The Big List of Time Travel Adventures

 2010 to 2017

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

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

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

[Dec 2011]

   The Time Machine Diorama Kit
by Monsters in Motion
First released: Jan 2010

Who doesn’t want their very own Time Machine diorama complete with Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, a Morlock (standing), and another Morlock (lying in repose)?

 Above average model skills recommended. 1:8 scale. 

[May 2017]

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

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

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

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

[Jun 2015]

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

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

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

[Jun 2015]

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

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

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

[Jan 2015]

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

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

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

[Aug 2013]

   Coke Zero Commercial
First aired: 8 Mar 2010

 Isnt it time to bend time? 

English title: The Girl Who Runs Through Time (translated from Japanese)
aka Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
adapted by Tomoe Kanno (Masaaki Taniguchi, director)
First release: 13 Mar 2010

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

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

[Feb 2013]

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

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

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

[Aug 2013]

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

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

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

[Sep 2011]

   “The Time Traveller Smith”
by JC McLaughlin
First publication: ebook, Apr 2010

Watchmaker apprentice Maxwell Smith is hurled by an explosion from 1908 London to a dystopian 2008.

 But thats the thing, Miss Brown, dont you see? I did not vanish from the face of the Earth, I merely vanished from time. 

[Feb 2016]

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

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

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

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

[Jan 2013]

   Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
by Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard (Mike Newell, director)
First release: 9 May 2010

In ancient Persia, young street-urchin Dastan noble behavior draws the attention of the king, who brings the boy into the royal family as an equal with two other princes. As the boys grow up and lead the king’s army, they conquer the magical city of Alamut. But when Dasmat and the Alamut princess are forced to flee after being framed for the king’s murder, Dasmat realizes that the entire reason for attacking Alamut in the first place was a deception. Of course, he also realizes that he’s in love with the princess and that her magic dagger can turn back time minute by minute.

 Incredible! Releasing the sand turns back time. 

[Oct 2015]

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

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

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

—John Kramer

[Dec 2012]

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

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

 In the future, I got a beer. 

[Apr 2014]

The story also appeared in this 2012 collection.   “The Battle of Little Big Science”
by Pamela Rentz
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Aug 2010

A council of Native American elders has been funding Agnes Wilder’s project to view the past, but now they’re ready to cancel the shoestring budget because they haven’t yet seen a demonstration of the technology.

 When can you make the machine work? 

[Nov 2014]

by Alan Wall
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Aug 2010

After Jack Reynolds, a historical phenomenologist, has an affair, Fiona demands that he use the time machine he stole from a shut-down program to retrieve a fancy handbag from the early 1900s.

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

[Oct 2014]

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

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

 Steal my boyfriend, taste my steel! 

[May 2011]

from Chaponda’s website   “By His Sacrifice”
by Daliso Chaponda
First publication: Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Sep 2010

In a hidden underground compound, a group of scientists raise nineteen children including Saul Baron, who years ago warned us of the coming nuclear disaster and saved the world.

 The man chuckled at himself because of the bewilderment on Sauls face. “The fuckin’ messiah and you dont even know it.” 

[Dec 2015]

The story also appeared in this 2014 Johnson collection.   “Written by the Winners”
by Matthew Johnson
First publication: Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Sep 2010

Dave Lawson’s job is sifting through artifacts—e.g. old episodes of Family Ties, LPs from the 80s, etc.—for snippets that no longer fit the officially approved timeline, but his decidedly more dangerous, clandestine avocation is preserving those very anomalies.

I found the idea of how time travel changes the timeline in a piecemeal manner, leaving behind inconsistencies, to be thought-provoking, although for me, the story’s ending was incomplete.

 The device that had changed time was more like a shotgun than a scalpel: It had established the present its makers wanted through hundreds of different changes to the timeline, some contradicting others. The result was a porous, makeshift new history that made little sense, but the old one had been thoroughly smashed to bits. It was those bits that remained that he and his department were tasked by the new history’s makers with finding and erasing. 

[Dec 2015]

by Nancy Fulda
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sep 2010

Counter-terrorist agent Eugene Gutierrez, who suffers from flashbacks of his wife’s death, is contacted by a young time-travel agent from his own future with a plea to stop Gutierrez’s own daughter from setting off a chain of terrorist events.

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

[Nov 2014]

   “Red Letter Day”
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Analog, Sep 2010

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

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

[Aug 2010]

   “Conditional Perfect”
by Jason Palmer
First publication: Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Sep 2010

Like all the other yahoo teens, Paitin and his buddies head to an alternate past for a Friday night of violent hunting whomover they happen to spot from their hovercrafts. But unlike the others, Paitin plans to stay behind to be with unReal Sandra.

 Paitin shook his head. Civics 101: conditional perfects are neither citizens nor their ancestors. Therefore, they are not real. 

[Dec 2015]

A few years after this story, Emrys published her first chapbook, A Litany of Earth.   “Correspondence”
by Ruthanna Emrys
First publication: Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Sep 2010

Dena Feinberg, a psychology grad student who dreams of being a hard scientist and/or a Victorian time traveler, writes a compelling message on a stone table for future time travelers.

 The hard part was figuring out what to say. I needed something that would matter enough to the inventors of time travel that they would want to come visit me, right along with Jesus and Galileo and Heinlein. 

[Dec 2015]

from   “The End of the Experiment”
by Peter Clines
First publication: Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Sep 2010

In the twenty-first century, on the very spot in London where Wells’s traveller first had his dinner party, physics student Jon has a similar party with his own friends and his own tiny model of a time machine.

 At the heart of it was a small seat carved from wood, almost a saddle, and before it was a console, barely two inches across, decorated with levers of what looked like glass and bone. 

[Dec 2015]

   “Midnight at the End of the Universe”
by Eric Ian Steele
First publication: Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Sep 2010

Wanting to see the end of time, Matheson travels forward in his quaint machine only to be greeted by the athletic and immortal telepath, Rococzky Saint-Germain, who is somewhat distainful of time travelers. Together, they watch the universe collapse.

 Even so, he grew nervous each time he left the pod—ever since that encounter with the Fascist Government of Greater Britannia in the twenty-second century. Not to mention the alligator population that plagued London after the Great Flood in the twenty-third. That had caught him completely unawares. 

[Dec 2015]

from Wood’s web page   “One One Thousand”
by Willaim R. D. Wood
First publication: Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Sep 2010

When Dr. Heller’s scientific contraption goes awry and threatens the universe, it’s fortunate that the machine is also a time machine to take Aaron back one day, albeit in a manner where his time rate is a thousand times faster than (most of) those around him.

 Static past. Unmoving. Like wandering around in an old, overexposed photograph. 

[Dec 2015]

from Hull’s website   “Perpetual Motion Blues”
by Harper Hull
First publication: Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Sep 2010

In a future world being evacuated by spaceships, four travelers try over and over again to get to the evac point, each time with all of them being slightly older versions of themselves.

 What this mean, Howard explained, was that the traveler could only jump to a time and place where they had previously existed. The traveling version of the person would take the place in the world of the old version, with all the knowledge they had gained since that time kept intact. 

[Dec 2015]

from Edwards’ web page   “Professor Figwort Comes to an Understanding”
by Jacob Edwards
First publication: Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Sep 2010

In a series of flashbacks over Professor Figwort’s eighty-year life, we learn of his first love letter (the failure of which prompted his discovery of time travel) and his three subsequent great discoveries.

 It was then that he devined a solution to his new-found problems: he would travel back in time and stop himself from disturbing Miss Bonsoir in the first place—on any level, molecular or otherwise. Yes, that ought to do it. While he was there, he might even return those now-overdue library books. 

[Dec 2015]

Jianshi Jiao’s Legoland
Time Machine
   “Rocking My Dreamboat”
by Victorya
First publication: Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Sep 2010

 There lay a Legoland Time Machine kit that he always imagined belonged to his father. There was no image on the box, just Think of the Time and Place, and Go! written in precise lettering across the side. 

[Dec 2015]

An excerpt from this story appeared on Timelines website.   “Spree”
by John Medaille
First publication: Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Sep 2010

An unnamed man who can shoot supersonic baseballs and bullets through time starts his time travel agenda by assasinating Hitler. And so on.

 The Time Traveler tinkers with the pitcher, increasing the torque and velocity of its engine and by the little, sickly hours of the early morning he is finally able to successfully launch three Major League regulation baseballs into the late Mesozoic Era. 

[Dec 2015]

The story also appeared in this 2013 Onspaugh collection.   “Time’s Cruel Geometry”
by Mark Onspaugh
First publication: Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Sep 2010

We learn what really happened after the Time Traveller left his 1895 London house for the final time, and along the way we also learn the answer to what happens should he meet himself.

 In those trials he saw her die more than a dozen times, and it nearly drove him mad. If he was not sure he could rescue her, he might have set the controls for the far distant future when the sun would engulf the Earth. 

[Dec 2015]

Shortly before this story, Goodman published The Apocalypse Shift, which is being made into a movie.   “The Woman Who Came to the Paradox”
by Derek J. Goodman
First publication: Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Sep 2010

Reggie heads to 19th century Austria to kill baby Hitler, but once there he runs into Reggie-B (among others).

 “When you stopped me from stopping me,” Reggie-B said, “you ceased to exist because I never became you. But if I never became you then you never existed to stop me from stopping me. 

[Dec 2015]

by Douglas Hutcheson
First publication: Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Sep 2010

In a world where Japan won World War II and went on to conquer the world, a father (amidst pesky attacks) recounts history (including the roles played by time travel) to his two spoiled children.

 I thought you were old enough for big-kid toys. 

[Dec 2015]

   “The Window of Time”
by Richard Matheson
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 2010

Eighty-two-year-old Rich Swanson, “Swanee,” knows that he’s a burden living with his daughter, so he decides to rent a room on his own, but instead finds himself 68 years in his past, but still at age 82 and uncertain about why or what he can do in the years of his childhood.

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

[Sep 2010]

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

This series of stories (available in a 2013 e-book collection) follows pulp hero Simon Rip through time as he first takes care of problems caused by H.G. Wells’s traveller and then searches for Dr. Berlin, a later inventor of time travel.
  1. The Dame, the Doctor and the Device (2010) by Chris F. Holm
  2. Battles, Broadswords, and Bad Girls (2011) by Charles A. Gramlich
  3. Chaos in the Stream (2011) by Garnett Elliot
  4. Darkling in the Eternal Space (2011) by Chad Eagleton
  5. Loose Ends by Garnett Elliot
  6. The Final Painting of Hawley Exton by Chad Eagleton

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

[Apr 2014]

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

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

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

[Dec 2014]

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

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

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

[Sep 2010]

   Celestial Elf’s The Time Traveller
by Celestial Elf
First publication: 26 Sep 2010

Using the Four Winds Sims animation packet and pieces of the Radio Theatre Group’s audio play of The Time Machine (based on the 1948 Escape radio program), Celestial Elf produced an eight-minute animation. Looks like they had fun.

 with grateful thanks to H.G. Wells for his Inspiration & to Koshari Mahana for use of Four Winds 

[Feb 2016]

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

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

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

[Jul 2015]

The story also appeared in Jonathan Strahan’s best-of-the-year anthology.   “Names for Water”
by Kij Johnson
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2010

I didn’t understand this poetic story of a failing engineering student, Hala, who imagines that a phone call of white noise is many different things, one of which is a call from the future—but I am delighted by the mastery of language by my former teacher at the University of Kansas Center for the Study of Science fiction. She and I also had a perfect day climbing in the western foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

 It is the future. 

[Dec 2014]

   “The Termite Queen of Tallulah County”
by Felicity Shoulders
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2010

When Lacey Tidwell’s dad has an attack that leaves him unable to communicate, she completely takes over the family exterminator business including the occassional time-travel trip to delete the origins of various bug problems. I enjoyed the story, but was annoyed that Shoulders brings up the paradoxes without offering any solution.

 Termite Trouble? You Can Turn Back Time! 

[Dec 2014]

Young Bruce reads good magazines, too!
by Paul A. Birkett (Kaare Andrews, director)
First release: 3 Oct 2010

Sara, whose parents died in a small-plane crash when she was a child, now has her pilot’s license and is taking a group of friends to a concert in a small plane. One of the group is her boyfriend, Bruce, who has the power to make weird 1950s comic book stories come true: So we get a nice dose of in-flight mechanical failure, horrific monsters, wng-walking heroics, and a piece of time travel that certainly could have come from an E.C. comic. (The most horrific monster, though, is Sara’s best friend’s jerky boyfriend who—you’re not gonna believe this!—destroys an actual 1950s comic book!)

 Arent you listening? I made these things come true just by thinking about them! 

[Nov 2015]

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

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

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

[Jun 2015]

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

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

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

[Aug 2014]

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

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

 I just had an intense déjà vu . . . 

[Jan 2015]

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

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

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

[Apr 2014]

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

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

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

[Jan 2015]

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

Two park groundskeepers, Mordecai (a blue jay) and Rigby (a raccoon), live out a surreal sit-com life twelve minutes at a time, including some encounters with time travel such as the do-over that Mordecai wishes for after a bad first kiss with a red bird named Margaret.
  1. Prank Callers (2 Nov 2010)    back to the eighties
  2. It’s Time (4 Jan 2011) Time Pony takes Mordecai back to episode start
  3. Night Owl (31 May 2011) contest to win a car goes to 4224 A.D.
  4. Bad Kiss (4 Sep 2012) redo a bad first kiss
  5. Exit 9B (2 Oct 2012) back in time two months to save the park

 All I know is guys from the future lie. 

—Mordecai in “Bad Kiss”

[Jul 2013]

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

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

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

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

[Nov 2010]

   Chinese 7up Commercial
First aired: Dec 2010


   “Uncle E”
by Carol Emshwiller
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2010

Twelve-year-old Sarah decides to keep her mother’s death quiet so that the kids can all stay together, but somehow the previously unknown Uncle E gets wind of the happening.

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

[Dec 2014]

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

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

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

[Jun 2015]

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

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

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

[Aug 2014]

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

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

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

[Jul 2014]

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

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

   365 Tomorrow’s 2010 Time-Travel Stories

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

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

—“The Great Leap Ahead”

[May 2015]
   The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Sequels
by Frank Cottrell Boyce
First book: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again,

At the end of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, the fabulous car’s Chronojuster is jolted, taking them to the Jurassic and the start of the second sequel (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time) to Ian Flemming’s original story. In the third sequel (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon), the modern-day family that now has the car find themselves in 1966 where they need help from the original owners.

 Most cars dont have a Chronojuster. Its a special handle that allows you to drive backward and forward in time. Thats how special Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is—time travel is fitted as standard. 

[Sep 2015]

a portion of a cipher code, which has a role in the story   A Traveller in Time
adapted by Michael Johnston
First publication: 2011

Novelist and playwright Michael Johnston adapted Alison Uttley’s 1939 children’s book to the stage in this short three-act play with multiple transitions between the twentieth and the sixteenth century.

 The lights dim and the kitchen is “transformed” into how it was in the Spring of 1582 but many of the kitchen props, including the table and rocking chair remain. As the lights come up again, loud cock crows are heard suggesting that time has passed and it is the following morning. An offstage voice is heard calling out for Dame Cecily. Tabitha enters stage leading a puzzled Penelope by the hand. Penelope is wearing a green dress with wide sleeves. 

[Jun 2016]

   “A Snitch in Time”
by Donald Moffitt
First publication: Analog, Jan/Feb 2011

In the same world as the Beethoven and Vermeer affairs, rogue policeman Francis Patrick Delehanty uses his own resources to travel back to the scene of the first homicide that he dealt with as a rookie cop.

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

[Dec 2010]

   “12:02 P.M.”
by Richard Lupoff
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jan 2011

Maybe eternity isn’t as long as Myron Kastleman had feared.

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

[Feb 2012]

   Ticking Clock
by John Turman (Ernie Barbarash, director)
First release: 4 Jan 2011

Investigative reporter Lewis Hicks, who doesnt trust cops, pursues a gory time-traveling serial murderer who’s tracking down all those people whom he thinks did him wrong in life.

I’m surpised that this movie never made it to the theaters in the states. It generated good tension for a Fugitive-type police-don’t-the-protagonist type of story.

On the other hand, the ending shows zero comprehension of the grandfather paradox or universes that split upon time travel, but never mind.

 Lewis: What if you could kill Hitler or Manson when they were a child?
Polly: No way. Theyre children. Theyre not Hilter or Manson, not yet. No. 

[Oct 2015]

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

The second sentence of this Wikipedia article saddens me.

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

[Jan 2015]

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

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

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

[Mar 2014]

   “The House That Made the Sixteen
Loops of Time”

by Tamsyn Muir
First publication: Fantasy Magazine, Feb 2011

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

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

[Apr 2014]

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

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

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

[Feb 2011]

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

 One epic ride. 

   “Do Over!”
by Jeff Kirvin
First publication: Kindle E-Book, 13 Feb 2011

Our hero, Rick “Richie” Preston, is ten years out of high school and doing nothing but flipping burgers when a fight with his father (and bargain landlord) tosses him back into his senior year of high school where he gets a chance to redo everything so long as he agrees to not alter other people’s lives.

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

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

[May 2014]

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

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

 Now pretend that this urinal cake is me, alright? 

[Apr 2014]

   “Betty Knox and Dictionary Jones in the Mystery of the Missing Teenage Anachronisms”
by John G. Hemry
First publication: Analog, Mar 2011

Ninety-year-old Jim Jones is sent back into his 15-year-old body in 1964 to help Betty Knox (who is already back in her 15-year-old body and doesn’t expect him) because all the time-travel agents (sent back to that time to avert the world’s toxin disasters) have disappeared with no discernable effect on history.

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

[Oct 2012]

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

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

 You cant change anything. You certainly cant tell anyone. 

[Jul 2014]

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

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

 Time travel, Stephanie! We’re talking the big leagues! The Flash! Silver Surfer!! Doc Brown’s DeLorean!!! 

—Katie in “No Ordinary Future”

[Mar 2011]

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

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

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

—The Music Disk

[May 2012]

   The Ian’s Ions and Eons Stories
by Paul Levinson
First story: Analog, Apr 2011

In the first story (“Ian’s Ions and Eons”), a man travels back to December 2000, hoping to alter the momentus Supreme Court decision of that month.

Ian and his cohorts have a reprise in “Ian, Isaac and John” (Nov 2011), where a descendant of David Bowe comes back to 1975, purportedly to improve the mix on a Bowe track, but quite possibly with additional motives involving John Lennon. And there are more stories to come, all in Analog.
  1. Ian’s Ions and Eons (Apr 2011) The 2000 election
  2. Ian, Isaac and John (Nov 2011) David Bowe and John Lennon
  3. Ian, George and George (Dec 2013) Orson Welles to the 1970s

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

[May 2011]

   The Time-Traveling Fashionista Series
by Bianca Turetsky
First book: Apr 2011

Twelve-year-old Louise Lambert has a passion for vintage fashions from the turn of the century through the 70s, although when she wakes up as a seventeen-year-old actress on the Titanic, she’s worried about more than just fashion.

I found this book in the ship library on a cruise of my own (no, not the Titanic, though we did see some icebergs. The first book, on the Titanic, was followed by two others.
  1. The Time-Traveling Fashionista (Apr 2011) on the Titanic
  2. The Time-Traveling Fashionista (Sep 2012) at the Palace of Marie Antoinette
  3. The Time-Traveling Fashionista (Dec 2013) and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile

 It seemed as though on the inside she was Louise Lambert, but to everyone else she was this Miss Baxter, a gorgeous teenage actress. Definitely rich. Probably even famous. She smiled and unconsciously began twirling a strand of hair between her thumb and index finger. That was how she did her best thinking, and none of this made any sense. Somehow she had woken up in the body of a woman who was taking a first-class trip on the White Star Line, with her own personal maide and her uncle/manager, from England to New York City. 

[Sep 2015]

   Judas Kiss
by Carlos Pedraza and J.T. Tepnapa (Tepnapa, director)
First release: 1 Apr 2011

Filmmaker Zachary Wells (née Danny Reyes) totally flopped when he dropped out of the first year of film school to head to Hollywood after winning a college festival award. Years later, he reluctantly returns to the college to be a festival judge, but somehow after making love to a student, he finds that the student is his very own younger self entered in the very same contest—only now he’s the judge. Hard to tell whether he’s in the past or his younger self is in the future, but the question either way is whether he’ll he let himself win, causing him to head down the same failed path as the first time.

