups are partly from his layman’s point-of-view.

 Werner Heisenbergs controversial uncertainty principle was one of the cornerstones of quantum physics. Heisenberg postulated that it was possible to know a particles position or that it was possible to know how fast the particle moved, but no one could know both the position and movement of the particle at the same time. Berg had spent quite a bit of time in Oxford, talking with leading scientists as he prepared for this job, and one of them used a description that moved away from particles into theory, which Berg appreciated. That scientist had told Berg that at its core, Heisenbergs principle meant this: The act of observing changes the thing being observed. 

[Aug 2014]


“The Wall”
by Naomi Kritzer
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apr/May 2013
In 1989, a college freshman named Meghan receives a visit from her future self who encourages her to investigate the fall of the Berlin Wall later that year.

 Im you. You from the future. 

[Aug 2014]


Esurance Commercial

 Oh! And your car is a time machine. 


I like this silly image (from columbiatalk.blogspot.com) enough to use it for the story, even though these aren’t Pankau’s Eraser Men.
“Leaving Home”
by Kurt Pankau
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 8 Apr 2013

Agents of the Temporal Response Bureau—a.k.a. Eraser-Men—protect the timeline, but given what happened to her husband, Grace does not approve when her own 17-year-old son applies to become an agent and is accepted.

 Last summer I applied to join the Temporal Response Bureau. 

[Dec 2014]


“Grief in the Strange Loop”
by Rhonda Eikamp
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 23 Apr 2013

A ten-year-old boy manages to first lose his sister in 11th-century Britain (via his father’s time machine) and then lose his Pop somewhere in the 9th-century Bulgarian Empire. The sister is found fairly quickly, but not until thirty years later does an archeology colleague bring a clue as to exactly where his father might be.

 When hed left the room for a moment Sis dared me to send her somewhere. 

[Sep 2014]


“Changes”
by Rand B. Lee
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/Jun 2013
For some reason, the world has splintered into a multitude of pockets from different times and different timelines. Who ya gonna call? Whitsun—pocketbuster.

 But nobody had any explanations to proffer concerning why the Storm had splintered the world into probability-zones, replacing slices of the known, familiar present with slices of past, future, or alternative presents more or less probable. 

[Sep 2014]


Star Trek: Into Darkness
by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof (J.J. Abrams, director)
First release: 17 May 2013

Tim denies it, but there’s a little-known rule that says that any time Spock Prime gets to talk to new Spock, the movie is counted as possessing time travel under a grandfather clause, even if said movie contained no actual new time travel.

For me, the dark aspects of the movie were nothing but forced melodrama, although it did have great special effects, terrific casting of the principles, and fun trekkie jokes. Those positives, though, weren’t enough to cover up the plot holes and Kirk’s questionabe decisions. Good grief, just blast the bad guy with a photon torpedo rather than blasting your way through a bunch of Klingons (who never harmed you) to give the guy a fair trial. And if you don’t do that, at least blast him to bits on the bridge of that dreadnaught.

 As you know, I have made a vow never to give you information that could potentially alter your destiny. Your path is yours to walk and yours alone. 

[Jul 2013]


“Private Memories”
by Michael Haynes
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 20 May 2013

The narrator loops over the same stretch of a few minutes over and over in order to talk you out of suicide, and then a second set of loops, and . . .

 I watch you commit suicide for the fourth time. This time I almost have you talked out of it. 

[Sep 2014]


“Try, Try Again”
by John Gregory Betancourt
First publication: The Time Travel Megapack, Jun 2013

After Dr. Keith O’Conner sends a message back in time to save his dead son, it seems that there is always one more message that needs sending.

 It was a matter of life and death for Dr. Keith OConner. Not his life, but the life of his son. That’s why he had invented time travel . . . the transmission of electrically charged impulses back through the years to a human brain . . . his brain, to be precise. 

[Jul 2015]

Wilson has also written a series of Flatworld books about a world beyond the void.
“The Time Goblin”
by Clint Wilson
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 3 Jun 2013

Wilson tells of a unique being who waits at wormholes to gobble time travelers.

