| ||Tales of Magic #3|
Magic by the Lake
by Edward Eager
First publication: Apr 1957
Three weeks after their adventures in the first book, Katharine, Mark, Jane, and Martha talk to an ill-temperedturtle who explains how the magic of the lake can take them on an adventure to the time of Ali Baba. Oddly enough, at one point the gang must be rescued by another group of time-traveling children (who will be familiar to the readers of the second book).
“Don’t go saying I did it!” said the turtle. “Don’t come complaining to me! People who go around making wishes without looking to see what magic beings are listening can just take the consequences!”
“Oh, we’re not complaining,” said Katharine quickly. “We think it’s awfully nice of you. We’re grateful. You’ve been very obliging. Thank you very much.”
“Humph!” said the turtle.
“Magic’s just about all we needed to make things just about perfect,” said Jane.
“Ha!” said the turtle. “That’s what you think. And a lot you know about it! But of course you couldn’t be sensible, could you, and order magic by the pound, for instance, or by the day? Or by threes, the good old-fashioned way? Or even by halves, the way you did before?”
| || CBS Radio Workshop |
produced by William N. Robson and William Froug
First time travel: 15 Sep 1957
Perhaps it was Finney’s success in the 50s that encouraged the experimental CBS Radio Workshop to air their only time-travel fantasy in their penultimate episode, “Time Found Again” from a 1935 Mildrem Cram story. Earlier in the series, they did other science fiction including a musical version of Heinlein’s “The Green Hills of Earth,” Pohl and Kornbluth’s The Space Merchants, Huxley’s Brave New World, two Bradbury character sketches, and more.
Bart: Do you think it’s possible for a person to go back in time?
George: Well, you know there is a theory that nothing is lost, nothing is destroyed.
Bart: Then you do believe it’s possible?
George: Anything is possible, Bart, to a degree. Science has proved that. It’s conceivable, with concentration and imagination, that a person might, for a moment, escape from the present into the past.
—from “Time Found Again”
No Time Travel. Move along.
Below the Salt by Thomas Costain, 1957 [no definite time travel ]