The Big List of Time Travel Adventures

 1906

   The Five Children Books
by E. Nesbit
First time travel: 1904 in The Phoenix and the Carpet

Edith Nesbit’s Five Children and It about five English children and their wish-granting Psammead never engaged me as a child, nor did her sequels: The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904) with a touch of time travel at the end to the time of the Phoenix’s orgin, and The Story of the Amulet where a magic amulet takes them to times that span from ancient Egypt to the future. But even so, Nesbit is a grand pioneer of time-travel tales for children (the other being Kipling). By the way, Nesbit and Wells were fellow members of the Fabian Society, a group of British socialists.

 Dont you understand? The thing existed in the Past. If you were in the Past, too, you could find it. Its very difficult to make you understand things. Time and space are only forms of thought. 

[Dec 1964]

   Puck’s Stories
by Rudyard Kipling
First time travel: Strand Magazine, Feb 1906

Puck is an elf who magicks people from the past to tell their stories to two children in England. The stories were gathered in two collections, Puck of Pook’s Hill (1906) and Rewards and Fairies (1910). Some of the stories were told by Puck himself rather than by historical figures. Puck told me that the first time-travelling storyteller was Sir Richard Dalyngridge in the second Puck story in Strand Magazine, Feb 1906. Abraham Lincoln was on the cover of that issue, but he was not a time traveler (at least not then and there).

 Unluckily the Hills are empty now, and all the People of the Hills are gone. I’m the only one left. I’m Puck, the oldest Old Thing in England, very much at your service—if you care to have anything to do with me. If you don’t, of course you’ve only to say so, and I’ll go. 


Rudyard Kipling, Master Traveller

Admitedly, Rudyard Kipling is not known as a time traveling pioneer, yet early on, my Grandpa awarded him a Master Traveller Citation, most likely more for the travels of Captains Courageous and Mowgli than for Puck or for his earlier “Wireless” story.


[Aug 2011]

This still photograph from the Broadway play is part of the New York Public   The Road to Yesterday
by Beulah Marie Dix and Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland
First performance: 31 Dec 1906 on Broadway at Herald Square Theatre

To me, the play had the feel of madcap antics in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest—but with time travel! In thye play, a midsummer’s wish takes two travelers, Elspeth and Jack, from 1903 to their earlier selves in 1603, returning rather friendlier than they left.

 Elspeth: Oh, dear Aunt Harriet! It isnt sudden—really not! Weve been engaged three hundred years! 

[Jan 2015]
 


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