 His kind has known of time travel since before ninety-five percent of all time traveling species in the known galaxy. 

[Jun 2015]


“Note to Self”
by Hans Hergot
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 4 Jun 2013

Thomas meets a messenger from the future who brings him six words.

 I am from the future. You won a contest, in the future, to send a message to your younger self. 

[Dec 2014]

Shvartsman also edits the Unidentified Funny Objects series.
“True Love”
by Alex Shvartsman
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 6 Jun 2013

Molly goes back in time to try to experience the true love of Helen of Troy of Cleopatra, but she is disappointed that she can only observe. Based on that, I was about to relegate the story to the no-time-travel pile, when I spotted something that changed my mind.

 We can only be spectators of the past. Passengers, along for the ride. 

[Dec 2014]


7 Against Chaos
by Harlan Ellison and Paul Chadwick
First publication: Jun 7, 2013
Paul Chadwick’s exquisitely detailed and dynamic art illustrates Harlan Ellison’s story of a band of seven resilient misfits from across the solar system who are led by the deeply scarred Roack, hoping to bring an end to the time chaos that plagues Earth.

The work comes across as dated, but still, I enjoyed seeing the latest work from my childhood friend, Paul Chadwick.

 The crisis computers say the structure of Earths local field of time itself is collapsing. Eras are mixing. 

[Nov 2013]


“Dear Tomorrow”
by Simon Clark
First publication: The Mammoth Book of Time Travel, Jul 2013
Among the myriad of sad stories of people who desperately wish to turn back the clock—John Salvin who loses his wife and child in a vanished plane, Kamana Banerjee who loses her husband to a random bullet—a reality tv program, Impossible, Isnt It?, plans to archive the most heart-wrenching of the stories for future time travelers who may respond to those pleas by coming back to appear on the program and providing solice.

 Whats more, its my personal belief that time machines will be invented one day; thats why Im inviting time-travelling viewers from the distant future to visit us at our rendezvous point on Mount Snowden in North Wales, on the tenth of July— 

[Jul 2015]


“Not with a Bang”
by Rosemary Claire Smith
First publication: Analog, Jul/Aug 2013
Marty Zuber, a lovesick time-ship pilot and bodyguard on Dr. Derek Dill’s trip to the late Cretaceous, is sulky because the girl he’s dating keeps making eyes at Dill in the t-mail messages.

 Can you comment on the rumors that youre secretely planning on launching missiles to knock the comet off course and save the dinosaurs? 

[Jul 2013]


“Diamond Doubles”
by Eric Brown
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 16 Jul 2013

A novel writer from the fourth millennium is trapped in the 1960s and subjecting a contemporary editor to his work.

 I have first-hand experience of life in the fourth millennium as I hail from that era. 

[Aug 2014]


Timeholes
by Paul F. Taylor and Toby Williams
First release: 16 Jul 2013

What will happen when time travel becomes as commonplace as hopping on a bus? This short film tells us in just two minutes.

 The nearest booths down there, on the left. 

[Feb 2014]

In addition to writing fiction, Pinsker rocks out on her home page.
“Join Our Team of Time Travel Professionals”
by Sarah Pinsker
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 18 Jul 2013


Magda lands a job that many people would jump at: watching after time-travel tourists to make sure they don’ screw up the time line, but who watches the watchers?

 Manhattan in 1985 didnt have jawbone communications, but it did have plenty of bag ladies who talked to themselves. Magda was temporarily one of them. 

[Dec 2014]

Pickett’s first story (“Diatra”) appeared in the second DSF anthology.
“Sticks and Stones”
by Kevin Pickett
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 24 Jul 2013

A man returns to the school where he was bullied as a child.

 The little boy crouched defensively, making a smaller target for their cruelty, but knowing their aim was good. 

[Dec 2014]


“Timeless Bore”
by Peter Wood
First publication: Stupefying Stories Showcase, 26 Jul 2013

A none-too-wealthy time traveler insists on passing the time of day in Macs two-pump filling station in Perdue, North Carolina.