 Wise Father Figure: Danny Reyes went to school here fifteen years ago.
Zach: That was me.
W.F.F.: Huh! What happened to him?
Zachary: I . . . hes gone.
W.F.F.: Just like that? You think changing your name added IQ points? How many times you done rehab now? Youre getting a second chance! Zachary . . .
Zach: Okay. Were done here! W.F.F.: This is the key to your future. [mysterious hugging and electricity] Change his past. Change your future.  

[Oct 2015]

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

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

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

 What is the Source Code? 

[Nov 2013]

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

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

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

[Jun 2012]

by Arne Olsen (Carl Bessai, director)
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.

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

[Sep 2012]

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

Itami invents the first time machine.

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

[Sep 2014]

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

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

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

[Jul 2015]

   “The Mighty Peculiar Incident at
Muddy Creek”

by Ian Thomas Healy
First publication: 28 May 2011

In the old west town of Muddy Creek, Sheriff Jesse Hawkins and the hasily deputized barber Angus come across a train that’s frozen in the midst of a robbery by a strangely dressed man and woman.

 How could ye make time stop? 

[Dec 2015]

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

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

 Just listen, please—peanut allergies are a virus. 

[Aug 2014]

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

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

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

[Sep 2014]

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

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

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

[Feb 2012]

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

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

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

[Aug 2014]

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

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

 Was I on Americas Most Wanted or something? 

[Jun 2015]

   “The Messenger”
by Bruce McAllister
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jul 2011

Fifty-year-old Tim goes back to the time before he was born with two important questions for the woman who would become his mother.

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

[Jan 2015]

The story also appeared in this 2012 anthology.   “Pug”
by Theodora Goss
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jul 2011

In the time of Napoleon, a sickly English girl discovers a dog in her garden, and the dog leads her through a door to other times and places.

 (Imagine our relief to learn of Waterloo.) 

[Jan 2015]

   Stealing Time
by Alex Calleros and Michael Tucker (Calleros, director)
First release: July 2011

It does irk me when an otherwise fun time-travel plot is hijacked by a waving-of-the-hands explanation of how, during the time-travel, the Earth continued to rotate or orbit the sun or orbit the Milky Way or whatever, but never mind: The emphasis is on the word fun in this 17-minute short that was written based on the following constraints submitted by the filmmakers’ fans (but—dammit!—where’s Dinosaur Kid?):
  • Cannot take place entirely in one location.
  • Someone must say the words “time travel.”
  • Two characters must have a long-standing rivalry.
  • When one character was a kid, he/she used to wish he/she could travel back in time to see real-life dinosaurs.
  • One character is a wine lover and is very picky/elitist about their wine.
  • One character prefers bubble baths to showers.
  • Someone has to say: “I have to go back.”

     Howard [looking at dead self]: What happened? What did you do?
    Jim: I didnt do anything. You disappeared, two more of you burst in, one of you shot the other one, then you jumped in the box and disappeared again. 

[Aug 2015]

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

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

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

[Sep 2014]

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

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

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

[Aug 2014]

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

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

 We rewound your biology. 

[Dec 2014]

   “We Were the Wonder Scouts”
by Will Ludwigsen
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Aug 2011

As an old man, Harald recounts the days of 1928 when he was one of Mr. Fort’s original Wonder Scouts, seeking out the true explanations for inexplicable phenomena in the woods of upstate New York.

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

[Jan 2015]

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

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

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

[Dec 2014]

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

A battlefield plunderer meets his own dead self.

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

[Jun 2015]

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

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

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

[May 2015]

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

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

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

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

[Mar 2014]

   “The Observation Post”
by Allen M. Steele
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sep 2011

In 1962, Ensign Floyd Moore is the communications officer for the blimp Centurion patrolling the Caribbean for Russian shipments of nuclear missles to Cuba. But what he and his lieutenant stumble upon on the larger Inagua island couldn’ possibly be Russian technology.

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

[Jan 2015]

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

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

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

[Jan 2015]

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

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

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

[Dec 2014]

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

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

 That wasnt a very nice dinosaur. 

—Zoe in Episode 2

[Oct 2011]

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

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

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

[Aug 2014]

   “The Sock Problem”
by Alastair Mayer
First publication: Fiction, Oct 2011

The narrator’s explanation to his preteen son pretty much sums it up.

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

[Oct 2011]

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

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

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

[Jan 2013]

   “Some Fortunate Future Day”
by Cassandra Clare
First publication: Steampunk!, 6 Oct 2011

In a war-torn, fable-like, Victorian kind of world, Rose’s father goes off to war leaving her various inventions: talking dolls, a garden robot, a mechanical cook, and a time device that comes in handy when a wounded soldier makes his way to her doorstep.

 When he said that, he looked at Roses mothers portrait, hanging over their fireplace mantel. He had invented his time device only a few short months after she had died. It had always been one of his greatest regrets in life, though Rose sometimes wondered whether he could have invented it at all without the all-consuming power of grief to drive him. Most of his other inventions did not work nearly as well. The garden robot often digs up flowers instead of weeds. The mechanical cook can make only one kind of soup. And the talking dolls never tell Rose what she wants to hear. 

[Dec 2015]

   Time Ship
by Gary Cottrell
First publication: 9 Oct 2011

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

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

[Sep 2014]

by Kurt Kuenne (Kuenne, director)
First release: 21 Oct 2011

Each time he wakes up, photographer Lovell Milo finds himself in a different piece of his life in seemingly random order. It’s hell, and he wants it to stop—and then, around the time that he learns he’s married to his childhood best friend, he also learns from a little girl that his traveling is “a present” which he’s supposed to use to save someone in trouble.

 Im 28. The day before that I was 15. The day before that I was 30. The day before that I was 8. One day, recently, I was past 90. Every day I wake up at a different age and a different year on a different day of my life, and its scaring the hell out of me. I want it to stop. I need help. Ive been awake for the past 48 hours because I dont know where Im going to be once I fall asleep. Can you help me? Have you ever heard of this before? Anywhere? 

[Oct 2015]

   “Shall I Tell You the
Trouble with Time Travel?”

by Adam Roberts
First publication: Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction, Nov 2011

Professor Hermann Bradley has managed to have his time travel device last seventeen seconds in various past times before spectacularly exploding. Now he’s on the verge of cracking that seventeen second barrier (and, according to the narrator, possibly the wiping out of the dinosaurs as well as hundreds of thousands of people in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Tunguska), but the damnable Professor Notkin is blocking him, claiming that Bradley has committed crimes against humanity (and perhaps against dinosaurity).

 He steps through into a room and his beaming, grinning, smiling, happy-o jolly-o face shouts to the world: “Weve done it, weve cracked it—thirteen seconds!” 

[Nov 2015]

by Stephen King
First publication: 8 Nov 2011

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

 Save him, okay? Save Kennedy and everything changes. 

[Mar 2012]

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

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

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

[Nov 2011]

An audio version of the story is available on
Escape Pod.
   “‘Run,’ Bakri Says”
by Ferrett Steinmetz
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2011

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

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

[Jan 2015]

   “Strawberry Birdies”
by Pamela Sargent
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2011

Maerleen Loegins travels back to the 1950s where she becomes a physics student and live-in help for a family where both parents are overwhelmed by young Addie, an even younger austistic Cyril, and two newborn twins.

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

[Jan 2015]

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

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

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

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

[May 2012]

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

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

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

[Dec 2014]

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

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

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

[Apr 2012]

   365 Tomorrow’s 2011 Time-Travel Stories

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

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

—“The Third Millennium”

[Jun 2015]
   Dating Rules from My Future Self
by Wendy Weiner, Leah Rachel and Sallie Patrick
First release: 9 Jan 2012 (internet serial)

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

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

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

[Sep 2012]

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

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

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

[Jan 2012]

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

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

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

[Jun 2015]

   “Cretaceous on Ice”
by K.C. Ball
First publication: Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities, Feb 2010

Sheriff Lyle, daydreaming of his retirement just outside of Bozeman, spots his brainiac buddy Pete and his egghead nephew Jimmy chasing a Deinonychus full-speed down the highway in their stretch-cab Ram pickup—and it’s not the only one on the loose.

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

[Jul 2015]

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

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

   Mysterious Island
adapted by Cameron Larson
First release: 11 Feb 2012

I wonder whether all eigthteen of the executive producers (yes, I counted them) of this movie were sitting around (maybe in a hot air balloon with no burner), trying to come up with a movie idea.

“Let’s do a movie of Lost,” said one. “It’s a big hit.”

“No, we can’t do Lost,” said another. “We don’t have the rights.’

“Then let’s find some old sci-fi thing—you know, by one of those old French guys—and rewrite it so that it’s like Lost with time travel.”

“Wait, didn’t Lost have time travel?”

“Maybe, but not with Civil War dudes and hot chicks in a crashed plane.”

 Well honestly, to me maam, it looked like a flying locomotive. 

[Apr 2016]

The story also appeared in this 2015 collection.   “Life and Death and Bongo Drums”
by Larry Hodges
First publication: Every Day Fiction, 20 Feb 2012

Life and Death argue over the fate of a time traveler.

 “You are a problem,” Death finally said. “You were scheduled to die seventy years ago, during World War II, but since you hadnt yet been born, I skipped the appointment.” 

[Aug 2016]

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

 Was it always this way? 

   “The Man Who Murdered Mozart”
by Robert Walton and Barry N. Malzberg
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2012

In the late 21st century, frustrated violin player Howard Beasley and his six friends make a plan to kidnap Mozart from his death bed, so that Beasley can get him to finish his Requiem and thereby ride the crest of the ensuing admiration to becoming the head of the world.

 That question is beyond me. Try asking Mozart. 

[Nov 2013]

   “Mrs. Hatcher’s Evaluation”
by James Van Pelt
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar 2012

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

 What happened in Hatchers room? 

[Jan 2015]

by Steve Rasnic Tem
First publication: Interzone, Mar/Apr 2012

On the plains of eastern Colorado, Will Cotton and his family deal resignedly with the great escarpments sweeping through the world, like the wall of an enormous time-al wave, lifting artifacts and flashes of people from one era to another in a way that is a metaphor for shifting perspectives as you age.

Steve Rasnic Tem and his wife Melanie were the writers-in-residence at the 2014 Odyssey Writers Workshop which I attended with many wonderful students and two remarkable writers-in-residence. Melanie died the following spring, and we all miss her wisdom and kindness greatly.

 Trapped in most of these layers were visible figures—some of them blurred, but some of them so clear and vivid that when they were looking in his direction, as if from a wide window in the side of a building, he attempted to gain their attention by waving. None responded in any definitive way, although here and there the possibility that they might have seen him certainly seemed to be there.
The vast majority of these figures appeared to be ordinary people engaged in ordinary activities—fixing or eating dinner, housecleaning, working in offices, factories, on farms—but occasionally hed see something indicating that an unusual event was occurring or had recently occurred. A man lying on his back, people gathered around, some attending to the fallen figure but most bearing witness. A couple being chased by a crowd. A woman in obvious anguish, screaming in a foreign language. A blurred figure in freefall from a tall building.

[Nov 2015]

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

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

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

[Aug 2013]

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

 Rich? Rich?! 

   “Living in the Eighties”
by David Ira Cleary
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apr/May 2012

Living in Minneapolis, fifty-something Bob Marshall and his cult-band friend Clayton discover a website that can move them through time: Bob back to the eighties where he longs to save his long-dead girlfriend Gretchen from his younger self; Clayton to the future where he seeks a diabetes cure.

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

[Jan 2015]

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

At the end of Wilber’s first Moe Berg story, Moe himself admits that he doesn’t know what’s going on, and I admit that I’m in the same boat—but I can tell you that that was the first story that I read in the Moe Berg subgenre of time travel stories. In this case, Red Sox catcher Moe Berg travels (as he did in real life) to Zurich with the mission to kill Heisenberg, but this is only one of many Moe Berg lives; in many of those lives he interacts with a beautiful young woman and seeming time-travel agent who only sometimes encourages him to kill Heisenberg. You can also read about Moe in one other of Wilber’s alternate history stories and at least one independently conceived story by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
  1. Something Real (Apr/May 2012) Asimovs
  2. At Palomar (Jul 2013) Asimovs

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

[Jan 2015]

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

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

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

[Jul 2013]

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

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

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

[Aug 2014]

   “The Sanctimonious Time Traveler Trap”
by Larry Hodges
First publication: Quantum Muse, May 2012

Bob travels from the future to save skydiver Harvey, whose chute is fated to not open.

 Okay, Bob, why wont my parachute work? And does everyone in the future dress like a cucumber? 

[Aug 2016]

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

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

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

 This is now my new favorite moment in human history. 

[Jun 2012]

created by Simon Barry
First episode: 27 May 2012

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

 Time traveler—hello? 

[Dec 2014]

   “The Widdershins Clock”
by Kali Wallace
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jun 2012

I didnt understand the significance of the title clock in this story story told from the point of view of Marta who could have been a brilliant mathematician, but such was not allowed in 1950s America, so instead we hear of Marta’s grandmother’s clock and a search for the missing grandmother, meeting (along the way) at least one old woman who seems out of time.

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

[Jan 2015]

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

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

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

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

[Jul 2015]

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

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

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

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

[Jun 2012]

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

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

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

[Jun 2012]

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

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

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

[Oct 2012]

by Streven Utley
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jul 2012

Three time travelers—Chernikowski, Plant, and the narrator—keep going further and further back in time to escape the wave of destruction that’s seemingly following their time machine.

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

[Jan 2015]

   Geico Happier-Than Commercials
First aired: Aug 2012

 . . . happier than Christopher Columbus with speedboats. 

  Hey. Theyre comin. Yeah, British. Later. 

   “My Wife Hates Time Travel”
by Adam-Troy Castro
First publication: Lightspeed, Sep 2012

When a not-so-brilliant man and his similarly equipped wife find out that one of them is destined to invent time travel, they end up continuously fighting, not the least cause of which is their future selves popping in all the time, intent on informing them that they should do this and not that.

 Being the future inventors of time travel wasnt all bad, of course. It was great to know that wed never lose anything, never go to a movie that turned out to be a stinker, never buy a book we wouldnt want to finish, never go out to a restaurant where the service was lousy, and never get stuck in a traffic jam, because wed always be warned away, beforehand. It was terrific to have some future version of myself pop in just as I was about to irritate my wife with some inconsiderate comment and tell me, “It would be a really bad idea to say that.” 

[Nov 2015]

by Tom Armstrong
First time travel: 2 Aug 2012

Precocious little Marvin Miller was a baby/toddler for all of his comic strip life until, on his thirtieth anniversary, grown-up Marvin came back in time to take the tyke to see his future. The process of time traveling had the side effect of aging the baby to an adult, but worry not: Marvin reverts to his tiny self on the return trip.

 Its just that I was kind of hoping that when I grew up Id look like Brad Pitt, not Opie. 

[Nov 2015]

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

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

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

[May 2013]

   “12:03 P.M.”
by Richard Lupoff
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep 2012

After the events of “12:02 P.M.,” Myron Castleman finds that he can jump back to different times, not just 12:01 P.M., and that he can make small changes that have big consequences—although it’s still nearly impossible to get anyone to believe his story, except, perhaps, for Dolores.

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

[Sep 2012]

   Dodge Dart Commercial
First aired: 5 Sep 2012

 Send future guy home. Destroy time machine. 

   The Garfield Show
created by Jim Davis
First time travel: 18 Sep 2012

At least one episode of our favorite cat’s cartoon show (’It’s about Time.” written by Mark Evanier) includes a time machine in which a jealous Nermal goes back in time to replace Garfield at the pet shop when he was first adopted by Jon. After that, Garfield still has his Jon-centric memories, but nobody at Jon’s house recognizes the lasagna-eating cat.

 Interviewer: Professor Bonkers, is it true youve invented a time machine?
Professor: That is correct.
Interviewer: How long did it take you?
Professor: The rest of my life. I actually finished it 47 years from now, and then when I was done, I jumped into my time machine and came back here to today in it. 

[Sep 2015]

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

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

 And yet it didnt happen like that. 

[Dec 2014]

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

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

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

[Feb 2013]

   “The Mongolian Book of the Dead”
by Alan Smale
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2012

When the Chinese invade Mongolia, a wandering American named Tanner is taken by four Mongols because he has a critical role to play for Khulan and her shaman sister Dzoldzaya.

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

[Jan 2015]

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

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

 We didnt have any other rules, just the two. 

[Dec 2014]

   “The Man in the Pink Shirt”
by Larry Niven
First publication: Analog, Nov 2012

Hanny Sindros, a writer, travels back to meet John W. Campbell, Jr., and talk about whether the Nazis might gain something from Cleve Cartmill’s atomic power stories.

 What if these German spies see that Astounding has suddenly stopped publishing anything about atomic bombs? What would they do? Theyd think we were hiding something. 

[Aug 2012]

   “Tech Support”
by Richard A. Lovett
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Nov 2012

Still uncertain about what to call his new device to transmit voice over wires, young Alec receives a call from a troubled man who can only be from the future.

 Mr. Watson, come here—I want to see you. 

[Aug 2012]

Another of Carhart’s stories appeared in this 2015 anthology.   “And Yet, It Moves”
by Susan Nance Carhart
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 6 Nov 2012

Solberg—a rich, individualist inventor—insists on using his time machine without having it vetted by his staff, and he thereby falls into a trap. Perhaps I have just read too much time travel (blasphemy!), but I feel that Carhart fell into the same trap as her protagonist: For me, the story needed to be vetted by someone who could say how much this particular idea needs a new twist if it’s to work.

 You have a team to vet your ideas. Bring them in on this! 

[Jun 2015]

   “Since You Seem to Need a Certain Amount of Guidance”
by Alexander Jablokov
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 6 Nov 2012

Alex Jablokov brought this funny story for the students to read at the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2014. The story, in the form of a letter from the future, tells us how much happier and better the future is. And don’t contact them again!

I loved meeting Alex. He is kind and mentoring to new writers!

 We do not think the Marx Brothers are funny. 

[Jun 2014]

   Bravest Warriors
by Pendleton Ward and Breehn Burns
First time travel: 8 Nov 2012

In the year 3085, the four children of the Courageous Battlers (who died) form a new team to right wrongs (such as that time loop in the first regular episode, “Time Slime”) across the universe using the power of their emotions and other moop.

 Repair the time loop! Save Glendale! 

[Jul 2013]

   “The Mouse Ran Down”
by Adrian Tchaikovsky
First publication: Carnage: After the End, Volume 2, 15 Nov 2012

John, Ellie and Marcus have a spot in late 16th century London where they live nine months of the year to escape the destruction of the Now, but even the future of that space is uncertain as the enemy hunts them.

 Living space is tough to find, though—there just arent many places in any city of any time that will stay overlooked for the duration. The invisible spaces of Babylon in 1700BC would already be staked out and claimed by whoever was taking refuge there. 

[Apr 2014]

   Dino Time
aka Back to the Jurassic
by Greco, Rosenblatt, Beechen, Park, Choi and Kafka (Choi and Kafka, director)
First publication: 30 Nov 2012 (straight-to-video)

Rocket-boarding Ernie Fitzpatrick is always pushing his mom’s rules to the limit (and beyond) along with his best friend Max (and usually tailed by his tattle-tale sister Julia). On one escapade, the trio accidentally activates Max’s dad’s time machine and end up back in the age of friendly, anthropomorphic T. Rexes.

 See that carving? Its been dated all the way back to the Cretacious period. Which is weird, ’cause who could have carved it? No humans were around 145 million years ago, just dinosaurs. 

[Sep 2015]

   “He Could Be Ambrose Bierce”
by Shannon Kelly Garrity
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 11 Dec 2012

Mona, who works as a file clerk in the modern-day Wisconsin office of the Time Displacement Bureau, suspects that her new nieghbor may be a displaced time traveler or time terrorist, but her awkwardness prevents her from effectively findout out more.

 Skirmishes with Purity were no laughing matter, and any traveler who showed the slightest inclination toward interfering with the past would find his or her license permanently removed.
But it made for a good story.

[Sep 2014]

   The New Yorker Cartoons
by Tom Toro, et. al.
First one that I saw: 17 Dec 2012

I’d wager there have been many New Yorker cartoons with time machines, but the first one I saw came to me from my high school friend Jim Martin, written and drawn by Tom Toro in the 17 Dec 2012 issue (I think) and reprinted in a Readers’s Favorites contest in 2013.

 You invented a time machine to come back and . . . 

[Aug 2013]

   “The Ghosts of Christmas”
by Paul Cornell
First publication:, 19 Dec 2012

A depressed, pregnant scientist is the first to try her own machine that takes her backward and forward into her own body on a myriad of Christmas Days.

