Time-Travel Fiction

  Storypilot’s Big List of Adventures in Time Travel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 That, young time traveler, is your first kiss. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 This is a call from the past, my darling. 

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

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

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

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

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

 e.e. cummings at your service 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Allemand’s
interior illustration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

created by Wilson Coneybeare
First episode: 5 Jul 2003

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

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

by Jukki Hanada
First episode: 17 Jul 2003

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Ready for a trip into the past, Yumi? 

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

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

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

 Drop the gun or your timeline is over. 

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

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

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

 Have a little faith in your sister. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 “So, what’s the sitch?” 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 I haven’t eaten since later this afternoon. 

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

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

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

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

 Heading down for the NT site. More later. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The future is not immutable—you can print that! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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. [Aug 2013]

 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 empire’s 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 Babbage’s original design, all operating in parallel. 

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. [Dec 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. 

“A Few Good Men”
by Richard A. Lovett
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Dec 2005]

 There were eight good prospects back there, and I’d have had them all if this bitch hadn’t shown up. 

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. [Apr 2012]

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

“Letters of Transit”
by Brian Plante
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Jan 2006]

 You wouldn’t want to cause any of those nasty paradoxes, would you? 

“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. [Apr 2014]

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

“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. [Feb 2014]

 “It’s 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 it’s precisely the line that led to us.” 

“Working on Borrowed Time”
by John G. Hemry
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Jul 2005]

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

“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. [Dec 2013]

 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. Gogh’s painting. 

“The Time Traveler’s Wife”
by Scott William Carter
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Sep 2012]

 “We’ve 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. We’re going into the future! 

Time Warp Trio
adapted by Kathy Waugh, et. al.
First publication: 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. [Mar 2013]

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

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. [Oct 2012]

 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. 

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). [Oct 2012]

 Apparently I inherited Mama’s looks and Papa’s brains. Again and again in my life I’ve gotten the best of a bad bargain. 

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

 So you figured that if you kept Franklin’s 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. 

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. [Mar 2014]

 Everything ends eventually. But after all is said and done, it’s waht we do in the meantime that matters, isn’t it? 

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. [Jul 2011]

 A butterfly caused all this? 

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” (Asimov’s, 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” (Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2013), Captain Jonathan “Coop” just might have a chance to return the ship and the crew to their own time. [Feb 2015]

 “Diving into the Wreck” [A]Asimov’s, Dec 2005 
“Room of Lost Souls” [B]Asimov’s, Dec 2005
“The Spires of Denon”Asimov’s, Apr/May 2009
Diving into the Wreck [w/parts of A,B]Nov 2009
“Becoming One with the Ghosts”Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2010
“Becalmed”Asimov’s, Apr/May 2011
City of RuinsMay 2011
“Stealth”Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2011
“The Spires of Denon”Asimov’s, Apr/May 2009
BoneyardsJan 2012
SkirmishesApr 2013
“Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls”Asimov’s, May 2013
“The Application of Hope”Asimov’s, Aug 2013
“Encounter on Starbase Kappa”Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2013

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

“Written in Plaster”
by Rajnar Vajra
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Dec 2005]

 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.

Life on Mars [UK]
created by Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah
First aired: 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. [Jan 2015]

 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...I’m lying in a hospital bed in 2006 and none of this is real. 

The Plot to Save Socrates
by Paul Levinson
First publication: 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. [Aug 2012]

 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? 

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. [Apr 2014]

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

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. [Jul 2013]

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

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.

       [Feb 2007]

 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? 

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. [Jun 2006]

 It’s kind of a long distance relationship. 

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. [Feb 2010]

 It’s an advanced piece of equipment like TiVo. 

Broeck Steadman’s interior illustration
“Environmental Friendship Fossle”
by Ian Stewart
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Jun 2006]

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

“The Teller of Time”
by Carl Frederick
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Sep 2012]

     “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.” 

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
adaptation by Satoko Okudera (Mamoru Hosoda, director)
First publication: 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. [Feb 2013]

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

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. [Sep 2012]

 Or, I can change things for the better...ooh, there’s a whole side of my family that my dad doesn’t 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. 