 As the man from the future droned on and on, Mac immersed himself in the paper. He grunted every so often to feign interest. 

[Feb 2014]


Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
adapted by James Krieg (Jay Oliva, director)
First released: 30 Jul 2013 (direct-to-dvd)


By my count, the Flashpoint comics by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert had a total of 72 comics, but it all fit in 81 minutes of this animated dvd in which the Flash awakens without his powers in a world where the rest of the Justice League is at war with pretty much everyone. Initially, he blames his arch-enemy Professor Zoom for messing with the timeline, but it turns out that it’s not Zoom who needs to be stopped from time traveling.

 We have to find out what he changed and change it back before they kill everyone on the planet. 

[Jul 2015]


Rewind
by Justin Marks
First aired: 26 Aug 2013


For this rejected-series pilot, mega-handwaving went into creating a setting where a government team could send people back to change the past in a way that the team and the travelers can remember the original timeline and observe the effect of any changes—somewhat like Seven Days but without without the charm of Lt. Frank Parker. My thought is that one particular plot device totally missed the boat: The team has a technology that allows them to confidently predict the outcome of any proposed change before enacting it. Imagine how boring The Butterfly Effect would have been had Evan had such a technology in his pocket. Even so, I would have watched this series if it had ever made it into full production.

 Basically, Charlie can show us how an action in the past creates ripples in the present. 

[Feb 2015]

This was the first professionally published story that I read by one of my Odyssey Workshop classmates—nicely done, Chip!
“Flip Side”
by Chip Houser
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 29 Aug 2013

The story follows a woman in the moments after a traffic accident.

 Look before you cross, Tommy! 

[Sep 2014]


“Affirmative Auction”
by James Morrow
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 2013
A Plutonian captain in the Pangalactic Virtue Patrol brings his time-traveling spaceship to a South Carolina slave auction in 1801 for a muddled morality lesson.

 . . . we have journeyed here from our mutual suns ninth body to rectify an anomaly that for over two centuries has corrupted your civilization. 

[Oct 2013]


“The Time Travel Club”
by Charlie Jane Anders
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2013
At Lydia’s second time at the Time Travel Club, she tells them of her pirate activities in the past and her solar sail demolition races in the future, which is all well and good until the outlandish Madame Alberta shows up and asks them all to help her with ethical questions of building a real time machine, not to mention figuring out a rather strange use for the thing.

 They already have warrantless wiretaps and indefinite detention. Imagine if they could go back in time and spy on you in the past. Or kill people as little children. 

[Apr 2014]


Dimensions:
a Line, a Loop, a Tangle of Threads

by Antony Neely (Sloan U’Ren, director)
First release: 9 Oct 2013

Imagine that you’re a boy in 1921 Cambridge when your sister dies falling down a well. What would you do? Naturally, you’d vow to become a great scientist in an artsy movie so you can go back in time to alter the tragic event.

 Annie: Are you ready to leave?
Stephen: Yes.
Annie: How long will it take?
Stephen: I dont know: seconds, decades, an eternity.
Annie: An eternity? For a few moments together?
Stephen: Yes. 

[Jan 2015]

Larsen’s first story appeared in this anthology.
“Chronology of Heartbreak”
by Rich Larson
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 10 Oct 2013

Jack heartlessly breaks up with Kristine in a restaurant.                                                                                    

 The professor was idling the time machine. 

[Dec 2014]


Free Birds
by Jimmy Hayward and Scott Mosier (Hayward, director)
First release: 1 Nov 2013

Reggie, the turkey who’s awarded the Thanksgiving presidential pardon, has it pretty cushy until he’s kidnapped by Jake for a mission (via time machine S.T.E.V.E., voiced by George Takei) to stop the first Thanksgiving.

 Oh, my! 

[Feb 2015]


About Time
by Richard Curtis (Curtis, director)
First release: 8 Nov 2013

Poor Rachel McAdams—always the bride, never the time traveler. This time its romantic comedy with Domhnall Gleeson in the time traveling co-star role. For me, the writer/director had a good vision, but couldn’t make it gel.