 If I stopped now, I was thinking, the rest of my life would be a tragedy, I would be forever anticipating what was written, or trying . . . hopelessly, yes, there was nothing in the research then that said I had any hope . . . to change it. I would be living without hope. I could do that. But the important thing was what that burden would do to Alice . . . If I was going to be allowed to keep Alice, after what Id seen. 

[Nov 2015]

   365 Tomorrow’s 2012 Time-Travel Stories

Note: § indicates a separate list entry for the story.
  1. Auburn Tresses (24 Jan)§ by Roi R. Czechvala
    scientist to the sixties
  2. Causality (25 Jun) by Duncan Shields
    branching universes suck
  3. Final Effect (12 Aug) by Desmund Hussey
    mention of tachyons
  4. Ghost of Christmas Future (5 Sep) by Duncan Shields
    janitor visits himself
  5. Drunken Paper Dolls (30 Aug) by Clint Wilson
    time machine in copy mode
  6. And Yet, It Moves (6 Nov)§ by Susan Nance Carhart
    rich, individualist time traveler
  7. Stranded (10 Nov) by Suzann Dodd
    traveler not picked up
  8. The Loneliness of Time Travel (25 Nov) by George R. Shirer
    traveler hooks up with self

 My theory is that the Tachyons, which are moving backward through space/time will— 

—“Final Effect”

[May 2015]
   Chrononauts Game
designed by Andrew Looney
First publication: 2013

Although I don’t usually put time-travel games in the list, it is my list and I can do what I want, such as listing this card game that Hannah and Paul gave to me on our ferry trip to Victoria. Each character in the game has the goal of adjusting the timeline back to their original home settings; and each character’s card includes a super-quick flash story, which as far as I can tell has nothing to do with the character, but is fun nonetheless.

 The Time Traveler swiped Shakespeares still-warm corpse (replacing it with a synthetic replica) and restored his health using 23rd-century medical technology. “Now write!” he commanded. 

[Dec 2015]

by Russell James
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

When Robbie’s tenure comes to an end as a historical researcher at the Bridenbaugh Institute, he’s offered the chance to actually study the Great Depression in person—but only because another wacko has gone back to change history.

 Yes, but to do it, you are letting a kidnapper brutally murder a child. Theres a moral case for Akakos actions. 

[Aug 2014]

All royalties from Out of Time are donated to Doctors without Borders.   “The Paths We Choose”
by Paul Siluch
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

A janitor in a physics lab uses the lab’s time travel cage to go back in time and alter the outcome of abusive moments that made him who he is.

 Intelligence was a wind blowing humanity faster and faster. But a man can hide from the wind, he thought. Even change its direction for a moment. 

[Jul 2014]

The authors of the Out of Time anthology also published this second volume a year later.   “A Thousand Different Copies”
by Janet Guy
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

Lieutenant Kyuoko Morioka travels seventy years into the past to bring the inventor of time travel to her day because strange anomalies are appearing in the time stream.

 Im from seventy years in the future, and we need you to save us all. 

[Jul 2014]

from Teresa Robeson’s website   “Unfillable Void”
by Teresa Robeson
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

Cindy Lau’s mother died when Cindy was young, motivating adult Cindy to invent time travel in order to spend as much time as possible with her mother before the death.

 Nobody thought Cindy would devote her life to studying the nature of time solely to fill the hold in her heart, even as she immersed herself in the subject during the last year of her undergrad degree. Nobody believed she would succeed when the mechanics of temporal movement had eluded some of the greatest minds in physics. 

[Aug 2014]

from Kelly Horn’s website   “The Widow in the Woods”
by Kelly Horn
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

Grad student Max has just four hours to find his shady his shady friend's brother who's been lost in time at an old archaeological dig site.

 I didn't lose him in the woods. I lost him in time. 

[Jul 2014]

   El último pasajero
English title: The Last Passenger (translated from Spanish)
by Manel Loureiro
First publication: 2013

Reporter Cataline Soto, aka Kate, takes an assignment covering wealthy Isaac Feldman’s attempt to recreate the exact situation that led to him being discovered as the only survivor on a Nazi cruise ghost ship in 1939.

 If they can go back in time, theyll be able to help Hitler avoid making the same mistakes that led to his defeat. Stalingrad. Normandy. None of it will have ever happened. 

[Feb 2016]

   Pizza Hut Commercial
First publication: Jan 2013

 Invest in the internet. 

A revised version of the story appeared as A Time Foreclosed in 2013.   “Time Out”
aka “A Time Foreclosed”
by Edward M. Lerner
First publication: Analog, Jan/Feb 2013

Ex-felon Peter Bitner jumps at the chance for a steady job with Dr. Jonas Gorski, only to end up debating time-travel paradoxes and ethics with the disgraced scientist who keeps building bigger and bigger time machines.

 Stop Hitler and what else do you alter? Millions of lives saved, sure, but billions of lives changed. 

[Dec 2012]

   “The Woman Who Cried Corpse”
by Rajnar Vajra
First publication: Analog, Jan/Feb 2013

Ali Campbell-Lopez’s mother dies and comes out of a coma for the fourth time under circumstances that imply Ali has powers that will interest various national security agencies and enemy spies, prompting a violent assault on Ali and her teenage daughter, soon followed by the appearance of a much younger, time-traveling version of her mother.

 You wanted to build a time machine to go back and save my grandfather! 

[Dec 2012]

   Robot Chicken
created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich
First time travel: 20 Jan 2013

Claymation Doc Brown and his somewhat faulty time machine comes to Robot Chicken in Episode 16 of Season 6 (“Eaten by Cats”). Unlike Claymation Marty, I kinda like the Weinermobile version. Bonuses in this episode: Thor’s hammer and Cap’s shield, Hawkeye’s bow, and Hulk’s cathater, and possibly Nick Fury’s gun.

 If Im gonna build a time machine, it’s got to be iconic. I’m not gonna use a Honda f-bleep-ing Civic! 

[Feb 2016]

   John Dies at the End
adapted by Don Coscarelli (Coscarelli, director)
First release: 25 Jan 2013

Dave’s friend John takes a psychedelic drug (given to him by Bob Marley—no, not that Bob Marley) giving him a distorted sense of time and pitching him into an interdimensional battle with leech monsters. It’s possible that there’s time travel, too, or at least a time telephone.

 You know what I think? Youre going to be getting phone calls from me for, like, the next eight or nine years, all from tonight. 

[Oct 2015]

   Man in the Emppty Suit
by Sean Ferrell
First publication: Feb 2013

After inventing a time sled at age 18, Sean Ferrell’s hero treks through history, periodically returning to a post-apocalypse party that he holds for only himself in an abandoned New York hotel. It seems like the perfect party with the perfect company until at age 38 he takes pity on a younger self, stopping the Youngster from breaking his nose in a fall and setting off a chain of untetherings wherein the past lives of his many selves are no longer following the same path—especially that of his 39- and 40-year-old selves, the Elder of which is murdered.

 The old mans rheumy eyes watered at me. “Welcome to the secret club of the convention, boy. Now you know. This is where you die.” 

[Jan 2016]

   The Time Portal Stories
by David Erik Nelson
First story: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Feb 2013

In the first story, Taylor, the orientation guy from HR in a fabrication company tells us how his company brings in workers from other times because they’re cheaper than contemporary labor.

In the fun second story, Travis, an HR man for the company that imports laborers from other times, begins recruiting radicals throughout time—such as Suze and her gang in 1995 Nebraska—but he and Suze soon discover that avoiding The Sound of Thunder is more difficult than killing Hitler.
  1. The New Guys Always Work Overtime (Feb 2013) Asimovs
  2. There Was No Sound of Thunder (Jun 2014) Asimovs
  3. Where There Is Nothing, There Is God (Dec 2016) Asimovs

 Anyway, we tried, me and Deke. I personally tried four different times. But Hitler is a really charismatic baby. 

[Aug 2014]

by Eric Kopatz and James O’Brien (O’Brien, director)
First release: 1 Feb 2013

In the future, when a worker loses his job, he has little choice but to participate in medical experiments, such as the experiment that Adam Leben undertakes to become a new type of human who will then be sent back to seed the Earth.

 Ive got a few kinks Ive got to work out. You see . . . see, it fragments the personality right now, and theres . . . no return. 

[Jan 2015]

   “The Time Travel Device”
by James Van Pelt
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 7 Feb 2013

One of my rules is that time travel must involve interaction, which this story—of a literary engineer visiting deaths of his literary heroes—might not have, but I like James Van Pelt enough that I wanted to list the story anyway (and mark my first visit to Daily Science Fiction).

 Time travel existed, but I could not interact with the past or the future. 

[May 2014]

by Bob Newbell
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 14 Feb 2013

When the crew of the Tsiolkovsky took off on a 100-year hibernation journey to Alpha Centauri, they didn’t quite realize what their legacy as pioneers would be

 Starship Tsiolkovsky, this is the Haven Space Station calling. Please respond. 

[May 2015]

by Liam Connor (Connor, director)
First release: 17 Feb 2013

In this seven-minute short, Australian schoolboy Jimmy tells his three mates about the special thing his future self left for him to find.

 If time travel became possible within our lifetime, and one of us was able to use it and, perhaps, go back and leave a message or an object for ourselves to find—what would that be? It could be anything, anywhere: a note on your wedding day, a super-powerful ray gun, even some weird perpetual motion machine. 

[Apr 2016]

by Don D’ammassa
First publication: Analog, Mar 2013

Somewhat lazy computer science graduate Teresa Grant has the power to see written words before they are written, whereupon she publishes the best on her website.

 Could you steal something that didnt exist yet? 

[Dec 2012]

by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Feb 2013

For me, the main story of time-travel agent Leah wandering from one World War II encounter with Heisenberg to another did not have a clear notion of time travel, and the ties to the uncertainty principle were not germaine to the story. The exposition of the uncertainty principle itself was also confused, conflating it with the observer effect and not correctly representing the fact that a particle cannot simultaneously possess both a sharply localized position and a sharply localized momentum. On the other hand, I did enjoy the opening scene with Moe Berg, and the mix-ups are partly from his layman’s point-of-view.

 Werner Heisenbergs controversial uncertainty principle was one of the cornerstones of quantum physics. Heisenberg postulated that it was possible to know a particles position or that it was possible to know how fast the particle moved, but no one could know both the position and movement of the particle at the same time. Berg had spent quite a bit of time in Oxford, talking with leading scientists as he prepared for this job, and one of them used a description that moved away from particles into theory, which Berg appreciated. That scientist had told Berg that at its core, Heisenbergs principle meant this: The act of observing changes the thing being observed. 

[Aug 2014]

   1001 Nights
created by Aly Jetha and Shabnam Rezaei
First time travel: 26 Mar 2013

In the one time travel episode (“The Man Who Went Back in Time”) of this Canadian cartoon, Shahrzad tells of a ne’er do well man who complains that he could been a contender had he only had the same breaks as his neighbor.

 That coulda been me. I coulda been rich and successful. But no . . . 

[Jun 2016]

   “The Wall”
by Naomi Kritzer
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apr/May 2013

In 1989, a college freshman named Meghan receives a visit from her future self who encourages her to investigate the fall of the Berlin Wall later that year.

 Im you. You from the future. 

[Aug 2014]

   Esurance Commercial

 Oh! And your car is a time machine. 

I like this silly image (from enough to use it for the story, even though these aren’t Pankau’s Eraser Men.   “Leaving Home”
by Kurt Pankau
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 8 Apr 2013

Agents of the Temporal Response Bureau—a.k.a. Eraser-Men—protect the timeline, but given what happened to her husband, Grace does not approve when her own 17-year-old son applies to become an agent and is accepted.

 Last summer I applied to join the Temporal Response Bureau. 

[Dec 2014]

   “For Fleur”
by Ian Anderson
First publication: Tales of Hope and Time, 20 Apr 2013

As John Elliot’s wife lies dying of a malignant lymphoma, his technology gathers information about cures from the future.

 Fleur’s type of lymphoma was very malignant. The specialists told them that there would be a fifty percent chance of a ’cure’. He felt helpless in the doctors hands and as a scientist he knew enough to be very frightened, but he dare not show it. 

[Mar 2016]

   “Grief in the Strange Loop”
by Rhonda Eikamp
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 23 Apr 2013

A ten-year-old boy manages to first lose his sister in 11th-century Britain (via his father’s time machine) and then lose his Pop somewhere in the 9th-century Bulgarian Empire. The sister is found fairly quickly, but not until thirty years later does an archeology colleague bring a clue as to exactly where his father might be.

 When hed left the room for a moment Sis dared me to send her somewhere. 

[Sep 2014]

   The Change Storm Stories
by Rand B. Lee
First story: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/Jun 2013

For some reason, the world has splintered into a multitude of pockets from different times and different timelines. Who ya gonna call? Whitsun: pocketbuster.
  1. “Changes” F&SF, May/Jun 2013
  2. “The Judging” F&SF, Nov/Dec 2014

 But nobody had any explanations to proffer concerning why the Storm had splintered the world into probability-zones, replacing slices of the known, familiar present with slices of past, future, or alternative presents more or less probable. 

—from “Changes”

[Sep 2014]

   Star Trek: Into Darkness
by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof (J.J. Abrams, director)
First release: 17 May 2013

Tim denies it, but there’s a little-known rule that says that any time Spock Prime gets to talk to new Spock, the movie is counted as possessing time travel under a grandfather clause, even if said movie contained no actual new time travel.

For me, the dark aspects of the movie were nothing but forced melodrama, although it did have great special effects, terrific casting of the principles, and fun trekkie jokes. Those positives, though, weren’t enough to cover up the plot holes and Kirk’s questionabe decisions. Good grief, just blast the bad guy with a photon torpedo rather than blasting your way through a bunch of Klingons (who never harmed you) to give the guy a fair trial. And if you don’t do that, at least blast him to bits on the bridge of that dreadnaught.

 As you know, I have made a vow never to give you information that could potentially alter your destiny. Your path is yours to walk and yours alone. 

[Jul 2013]

   “Private Memories”
by Michael Haynes
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 20 May 2013

The narrator loops over the same stretch of a few minutes over and over in order to talk you out of suicide, and then a second set of loops, and . . .

 I watch you commit suicide for the fourth time. This time I almost have you talked out of it. 

[Sep 2014]

Betancourt is the editor of many sf story megapacks which have an occassional new story and many other fine stories that are from the public domain.   “Try, Try Again”
by John Gregory Betancourt
First publication: The Time Travel Megapack, Jun 2013

After Dr. Keith O’Conner sends a message back in time to save his dead son, it seems that there is always one more message that needs sending.

 It was a matter of life and death for Dr. Keith OConner. Not his life, but the life of his son. That’s why he had invented time travel . . . the transmission of electrically charged impulses back through the years to a human brain . . . his brain, to be precise. 

[Jul 2015]

The story also appeared in this 2015 anthology.   “Jinki and the Paradox”
by Sathya Stone
First publication: Strange Horizons, 3 Jun 2013

Mathematical beings called the Rathki set up three experimental human colonies, one of which includes Jinki, a child made of light, and Mr. Quest, a trickster whose job is to generate random errors. Jinki would rather talk with Mr. Quest than anyone else, because he talks of interesting things such as Alice in Wonderland, the dangers of recursive wishes on falling stars, walking through Time, and (most importantly) avoiding pa-ra-dox!

 Theres many a reason a light baby mustnt walk through Time. You shouldnt, Jinki, because youre tied with the human timeline, youd cause a thing, a great big knot of a thing like a briar-rose patch, called a paradox. A pa-ra-dox! 

[Nov 2015]

Wilson has also written a series of Flatworld books about a world beyond the void.   “The Time Goblin”
by Clint Wilson
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 3 Jun 2013

Wilson tells of a unique being who waits at wormholes to gobble time travelers.

 His kind has known of time travel since before ninety-five percent of all time traveling species in the known galaxy. 

[Jun 2015]

   “Note to Self”
by Hans Hergot
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 4 Jun 2013

Thomas meets a messenger from the future who brings him six words.

 I am from the future. You won a contest, in the future, to send a message to your younger self. 

[Dec 2014]

Shvartsman also edits the Unidentified Funny Objects series.   “True Love”
by Alex Shvartsman
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 6 Jun 2013

Molly goes back in time to try to experience the true love of Helen of Troy of Cleopatra, but she is disappointed that she can only observe. Based on that, I was about to relegate the story to the no-time-travel pile, when I spotted something that changed my mind.

 We can only be spectators of the past. Passengers, along for the ride. 

[Dec 2014]

   7 Against Chaos
by Harlan Ellison and Paul Chadwick
First publication: Jun 7, 2013

Paul Chadwick’s exquisitely detailed and dynamic art illustrates Harlan Ellison’s story of a band of seven resilient misfits from across the solar system who are led by the deeply scarred Roack, hoping to bring an end to the time chaos that plagues Earth.

The work comes across as dated, but still, I enjoyed seeing the latest work from my childhood friend, Paul Chadwick.

 The crisis computers say the structure of Earths local field of time itself is collapsing. Eras are mixing. 

[Nov 2013]

   The Rewind Agency Series
by Jill Cooper
First book: 10 Jun 2013

In a world where highly regulated time travel permits only observation, teenager Lara Crane Montgomery discovers that she can interact with the past. So, she becomes determined to use her fifteen minutes in the past to prevent her mother’s murder, not knowing that those actions would lead to her father’s conviction for attempted murder (and to a series of follow-up books)
  1. 15 Minutes (10 Jun 2013) save Mom
  2. Plugged (23 Mar 2015) aftermath for Lara

 “When you go back in time, youre a hologram. You know that, so how can you change the past?” Rick says.
I swallow hard. “When I went back on my birthday . . . I touched stuff while I was there. I helped people. I know I can do this. I know.” I shrug. “I think Im special.”

[Sep 2015]

   “Without You”
by Craig Allen
First publication: 26 Jun 2013

In a Big Brother world, Eric is supposed to be working on eavesdropping technology for the government, but instead he builds a secret time machine to rescue Anna, a young singer who is repeatedly killed in various violent mishaps.

No, damn it! It couldnt be.
But it was, and her young life ended like that.
But only in one timeline.

[Sep 2015]

   “Dear Tomorrow”
by Simon Clark
First publication: The Mammoth Book of Time Travel, Jul 2013

Among the myriad of sad stories of people who desperately wish to turn back the clock—John Salvin who loses his wife and child in a vanished plane, Kamana Banerjee who loses her husband to a random bullet—a reality tv program, Impossible, Isnt It?, plans to archive the most heart-wrenching of the stories for future time travelers who may respond to those pleas by coming back to appear on the program and providing solice.

 Whats more, its my personal belief that time machines will be invented one day; thats why Im inviting time-travelling viewers from the distant future to visit us at our rendezvous point on Mount Snowden in North Wales, on the tenth of July— 

[Jul 2015]

   The Dino-Mating Stories
by Rosemary Claire Smith
First story: Analog, Jul/Aug 2013

Marty Zuber, a lovesick time-ship pilot and bodyguard on Dr. Derek Dill’s trip to the late Cretaceous, is sulky because the girl he’s dating keeps making eyes at Dill in the t-mail messages.

Two later stories continue the love triangle.
  1. “Not with a Bang’ (Jul/Aug 2013) Analog
  2. “Dino Mate’ (Dec 2014) Analog
  3. “Diamond Jim and the Dinosaurs’ (Apr 2016) Analog

 Can you comment on the rumors that youre secretely planning on launching missiles to knock the comet off course and save the dinosaurs? 

[Jul 2013]

   The Chronic Argonauts Graphic Novel
adapted by Jason Quinn and Russ Leach
First publication: ebook, Jul 10, 2013

Writer Jason Quinn and artist Russ Leach render Wells’s Time Machine precursor as a graphics novel, expanding the story to include an alien invasion (could it be War of the Worlds?) two millenia in the future.

 Theyve got no manners, those English. 

[Jan 2016]

   “Diamond Doubles”
by Eric Brown
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 16 Jul 2013

A novel writer from the fourth millennium is trapped in the 1960s and subjecting a contemporary editor to his work.

 I have first-hand experience of life in the fourth millennium as I hail from that era. 

[Aug 2014]

by Paul F. Taylor and Toby Williams (Ben Mallaby, director)
First release: 16 Jul 2013 (internet)

What will happen when time travel becomes as commonplace as hopping on a bus? This short film tells us in just two minutes.

 The nearest booths down there, on the left. 