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. [Jul 2013]

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

created by Tim Kring
First aired: 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. [Sep 2006]

 Save the cheerleader, save the world. 

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

 [Sep 2012]

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

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. [Dec 2006]

 Thou shalt UN-kill, whenever possible. 

Day Break
created by Paul Zbyszewski
First aired: 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. [Nov 2006]

 Maybe. We’ll see how the day goes. 

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. [Jul 2013]

 Cartoon Violence: Not recommended for small children or big babies 

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. [Aug 2012]

 Danny: Whatever you did, you did it already. Whether you send this note or you don’t, it doesn’t matter. You cannot change the past. It’s physically impossible.
Agent Carlin: What if there’s more than physics? 

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). [Aug 2011]

 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. 

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. [Apr 2014]

 Look! There’s there are dinosaurs in that poster! Let’s go there! 

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. [sep 2012]

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”

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. [Aug 2014]

 The prince will never know. He’ll be perfectly happy. 

created by Adrian Hodges and Tim Haines
First aired: 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. [Dec 2011]

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

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. [Feb 2012]

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

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. [Mar 2012]

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

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. [need quote] [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. [Dec 2010]

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

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. [Apr 2014]

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

“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.” [May 2014]

 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. 

“A Zoo in the Jungle”
by Carl Frederick
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [May 2007]

 A planetarium on the Moon. It’s like a zoo in the jungle, or building a swimming pool under water. What’s the point? 

Against Time
by Cleve Nettles (Nettles, director)
First release: 12 Jun 2007
I think this movie was made in 2001 and made the film festival circuits, but maybe not 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. [Apr 2013]

 From the future? A wino from the future?! 

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. [Apr 2012]

 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. 

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 farther and farther 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. [Jun 2011]

 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. 

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. [Aug 2013]

 I’m still here. Shit. It’s morning. Birds singing. The scent of roses wafting through my window. Mrs. Mansfield in my doorway. 

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. [Nov 2010]

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

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. [Jul 2012]

 Has viajado en el tiempo. 

created by Kevin Falls
First aired: 24 Sep 2007

Reporter Dan Vasser’s life is thrown into disarray when he starts jumping backward in time to help others in peril. [Sep 2007]

 What’s going on? That game was eight years ago. 

“A Bridge in Time”
by Joseph P. Martino
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Nov 2007]

 Don’t 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. 

by Desmond Warzel
First publication: Abyss and Apex, Oct 2007
The time-travel bulletin board has a recurring problem. [Dec 2010]

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

“These are the Times”
by John G. Hemry
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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 Tom’s love interest Pam, another TI from Tom’s future who is trying to figure out who fired the first shot. [Dec 2007]

 The steath-suited TI leveled a weapon, then droped as a stun charge hit. Moments later the other TI weo’d 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. 

“Anything Would Be Worth It”
by Lesley L. Smith
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Jan 2008]

 I just went back in time to save Sophia’s 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. 

Jerry Oltion’s
trackball telescope

by Jerry Oltion
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Dec 2007]

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

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. [Jul 2012]

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

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. [Jan 2012]

 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. 

by Robert Kirbyson
First released: Jan 2008

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. [Jan 2011]

 Just hit control-z. 

The Sarah Connor Chronicles
created by Josh Friedman
First aired: 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. [Jan 2008]

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

by John Killoran, David Diamond, David Weissman (Lev Spiro, director)
First aired: 25 Jan 2008 on the Disney Channel

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. [Mar 2012]

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

“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. [Jan 2008]

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

“Knot Your Grandfather’s Knot”
by Howard V. Hendrix
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Mar 2008]

 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. 

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. [Aug 2013]

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

 Mom, it’s me, Candace from the past. I came here in a time machine that Phineas and Ferb borrowed from a museum. You’ve gotta bust them! 

“The Beethoven Affair”
by Donald Moffitt
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [May 2008]

 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. 

“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. [Apr 2014]

 I haven’t just been to Mecca. I’ve been there in the time of the Prophet, peace be upon him. 

by Susan Forest
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [May 2008]

 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. 