 I cant kill Hitler or shag Helen of Troy, unfortunately. 

[May 2014]


“The Chorus Line”
by Daniel Hatch
First publication: Analog, Dec 2013
Billionaire Mr. Croesus thinks Eric Cunningham faked the 4-million-year-old images of our ancestors dancing that made such a hit on YouTube recently, and he intends to prove it.

 The concensus is that butterflies dont know anything about regression analysis. Things tend to return to their mean over time 

[Oct 2013]


95ers: Echos
aka 95ers: Time Runners
by Thomas Gomez Durham, James Durham and Kip Rasmussen
First release: 12 Dec 2013 (straight-to-video)

At the start, a young girl’s father has died and then snow starts falling upward. Later, after a slightly creepy falling-in-love by a man named Horatio, there’s an FBI agent, quite possibly Fox Multer, who’s very good at guessing things. Then her husband dies and we discover that her good guessing comes from being able to wind back time a few seconds—and I’m lost, my patience exhausted before any meaning appears.

 Account locked out.
Account locked out.
Account locked out.
Account locked out
Account locked out.
Password accepted.
[Sally smiles.] 

[Jan 2015]


365 Tomorrow’s 2013 Time-Travel stories

Note: § indicates a separate list entry for the story.

 Be Patient, Brethren (16 Jan)by Patricia Stewart
astronaut repeated tossed back
Pioneers (14 Feb)§by Bob Newbell
journey to Alpha Centauri
Dinner with the Morlocks (24 Feb)by David Barber
blood-suckers from the future
Ghost in the Machine (7 Mar)by Clint Wilson
observe but don’t be observed
Steampunk (10 Mar)by David Stephenson
time machine blueprints are found
Traveller’s Mistake (13 Mar)by Duncan Shields
jokester time traveler
A Swirl of Chocolate (11 May)by K. Esta
stop yourself from traveling
The Time Goblin (3 Jun)§by Clint Wilson
a hunter of time travelers
It All Makes a Difference (8 Jun)by James McGrath
to 1066
Party for Two (20 Jun)by Kevin Richards
Hawking’s time-travel party
Flux (10 Jul)by J.D. Rice
robot from the future
Historicity (24 Jul)by Bob Newbell
realities of time travel
Pulped (29 Jul)by Bob Newbell
Dr. Sinistral’s evil time machine
Intentional Paradox (20 Aug)by Clint Wilson
early humans receive tools
Timecasting (22 Sep)by Duncan Shields
the first time traveler
Life Itself (2 Nov)by Richard Halcomb
to Primal Earth
The Longest Distance (18 Dec)by Aaron Koelker
a long distance relationship

 They would land less than a nanosecond after their initial departure; to witness the alternate future they had now created by introducing so many technological advances to the once uninformed bipedal creatures. 
—“Intentional Paradox”

[May 2015]

“The Carl Paradox”
by Steve Rasnic Tem
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jan 2014
Future Carl informs Carl that the life he’s leading is the only one that’s insignificant enough that no paradox or disaster can possibly occur as a result of his time travel.

Steve and his wife Melanie were the writers-in-residence at the 2014 Odyssey Writers Workshop which I attended with many wonderful students and two remarkable writers-in-residence. Melanie died the following spring, and we all miss her wisdom and kindness greatly.

 The only difference, apparently, is the major dressing used on a roast beef club sandwich at a place called Garalfalos. 

[Apr 2015]


The Chronos Files
by Rysa Walker
First book: Jan 1, 2014
The first book in Rysa Walker’s Chrons Files series, Timebound, won the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The book follows 16-year-old Prudence “Kate” Pierce-Keller to 1893 where a murder risks wiping out everything she knows, including herself. A novella (Times Echo) and a novel (Times Edge) are also part of the series.

 I was feeling very shaky on my feet. Id never had any sort of hallucination, and the sounds and images had seemed so real, like I was actually experiencing them firsthand. 