[Feb 2014]

In addition to writing fiction, Pinsker rocks out on her home page.   “Join Our Team of
Time Travel Professionals”

by Sarah Pinsker
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 18 Jul 2013

Magda lands a job that many people would jump at: watching after time-travel tourists to make sure they don’ screw up the time line, but who watches the watchers?

 Manhattan in 1985 didnt have jawbone communications, but it did have plenty of bag ladies who talked to themselves. Magda was temporarily one of them. 

[Dec 2014]

Pickett’s first story (“Diatra”) appeared in the second DSF anthology.   “Sticks and Stones”
by Kevin Pickett
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 24 Jul 2013

A man returns to the school where he was bullied as a child.

 The little boy crouched defensively, making a smaller target for their cruelty, but knowing their aim was good. 

[Dec 2014]

   “Timeless Bore”
by Peter Wood
First publication: Stupefying Stories Showcase, 26 Jul 2013

A none-too-wealthy time traveler insists on passing the time of day in Macs two-pump filling station in Perdue, North Carolina.

 As the man from the future droned on and on, Mac immersed himself in the paper. He grunted every so often to feign interest. 

[Feb 2014]

   Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
adapted by James Krieg (Jay Oliva, director)
First released: 30 Jul 2013 (direct-to-dvd)

By my count, the Flashpoint comics by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert had a total of 72 comics, but it all fit in 81 minutes of this animated dvd in which the Flash awakens without his powers in a world where the rest of the Justice League is at war with pretty much everyone. Initially, he blames his arch-enemy Professor Zoom for messing with the timeline, but it turns out that it’s not Zoom who needs to be stopped from time traveling.

 We have to find out what he changed and change it back before they kill everyone on the planet. 

[Jul 2015]

by Justin Marks
First aired: 26 Aug 2013

For this rejected-series pilot, mega-handwaving went into creating a setting where a government team could send people back to change the past in a way that the team and the travelers can remember the original timeline and observe the effect of any changes—somewhat like Seven Days but without without the charm of Lt. Frank Parker. My thought is that one particular plot device totally missed the boat: The team has a technology that allows them to confidently predict the outcome of any proposed change before enacting it. Imagine how boring The Butterfly Effect would have been had Evan had such a technology in his pocket. Even so, I would have watched this series if it had ever made it into full production.

 Basically, Charlie can show us how an action in the past creates ripples in the present. 

[Feb 2015]

This was the first professionally published story that I read by one of my Odyssey Workshop classmates—nicely done, Chip!   “Flip Side”
by Chip Houser
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 29 Aug 2013

The story follows a woman in the moments after a traffic accident.

 Look before you cross, Tommy! 

[Sep 2014]

   “Affirmative Auction”
by James Morrow
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 2013

A Plutonian captain in the Pangalactic Virtue Patrol brings his time-traveling spaceship to a South Carolina slave auction in 1801 for a muddled morality lesson.

 . . . we have journeyed here from our mutual suns ninth body to rectify an anomaly that for over two centuries has corrupted your civilization. 

[Oct 2013]

   Insidious: Chapter 2
by Leigh Whannell and James Wan (Wan, director)
First release: 13 Sep 2013

The first scene goes back to the time of Josh (the dad in Insidious) as a boy when he was possessed by a woman in white. The movie then returns to the present day, just after Josh murdered the exorcist who had treated him as a child, and gives a horrorific, supernatural explanation of it all. Oh, yes: If I understood this right, the filmmakers are not the only ones who go back in time.

 Specs: Lorraine, is that Josh?
Lorraine [frightened]: How is that possible? 

[Nov 2015]

   “Eternity and the Devil”
by Larry Hodges
First publication: The Haunts & Horrors Megapack, 19 Sep 2013

Dr. Virgil Nordlinger makes a deal with the devil in which Nordlinger will formulate the Grand Unified Theory of physics, live on this Earth for another fifty years, and spend the rest of eternity in hell.

 After solving GUT, I moved on to temporal studies. 

[Aug 2016]

   The Rush Revere Series
aka Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans
by Rush Limbaugh and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh
First book: Oct 2013

Twenty-first century history teacher Rush Revere visits key points in American history.
  1. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims (Oct 2013)  
  2. Rush Revere and the First Pilgrims (Mar 2014)  
  3. Rush Revere and the American Revolution (Oct 2014) with K.A.L.  
  4. Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner (Oct 2015)  

 The experience over the past several months is not something I want to repeat. 

[Feb 2016]

   “The Time Travel Club”
by Charlie Jane Anders
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2013

At Lydia’s second time at the Time Travel Club, she tells them of her pirate activities in the past and her solar sail demolition races in the future, which is all well and good until the outlandish Madame Alberta shows up and asks them all to help her with ethical questions of building a real time machine, not to mention figuring out a rather strange use for the thing.

 They already have warrantless wiretaps and indefinite detention. Imagine if they could go back in time and spy on you in the past. Or kill people as little children. 

[Apr 2014]

a Line, a Loop, a Tangle of Threads

by Antony Neely (Sloan U’Ren, director)
First release: 9 Oct 2013

Imagine that you’re a boy in 1921 Cambridge when your sister dies falling down a well. What would you do? Naturally, you’d vow to become a great scientist in an artsy movie so you can go back in time to alter the tragic event.

 Annie: Are you ready to leave?
Stephen: Yes.
Annie: How long will it take?
Stephen: I dont know: seconds, decades, an eternity.
Annie: An eternity? For a few moments together?
Stephen: Yes. 

[Jan 2015]

Larsen’s first story appeared in this anthology.   “Chronology of Heartbreak”
by Rich Larson
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 10 Oct 2013

Jack heartlessly breaks up with Kristine in a restaurant.                                                                                    

 The professor was idling the time machine. 

[Dec 2014]

   Free Birds
by Jimmy Hayward and Scott Mosier (Hayward, director)
First release: 1 Nov 2013

Reggie, the turkey who’s awarded the Thanksgiving presidential pardon, has it pretty cushy until he’s kidnapped by Jake for a mission (via time machine S.T.E.V.E., voiced by George Takei) to stop the first Thanksgiving.

 We’re going back in time to the first Thanksgiving to get us off the menu. 

[Feb 2015]

   About Time
by Richard Curtis (Curtis, director)
First release: 8 Nov 2013

Poor Rachel McAdams—always the bride, never the time traveler. This time its romantic comedy with Domhnall Gleeson in the time traveling co-star role. For me, the writer/director had a good vision, but couldn’t make it gel.

 I cant kill Hitler or shag Helen of Troy, unfortunately. 

[May 2014]

   Pete’s Christmas
by Peter McKay, Gregg Rossen and Brian Sawyer (Nisha Ganatra, director)
First release: 8 Nov 2013 (made-for-tv)

We all watched this on a visit to Colorado by Hannah and Paul, and everyone agreed that it was a nice (and moralistic) Groundhog Day take-off with 14-year-old Pete reliving Christmas until he gets it right.

 Santa forgot my present? Again?! 

[Sep 2015]

   The In Times Like These Series
by Nathan Van Coop
First book: 13 Nov 2013

Athletic, twenty-something Ben Travers chases through time along with none other than a scientist’s beautiful daughter in this adventure series.
  1. In Times Like These (2013)
  2. Chronothon (2015)
  3. The Day After Never (2016)

 Next thing we know, they’ll be rolling out a Delorean. 

[Jun 2016]

   “Unsolved Logistical Problems in
Time Travel: Spring Semester”

by Marissa Lingen
First publication: Nature, 21 Nov 2013

The instructor of a laboratory/field practicum in time travel presents project ideas.

 2. Queueing theory for assassination tourism: If a dozen time travellers show up to assassinate Hitler in the chaos after the Beer Hall Putsch, who gets precedence? 

[Nov 2015]

   Kristin’s Christmas Past
aka Last Chance Holiday
by Rachel Stuhler
First release: 23 Nov 2013

Thirty-four-year-old Kristin, miserable and estranged from her family, is given a Christmas bottle of champaign by a New York City liquor store owner, and after taking a sip, she wakes up beside her seventeen-year-old self with a chance to fix all her past wrongs.

Janet and I watched this on Christmas Day in 2015, shortly after watching Rachel Stuhler’s similar but later movie, Back to Christmas.

 Youve had a lotta years to make mistakes: Its my turn now! 

[Dec 2015]

   Get a Horse!
by Paul Briggs, Nancy Kruse, Lauren MacMullan and Raymond S. Persi (MacMullan, director)
First publication: 27 Nov 2013

Out on a 2-D black-and-white hayride, Mickey and the gang run afoul of Peg-Leg Pete, who knocks Mickey into a 3-D color future.

 Im gonna knock you right inta next week! 

[Mar 2017]

   “The Chorus Line”
by Daniel Hatch
First publication: Analog, Dec 2013

Billionaire Mr. Croesus thinks Eric Cunningham faked the 4-million-year-old images of our ancestors dancing that made such a hit on YouTube recently, and he intends to prove it.

 The concensus is that butterflies dont know anything about regression analysis. Things tend to return to their mean over time 

[Oct 2013]

   95ers: Echos
aka 95ers: Time Runners
by Thomas Gomez Durham, James Durham and Kip Rasmussen (T.G. Durham, director)
First release: 12 Dec 2013

At the start, a young girl’s father has died and then snow starts falling upward. Later, after a slightly creepy falling-in-love by a man named Horatio, there’s an FBI agent, quite possibly Fox Multer, who’s very good at guessing things. Then her husband dies and we discover that her good guessing comes from being able to wind back time a few seconds—and I’m lost, my patience exhausted before any meaning appears.

 Account locked out.
Account locked out.
Account locked out.
Account locked out
Account locked out.
Password accepted.
[Sally smiles.] 

[Jan 2015]

   365 Tomorrow’s 2013 Time-Travel stories

Note: § indicates a separate list entry for the story.
  1. Be Patient, Brethren (16 Jan) by Patricia Stewart
    astronaut repeated tossed back
  2. Pioneers (14 Feb)§ by Bob Newbell
    journey to Alpha Centauri
  3. Dinner with the Morlocks (24 Feb) by David Barber
    blood-suckers from the future
  4. Ghost in the Machine (7 Mar) by Clint Wilson
    observe but don’t be observed
  5. Steampunk (10 Mar) by David Stephenson
    time machine blueprints are found
  6. Traveller’s Mistake (13 Mar) by Duncan Shields
    jokester time traveler
  7. A Swirl of Chocolate (11 May) by K. Esta
    stop yourself from traveling
  8. The Time Goblin (3 Jun)§ by Clint Wilson
    a hunter of time travelers
  9. It All Makes a Difference (8 Jun) by James McGrath
    to 1066
  10. Party for Two (20 Jun) by Kevin Richards
    Hawking’s time-travel party
  11. Flux (10 Jul) by J.D. Rice
    robot from the future
  12. Historicity (24 Jul) by Bob Newbell
    realities of time travel
  13. Pulped (29 Jul) by Bob Newbell
    Dr. Sinistral’s evil time machine
  14. Intentional Paradox (20 Aug) by Clint Wilson
    early humans receive tools
  15. Timecasting (22 Sep) by Duncan Shields
    the first time traveler
  16. Life Itself (2 Nov) by Richard Halcomb
    to Primal Earth
  17. The Longest Distance (18 Dec) by Aaron Koelker
    a long distance relationship

 They would land less than a nanosecond after their initial departure; to witness the alternate future they had now created by introducing so many technological advances to the once uninformed bipedal creatures. 

—“Intentional Paradox”

[May 2015]
   Time Trap
by Michael Shanks (Shanks, director)
First release: circa 2014 (straight-to-video)

After a spaceman crashes on a barren Earth with no apparent minerals to power his ship, he uses his Portable Time Bubble Generator (for the eight minutes of this short film) to determine whether anything in the past might be useful for fixing his damaged ship.

collision approaching
manual override required

[Sep 2015]

   “The Carl Paradox”
by Steve Rasnic Tem
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jan 2014

Future Carl informs Carl that the life he’s leading is the only one that’s insignificant enough that no paradox or disaster can possibly occur as a result of his time travel.

 The only difference, apparently, is the major dressing used on a roast beef club sandwich at a place called Garalfalos. 

[Apr 2015]

   The Chronos Files
by Rysa Walker
First book: 1 Jan 2014

The first book in Rysa Walker’s Chrons Files series, Timebound, won the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The book follows 16-year-old Prudence “Kate” Pierce-Keller to 1893 where a murder risks wiping out everything she knows, including herself.

The rest of the series has two more novels and two interregnum novellas.
  1. 1.0. Timebound (1 Jan 2014) 16-year-old Kate Pierce-Keller
  2. 1.5. Time’s Echo (25 Apr 2014) Kate in another timeline
  3. 2.0. Times Edge (21 Oct 2014) to Kate’s grandfather’s time
  4. 2.5. Time’s Mirror (30 Jun 2015) to 2305
  5. 3.0 Times Divide (20 Oct 2015) the final chapter
  6. 3.1. Gambit (2 Nov 2015) Chronos historian Saul Rand
  7. 3.5. Simon Says (8 Dec 2015) Marilyn Monroe’s death
  8. 3.6. Whack Job (29 Jan 2016) Simon meets Lizzie Bordon

 I was feeling very shaky on my feet. Id never had any sort of hallucination, and the sounds and images had seemed so real, like I was actually experiencing them firsthand. 

[Aug 2014]

   Papa John’s Back to the Future Commercial
aka Peyton Manning to 1984
First aired: 2 Jan 2014

 Professional driver. Closed course. Do not attempt! 

   Pepsi Halftime Commercial
First aired: 4 Jan 2014

 I like halftime! 

Six of Rountree’s earlier stories appeared in this collection.   “Cigarette Lighter Love Song”
by Josh Rountree
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 17 Jan 2014

Every ten years, Melissa casts a spell that makes her and the narrator flit back, experiencing earlier times, all in the spot where the roller rink used to be.

 See, this is how it happens. Im in that place I want to be, then suddenly its twenty years later and Melissa is telling me what a son of a bitch I am and why did I have to screw the whole thing up just as shed finally got the fucking spell right? 

[Dec 2014]

   “The Future Faire”
by Dustin Adams
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 21 Jan 2014

When people from the future put on a faire outside of Portland, Tyler and his parents are among the first in line to visit. As a reader, I’m hoping that deaf Tyler will come away cured, despite the prominent sign announcing: NO TECHNOLOGY IS TO LEAVE THE FAIREGROUNDS!

 Im curious why people from the future would need cash, but my father says, “Business is business, no matter when youre from.” 

[Aug 2014]

   “The Cartography of Sudden Death”
by Charlie Jane Anders
First publication:, 22 Jan 2014

In a future Earth with an mixture of space colonies and a rigid caste system on Earth, retainer Ythna witnesses a peculiarly dressed red-haired woman emerge from nowhere at the very moment of Ythna’s mistress’s sudden death.

 “No, I swear I had nothing to do with her death,” the woman said sadly. “Except that it created a door for me to step through.” 

[Nov 2015]

   A Murder in Time
by Jonas Saul
First publication: 23 Jan 2014

Things start going wrong as soon as Marcus Johnson staged the fake robbery at the store that he managed—not the least of which was himself appearing outside the store and looking in at himself getting ready to undertake the robbery, presumably because of those time-travel experiments his mother participated in when she was pregnant.

 Last night when he locked up and stared out the window, he had seen someone familiar starting back at him from the parking lots light standard. That someone appeard to be crying and was dressed exactly as he was right now. 

[Mar 2014]

   Comcast/Xfinity Commercial
First aired: Superbowl XLVIII, 2 Feb 2014

 We must have encountered a temporal vortex. Further analytics are necessary. 

   The Lego Movie
by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, et. al.
First release: 7 Feb 2014

Do legos time travel? Maybe not, but they do go to an old west universe where Emmet asks, “Do you think you can explain to me why I'm dressed like this? And what those big words in the sky were all about? And, like, where we are . . . in time?” Those questions, together with the quote shown below, get the movie into my time-travel list.

 Come with me if you want to not die. 

[Mar 2014]

   Uncle Grandpa
created by Peter Browngardt
First time travel: 18 Feb 2014

When the main character of a tv show is the uncle/grandpa/brother/dad of every person in the world (including, presumably, himself), you have to expect time travel sooner or later. In this case, I think the first time travel was when a future Uncle Grandpa delivered a future pizza. The only time traveling that I’ve seen, however, involved the wayward pants that Christopher Columbus refused to return
  1. Future Pizza (18 Feb 2014) pizza from tomorrow
  2. 1992 Called (21 Aug 2014) wayward pants travel five centuries
  3. Time Burgers (21 May 2015) meat from history

 If I dont get my pants back by the end of the day, m calling the time police. 

—“1992 Called”

[Sep 2015]

   “Drink in a Small Town”
by Peter Wood
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar 2014

A down-on-his-luck physicist who’s invented a faster-than-light drive stops to watch the first manned Mars landing in a small-town Georgia diner. This is one of the few stories I’ve seen that ties together ftl with time travel.

 And youll discover something else when youre tinkering with that drive. 

[Feb 2014]

   “Mrs. Darwin Has Visitors”
by David Barber
First publication: Flash Fiction Online, Mar 2014

This is the first time-travel story that I ran across in the enjoyable monthly, Flash Fiction Online. Among others, Andrew J. Salt from the Creation Museum of Petersburg, Kentucky, has an interest in getting by Charles Darwin’s gatekeeper.

 It seemed Mr Salt had completed a difficult journey today and was impatient. He was in possession of a powerful new idea that must be brought to Mr Darwins notice. 

[Jan 2015]

I don’t like to use the same cover illustration twice, so here’s an interior illustration for a poem in the March 2014 Asimov’s.   “Through Portal”
by Dominica Phetteplace
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar 2014

During a picnic on a planet under study, eight-year-old Emmy wanders away and through a portal that is only partly a time machine.

 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, . . . 

[Feb 2014]

   “The Uncertain Past”
by Ted White
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2014

JFK-viewers are clichéd in time travel, but Ted White—a favorite of mine from his time as Amazing and Fantastic editor—has a new twist as every observer sees a different version of the assasination attempt.

 Kennedy wasnt hit. Neither was Connally. I didnt bother sticking around after that. 

[Jun 2014]

   Mr. Peabody & Sherman
by Craig Wright (Rob Minkoff, director)
First released: 7 Mar 2014

The movie had some good one-liners and even some good (albeit worn) puns in the style of the original cartoon, but for me, the plot lacked even enough structure to hold the attention of a child and the writer was writing down to his audience so much so that not even Patrick Warburton’s voice in a small part was sufficient to rescue the story from the fast-forward button.

 Very well, then: If a boy can adopt a dog, the I see no reason why a dog cant adopt a boy. 

[May 2015]

from Gilbow’s home page   “Running Late”
by S.L. Gilbow
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 7 Mar 2014

The traveling companion of a reluctant time-travel tourist is running late again.

 Time machines, after all, run on a tight schedule. 

[Jun 2015]

adapted by Micheal Spierig and Peter Spierig (both also directed)
First release: 8 Mar 2014

I was so disappointed with this movie that I’m going to have to write a spoiler. So if you don’t want to be spoiled, please stop reading now.

Here’s the problem: Heinlein’s story “—All You Zombies—” was the last word on one specific kind of time travel story: The story is which there is but one timeline. If you travel to the past and do something, it is because you traveled to the past and did that thing. But the Spierig brothers completely missed this point by introducing an older version of the Unmarried Mother who has newspaper clippings of other timelines that he has changed. The nice closed sexual loop is still present in the movie, but that wasn’t enough to stop my disappointment at the drubbing that the central story idea took. I wasn’t so hot on the music either (except for “I’m My Own Grandpa”), but the relationship between the Barkeep and the Unmarried Mother was spot on as was the depiction of time travel and the foreshadowing.

 Unmarried Mother: So I can do this, I can change my past?
Barkeep: Yes, you can.
U.M.: Have you ever thought about changing yours?
BK: I never deviate from the mission.
U.M.: Never?
BK: Never. . . . Look, Ill pick you up when youre done, all right?
U.M.: No, whoa, where are you going?
BK: Dont worry. Ill be around, trust me.
U.M.: Do I? . . . Do I have a choice?
BK: Of course. You always have a choice. 

[Apr 2016]

   Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey
presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson
First episode: 9 Mar 2014

Although the 2014 version didn’t capture me as did the original, the new time-traveling Ship of the Imagination is wondrous, as are the other new special effects (but, for me, the animation was weak).

 Lets go back 30,000 years to a time before dogs . . . 