“Finalizing History”
by Richard K. Lyon
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [May 2008]

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

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). [Dec 2008]

 I did it! 

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. [Dec 2014]

 Oh, bless my bum-flap. You’re time travelers. 

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

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. [Dec 2012]


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. [Jul 2006]

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

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. [Jan 2015]

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

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. [Oct 2008]

 It goes like this, Spaceman. We live on a rock, there ain’t no rhyme, there ain’t no reason. We live on a rock, just one of many. Hurling around in some big cosmic jumbalaya. Now you wanna get questiony, that’s 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 couldn’t 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 can’t get out of third gear without a snarl. So, who was she talking to every Sunday and why wasn’t he answering? I will tell you why, because we live on a rock, just one of many. There ain’t no answers! There’s 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.

Mark Evan’s
interior illustration

“"Greenwich Nasty Time"”
aka Wizards of Science
by Carl Frederick
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Dec 2008]

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

created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
First mention of 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. [Mar 2013]

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) 
andWindmark visits 2609
Liberty (18 Jan 2013) 

 After all, I was the scientist; and my only son was dying and I couldn’t 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, he’s 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. 

College Humor Originals
First time travel: 26 Jan 2009

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. [Feb 2014]

Time Gun26 Jan 2009
Back to the Future Sex Scenes  9 Feb 2012
Hardly Working / Killing Hitler11 Oct 2012

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

“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. [Aug 2014]

 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. 

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. [Oct 2012]

 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. 

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

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. [Feb 2014]

 I’m certain I didn’t send myself any mail recently, but then again, I have plans to do so in the near future—or near past, I suppose. 

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. [Dec 2010]

 I wish I’d met Jane before she was married. 

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. [Apr 2014]

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

“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. [Aug 2014]

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

Mac vs PC Commercial
First aired: May 2009

 I’m a PC, and I’m 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. [Feb 2014]

 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. 

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. [May 2009]

 You know, coming back in time, changing history...that’s cheating. 

“Time Machine”
by Simon Rich
First publication: 12 May 2009

Just one of many fun gags in Simon Rich’s second collection, Free-Range Chickens[Feb 2015]

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

“The Affair of the Phlegmish Master”
by Donald Moffitt
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Oct 2012]

 Harry’s going to upset a multibillion dollar applecart. I don’t know what strings he pulled to get an import license for a priceless artifact from another timeline, but it’s not going to be worth what he thinks. 

by Charles Stross
First publication: Wireless, Jul 2007

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. [Apr 2014]

 They’ll 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.

(It’s an antinepotism measure, they’ll tell you, nodding, not unkindly. And a test of your ruthlessness and determination. And besides, we all did it when it was our turn.)

“Turning the Grain”
by Barry B. Longyear
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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.” [Oct 2012]

 Three weeks in prehistory, Mr. Redcliff. Aren’t you excited? 

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. [Feb 2014]

 It’s like everybody knows everything about me, but I’m invisible at the same time. 

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. [Feb 2013]

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

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. [Jul 2010]

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

“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. [Apr 2014]

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

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. [Jul 2014]

 See kids, in the Jurassic period, there’s no grass or flowers. 

“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 it’s 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. [Apr 2014]

 The hands are moving now. Time is passing now. 

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. [Sep 2012]

 Rose: Are you a ghost?
Tolly: I don’t think I can be. I’m not dead. 

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

 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. 

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... [Mar 2012]

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

created by Howard Overman
First aired: 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. [Mar 2014]

 There's always someone who can fly. 

“A Flash of Lightning”
by Robert Scherrer
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Dec 2009]

 We’ll discuss the ethics of time travel in the spring semester. 

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. [Dec 2009]

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

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. [Dec 2011]

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

“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. [Jan 2015]

 “It’s a time machine,” Luke says. ”I’m going to fix it.” 

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. [Aug 2013]

 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], we’ve chosen to leave it alone. So you mustn’t touch! 

Coke Zero Commercial
First aired: 8 Mar 2010

 Isn’t 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.) [Aug 2013]

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

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. [Feb 2013]

 So you believe me? You’re an SF geek, right? 