[Aug 2014]


Papa John’s Back to the Future Commercial
aka Peyton Manning to 1984
First aired: 2 Jan 2014

 Professional driver. Closed course. Do not attempt! 



Pepsi Halftime Commercial
First aired: 4 Jan 2014

 I like halftime! 


Six of Rountree’s earlier stories appeared in this collection.
“Cigarette Lighter Love Song”
by Josh Rountree
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 17 Jan 2014

Every ten years, Melissa casts a spell that makes her and the narrator flit back, experiencing earlier times, all in the spot where the roller rink used to be.

 See, this is how it happens. Im in that place I want to be, then suddenly its twenty years later and Melissa is telling me what a son of a bitch I am and why did I have to screw the whole thing up just as shed finally got the fucking spell right? 

[Dec 2014]


“The Future Faire”
by Dustin Adams
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 21 Jan 2014

When people from the future put on a faire outside of Portland, Tyler and his parents are among the first in line to visit. As a reader, I’m hoping that deaf Tyler will come away cured, despite the prominent sign announcing: NO TECHNOLOGY IS TO LEAVE THE FAIREGROUNDS!

 Im curious why people from the future would need cash, but my father says, “Business is business, no matter when youre from.” 

[Aug 2014]


A Murder in Time
by Jonas Saul
First publication: 23 Jan 2014
Things start going wrong as soon as Marcus Johnson staged the fake robbery at the store that he managed—not the least of which was himself appearing outside the store and looking in at himself getting ready to undertake the robbery, presumably because of those time-travel experiments his mother participated in when she was pregnant.

 Last night when he locked up and stared out the window, he had seen someone familiar starting back at him from the parking lots light standard. That someone appeard to be crying and was dressed exactly as he was right now. 

[Mar 2014]


Comcast/Xfinity Commercial
First aired: Superbowl XLVIII, 2 Feb 2014


 We must have encountered a temporal vortex. Further analytics are necessary. 



The Lego Movie
by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, et. al.
First release: 7 Feb 2014

Do legos time travel? Maybe not, but they do go to an old west universe where Emmet asks, “Do you think you can explain to me why I'm dressed like this? And what those big words in the sky were all about? And, like, where we are . . . in time?” Those questions, together with the quote shown below, get the movie into my time-travel list.

 Come with me if you want to not die. 

[Mar 2014]


“Drink in a Small Town”
by Peter Wood
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar 2014
A down-on-his-luck physicist who’s invented a faster-than-light drive stops to watch the first manned Mars landing in a small-town Georgia diner. This is one of the few stories I’ve seen that ties together ftl with time travel.

 And youll discover something else when youre tinkering with that drive. 

[Feb 2014]


“Mrs. Darwin Has Visitors”
by David Barber
First publication: Flash Fiction Online, Mar 2014

This is the first time-travel story that I ran across in the enjoyable monthly, Flash Fiction Online. Among others, Andrew J. Salt from the Creation Museum of Petersburg, Kentucky, has an interest in getting by Charles Darwin’s gatekeeper.

 It seemed Mr Salt had completed a difficult journey today and was impatient. He was in possession of a powerful new idea that must be brought to Mr Darwins notice. 

[Jan 2015]

I don’t like to use the same cover illustration twice, so here’s an interior illustration for a poem in the March 2014 Asimov’s.
“Through Portal”
by Dominica Phetteplace
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar 2014
During a picnic on a planet under study, eight-year-old Emmy wanders away and through a portal that is only partly a time machine.

 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, . . . 

[Feb 2014]


“The Uncertain Past”
by Ted White
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2014
JFK-viewers are clichéd in time travel, but Ted White—a favorite of mine from his time as Amazing and Fantastic editor—has a new twist as every observer sees a different version of the assasination attempt.

 Kennedy wasnt hit. Neither was Connally. I didnt bother sticking around after that. 

[Jun 2014]


Mr. Peabody & Sherman
by Craig Wright (Rob Minkoff, director)
First released: 7 Mar 2014


The movie had some good one-liners and even some good (albeit worn) puns in the style of the original cartoon, but for me, the plot lacked even enough structure to hold the attention of a child and the writer was writing down to his audience so much so that not even Patrick Warburton’s voice in a small part was sufficient to rescue the story from the fast-forward button.