[Mar 2014]

developed by Aaron Zelman, Brad Pitt and Jason Mott
First episode: 10 Mar 2014

After eight-year-old Jake Langston drowns in a river, 32 years pass before he reappears, unchanged, in a rice paddy in China. They can call it resurection, but it quacks like time travel to me, even if Jake’s original body is still in that mausoleum.

 Whats red and green and goes a million miles an hour? 

[Mar 2014]

   “The Sentence Is Always Death”
by Brian Hirt and Ken Gerber
First publication: Daily Science Fictioin, 14 Mar 2014

Forty-three-year-old Paul Beaumont, who used to switch places with his twin brother Thomas, faces sentencing in a court where the sentence is always death and the worst death option involves government time-traveling executioners—although the universe will allow the sentence to be carried out only after the condemned no longer has a future contribution of importance.

 “I order death from category K.” Somehow these words sound less insidious than the proper name. There is only one type of death in this category. It's called “Erasure.” 

[Sep 2014]

aka Time Well Spent
by George Zebrowski
First publication: Nature, 27 Mar 2014

A man enjoys dropping into the life of his own younger self to spend time with his own lover’s younger self while his younger self is not at home.

 I always prepared by losing a pound or two, colouring my hair a bit and exercising, even using make-up to look younger than my late 60s, so that she would notnotice in the dim light of the apartment at night. Nearsighted and in bed, it would help that she would not be wearing glasses. 

[Sep 2015]

   One-Minute Time Machine
by Sean Crouch (Devon Avery, director)
First release: 29 Mar 2014 (festival)

James takes his one-minute time machine to a park bench to try to pick up quantum physicist Rachel.

Janet showed this five-minute film-festival film to me on my first prime birthday of the 2010 decade.

 Rachel: Whats that?
James: Huh? Oh, nothing.
Rachel: Sure its not a One-Minute Time Machine? 

[Jul 2015]

   “It’s Not ‘The Lady or the Tiger’,
It’s ‘Which Tiger?’”

by Ian Randall Strock
First publication: Analog, Apr 2014

When searching for a long-lost ancestor (possibly depressed) whose actions literally gave you a good life, a time traveler would be well advised to frequent said ancestor’s watering holes.

 I came back to offer you comfort, love, happiness, a life of ease. 

[Feb 2014]

Jacobsen also authored this 2012 sf novel.   “Prometheus . . . ?”
by Mark Jacobsen
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 13 Apr 2014

A pair of time travelers try to learn the old skills such as starting a fire from rubbing sticks.

 You know, Ive seen this in books, but never in real life. 

[Jun 2015]

   Time Lapse
by Bradley D. King and BP Cooper (King, director)
First release: 18 Apr 2014

Three friends stumble across a camera that produces pictures from 24 hours in the future. Gambler Jasper thinks to use it to make a fortune, but painter Finn sees a painting that he’s going to paint, resulting in a nice example of the artist paradox. From there, the plot turns into a horror movie in which whatever the photo shows, they must make happen or die.

 Mr. B. invented a camera that takes pictures of the future. 

[Apr 2016]

by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
First time travel: 20 Apr 2014

Strangely enough, on Saturday, April 19, my friend Jim Martin sent me a copy of the Sunday, April 20, Zits comic strip, which was the first one that I’ve noticed with time travel.

 Ignoring the space/time continuum helped. 

[Apr 2014]

   Brewster Rockit, Space Guy
by Tim Rickard
First time travel (that I saw): 21 Apr 2014

I’m not a regular reader of the funnies any more, so I can’t tell you when Dr. Mel in the Brewster Rockit strip first made use of his time machine, but my friend Jim (see Zits, above) also showed me the doctor’s use of his time machine to avoid having a late taxes penalty.

 Dr. Mel, you forgot to file your taxes last week! You missed the tax deadline! 

[Apr 2014]

   “The Gift of Time”
by Maggie Clark
First publication: Clarkesworld, May 2014

From his little office where he works for an esteemed antiquities dealer, Mr. Mouse Musset wills himself back in time to retrieve objects in a way that only he can, but the secretary above him—the very secretary that Mouse worships—does not appreciate Mouse’s finds.

 I have had quite enough assurance, Mr. Musset, from the carbon dating Mr. Hazlitt had performed. Granted, the calligraphy is clever, and the materials all true to form—but how old would you say Beowulf is? Tenth century? Maybe eighth? 

[Mar 2016]

   “Presidential Cryptotrivia”
by Oliver Buckram
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2014

A list of amazing but true facts about U.S. presidents, some of who traveled through time.

 . . . he traveled back in time to 1898 in order to engineer the unlikely annexation of the Kingdom of Hawaii into the United States. 

[Jun 2014]

   Once Upon a Time
created by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz
First time travel: 4 May 2014

I loved the first season of this show in which the Evil Queen casts a spell that takes all of Fairy Tale Land to a small town in Maine. The show definitely jumped the shark in Season 3 when they went to Neverland, but I came back to watch the last three episodes of that season when a time portal opened into the pre-spell Fairy Tale Land.

 Im still here. How is that possible? We saw her die. I should never be born. 

[Sep 2014]

   X-Men: Days of Future Past
by Simon Kinberg (Bryan Singer, director)
First release: 10 May 2014

Wolverine comes back from 2013 to 1980 to persuade Professor X to take a different path.

 Are we destined to destroy each other, or can we change each other and unite? Is the future truly set? 

[May 2014]

   “The Santa Anna Gold”
by Michael Bunker
First publication: Third Scribe, 20 May 2014

In addition to the audio/text version on Third Scribe (nicely formatted with images of the area, Jack Finney, and Einstein), this story also appeared as the first story in the Synchronic anthology (22 May 2014). The story follows an off-the-grid man who helps his son, Rick, track down the legendary Santa Anna gold stash by traveling to the past in a Jack-Finney-manner.

 “Historys about finding out what happened and whats true,” and that was that as far as he was concerned. 

[Aug 2014]

by Susan Kaye Quinn
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel 22 May 2014

Dr. Ian Webb works in criminal corrections, traveling back in time to stop murders that were committed by remorseful murderers such as Owen—but now Owen has gone back to his story of innocence.

 The blue spider-web hologram springs to life, surrounding Owens head with a neural net. Its the final piece in the technology puzzle, the part that allows me access to Owens mind, once he relaxes enough to let me in. 

[Aug 2014]

Before this short story, Robertson released this post-apocalyptic series.   “The First Cut”
by Edward W. Robertson
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Fresh from graduation (last in his class at the time travel cop academy), Blake Din is assigned to Senior Agent Mara Riesling (pretty and not much older than him) for field training.

 I wasnt overjoyed about running solo through a strange city where every other one of the barbarians was carrying a gun, but that was the job. The job Id been working toward for six years of secondary school and another three years in the Academy. 

[Sep 2014]

The story was also released in this separate e-book.   “Hereafter”
by Samuel Peralta
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Caitlyn, a military nurse, instantly falls in love with a time traveler who must then disappear. The next time they meet, he dies in her arms, and each subsequent time follows a Fibonacci sequence in the number of years of separation.

 You know how some satellites stay in the same place in orbit, where the gravity of the earth and moon balance each other? 

[Aug 2014]

from Isaac Hooke’s website   “The Laurasians”
by Isaac Hooke
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Middle-aged palentologist Horatio Horace and his student Megan tag along with the military boys on a trip to the time of the dinosaurs.

 He hoped to put to rest the debate on protofeathers—or “dinofuzz” as some of his lesser-esteemed colleagues dubbed them—and to prove exactly which species, at least in this time period, had them. 

[Sep 2014]

A plague doctor from the middle ages, who kind of looks like one of the spies in Spy vs Spy   “The Mirror”
by Irving Belateche
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

A rambling story of a young man who comes to New York, eventually takes over the ownership of an antique store, and comes upon a young woman who has a mirror (with slight time-travel powers connected to the time of the Black Plague) to sell and a heart to capture.

 I was working late as usual, when our new employee—Dolores, whom Id hired myself—came into the back office, now my office, to let me know tht a Rebecca Ward was on the phone and wanted to have Remembrance broker a sale for an antique mirror she owned. 

[Sep 2014]

from Eric Tozzi’s website   “Reentry Window”
by Eric Tozzi
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Brett Lockwood, first astronaut on Earth, finds himself inexplicably out of contact with the rest of the mission astronauts and with Earth.

 It was the Mars atmospheric anomaly that resurrected the planetary and deep-space exploration programs from the ashes of oblivian. 

[Aug 2014]

What else am I going to put as an image for this story?   “Reset”
by MeiLin Miranda
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Sandy tells about her life-long friend Catherine who on her 50th birthday always has her mind transferred back to her sixteen-year-old body.

 Sandy, youre the one thing that never really changes, no matter how many times I go through this. 

[Sep 2014]

This is the first book in Ellis’s YA series.   “The River”
by Jennifer Ellis
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Ironman runner and trainer Sarah steals a personal time machine from physicist and running partner Paul in order to fix the past mistake that killed her own daughter.

Although I enjoyed the romantic parts of the story and the adult being back in her childhood body, I felt that the walking through of well-trod genre ground didn’t display full understanding of the grandfather paradox: The paradox is presented as being the problem that the time-traveling grandfather-killer cannot return to his own future because he won’t exist. The actual paradox is deeper than that.

 Just stole a time device from the hottest guy ever. 

[Sep 2014]

from Ann Christy’s web page   “Rock or Shell”
by Ann Christy
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Gertie lives on a mattress with all her stuff attached to her by wires so that it won't go wandering away in the no man’s mist where time is in constant flux. I admit, though, that I didn’t understand what was happening in the story which is mostly a conversation between Gertie and a younger girl in the misty land.

 You know that whatever were connected to—even if only through some conductive medium—comes with us? 

[Sep 2014]

Cole also wrote this military sf novel, which he describes as Call of Duty meets Diablo.   “The Swimming Pool of the Universe”
by Nick Cole
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Private Dexter Keith, a soldier fighting aliens on an asteroid, is caught in the blast of a time bomb that sends his mind back through his own lifetime.

 You got to understand, a phase grenade messes with your mind, grunt. 

[Sep 2014]

Pompey the Great   “A Word in Pompey’s Ear”
by Christopher Nuttall
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

After a history graduate student has her research proposal dismissed by her professor, she runs into a woman who offers to put her ideas about Pompey the Great and the Roman Civil War to a real-world test.

 And then I told her that if I had been there, I could have steered Pompey toward saving the Republic. 

[Sep 2014]

   Edge of Tomorrow
aka Live, Die, Repeat
adapted by Christopher McQuarrrie, et. al. (Doug Liman, director)
First release: 28 May 2014

Starship Troopers meets Groundhog Day.

 Come find me when you wake up. 

[Jul 2015]

   “Sidewalk at 12:10 P.M.”
by Nancy Kress
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jun 2014

Sarah, now living on Mars at age 110, uses new technology to revisit the day when she thought life couldn’t possibly be worth living. Be sure to take the quote below with a grain of salt.

 No. No travel is involved. A user cannot affect anything that has happened, ever. All the Chrono does is show on a screen what is already there, was there, will always be there. 

[May 2015]

   I’ll Follow You Down
by Richie Mehta (Mehta, director)
First release: 6 Jun 2014 (internet)

What would you do if your wormhole-physicist father took a trip to Princeton and never came back? The obvious answer for nine-year-old Erol is to grow up to be a wormhole-physicist yourself so that you can go back in time and prevent Dad’s disappearance.

 The first move is Pawn 5 to Pawn 3. 

[Jan 2015]

   Experimental Simulation of
Closed Timelike Curves

by Martin Ringbauer, Matthew Broome, Casey Myers, et. al.
First publication: Nature Communications, 19 Jun 2014

With a title like this, it would be a sin to not put this research on the time travel list. The paper describes an experiment by Australian Professor Timothy Ralph and his student Martin Ringbauer (plus the additional authors that seem to be required for any paper in experimental physics). The starting point of the research is David Deutsch’s proposition that the probabilistic quantum behavior of nature can overcome certain kinds of cause and effect violations that seem inherent in closed timelike curves (i.e., time travel!) that are allowed by general relativity. The Australians don’t actually create a time travel situation, but instead they used entangled photons to simulate how Deutsch’s original particle and from-the-future particle would interact.

 One aspect of general relativity that has long intrigued physicists is the relative ease with which one can find solutions to Einsteins field equations that contain closed timelike curves (CTCs)`-causal loops in space-time that return to the same point in space and time. 

[Sep 2014]

   Audi A8 Commercial
First aired: 24 Jun 2014

 Youre me, right? 

   “The Color of Paradox”
by A.M. Dellamonica
First publication:, 25 Jun 2015

The Allies, facing the inevitable end of the world at the hands of the Russo-German Axis in the second Great War, send a young man back to 1920 Seattle where he hopes to enlist the aid of Agent Sixteen and change the course of the next three decades provided, of course, that he can overcome the psychological-horror-story side effects from the time travel.

Alyx Dellamonica says that this story is just the start of a longer work that she originally conceived but hasn’t yet developed. I would like to see the longer piece and have a better understanding of the psychological effects of time travel in Dellamonica’s universe.

 My stomach cramped and I was, all at once, brimming with fury. I had an urge to chase her out of the room, to smash her head against the banister until her blood ran between my knuckles. To lick, drink . . . I touched my tongue to the notch between my clenched index and middle fingers, imagining salt, and saw a flash of color . . . 

[Nov 2015]

   “How Do I Get to Last Summer from Here?”
by M. Bennardo
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, July 2014

This story has a method of time travel that’s remniscent of that in Janet’s favorite time travel novel, Time and Again by Jack Finney, but it’s also tied in with the time in your life that you most long for.

 You cant go back there, no matter how much you pay. 

[May 2014]

by Dan Beers and Mathew Harawitz (Beers, director)
First release: 2 Jul 2014

On the day of his college interview, things don’t go so well for Glenbrook High School senior Rob Crabbe, but right at the climax of the day (so to speak), he finds himself waking up again and again to relive the day, leading to a kind of oversexed Ferris Bueller meeting Groundhog Day.


[Oct 2015]

   “The LevoGyre”
by Wendy Wheeler
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 8 Jul 2014

The narrator of the story is the test subject for an experiment in gravitational time dilation that instead causes time travel and reveals the meaning of everything.

 Then my theories are correct. The mind is the eternal constant. 

[Aug 2014]

Miles has published several novels, including this one, under the name Julian M. Miles.   “Cleanup Crew”
by Jae Miles
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 29 Jul 2014

Two paleontologists discover a fossilized mammal in an impossible location.

 Were going to be famous! 

[Jun 2015]

This story also had an audio production on   “Makeisha in Time”
by Rachael K. Jones
First publication: Crossed Genres

My favorite Star Trek episode from the entire franchise is The Inner Light, where Picard lives an entire life on a long-dead alien planet. That episode has no time travel, since the life was a virtual life lived out in minutes in his mind, but Makeisha’s form of repeated living past lives on Earth is actual time travel.

For me, Makeisha’s story suffered from having no sustaining characters outside of Makeisha herself, although I did enjoy the idea.

 She will be yanked from the present without warning, and live a whole lifetime in the past. When she dies, she returns right back to where she left, restored to a younger age. It usually happens when she is deep in conversation with her boss, or arguing with her mother-in-law, or during a book club meeting just when it is her turn to speak. 

[Nov 2015]

   “Of All Possible Worlds”
by Jay O’Connell
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Aug 2014

When Costas Regas bonds with his 90-year-old landlord, Mr. Hieronymus, and discovers that the old man is editing the 20th century, that’s a fairly cool idea on its own, even without the possible smidgen of backward time travel that occurs when Costas writes poetry.

 Contained within the poem was a way to close a loop of time, pinch it off, and discard it. Id broken time. 

[May 2015]

   “6 Attempts at
Winning Jennifer’s Heart”

by James Aquilone
First publication: Flash Fiction Online, Aug 2014

An assistant to the brilliant Dr. Tomokats hijacks various of the doctor’s technology for purposes of the heart.

 Note: Time travel solves nothing. 

[Jan 2015]

   “Time Crash”
by Jane Elliot
First publication: Crossed Genres, Aug 2014

So far, Catherine has repeated the same day with the same deadly robbery 10,376 times.

 10,376 times the womans mouth opened in a small ‘o,’ her brown lids pulled back to show the whiteness of her eyes, and she stared straight out into space before looking down and sticking a single finger in the slowly spreading blood. Every time it happened, Catherine dropped her half gallon of milk, and she waited for the end to come. 

[Nov 2015]

   2035 Forbidden Dimensions
by Christopher James Miller (Miller, director)
First release: 5 Aug 2014 (straight-to-video)

I get that somebody (Jack Slade) has come back from a dystopic, mutant-filled future to stop the events that led to the aliens creating such a future—but the movie was unwatchable for me, even if the writer did portray Jean-Luc Picard’s young nephew in Star Trek Generations.

 My name is Detective Giger . . . Im contacting you from the year 2035. Dr. Shector has taken over society with a toxic drug made from the flesh of alien beings . . . 

[Jan 2015]

   “1:40 AM”
by Eliza Victoria
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 8 Aug 2014

Peter, a worker at the science institute, is stuck babysitting “John” in the middle of the night when a gunman enters and a time loop ensues.

 Is there something in your past that you want to change? An action you want to reverse? A death you want to prevent? 

[Aug 2014]

developed by Ronald D. Moore
First episode: 9 Aug 2014

Based on the wildly successful romance novel series, this Housewives in Time tv series takes World War II nurse Claire back to 1743 Scotland where the muscular Scottish highlander Jamie Fraser immediately rescues her from a sinister ancestor (and lookalike double) of her husband. In that long-ago time period, Claire longs to return to her life, but that doesn’t stop her from a Jamie romance.

 Perhaps I had stumbled onto the set of a cinema company filming a costume drama of some sort. 

[Jun 2015]

   “Futures Market”
by Mitchell Edgeworth
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 21 Aug 2014

A man travels back in time with stock tips for himself every ten years.

 Youre going to buy stocks in these companies. Biogen. Kansas City Southern. Middleby Corp . . . 

[Aug 2014]

NY Daily News,
23 Nov 1963
   “Changing the Past”
by Barton Paul Levenson
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 27 Aug 2014

A traveler from the 29th century returns to 11/22/63 to change the course of Lee Oswalds actions.

 You know what happened on November 22nd, 1963, and the results. 

[Aug 2014]

   The First Fifteen Lives of
Harry August

by Claire North (aka Catherine Webb)
First publication: 28 Aug 2014

Harry August is living his life over and over again, always born to the same mother in the same time and place, but living in a world that’s altered each time because of the actions of the others who are also reliving their lives. The world Claire North (aka Cat Webb) built has a rich, interlocking structure: The repetitions are synchronous in that the entire life of the universe plays out before restarting from the beginning for everyone, but only a handful, such as Harry, remember the previous time around. Those who do remember have formed a society whose overriding purpose is to keep the status quo because once a change is made and a person is not born during a cycle of the universe, that person will never again be born. The society also arranges a system to send messages back through the generations by having young reborn children contact older society members who are near death. From time to time, changes in the universe cause new members to be born, and thus, Harry appears just in time to become embroiled in a vicious plot to change everything.

I was fortunate to meet Cat Webb at the 2015 Campbell Conference in Lawrence, Kansas, where she cheerfully talked to me and Rob Maslen about anything and everything during the week leading up to the announcement of Harry August as the winner of the 2015 Campbell Award for the best novel of the year. Yay, Cat (and yay for your friendliness and wry sense of humor)!

 My first life, for all it lacked any real direction, had about it a kind of happiness, if ignorance is innocence, and loneliness is a separation of care. But my new life, with its knowledge of all that had come before, could not be lived the same. It wasnt merely awareness of events yet to come, but rather a new perception of the truths around me, which, being a child raised to them in my first life, I had not even considered to be lies. 

[Sep 2015]

Cattail hearts from   “Cattail Hearts”
by Kate Heartfield
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 29 Aug 2014

After spending five years in the late 19th century at the Indian Industrial School for Native American children who were taken from their families, a young girl’s teacher tells her about her future in Manitoba. As with so many stories of grandfather paradoxes, it deals with only half the paradox that it brings up, although I did like the twist.

 If someone peeled all of me away bit by bit, what would be left would be you. 

[Aug 2014]

   “Embrace of the Planets”
by Brenda Carre
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 2014

For a long time, maybe the entire ten years since that horrific accident, Eleanora Watson has been hoping that the strange little shop calle Trove would be open some day, and now it is. Inside, she finds the even stranger owner and a lost book by Jules Verne (who pointedly never wrote of time travel).

 Ah, yes. Embrace of the Planets. As far as I know its the only copy of Vernes theories of the universe ever printed. 