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. [Sep 2011]

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

“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. [Jan 2013]

 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. 

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. [Dec 2012]

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

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

From time to time, I’ll include a story in which images from the future are viewed without any real time travel, and this is one of those times as the whole family, plus the Willards from next door, gather ’round to see the first broadcast of their own future. [Apr 2014]

 In the future, I got a beer. 

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. [Nov 2014]

 When can you make the machine work? 

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. [Oct 2014]

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

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)! [May 2011]

 Steal my boyfriend, taste my steel! 

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. [Nov 2014]

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

“Red Letter Day”
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Aug 2010]

 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! He’s done that. 

“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. [Sep 2010]

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

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. [Apr 2014]

“The Dame, the Doctor and the Device” by Chris F. Holm2010
“Battles, Broadswords, and Bad Girls” by Charles A. Gramlich2011
“Chaos in the Stream” by Garnett Elliot2011
“Darkling in the Eternal Space” by Chad Eagleton2011
“Loose Ends” by Garnett Elliot2012
“The Final Painting of Hawley Exton” by Chad Eagleton2013

 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.” 

The story also appears in this 2013 collection.
by Tim Pratt
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 6 Sep 2014

How did Nero fiddle while Rome burned if the fiddle wasn’t invented until the 16th century? [Dec 2014]

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

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. [Sep 2010]

 Pete: I’m not gonna remember...
Artie: Remember what?
Pete: Remember dying.
Artie: No. No, Pete, you won’t remember. [Pete dies.] But I will...I will. 

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. [Dec 2014]

 It is the future. 

“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. [Dec 2014]

 Termite Trouble? You Can Turn Back Time! 

from Albert’s web site
“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. [Aug 2014]

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

“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. [Jan 2015]

 I just had an intense déjà vu... 

“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. [Apr 2014]

 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. 

“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. [Jan 2015]

 And I’ve been trying to figure it out for forty-seven years. I’m going to solve it now, so you know. 

Regular Show
created by J.G. Quintel
First time travel: 4 Jan 2011

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. [Jul 2013]

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”

“The Man from Downstream”
by Shane Tourtellotte
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Nov 2010]

 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 wasn’t one of them; I didn’t understand.” He ounded a fist into his thigh, a startling burst of violence. “But their theories were such violations of common sense!” 

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. [Dec 2014]

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

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. [Aug 2014]

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

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. [Jul 2014]

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

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

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

“A Snitch in Time”
by Donald Moffitt
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Dec 2010]

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

“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. [Feb 2012]

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

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

The second sentence of this Wikipedia article saddens me. [Jan 2015]

 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. 

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. [Mar 2014]

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

“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. [Apr 2014]

 She would have been excited if she hadn’t been so horrified: The house was probably destroying the space-time continuum right now and forming a thousand glittering paradoxes all because she hadn’t really cleaned the kitchen. Once she’d forgotten to weed the window boxes and the house had dissolved her feet right up to the ankle. 

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. [Feb 2011]

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

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. [May 2014]

 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?” 

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. [Apr 2014]

 Now pretend that this urinal cake is me, alright? 

“Betty Knox and Dictionary Jones in the Mystery of the Missing Teenage Anachronisms”
by John G. Hemry
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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. [Oct 2012]

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

“The Most Important Thing in the World”
by Steve Bein
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar 2011
Cab driver Ernie never went to college, but nonetheless, when a strange-looking suit with various timers is left in his cab, he figures out the way it works in order to impress his wife who is on the verge of leaving their marriage.

Later the owner of the suit tells Ernie, “It’s not time travel,” and I suppose that’s true, but never mind.

P.S. Watch out for those interest payments. [Mar 2014]

 But Ernie understands the long and the short of it well enough. The bottom line is the kid and his professor at school found a way to make these lumps spend some of their own future in the present. 

“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. [Jul 2014]

 You can’t change anything. You certainly can’t tell anyone. 