 Very well, then: If a boy can adopt a dog, the I see no reason why a dog cant adopt a boy. 

[May 2015]

from Gilbow’s home page
“Running Late”
by S.L. Gilbow
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 7 Mar 2014

The traveling companion of a reluctant time-travel tourist is running late again.

 Time machines, after all, run on a tight schedule. 

[Jun 2015]


Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey
presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson
First episode: 9 Mar 2014

Although the 2014 version didn’t capture me as did the original, the new time-traveling Ship of the Imagination is wondrous, as are the other new special effects (but, for me, the animation was weak).

 Lets go back 30,000 years to a time before dogs . . . 

[Mar 2014]


Resurrection
developed by Aaron Zelman, Brad Pitt and Jason Mott
First episode: 10 Mar 2014

After eight-year-old Jake Langston drowns in a river, 32 years pass before he reappears, unchanged, in a rice paddy in China. They can call it resurection, but it quacks like time travel to me, even if Jake’s original body is still in that mausoleum.

 Whats red and green and goes a million miles an hour? 

[Mar 2014]


“The Sentence Is Always Death”
by Brian Hirt and Ken Gerber
First publication: Daily Science Fictioin, 14 Mar 2014

Forty-three-year-old Paul Beaumont, who used to switch places with his twin brother Thomas, faces sentencing in a court where the sentence is always death and the worst death option involves government time-traveling executioners—although the universe will allow the sentence to be carried out only after the condemned no longer has a future contribution of importance.

 “I order death from category K.” Somehow these words sound less insidious than the proper name. There is only one type of death in this category. It's called “Erasure.” 

[Sep 2014]


One-Minute Time Machine
by Sean Crouch (Devon Avery, director)
First release: 29 Mar 2014 (festival)

James takes his one-minute time machine to a park bench to try to pick up quantum physicist Rachel.

Janet showed this five-minute film-festival film to me on my first prime birthday of the 2010 decade.

 Rachel: Whats that?
James: Huh? Oh, nothing.
Rachel: Sure its not a One-Minute Time Machine? 

[Jul 2015]


“It’s Not ‘The Lady or the Tiger’,
It’s ‘Which Tiger?’”

by Ian Randall Strock
First publication: Analog, Apr 2014
When searching for a long-lost ancestor (possibly depressed) whose actions literally gave you a good life, a time traveler would be well advised to frequent said ancestor’s watering holes.

 I came back to offer you comfort, love, happiness, a life of ease. 

[Feb 2014]

Jacobsen also authored this 2012 sf novel.
“Prometheus . . . ?”
by Mark Jacobsen
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 13 Apr 2014

A pair of time travelers try to learn the old skills such as starting a fire from rubbing sticks.

 You know, Ive seen this in books, but never in real life. 

[Jun 2015]


Zits
by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
First time travel: 20 Apr 2014

Strangely enough, on Saturday, April 19, my friend Jim Martin sent me a copy of the Sunday, April 20, Zits comic strip, which was the first one that I’ve noticed with time travel.

 Ignoring the space/time continuum helped. 

[Apr 2014]


Brewster Rockit, Space Guy
by Tim Rickard
First time travel (that I saw): 21 Apr 2014


I’m not a regular reader of the funnies any more, so I can’t tell you when Dr. Mel in the Brewster Rockit strip first made use of his time machine, but my friend Jim (see Zits, above) also showed me the doctor’s use of his time machine to avoid having a late taxes penalty.

 Dr. Mel, you forgot to file your taxes last week! You missed the tax deadline! 

[Apr 2014]


“Presidential Cryptotrivia”
by Oliver Buckram
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2014

A list of amazing but true facts about U.S. presidents, some of who traveled through time.

 . . . he traveled back in time to 1898 in order to engineer the unlikely annexation of the Kingdom of Hawaii into the United States. 

[Jun 2014]