[Apr 2017]

   Steven Universe
created by Rebecca Sugar
First time travel: 4 Sep 2014

With the help of three aliens, Steven discovers the magical powers that he inherited from his alien mother. In one episode (“Steven and the Stevens”), the boy time travels with the help of a magic hourglass, whereupon he attempts to divert a disaster at his dad’s carwash but only makes things worse. Eventually, though, he forms a singing group with other versions of himself.

 Dont make me hurt me, Steven! 

[Sep 2015]

   The Copernicus Legacy
by Tony Abbott
First book: 9 Sep 2014

Chased by a secret order, thirteen-year-old Wade Kaplan (plus step-brother, cousin, and cousin’s best friend) spans the globe searching for parts of an age-old astrolabe that doubles as a time machine—although in the first book (The Forbidden Stone), an actual spanning of time is limited. There is a second book (The Serpent’s Curse) and a collection of novellas (The Copernicus Archives).

 After their arrival at a local hospital, the students, aged 7 to 14, and teachers on the bus claimed that it entered the south side of the Somosierra Tunnel and was immediately struck by . . . 

[Jan 2015]

   Monster High: Freaky Fusion
by Keith Wagner (William Lau and Sylvain Blais, directors)
First publication: 30 Sep 2014

The animated gang of teen monsters travel centuries into the past to the first day ever at Monster High, but when they return they have each merged with another in the group creating freaky hybrid monsters all around. I’m not sure, but I’m betting that Mattel used this dvd release as an opportunity to also sell freaky hybrid fashion dolls.

 Its 1814: Theyve never seen fasion styles like ours before. 

[Nov 2015]

The Cloisters
   “The Cloisters”
by Jeff Grimshaw
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2014

I freely admit that I don’t take to dreamlike stories, but Grimshaw’s 15-minute surreal read about a jilted man who wanders through the Cloisters with a cute pony-tailed guard drew me in; and I’m sure it would have done so even if the space-bending tunnels that connected the medieval gardens to sundry places throughout New York hadn’t also connected to sundry times.

 Actually it wasnt cool, but I threw the scarf around my neck and headed for the Cloisters, inertia being my guiding principle. 

[May 2015]

Lafayette, CA, memorial to the American dead in Iraq   “The Recent Future”
by Dani Ripley
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 7 Oct 2014

Two sixth-graders, Scout and her genius best friend Billy, build a time machine to go back and save Billy’s dad who was “blown up in Iraq.”

 He surprised everyone by declaring his intention to build a time machine so he could go back and save his dad. 

[Oct 2014]

   The Flash
adapted by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns
First episode: 7 Oct 2014

Time travel is implied right from the first episode of the CW’s rendition of The Flash where a newspaper from the future is seen in the closing scene. The rest of the first season builds a fine time-travel arc that includes a nefarious time traveler from the far future, a classic grandfather paradox (sadly not examined), a do-over day for the Flash (which Harrison Wells calls “temporal reversion”), and a final episode that sees the Flash travel back to his childhood (as well as a hint that Rip Hunter himself will soon appear on the CW scene). The primary time-traveling nemesis, wiped out in Season One, reappears in Episode 11 of Season 2. I suspect that more time travel is on the horizon for Barry Allen and his cohorts (especially Cisco).

 Wells: Yes, its possible, but problematic. Assuming you could create the conditions necessary to take that journey, that journey would then be fraught with potential pitfalls: the Novikov Principle of Self-Consistency, for example.
Joe: Wait—the what, now?
Barry: If you travel back in time to change something, then you end up being the causal factor of that event.
Cisco: Like . . . Terminator.
Joe: Ah!
Wells: Or: Is time plastic? Is it mutable, whereby any changes in the continuum could create an alternate timeline?
Cisco: Back to the Future.
Joe: Ah, saw that one, too. 

[Oct 2015]

   Dodge Brothers Commercial
First aired: 18 Oct 2014

 As boys, the Dodge brothers built their own bicycle. 

   “The Bomb-Thing”
by K.J. Kabza
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2014

Blaine’s high school buddy Mason wants to get into the pants of a visiting hottie from Cal Tech, so naturally Blaine and Mason help her break into the physics lab at the local university where the bomb-thing they find takes them back to the sixties.

 Phyllis pointed at something on a table. It looked, no joke, like a bomb: kinda half-finished, with wires and plugs everywhere, and blinking lights and a countdown clock that said 03 10:11 02 05 1968. 

[May 2017]

   The Conroyverse
aka The Amazing Buffalito and Conroy Books
by Lawrence M. Schoen
First time travel: “Calendrical Regression” in Nov 2014

I stumbled across one of the Amazing Buffalito and Conroy stories while reading something else, and it seemed that the Buffalito Reggie (the cute miniature bison that eats anything and farts oyxgen) just had to be living in a universe with time travel. In “Trial of the Century,” Reggie's companion Conroy (the billionaire ex-ceo turned spacefaring on-stage hypnotist) has a time-travel gag in his act; and in the first novel, Buffalito Destiny, the entire ex-state of Texas has differing time rates from one spot to another. But I had to know for sure whether the amusing pair ever ran into real time travel, so I wrote to Lawrence Schoen, and he quickly and happily pointed me toward the most recent novella, “Calendrical Regression” wherein Conroy brings a Mayan high priest to the present day from 89 generations in the past.
  1. 1. “Buffalo Dogs’ (Summer 2001) in Absolute Magnitude
  2. 2. “Telepathic Intent” (29 Jul 2003) in Buffalogic, Inc.
  3. 3. Buffalogic, Inc. (29 Jul 2003) collects 1-2
  4. 4. “The Matter at Hand’ (Mar 2005) in Aliens and AIs
  5. 5. “Requiem’ (Spring 2005) in Absolute Magnitude
  6. 6. “Buffalogenesis’ (2006) novelette
  7. 7. “A Buffalito of Mars’ (25 Jun 2007) in Visual Journeys
  8. 8. “Buffalogistics’ (2008) collects 4-5
  9. 9. Buffalito Destiny (2009) has Texas temporal distortions
  10. 10. Buffalito Contingency (Jun 2011) novel
  11. 11. “Yesterday’s Taste’ (3 May 2012) in Transtories
  12. 12. “Barry’s Tale’ (12 Nov 2012) in Buffalito Buffet
  13. 13. “Trial of the Century’ (Dec 2013) has time-travel insurance gag
  14. 14. “Calendrical Regression” (Nov 2014) novella

 . . . and fed all of it to my buffalito, . . . 

[Dec 2015]

   “I’ll Follow the Sun”
by Paul Di Filippo
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2014

A Paul Di Filippo time travel story imbued with Steve Ditko and Robert Heinlein seems like it should be right up my alley, but I was sadly disappointed by the lack of time travel complications as college math student Dan Wishcup travels from his home time (and mine) of 1964 back to 1914 and forward to 2014.

 Dan expected some weighty math tomes, but the books disclosed themselves as a Signet paperback and a larger one from City Lights Press. The pamphlet proved to be a comic book! Specifically, Strange Tales No. 126, just out last month. 

from Shvartsman’s
home page
   “Letting Go”
by Alex Shvartsman
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 3 Nov 2014

When your girlfriend heads into space on a journey that will age her only two years while you age sixteen, you do the only logical thing.

 Because it amuses you and—more importantly—because you know it would make her laugh, you design the time machine prototype to look like a blue phone booth. 

[Dec 2014]

by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan (C. Nolan, director)
First release: 7 Nov 2014

On a future Earth that is fast succumbing to worldwide drought and poltergeists in bedrooms, farmer-girl Murph’s father Cooper and a professor’s daughter lead a mission through a wormhole to a possible new home for mankind.

 Time is relative. It can stretch, it can squeeze, but it cant run backwards. It simply just cant. 

[Jan 2015]

   Xfinity Scrooge Commercial
First publication: 10 Nov 2014

Yes, I remember about Rules #1 and #2 (viewing the past or viewing a possible future is not time travel), but future Tiny Tim does interact with Scrooge and the ghost!

 Now remember, Mr. Scrooge, we can see them, but they cant see us. 

Another of Trexler’s stories is available on smashwords.   “The Prisoner”
by Roger Dale Trexler
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 13 Nov 2014

A time-travel researcher awakens as an ape-like mammal in the Jurassic where he meets at least one other modern animal.

 The plants, he thought. They’ve been extinct for a million years. 

[May 2015]

When he was just a babe in arms, Soto moved to Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, about a mile from Isaac Asimov’s boyhood home.   “Making Time for the Kids”
by Julion J. Soto
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 20 Nov 2014

The story (about a man who goes back in time to a school shooting) promises to say something interesting about time-travel paradoxes and the butterfly effect, but the promise is never fulfilled.

 I didnt know, nobody did, but I was going to find out about time paradoxes and the butterfly effect in one fell swoop. 

[Nov 2014]

   “Blake Takes a Case”
by Belinda Whitney
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Loquat T. Blake, time detective, takes the case of one Mrs. Kate Alston’s neice who disappeared from the face of teh Earth back in 2037 at a location that could just create the biggest time paradox this side of John Wilkes Booth’s pistol.

 I thought the Time Agency was going to be fun when I joined. I didnt expect them to be a bunch of old fogies, petrified of time paradoxes, with red tape up the wazoo for every trip they made. So I “borrowed” some of their old equipment from storage and struck out on my own under-the-radar business. 

[Feb 2016]

from Robeson’s website   “Occupational Hazard”
by Teresa Robeson
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Ex-temporal emissary Bernard Rolfe finds himself slipping in and out of past and future times, a sad symptom of Dirac’s Syndrome—no, not thatDirac, but rather Alexa Dirac, the freckled and beautiful first-known sufferer of the syndrome.

 That changed when he was plucked out of bed and plopped in the Pleistocene ice age, where he found himself, with nothing on but his pajamas, facing the tusked end of a wooly mammoth. He decided then tht he sould let the Agency know before something carnivrous made a meal of him, or, worse, died from weather exposure. 

[Feb 2016]

from Horn’s web page   “Of Time and Treasure”
by Kelly Horn
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Anthony Corbin remembers little of his life as a young bouy before being adopted by a wealthy time-traveling philanthropist who is now dead.

 “But in her younger days, before she married Jonathan, she was an accomplished academic. She was a brilliant woman.” Harris stopped and cleared his throat. “She built a time machine.” 

[Feb 2016]

   “The Tether”
by Janet Guy
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Carnival barker Richard Hunt and his assistant Lana strap the tourists into The Tether day after day, launching them into the future and bringing them back—but only if they use preapproved safe coordinates of future events.

 The colossal, the stupendous, the first ride in the world to bring you back from the future, The Tether. Im your conductor, Richard Hunt, but you can call me Mister Richie. 

[Feb 2016]

an xkcd comic explains the no-communications aspect of quantum entanglement   “To Dream of Future Yesterdays”
by Paul Siluch
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

After quantum theoretician Ben Hill’s time travel/wormhole project is shut down by the frugal government, he realizes where it all might have gone awry, which triggers one iteration after another of better and better (or maybe darker and darker) lives.

 I bought the qubit microscope. It was just sitting there, forgotten after the inquiries started. I scanned my own brain and noticed the telltale quantum irregularities we had only seen in the hart of the collider. Which meant the crazies on the internet were right: our brains are quantum computers.
It also meant something else very, very important. If we used quantum particles to think, we must be entangled with quantum particles somewhere else. Of some
when else. Suddenly the whole doomed Project offered up a small ray of hope, but in an entirely new direction. We would never be able to send a person back in time, but I might be able to send information back. 

[Feb 2016]

a SPAD VII biplane
   “Touch and Go”
by Russell James
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Gerald Greene, a failed World War I pilot on his final SPAD VII mission, ducks into a cloud in a dogfight only to emerge in the next world war.

 What are you doing landing this antique at a military airfield? 

[Feb 2016]

by Christopher East
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2014

In late 1986, geek Tim Stanek (he prefers the term “nerd”) and his high-school buddy Louis are approached one night by an unheard-of sort of person: a sensitive and inclusive football jock who asks them to come with him on a mission that needs their particular kind of resourcefulness.


[May 2015]

   The Librarians
adapted by John Rogers
First episode: 7 Dec 2014

Under the guidance of the Warehouse caretaker (John Larroquette), three apprentice Librarians and their Guardian venture forth each episode to contain various rogue magic threats while the actual Librarian (Noal Wyle) who put the team together tries to find the library which is lost in space and time. Apart from that lost library, there is no time travel until the final episode of the second season (“. . . And the Final Curtain”) when two of the team depart for the year 1611.

For me, the characters, acting, writing, and plot arcs were well below that of Warehouse 13, although the setup was nice.

 More than that, Im offering you an opportunity to save the world every week. 

[Apr 2016]

   Back to Christmas
aka Correcting Christmas
by Rachel Stuhler (Tim O’Donnell, director)
First release: 20 Dec 2014

One year after breaking up with her boyfriend on Christmas Eve, still-regretful Ali runs into her fairy godmother at a diner, and the next morning Ali wakes up in the previous year.

Janet and I watched this movie on Black Friday, and at the 23:00 mark, she told me how it would end!

 Isnt this supposed to be like déjà vu where everything happens the same and I get to react differently and fix everything? 

[Nov 2015]

More of Lerch’s stories, including this one, are available at smashwords.   “Paradox for Dinner”
by Burke Lerch
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 22 Dec 2014

Why time travel at all? Dinner!

 Arguably the best patty melt anyone had ever had, unless someone else out there was so inspired by a sandwich that they had also built a time machine just to eat the same patty melt again, again, and yet again. 

[Jun 2015]

   365 Tomorrow’s 2014 Time-Travel Stories

Note: § indicates separate list entry for the story.
  1. Time Was (23 Feb) by Roger Dale Trexler
    physicist visits movie star
  2. Love Beatrice (5 Mar) by Clint Wilson
    phone call to the past
  3. Running Late (7 Mar)§ by S.L. Gilbow
    time traveler running late
  4. Prometheus . . .? (13 Apr)§ by Mark Jacobsen
    time travel and manual crafts
  5. Missed Connections (11 May) by Tyler Hawkins
    not-very-accurate time machine
  6. Update (24 Jun) by Duncan Shields
    time traveler meets future tech
  7. Cleanup Crew (29 Jul)§ by Jae Miles
    unexpected dinosaur fossil
  8. Guardian Angel (7 Sep) by Elijah Goering
    man visits himself repeatedly
  9. The Hero of Time (26 Sep) by Glenn Leung
    time-traveling superhero appears today
  10. The Prisoner (13 Nov)§ by Roger Dale Trexler
    man sent back as Jurassic ape
  11. Paradox for Dinner (22 Dec)§ by Burke Lerch
    Why time travel? Dinner!

 Just like comic book superheroes were during the second world war. They were supposed to represent the peoples wish for a good person of immense power which brought an end to suffering. 

“The Hero of Time”

[May 2015]
   “History’s Best Places to Kiss”
by Nik Houser
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2015

Rather than continue with a messy divorce, Ray Fox and Karen Jameson-Pfiffer-Browning go back in time to prevent themselves from ever marrying each other.

 A word of advice: never read Philip K. Dick before going on vacation through time. 

[Jan 2015]

from Schaefer’s website   “Perfectly Justified Response”
by Peter A. Schaefer
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 13 Jan 2015

Nome’s lab partner has a time machine, and she’s considering sending various objects back 30 years or possibly back to the time when the Earth first formed through planetary accretion.

 Did you know the Earth formed through planetary accretion during the formation of the Solar System approximately four-point-five billion years ago? 

[Jan 2015]

   12 Monkeys
adapted by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett
First episode: 16 Jan 2015

Same backstory as the movie, same names for the characters, no Bruce Willis, but still a fun adaptation of the movie with cool instant effects when an action alters the future, but not so clever use of the watches and the paradox of meeting yourself.

 About four years from now, most of the human race will be wiped out by a plague, a virus. We know its because of a man named Leland Frost. I have to find him. 

[Feb 2015]

   Project Almanac
aka Welcome to Yesterday
by Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman (Dean Israelite, director)
First release: 30 Jan 2015

When teenage genius David Raskin and his sister Chris are rummaging through the attic, they discover a video tape made by their father on the day of his death ten years ago. The tape seems to show current-age David in the background, which leads David, Chris, and their three friends to build a time machine.

Based on the trailer, I thought it was a fun premise with promise, but in the execution, the movie couldn’t decide what it wanted to be: David Raskin, Boy Genius (and scientific handwaver), or Ferris Bueller and the Time Machine, or The Blair Time Travel Project, or maybe The Butterfly Effect IV. Whichever it was, none of the different directions could support a plot for me, none had a consistently worked-out model of time travel, and none had reliable continuity in the filmmaking.

 Did you see the tape at your seventh birthday? I think we already did build it. 

[Jul 2015]

An early Chamberlain short, short story appeared in this Asimov/Carr/Greenberg anthology.   “Afternoon Break”
by Gregg Chamberlain
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 5 Feb 2015

On an afternoon during his first week of vacation, a journalist stops by a tavern for a half-pint.

 “Quick,” he shouted. “What year is this?” 

[Feb 2015]

172 of Reid’s short, short stories appeared in this anthology.   “When a Bunch of People,
Including Raymond, Got Superpowers”

by Luc Reid
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 16 Feb 2015

If a bunch of people in a story suddenly got the superpowers of their choice, doesn’t it naturally follow that at least one of them would have the power to turn time?

 Time Turner actually did pretty well with her power until she accidentally let slip . . . 

[Feb 2015]

from Burgis’s web page   “Marking Time”
by Stephanie Burgis
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 20 Feb 2015

After an adult life of painful and disappointing moments, a woman hears about a crazier woman at the farmers’ market who can put each of those moments into a string of beads that have a power more than mere jewelry.

 This bead marks the moment you told Tom Merchant (high on your first-ever vodka shots and the teeth-jittering adrenaline of being out—even just as part of a group—with Tom Merchant, the most brilliant, amazing guy youd ever met) that you couldnt care less about your practical engineering major, that thing that your parents were both so proud of. 

[Feb 2015]

The Archduke Ferdinand and his wife the Archduchess shortly before their assasination that sparked the Great War   “A Small Diversion on
the Road to Hell”

by Jonathan L. Howard
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2015

A time traveler comes to the Helix bar where he’s flabbergasted to discover that the Great War on Earth from nineteen fourteen to eighteen was still started in exactly the same manner as before his trip in time. And that’s not the only chrono-intervention gone awry.

 He looks at me, looks at my look, looks at his bag, opens his bag, looks in his bag, takes out a gun. He does not look as if he is about to use it. Instead, he breaks it open. “Look!” he says, and I am looking already. “It hasn’t been fired! How can Princip have laid his hands on another gun so quickly? The car went by thirty seconds after I stole this from his pocket. He didnt have time! How is it possible? 

[Nov 2015]

   “The Shape of My Name”
by Nino Cipri
First publication:, 4 Mar 2015

In 2076 a teenaged transgender son—genetically female in a family where the ability to time travel is passed from mother to child via mitochondrial DNA—lives with an aunt in the house where his mother abandoned their family more than a century in the past by traveling to a limit point in 2321 where their time machine can reach but not return.

I noticed that the time machine’s name, anachronopede, is nearly that of El Anacronópete, so I wrote to Nino Cipri to ask whether Gaspar’s novel was an inspiration. It was, said Nino, writing to me: “ It is indeed a reference to El Anacronópete. I was researching time travel in fiction while writing that story, and it was the earliest mention of a time machine I could find. Plus, the name is so great.”

 I picture you standing in the kitchen downstairs, over a century ago. I imagine that you’re staring out through the little window above the sink, your eyes traveling down the path that leads from the back door and splits at the creek; one trail leads to the pond, and the other leads to the shelter and the anachronopede, with its rows of capsules and blinking lights. 

[Nov 2015]

   World of Tomorrow
by Don Hertzfeldt (Herzfeldt, director)
First publication: 31 Mar 2015

Young Emily is contacted by a third-generation clone of herself from the far future.

 Oh. Oh God. Oh God. Oh God. Oh God. Oh my God. Holy Mother of God. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh God. 

[Mar 2017]

   Found in Time
by Arthur Vincie (Vincie, director)
First release: 15 Apr 2015

In a world populated by a variety of psychic people (including the psycops and doctors who wear storm-trooper masks), a mystic pushes Chris back to an earlier time in his life, starting him on a journey that skips through his life.

 Just push me back. 