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”). [Mar 2011]

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

Time Travel Tales
by Jay Dubya
First publication: Bookstand Publishing, 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. [May 2012]

The Music DiskFree sample at amazon
Batsto VillageFree sample at amazon
Parallel Developments  
18 other stories

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

The Ian’s Ions and Eons Stories
by Paul Levinson
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, 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! [May 2011]

“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. Gore’s people want the recount to proceed in Florida. Bush’s do not. 

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 explicityly says, “Source Code is not time travel. Rather, Source Code is time reassignment. It gives us access to a parallel reality.” So 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 traveler’s 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). [Nov 2013]

 What is the Source Code? 

My Future Boyfriend
by James Orr and Jim Cruickshank (Michael Lange, director)
First release: ABC Family, 10 Apr 2011

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. [Jun 2012]

 I really shouldn’t 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. 

by Arne Olsen
First release: 22 Apr 2011

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. [Sep 2012]

 Sonia: Doesn’t part of you wonder if maybe he’s 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. 

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

Itami invents the first time machine. [Sep 2014]

 If time travel is possible, then why didn’t we see tourists from the future taking pictures of Neil Armstrong on July 20th 1969, when he took his first step on the Moon? 

“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. [Aug 2014]

 Just listen, please—peanut allergies are a virus. 

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. [Sep 2014]

 “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. “That’s why it’s okay to kill you.” 

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. [Feb 2012]

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

from Bellet’s web site
“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. [Aug 2014]

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

“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. [Jan 2015]

 If you actually wanted to change things—say, to tell your mother lies about your father so she’d marry someone else, so you wouldn’t be born because you hate your life in the present—you wouldn’t be able to do it. 

The story also appeared in this 2012 anthology.
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. [Jan 2015]

 (Imagine our relief to learn of Waterloo.) 

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. [Sep 2014]

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

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

I don’t actually consider living life backwards to be time travel, but I can’t seem to stop myself from putting such stories into the list. [Aug 2014]

 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. 

“Only Backward”
by Kenneth S. Kao
First publication: 26 Jul 2011

Just as Mason is leaning in for his first kiss, he finds himself naked and decades in the future. [Dec 2014]

 We rewound your biology. 

Time Again
by Ray Karwell, C.S. Hill and Debbie Glovin (Karwell, director)
First release: 26 Jul 2011

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. [May 2013]

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

“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. [Jan 2015]

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

“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. [Dec 2014]

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

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. [Mar 2014]

 At this rate, we’ll be out of time in no time. 

“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. [Jan 2015]

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

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. [Jan 2015]

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

from Stasik’s web site
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. [Dec 2014]

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

Terra Nova
created by Kelly Marcel and Craig Silverstein
First aired: 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. [Oct 2011]

 That wasn’t a very nice dinosaur. 
—Zoe in Episode 2

“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. [Aug 2014]

 Reason for traveling back in time: He had heard this was the big one. That if you didn’t get this one right it was all over. 

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

 Okay, a spacetime warp. It’s 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. 

“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. [Jan 2013]

 It’s like Schroedinger’s Subway Rider. He’s both here and twenty minutes away at the same time and you don’t know which until he meets his girlfriend. 

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. [Sep 2014]

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

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? [Mar 2012]

 Save him, okay? Save Kennedy and everything changes. 

Juko’s Time Machine
by Kai Barry (Barry, director)
First release: Costa Rica Film Festival, 10 Nov 2011

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.) [May 2012]

 Jed? Are you Jed Four? I think you’re Jed Four. 

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. [Nov 2011]

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

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. [Jan 2015]

 It was supposed to trigger a rewind when her heart stopped. If he’d misconfigured it, Irena’s consciousness would have died in an immutable present. 

“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. [Jan 2015]

 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 wouldn’t be ready to go to school that fall, not even to kindergarten, and might never be. 

“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. [Dec 2014]

 The Time Agency knows what they’re doing. Future terrorists, dictators...it’s justified. 

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

After the requisite bump on the head, Kate Stanton finds herself reliving Christmas Eve over and over, whereupon the romantic hijinks ensue. [Apr 2012]

 That ship has sailed. You blew your chance. You can’t go back and change it. 

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