| || “The Chronokinesis|
of Jonathan Hull”
by Anthony Boucher
First publication: Astounding, Jun 1946
Private Eye Fergus O’Breen is back for his third and final encounter with time travel, this time with a time traveler who shows up dead in his room one day and is alive and walking in a stilted manner the next. In the process of explaining himself, the traveler also displays knowledge of Boucher’s traveler in “Barrier” and also of Breen’s other time travel encounters.
And now, I realize, Mr. O’Breen, why I was inclined to trust you the moment I saw yoiur card. It was through a fortunately preserved letter of your sister’s, which found its way into our archives, that we knew of the early fiasco of Harrison Partridge and your part therein. We knew, too, of the researches of Dr. Derringer, and how he gave up in despair after his time traveler failed to return, having encountered who knows what unimaginable future barrier.
| || Favorite Story |
adapted by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
First time travel: 26 Jun 1946
Each week, a different personality would choose a favorite story to be dramatized on radio station KFI’s, Los Angeles, Favorite Story program hosted and narrated by actor True Boardman. They broadcast at least three time-travel tales, all adapted by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. In fact, the first time travel was also KFI’s first episode, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, selected by actor Ed Gardner. Another episode was bandleader Kay Kyser’s favorite, The Time Machine, which was the second radio script for the Wells classic, significantly abridged but more faithful than the 1948 Escape radio production.
More or less concurrently, the broadcasts were repackaged nationally for NBC radio by Ziv Syndication with Ronald Colman as host; there were also some new NBC episodes (not adapted by Lawrence and Lee) including A Christmas Carol, which as everyone knows has no real time travel. The KFI dates below are taken from ocrsite.com; the NBC dates (which ocrsite says were aired differently across the country) are from audio-classics.com. The selector for each story is also given in the list below.
- Connecticut Yankee (26 Jun 46 KFI / 23 Jul 46 NBC) Ed Gardner
- The Time Machine (30 Nov 48 KFI / 21 Sep 48 NBC) Kay Kyser
- Enoch Soames (1 Mar 49 KFI / 7 Dec 48 NBC) Donald Ogden Steward
- A Christmas Carol (24 Dec 1949 NBC) Everyone!
I ask you to imagine, gentlemen, a cube—a square box, let us say—which has only those three dimensions: length, breadth, and thickness. . . . Would not such a cube also require another dimension?
—The Time Machine
| || Timely Comics |
founded by Martin Goodman
First time travel: All Winners Comics 21, Winter 1946-47
Timely was the predecessor to Atlas which became Marvel Comics in the ’60s. Some of their superheroes survived that transition (Captain America, the Sub-Mariner, and an android Human Torch, among others). I’ve only begun to dig up their time travel, finding one issue of All Winners Comics where Captain America and the All Winners Squad do battle with a man from 1,000,000 A.D. Also, in 1948, the Timely superhuman, comical boxer, Powerhouse Pepper, visited the pilgrims via time machine (Powerhouse Pepper 4, Sep 1948).
Project yourselves far into the fture . . . to the year one million A.D. The Earth is almost unfit for human life!
—Captain America in All Winners Comics 21
No Time Travel. Move along.
It’s a Wonderful Life by Goodrich, et. al., 20 Dec 1946 [viewing alternate pasts ]