[Mar 2015]

   “Stuck in the Past”
by Michael Donoghue
First publication: Abyss & Apex, 2nd quarter 2015

A man, distraught over the fact that Emily left him for a guy with money, ignores a warning from his future self and places a Craigslist ad pleading for someone in the future to send him tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers.

Although there were some science terminology slips, the story was enjoyable for me, particularly the second half when the writing was more about the story and less about amusing interactions with your older self. On the other hand, Emily’s notion of what it meant to “make something of yourself ” didn’t ring true to me.

 I didnt turn around. Who wants to see an older, uglier version of himself? 

[Jun 2015]

R.A. Reikki’s web page   “Time EMT”
by R.A. Reikki (as by Ron Reikki)
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 30 Apr 2015

A thought-provoking story of an ambulance that goes back to the time before the accident.

 We scanned her I.D. and it showed she had medical insurance. Otherwise, the rule is that we treat you for the injuries, but theres no swap. 

[May 2015]

   Connections Academy Commercial
First publication: May 2015

 And I’m Jermey when he was in the fifth grade. 

Castoroides Knight by Charles Robert Knight (i.e., the image that fsf should have used to illustrate the story!)   “Trapping the Pleistocene”
by James Sarafin
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/Jun 2015

Jack Morgan and his wife, whose ten-year-old daughter recently fell through the winter ice and drowned, are two of the rare beings who live in an agrarian enclave in the new Ohio wilderness, tending their livestock and working with tools rather than living in the anthill-like sterile towers full of webbed-together people. But now the towers need Jack’s help in rescuing a friend in the Pleistocene and track down a specimen of Castoroides ohioensis along the way.

 Okay. But to get to the point, Castoroides ohioensis was a giant species of beaver that lived during the Pleistocene epoch. Its been extinct for at least ten thousand years. Our project requires sending an animal-capture expert to the late Pleistocene to catch an ohioensis and bring back tissue samples. 

[Nov 2015]

   “A Turkey with Egg on His Face”
by Rob Chilson
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/Jun 2015

Shy Georgie Plunkett of St. Clair County, Missouri, has a crush on Chloey Carew—but just how could he possibly compete with brash, outgoing, egotistical Harry Markesan for her attentions? Eenie meanie, time machinie.

 Not entirely true. Georgie had traveled, two-three times to Kansas City. Hadnt liked it much: fair enough. It hadnt liked him, either. Been to Joplin a couple times to visit a sister; to Fort Scott once, to have a special piece of metal crafted for his time machine. That was it. 

[Nov 2015]

   Kung Fury
by David Sandberg (Sandberg, director)
First release: 28 May 2015

I think this short movie (30 minutes) is showing what it would be like if video games were real life. The hero is a cop cum kung-fu-chosen-one in a blood-filled, surreal Miami, who’s sent back in time to kill the Kung Fuhrer. Along the way (among other things), he meets both Thor and David Hasselhoff, gives a beautiful viking girl a cellular phone so she can call him, and crushes random Nazis in original ways.

 Hackerman: I was able to triangulate the cell-phone signal, trace the caller: His name is Adolph Hitler.
Kung Fury: Hitler. Hes the worst criminal of all time.
Hackerman: You know him, sir?
Kung Fury: I guess you could say that. In the 1940s, Hitler was a kung fu champion. He was so good at kung fu that he decided to change his name to Kung Fuhrer. 

[Sep 2015]

from Rice’s home page   “Apologies to Mr. Hawking”
by J.D. Rice
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 4 Jun 2015

A time-traveler sends his regrets for being unable to attend the widely announced reception that Stephen Hawking threw with an open invitation to all time travelers.

 I regret to inform you that I will not be attending your reception, scheduled for 12:00 UT, 28 June 2009. 

[Jun 2015]

Vermont writer Weil had a 2015 reading in Burlington.   “Time Machines: An End of the World Inventoryt”
by Ginger Weil
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 11 Jun 2011

I found it hard to tell exactly what happened in this flash piece, but it may be that a scientist has brought a zombie plague back in time.

 The scientist who brought it here is dead. His grave was the first one you dug behind your house. 

[Jun 2015]

   Inside Out
by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley (Pete Docter, director)
First release: 19 Jun 2015

Admittedly, the Inside Out time travel is just one throwaway Bing Bong joke, but in my opinion it cements the central role of the time travel meme in the popular culture of my lifetime.

 Once, we flew back in time. We had breakfast twice that day. 

[Jul 2015]

   Best Friends Whenever
created by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas
First episode: 26 Jun 2015

When best friends Cyd and Shelby get accidentally zapped by Barry’s ray gun, they gain the ability to travel through time, although they don’t lose the ability to freak out over drama at West Portland High School.

 Barry: Cyd, when that laser blasted Reynaldo, it was set at two. You guys were blasted at four . . . hundred. [laugh track] There is no telling what could have happened. It could have sent you to another dimension or made you time travel or rendered you invisible.
Cyd: [Sticks finger in mouth. Makes popping noise. Threatens Barry with slobbered-on finger.]
Barry: Youre not invisible. [laugh track] 

[Sep 2015]

   Inside Amy Schumer
created by Amy Schumer
First time travel: 30 Jun 2015

No topics are off-limit in standup-comedienne Amy Schumer’s, not even time travel which occurs in the episode ‘Wingwoman’ (30 Jun 2015) along with other skits on telephone help for crises, boyfriend-meets-brother, and more.

 Amy plus Six: Amy, its me . . . you, I time traveled from six years in the future.
Amy: How does that work?
Amy plus Six: I dont know! How does electricity work? You just pay for it. Now listen, five-years-in-the-future-you is gonna come back and talk to you.
Amy: Wait, I thought you were from the future.
Amy plus Six: Im six-years-in-the-future-you. Five-years-in-the-future-you has bangs. Now, shes gonna come and shes gonna tell you—
Amy: If I should get bangs or not?
Amy plus Six: No! Shut the f*** up! Shes gonna tell you not to move in with Travis?
Amy [devastated]: Why not?
Amy plus Six: Because he cheats on you; he gives you gonorrhea and bed bugs. Its a nightmare.
Amy: Oh, God, Ive never had bed bugs before. I wont move in with him.
Amy plus Six: Oh, no no no. You have to move in with him, okay? It turns out that by being warned to break up with Travis that things in the future get really screwed up, and California is now in the ocean.  

[Nov 2015]

   “Pollen from a Future Harvest”
by Derek Künsken
First publication: Asimov's Science Fiction, Jul 2015

A breeze of pollen from intelligent alien vegetation continually blows into one artificial wormhole and out another eleven years earlier, which gets Major Okonkwo’s government het up about using it to repeatedly send back research results while Okonkwo and her team try to figure out how and where the rival government is spying on things and why the pollen stream has stopped. All the while, there are discussions of how careful everyone must be to avoid grandfather paradoxes.

For me, Künsken’s earlier novella of aliens and time dilation (“Schools of Clay”) was a realistic, character-driven, multi-layered story worthy of a Hugo, but this second novella was less engaging, even though it does involve actual time travel.

 On their way, the Force had discovered the time gates, a pair of artificial wormholes connected across eleven years of time. All the ancient wormholes were incalcuably valuable; their possession was the defining feature of the patron nations. Finding a wormhole was the Unions chance to slip from beneath the yoke of the Congregate. 

[Sep 2015]

   Time Salvager
by Wesley Chu
First book: Jul 2015

In a future where mankind’s civilization is collapsing in every corner of the solar system, ex-criminal James Griffin-Mars is one of the Chronmen who mines the past—from a space-opera 22nd century to a Big Brother autocracy to Nazi Germany—for whatever scrap might rescue humanity.

 Then he pulled out the recently engraved Time Law Charter and lingered on it, his fingers brushing the inscriptions. He had found what he was looking for. 

[Nov 2015]

   Terminator Genisys
by Laeta Kalogridi and Patrick Lussier (Alan Taylor, director)
First release: 1 Jul 2015

  1. Watch The Terminator.
  2. [optional, but recommended] Watch T2.
  3. Suspend all questions about how various timelines can mesh.
  4. Enjoy Genisys.
  5. Bonus points if you can identify the other excellent time-travel movie with a main character named “Pops”! (Yes, it’s in my list.)

 Come with me if you wanna live! 

—Sarah to Kyle Reese

[Nov 2015]

   “Guaranteed Tenure”
by H.B. Fyfe
First publication: The Third Time Travel Megapack, 8 Jul 2015

In the year 2052, Inspector Johnny Keeler tells the story of why he’s now on the skids due to that alien Qualu who’s set up a time-travel business with a myriad of strict rules, the strictest of which is that he’s always available to the highest bidder (namely Joe Balton, the city’s crime boss).

Horace Browne Fyfe, Jr., was a prolific author, one of Campbell’s stable from 1940 (at age 22) through 1967. He died in 1997, so it would be interesting to hear how the editors of the Megapack ebooks tracked down this story of his, which is listed in the third time travel Megapack as previously unpublished.

 “You see, Inspector,” he says, looking me up and down like I was dressed up for Halloween, “we are not permitted to adjust local-time affairs, for the simple reason that laws vary with time. The legal or moral, I am sure you understand, is a matter not only of place but also of time.” 

[Oct 2015]

the time traveler from Rosarum’s story, drawn by Li Wren (who also designed   “An Amateur’s Guide to Time Travel”
by Mariam Rosarum
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 9 Jul 2015

Not only does Rosarum provide guidance on what to expect as a time traveler, she also provides instructions on how to time travel as gleaned from the literature.

 Editors Note: This is a work of fiction. Please dont attempt time travel in this way. 

[Jul 2015]

created by Chic Young
First time travel: 30 Jul 2015

Did the Bumsteads ever run into a time machine back in Chic Young’s day? Whether they did or not, the modern version managed to combine a time machine and a sandwich in a way that will be compelling to everyone.

 Well, maybe not everyone. 

[Jul 2015]

   “The First Step”
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Aug 2015

Divorced, workaholic professor Harvey DeLeo’s time machine is finally ready to test on a human, and against everyone’s advice he himself takes that first journey back to a time when he was still married to his beautiful wife and their son was but a toddler.

 This day, the next hour, were the reasons he had built the device. Not so that graduate students in religion could travel back to Christs cruxifixion to see if it really happened as the Bible said. Not so that historians could add to their dissertations by actually speaking to Thomas Jefferson. Not so that techs could fruitlessly try to modify the device so that someone could finally shoot Hitler. 

[Sep 2015]

from Clairval’s website   “Maze”
by Gio Clairval
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 26 Aug 2015

Professor Talbot puts a stray white rat in its maze, and she briefly hears the rat calling out to her for help. Then, after the rodent bites her, she finds herself as a sea captain serving at the pleasure of King George II (and perhaps also at the pleasure of a drowning rat).

 Shes wearing a cocked hat of beaver fur over a red waistcoat. Her boat just arrived at a northern city on the Baltic, under a sky of zinc marred by sooty clouds. 

[Sep 2015]

from Thomas’s website   “Dinosaur Man”
by Rhys Thomas
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 31 Aug 2015

A nameless reporter in the future tells us how the discovery of a 70-million-year-old human fossil destroys science as we know it, leaving only one small colony of outcast scientists.

 They became to society as pagans are to us. Considered mad but harmless they were left to their own devices, forgotten for over a century. 

[Sep 2015]

   “Searching for Commander Parsec”
by Peter Wood
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sep 2015

Young Brian, who lives with his mother and idolizes his deadbeat father, listens to a long-gone, space opera radio show that’s still being picked up on his boombox—but it’s more than the radio signals that are time traveling!

 This Commander Parsec show is pretty ridiculous. The commander is always rescuing bimbos and defeating the bad guys all over the Galaxy. 

[Sep 2015]

   Miraculous Ladybug
aka Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
created by Thomas Astruc
First time travel: 22 Sep 2015 (“Timebreaker”)

Parisian teens Marinette Dupain-Cheng (aka Ladybug) and Adrien Agreste (aka Cat Noir) are classmates in school and partners in superheroing, although neither of them know the other’s secret identity. One of their friends, Alix Kubdel (aka Timebreaker), can travel through time when she rollerblades at just the right speed, although when she does so, she also becomes evilized (aka akumatized) courtesy of the series bad guy (aka Hawk Moth).

 Uh, I really dont have time to explain right now, but Im you from just a few minutes in the future. 

[Jan 2016]

   Sprint’s Iphone Commercial
First publication: Fall 2015

 Im building a time machine, so I dont have to wait. 

   Heroes Reborn
produced by Tim Kring
First episode: 24 Sep 2015

The Heroes are back! Including time traveler Hiro! Unfortunately, neither Hiro nor a pair of Noahs could save the plotline of this miniseries (or save the cheerleader for that matter) during the first seven episodes. Matters pick up in Episode Eight, but head downhill again with Hiro out of the picture.

 Whats time travel like? Wheres Hiro? 

[Sep 2015]

   “The Citidel of Weeping Pearls”
by Aliette de Bodard
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2015

Amidst royal intrigue and miltary escalation, in a place far from Earth and a time thirty years after a princess and heir to the throne vanished along with the citadel where she lived, the disappearance still occupies the minds of an ensemble of people, One of that ensemble, Diem Huong, was a girl when the citadel stole her mother away, but now Diem Huong is an engineer on a project which is determined to travel back those thirty years.

 Mother had gone on ahead, Ancesters only knew where. So there was no way forward. But somewhere in the starlit hours of the past—somewhere in the days when the Citadel still existed, and Bright Princess Ngoc Minhs quarrel with the empress was still fresh and raw—Mother was still alive.
There was a way

[Nov 2015]

   Get Back
aka Imagine . . . Saving John Lennon
by Donovan Day
First publication: Oct 2015

Seventeen-year-old time traveler and Beatles junkie Lenny Funk hangs out with the Beatles in their early days and faces the ultimate time traveler’s dilemma: Do I warn John of his fate?

 What will become of me? 

[Nexus: Norris]

the actual Hollywood 10 and their families in 1950   “Hollywood after 10”
by Thomas Esaias
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2015

In the post-Chronarch civilization, groups of wealthy time travelers entusiastically take on causes in the past, such as making sure of a successful Norman Mailer fund-raising party to support the convicted Hollywood 10 in the McCarthey era.

 A child doesnt fully mature until it self-consciously overcomes the mistakes its parents and its community made in raising it. What we are doing is saying to our ancestors, ‘Here and here you were wrong. We refuse to accept these errors. We are taking command of our own history.’ This is part of the maturing of human culture. 

[Nov 2015]

I wish Asimov’s still had interior images: perhaps they could have used this lovely selkie from   “Walking to Boston”
by Rick Wilber
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2015

At the outset of World War II, Young Harry Mack is flying a bomber to Europe for the lend-lease program. The plane malfunctions and is heading for a crash-landing on the coast of neutral Ireland when an equally young Niamh calls to her selkie sisters of the sea to save the plane’s occupants. Even at the time, Niamh knows there will be a cost for their aid, but that cost isn’t revealed until the end of a long marriage between the two when Niamh, now suffering from dementia, and an aging Harry, regretful of his philandering life, take a time-travel-infused road trip.

 Will this whole dream last through all that drive and any time after they get there? Is he losing it, maybe, the way Niamh is? Are they both lying in a mortuary somewhere, dead and cold, and this is some kind of afterlife? Has time been changed somehow, so he can do better for her this time around? Jesus, would that even work? Could he be better. do better, given the chance? 

[Nov 2015]

   The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show
produced by Dreamworks Animation
First publication: 9 Oct 2015

Why am I not surprised that I can’t find any information on who had the idea of ruining this childhood favorite?

 But first lets get things rolling by introducing an incredible invention of mine that I like to call the WABAC machine. 

[Jun 2017]

   Mount Isa
Hoverboard Unit Investigate

by Sergeant Cath Purcell
First publication:, 21 Oct 2015

 When questioned what speed he was doing, the driver stated that he was doing 88 miles per hour. 

[Oct 2015]

   “Prime Time”
by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks
First publication: Nature, 22 Oct 2015

Something goes awry when Aurelia’s Dad uses his time machine to come back and warn Aurelia about the fact that she’s going to disappear tonight.

P.S. to Jennifer Campbell-Hicks and the Nature editors: The number one is not considered prime, probably because that would cause prime number factorization to not be unique, but since we don’t know the cause of the the total number of dads always being prime, we can overlook that issue.

 What do you think? Your machine is broken. Its spitting you out, over and over. Youre coming out in groups so you always add up to a prime number. We had seven. Now its eleven. 

[Nov 2015]

   Youth Jailed
First publication: USA Today, 22 Oct 2015

 Protesting that he was “put up to the whole thing” by a local gang, Martin McFly, Junior, 17, was arrested for the theft of an undisclosed cash amount by Hill Valley Police this morning. The theft, which was accomplished with a stolen degaussing unit, took place at the Hill Valley Payroll Substation on 9th Street at exactly 1:28 A.M. this morning. 

[Oct 2015]

   “Tomorrow Is a Lovely Day”
by Lisa Mason
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2015

Benjamin, having a really bad day working at his seemingly pointless job watching a machine that supposedly retrieves information from the future, gets a feeling that he and the machine’s inventor have been through all this before.

 I substituted phase-compensating lenses to dispel the zero average of the cosine function mandated by Eberhard’s proof. I instituted an autocidal-prevention mechanism to avoid the self-canceling paradox. Kill my own grandfather? Father a child who will bear a child who will kill me? What nonsense. My calcite crystals generate superluminal tachyons. Information from the future! The Nostradamus Machine! 

[Feb 2016]

   “Beasts of the Earth”
by Ernie Lindsey
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Eleven months after Lucy Quinn died of brain cancer, her mother struggles with hourly grief while her oncologist father is pulled through a portal to a time of Noah and unicorns.

 Dutton nudged forward, arm shaky, stick wobbling, and when the tip pierced the surface, he was caught unawares by the forceful tug from the other end. He didnt let go fast enough, stumbling forward, falling into it with two faint words whispering in his mind: Jess . . . Lucy . . .  

[Mar 2016]

   “The Diatomic Quantum Flop”
by Daniel Arthur Smith
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

A college tripper and his three buddies use a nanodrug and sensory depreavtion tanks in order to experience increasingly longer periods of time inside a simultaneous, non-linear, Eastern religion fashion—a useful way of viewing the world when you’re at a casino.

 The conversation I was having was déjà vu, but at the same time I was already into tomorrow, and back to earlier in the evening walking up Martys porch, looking at the huge Om symbol on the psychedelic tapestry that curtained his window, 

[Mar 2016]

from Wecks’s website   “Eighty-Three”
by Erik Wecks
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Starting at age thriteen, Noah jumps through his life—to his time as a kid, a college student, a movie producer, Rachel’s husband, and an old man—sometimes forward and sometimes backward, but (nearly) always landing in a prime-numbered year and never quite sure whether he’s really time traveling or, if he is, whether he’s able to change things.

 If I remember right, I dont have much time, so let me get to the point. Whats really hard to understand is whether or not you can change stuff. 

[Mar 2016]

Davis also wrote two Quantum Leap novels.   “Excess Baggage”
by Carol Davis
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

By chance, fourteen-year-old Toby Cobb gets in the path of time-traveler John Asher who’s headed to save an important woman from the great San Francisco earthquake. As a result, both of them end up trapped in a wasteland.

 You cant change history, dude. Known fact. You cant mess with things. Create paradoxes. You could much everything up so you dont even exist, like in Back to the Future. And, like, every time travel story known to man. You shouldnt even be telling me this. 

[Mar 2016]

by Anthony Vicino
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Three paratroopers—Kaelyn, Zoe, and Maddix—are having a really bad jump, but fortunately they can always unwind time by a limited number of seconds.

 Time reversed, dragging at my atoms like a boat suddenly throwing down its anchor whilst traveling at full speed. Nausea and vertigo twisted about, dancing just beyond the perimeter of my mind before slamming into my chest and driving the air out of my lungs. 

[Mar 2016]

by Ernie Luis
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Miller, who deals in illict drugs sent from the future, knows the eventual fate of each of his clients, but he can never intervene, not even when his all those people are dying one after another.

 I boot up my laptop and search for an old report I got on Jeff when he first started coming in. A report from the future. We call it an insight document. And it tells us everything we need to know about the future of our clients. 

[Mar 2016]

from Banghart’s website   “The Nothing Gate”
by Tracy Banghart
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Teenager Juniper Young is a pariah in her own Maine town because her father was one of the messengers about the climate change that did come true. However now hes funding a solution.

 Its an escape, of sorts. But . . . but not outward. 

[Mar 2016]

   “Red Mustang”
by Michael Holden
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Sixty-five-year-old Jimmy Spaulding, a combination handy-man/petty-thief, agrees to drive an old Grace Clark to an unknown destination in return for her not pressing larceny charges against him.

I liked the story’s atmosphere, but felt that the author needed better research about prices in the 60s. By my calculations, that red Mustang must have held about 70 gallons of gas—leaded gas, that is—given the price they paid for a fill-up. And teen talk was peppered with “cool” more so than “like.”

 Pulling back the tarp, I exposed a chromed grill and red paint. Peeling it back fruther, careful not to drap the tarp and bugger up the finish, I found more chrome, more red paint, and red vinyl upholstered seats. As I uncovered more and more of the car, a vague feeling of familiarity crept over me. 

[Mar 2016]

Bale draws a parallel between the world in this story and Piper’s Paratime, although I’d claim that the latter has no time travel.   “Shades”
by Lucas Bale
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Every five years on the dot, William Edward McIntyre jumps forward ten years in time. Will doesn’t fully understand the pattern given that this latest jump wasn’t just ten years. And there are other things that he doesn’t understand such as why, after his first jump, he was in a world where his parents had never had a child.

 Five years later, on September 1st, 1980, just after midday, I ceased to exist for a second time. There was no flash, no blinding light or thunderouse drama. No perfect sphere of swirling lightning. I just blinked and everything changed. If I remember it right, on September 1st, 1990, which is where I was when I next opened my eyes, it was raining. 

[Mar 2016]

   “The Traveler”
by Stefan Bolz
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

After a twelve-year-old boy’s father dies, the boy finds directions for making H.G. Wells’s time machine in the father’s workshop.

 What followed were twenty pages of neatly written text intertwined with drawings, sketches, and mathematical formulas. Then several pages with lists of materials. 

[Mar 2016]

Forty-two of Poyner’s other uniquely bizarre short, short stories appeared in this 2013 collection.   “The Last of Time”
by Ken Poyner
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 4 Nov 2015

The guy who cleans the time machines in the Duchy of New York tells us about his job.

 Mostly the job is scratching stray seconds and the occasional minute out of the rigging, sucking up a misplaced nanosecond that somehow got into the cockpit. 

[Nov 2015]

   Martin and Artie’s Timeline Restoration Stories
by Bill Johnson
First story: Analog, Dec 2015

Decade by decade, Martin and his AI, Artie (introduced in “When the Stone Eagle Flies”), work to restore their home timeline, continuously hoping that some other damnfool time traveler won’t come along and mess things up again.

For me, the model of time travel doesn’t quite hold together, but perhaps future stories will address the contradictions.
  1. Paris, 1835 (Dec 2015) Analog
  2. When the Stone Eagle Flies (Jun 2016) Analog
  3. Whending My Way Back Home (Jan 2017) Analog

 I was in the way back. Far, far back. I skipped downtime and uptime, back to my past and then up to my home, and everything worked find. Then one day, in the far back, I tried to go home. 

[May 2017]

Some of Kewin’s other stories appeared in this 2012 collection.   “Congratulations on the Purchase of
Your New Universe!”

by Simon Kewin
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 1 Dec 2015

Among other things when you buy a new universe, you must be careful to set the arrow of time correctly.

 Thanks for reading these instructions and enjoy the creation and operation of your new universe. With luck, your creation will go on to give you many billions of years of entertainment and pleasure. 

[Nov 2015]

   365 Tomorrow’s 2015 Time-Travel Stories

Note: § indicates separate list entry for the story.
  1. “Walk-In Bistro” (6 Jan) by Rick Tobin
    short-term waitress time travels
  2. “Small Mercies” (10 Mar) by David Atos
    a merciful time traveler
  3. “Time EMT” (30 Apr)§ by R.A. Reikki
    ambulance to the past
  4. “Apologies to Mr. Hawking” (4 Jun)§  by J.D. Rice
    why Hawking’s party failed
  5. “Time Enough for Hate” (22 Jun) by Edward D. Thompson
    time-machine wife revenge
  6. “Research Authorization” (10 Jul) by David Atos
    strict rules exist on changing the past
  7. “Unraveled” (19 Aug) by Bob Newbell
    restoring the original timeline
  8. “{BLINK}” (13 Oct) by Brad Crawford
    an unpredictable time machine
  9. “Unjust” (24 Oct) by Beck Dacus
    time machines and courts of law
  10. “Meeting of the Minds” (7 Dec) by S T Xavier
    time traveler meets with himselves biannually

 You cant kill people, you cant save people. Why are you even here? 

—“Small Mercies” by David Atos

[May 2015]

   2015 Time Travel Romance Novels

  1. Shadows in Time: Highland by Ann Gimpel
  2. A Knight to Remember (Merriweather Sisters #1) by Cynthia Luhrs
  3. Knight Moves (Merriweather Sisters #2) by Cynthia Luhrs

 Lightning struck inches from her feet. Sam lurched to a stop and blinked to clear the afterimage. Even as wet as it was, the air felt electrified, thick with sharp edges. She could almost see marauding electrons reaching for her, hungry little bastards with their mouths wide open. 

Shadows in Time: Highland by Ann Gimpel

   “Robot from the Future”
by Terry Bisson
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2016

Eleven-year-old Theodore, his enhanced dog Bette, and his Grandpa deal with a robot who’s traveled from a post-singularity future and needs a Mason jar of gas-o-line to get back home without endangering the Time line.

 “There is no Time machine,” it says. “We are not supposed to be here but our Time line pinched and we are in big trouble unless you can help.” 

[Feb 2016]

   Legends of Tomorrow
created by Phil Klemmer, Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg
First episode: 21 Jan 2016

Time Master Rip Hunter puts together a ragtag band of misfits from the early twentieth century (he found them by watching reruns of Arrow and The Flash) to track down and stop the evil, world-conquering despot Vandal Savage.

The pilot gets one extra half star for playing The Captain and Tennille when the gang visits 1975 and another plus half star because the swollen-headed Rip got belted by both Hawkgirl and the White Canary; but it lost a half star for Rip’s own soppy background story. Beyond the pilot, though, the explanations about changes to the timeline are just whacked.

 I like being part of a team, man. 

[Jan 2016]

by Jacob Gentry and Alex Orr (Gentry, director)
First release: 22 Jan 2016

Jim Beale manages to open one portal of a time machine, but he needs help from a capitalist to open the other end. It wouldn’t hurt to also have the help of the beautiful woman who just showed up, even though his best friend tells him to stay away from her.

 What you have to do to traverse a wormhole is have two openings. What we did tonight is open one end of it. 

[Jul 2016]

adapted by Bridget Carpenter
First episode: 15 Feb 2016

When Stephen King’s book was first announced, I felt skeptical: After all, could even Stephen King breath new life into the most worn-out time travel trope of all? Yet he came through, not by adding anything new to the save JFK lore, but by blending in a unique brand of horror and producing a captivating page turner. So when Hulu announced that they’d make an eight-part miniseries of the book, I looked forward to its release. Never have I been so disppointed with an adaptation of a book. The acting is admirable, but the characters and plot have been flattened, presumably based on Hulu’s assumptions about what their viewers want.

 Youre going to feel apart from other people. That doesnt go away. 

[Apr 2016]

   Version Control
by Dexter Palmer
First publication: 23 Feb 2016

I don”t know whether there’s any other book with Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication data that lists the topics:
  1. Married women—Fiction.
  2. Physicists—Fiction.
  3. Quantum theory—Fiction.
The married woman is Rebecca Wright, a complex, introspective twenty-something who eventually lands a job at the online dating site Lovability; her physicist husband Philip Steiner has invented a time machine, um, excuse me, a causality violation device. I didn’t actually see any quantum physics going on, but there are multiple timelines, complex relationships, poking fun at both modern cybersocial life and modern academia, and philosophical discussions—all from my friend Marga as a gift for my 60th birthday.

 He can read her face, and can tell that she agrees the opinion that he himself is too politic to speak aloud: that the papers being delivered today are not that good. They are not very interesting. They are parsimoniously doled out fingernail parings of thought, bloated into full length by badly written prose and extensive recapitulations of material with which an audience of this kind would already be familiar. They are evidence that the desire to bide ones time in order to do good science has be sublimated to the constant drive to publish; as the saying goes, the committees that hand out funds and grand tenure cannot read, but they can count. 

[Jul 2016]

by Amanda Grace Shu
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 23 Mar 2016

Clare is the time-traveler’s daughter, more or less, although she thinks that her daddy is in space. But maybe she’s right in that it certainly seems that her daddy could be a time traveler from outer space.

 He is an old man at her birth, a youth at her third birthday party, and a fifty-something when he walks her to her first day of kindergarten. 

[Mar 2016]

   “The Visit”
by Christopher Jon Heuer
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 28 Mar 2016

Billy’s dad gives an incorrect explanation of why time travel is impossible, an explanation that was worn out when Astounding was still young.

 Dad, do you think time travel is possible? 

[Apr 2016]

   Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
created by Josh Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen
First time travel: “Spacetime,” 5 Apr 2016

This show had the episode (“Spacetime”) that pushed me over the edge in the matter of whether to include precognition/premonitions in my time travel list. But when Fitz has quotes such as “You guys, there is no time—” how could I not? It may take me a while to pull in other visions-of-the-future stories, and I won’t include obvious non-examples (such as predicting the future based on elements that are available in the present moment), but I shall persevere. Here’s the reasoning behind my new ruling: If you (or Daisy) are actually getting a picture of the future, then Occam’s Razor says that information about the future is most likely traveling through time. Case closed.

 Coulson: Like, in Terminator, if John Connors alive and able to send his friend back in time to save his mom to make sure hes born, doesnt that mean he doesnt have to?
Lincoln: I, uh, never saw the original Terminator.
Coulson: Youre off the team. 

[Apr 2016]

Abramowitz & Stegun   “The Treasures of Fred”
by Sandra McDonald and Stephen D. Covey
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 8 Apr 2016

After Frederick A. Hayes dies, his daughter Charlotte finds use for various of his things, but not for his Handbook of Mathematical Functions (Abramowitz and Stegan, 1970) which some burglar repeatedly steals as he and the daughter relive the day of the funeral over and over, apparently as a consequence of a time trap that the father set.

 My father set a time trap? 

[Apr 2016]

   “A Hazy Shade of Winter”
by Adam B. Levine
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 12 Apr 2016

Feeling old, a woman uses the new view-the-past technology to drop in on her younger self.

 Of course, that thought immediately slipped her mind when she turned on the news and saw the main story for the day: time travel had been discovered. 

[Apr 2016]

by Michael Hurst (Hurst, director)
First aired: 15 Apr 2016

Unless it were your job, nobody would ever watch this movie beyond four minutes, and yet, alas, such is my job. So: A mysterious, wealthy boss and his dysfunctional group of twenty-somethings build a secret time machine while the NSA surveils the affair. But when they send their first victim traveler forward, he comes back with the news that someone is murdering them all, after which the story turns into teen slashfest with bad acting, worse writing, and no interesting turns. Nevertheless, the movie does an almost perfect job when it comes to creating a single, nonparadoxical timeline.

 Jim: We have a time machine. We have a time machine! None of this has to happen, okay? Somebody goes back and they warn us not to come. So whoever the killer is, he doesnt get to kill anybody, not today.
Bubbles: Yeah, thats good.
Gale: Yeah.
Randy: No, we cant do that. Well cause a paradox! 

[Jul 2016]

   The Infinite Time Series
by H.J. Lawson
First book: 26 Apr 2016

The cover blurb for Infinite Time, the first short book of a series, says Save the girl. Save the day. Save yourself. Not only that, but in the opening pages, Parker (the high-school Hero) blames himself for the death of his Uncle Ben father at the hand of a robber many years ago. Eventually Parker will get a time-travel opportunity to save his father and stop his mother from remarrying the lazy step-father, but not until the second book or later. In the first book, Parker must deal with the high-school bully, a well-written crush on a cheerleader, and a time travel setup that has him meet other time travelers who are given mysterious missions to complete.

 Its not a game, and its not a dream. I can time-travel. Clint can. Bruce, too, when hes not writing on the ground, and apparently so can you. 

[Jun 2016]

   “Flight from the Ages”
by Derek Künsken
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, May/Jun 2016

In a mind-bending story with vast ideas on every page bang, the artificial intelligence Ulixes-316 starts as a financial agent for a galaxy-spanning bank in which he and Poluphemos witness (or cause?) an explosion that sets off a wavefront that’s collapsing space time at an ever expanding rate. With this as background, time travel plays both a minor role in a light-years-wide tachyon-based computing network and the key role in how a degenerating Ulixes can take care of his damaged companion Poluphemos and take an ethically questionable step that involves rewriting the Big Bang.

 Correct, little algorithm, but we are not in your present. We transmitted ourselves by tachyons into the past, back into the stelliferous period, to one of the first galaxies. We have been working here in the morning of the Universe for twelve million years. 

[Apr 2016]

   Game of Thrones
adapted by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
First definitive time travel: 22 May 2016

Throughout its first six seasons, the HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones had a handful of time-travelish moments mostly centered on young Bran’s dreams of the past. But it wasn’t until the origin story of Bran’s half-giant companion, Hodor, that we saw a definitive influence of present-day Bran on Hodor’s past. The interaction is a terrific example of a closed causal loop: Bran is observing Hodor in the past because of who Hodor is to Bran, and it is Bran’s presence that creates that very Hodor.

 The past is written; the ink is dry. 

[Jun 2016]

   “Would Santayana Take It Back?”
by Joe Queenan
First publication:, 27 May 2016

Shortly after the publication of Wells’s The Time Machine, Jorge Agustin Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás (aka George Santayana) is visited by time travelers who beseech him to never put his only historically remembered sentence.

 Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. 

[May 2016]

   Time Squared
by Brian K. Larson
First book: 31 May 2016

In the first book, Jonas Arnell and his crew awaken at Gliese 667 after a cryogenic sleep to find that the signals they detected from Earth are coming from an abandoned version of their own ship.

 Weve got a reactant coolant leak! 


from Powers’s website   “The Day the Future Invaded”
by Beth Powers
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 2 Jun 2016

One Friday afternoon in the middle of winter, time travelers from the future appear along with their various gadgets and green food.

 Ruptures in space time . . . quantum [gobbledygook] . . . not linear. 

[Jun 2016]

Echter is a manager for one of my favorite radio shows. (Have they ever done time travel?)   “Time and Space Died Yesterday”
by Brandon Echter
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 17 Jun 2016

I wouldn’t say that Echter wrote a story here, but all the events of Earth history have been mashed together in his slipstream piece.

 . . . and a grandmother of three writes her suicide note in the same room that Helen is talking to her therapist, who says that the human mind is a primate one, that we are drawn to the exciting and the new and gloss over the day to day lest we go insane in the details, and the first mammals crawl into and from the trees . . . 

[Aug 2016]

   “Penguins of Noah’s Ark”
by Larry Hodges
First publication: Galaxy’s Edge, Jul 2016

A bust of President George W. Bush gets thrown into a time vortex, catching fire by friction, whereupon it sets out on its task to direct various pairs of animals to Noah’s Ark—most notably, the penguin couple of Mrs. Bleep and Mr. Bleep-Bleep.

 The Bush bust passed through the vortex, catching fire through friction as it shot through time. 

[Jun 2016]

   “Vishnu Summer”
by David Prill
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2016

Audrey lost one arm in a farm accident as a child; so now, as a young adult, she becomes fascinated when a three-armed man from the next county over is put on trial for murder.

And my interpretation is that the ending involves a brief bit of time travel, back to an alternate world that has returned to the start of Three-Arm’s trial.

 I felt like something was being stripped away from me. From inside. Like something was being unwound. I dont know it thats the right way to explain it. I couldnt explain it. It was just one of those feelings without a name. 

[Sep 2016]

   “Rules for Quantum Speed Dating”
by Austin DeMarco
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 4 Jul 2016

Even though this list of rules conflates time travel with quantum superposition, I can’t fault it overly much given that the entire notion of time is poorly understood in quantum mechanics.

 Do not worry if one of your quantum selves accidentally “kills” your grandfather in a lovers’ quarrel over your grandmothers affections. Remember, when the wave function collapses, only one of your selves will be “real.” Simply reset your parricidal self and move on. 

[Aug 2016]

from McDonald’s website   “Repeat One”
by Andrew Neil McDonald
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 28 Jul 2016

Marty meets an old man who explains how things are.

 “We exist within a glitch of the space-time continuum,” he said, hands flailing, “and are doomed to relive this exact moment, this exact conversation, forever.” 

[Aug 2016]

by Jason Sanford
First publication: Asimo’s Science Fiction, Aug 2016

Hanger-girl and other lost souls live in a future New York City of crumbling buildings and a ground-level mist that will take you if you let it. The way all this came about involves a researcher who tried to open tiny doors through time.

 The mists are time itself, or at least time as it exists here. 

[Jun 2017]

   Groundhog Day, the Musical
adapted by Tim Minchin and Danny Rubin
First performance: 16 Aug 2016 at The Old Vic, London

Phil Conner sings and re-sings his day across the stage, although for me, the production had too much Frozen and not enough Grease.

 ♫If I had my time again, I would do it all the same, they say, but thats insane—surelyyoud want to make a couple of fixes!♫ 

[May 2017]

   “Academic Circles”
by Peter Wood
First publication: Asimov's Science Ficton, Sep 2016

Kate Warner, assistant professor of English, doesn’t see how that dimwitted Marzano could have submitted her paper on The Man in the High Castle to The Hoboken Literary Journal 18 months before she even started writing it.

Wood creates some likeable characters, but there is no consistency in his model of time travel.

 You have a time machine and youre not doing anything important or helping anyone. All youre doing messing with me. 

[Jun 2017]

   “A Snowball’s Chance”
by Larry Hodges
First publication: New Myths, Sep 2016

Trini feels responsible for the past twenty years of children who have been lost to the witch in the castle, and now she’s determined to ensure that the deadly cycle comes to an end.

 I am the most powerful witch in the world, and you are armed with a snowball. Do you know what that means? 

[Sep 2016]

   “When Grandfather Returns”
by Sharon N. Farber (as by S.N. Dyer)
First publication: Asimovs Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2016

In the times of the conquistadors, young Thunder Cries is such a hellion that his parents eventually give him over to the spirits to raise.

 When all was quiet, he walked into the future in his dreams. He saw these Turtle Men at a village like his mother's, perhaps his mother's village. All villages met the same fate. 

[Jun 2017]

created by Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke
First episode: 3 Oct 2016

I like the show’s period sets and the three main characters: history professor Lucy Preston, timeship pilot/scientist Rufus Carlin, and Delta Force soldier Wyatt Logan. I even like the bad guy that the trio chases through time. But I’m going to use the show to illustrate two questions that I wish they’d answer:

1. Take Lucy, for example. She and her pals go back in time and change something so that when they return to the present, the previously sistered Lucy no longer has a sister, Amy. And everyone except the travelers remember the Amyless version. That Lucy is quite a different Lucy, complete with a fiancé. So what happened to that Lucy?

2. When they discover that evil Garcia Flynn has gone back to some time in history, they inevitably rush to get there quickly. Why are they rushing? And why don’t they consider going back to before Flynn’s arrival in the past to be ready for him when he arrives?

But, yeah, I like the show and their cool timeship.

 Lucy? What the hell has gotten into you? And who’s Amy? 

[Oct 2016]

   “How the Damned Live On”
by James Sallis
First publication: Asimovs Science Fiction, Dec 2016

A island castaway discusses life with a spider named Mmdhf who understands time as a single whole that has already been written.

 The closest I can come to the giant spiders name is Mmdhf. She loves to talk philosophy. 

[Jun 2017]

created by Brad Wright
First episode: 23 Dec 2016

Earth’s outlook is pretty grim, which we know because small groups of travelers from the future are taking over the bodies of present-day people with the goal of altering the shape of things that came. I enjoy how the bodies of the star team (Grant, Marcy, Carly, Trevor, and Philip) don’t always match those of their future counterparts.

 We, the last and broken memories, vow to undo the errors of our ancestors, to make the Earth whole, the lost unlost, at the peril of our own birth. 

[Jan 2017]
   “Still Life with Abyss”
by Jim Grimsley
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2017

Teams of researchers from a nebulous future observe branching timelines in their past, with a particular fascination for the one man who has never made a choice that forked off a new line.

 Hes a human freak as far as Im concerned. Whatever I think of him, it doesnt affect my work. 

[Jun 2017]

from Halbach’s website   “Alexander’s Theory of Special Relativity”
by Shane Halbach
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

After Alexander accidentally strands his girlfriend in the future, he has trou