| || Times Without Numbers Stories|
by John Brunner
First story: Science Fiction Adventure, 25, Mar 1962
In an alternate Spanish-dominated 20th century, Don Miguel Navarro is a time traveller in the western world’s Society of Time who are locked in a time-travel cold war with the Confederacy of the East, not to mention their task of tracking down various time crimes.
I try to avoid major spoilers (stop reading now, if you wish), but the reason that Don Miguel ends up in a world without time travel is one that I thought of (long after Brunner) based on fixed-points in mathematics. That idea alone gives the story an extra star.
The original three stories appeared in three consecutive issues of Science Fiction Adventure, and they were later fixed up into a short novel that was subsequently expanded. It’s the expanded version that I read from the CU library.
- Spoil of Yesterday (Mar 1962) Science Fiction Adventure
- The Word Not Written (May 1962) Science Fiction Adventure
- The Fullness of Time (Jul 1962) Science Fiction Adventure
- Times Without Numbers (1962) fix-up novel
- Times Without Numbers (1969) expanded
It wasn’t only the embarrassing experience of being shown off around the hall by her—as it were, a real live time-traveller, exclamation point, in the same tone of voice as one would say, “A real live tiger!” That happened too often for members of the Society of Time not to have grown used to it; there were, after all, fewer than a thousand of them in the whole of the Empire.
| || “Brown Robert” |
by Terry Carr
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jul 1962
Arthur Leacock has his eye on his boss, young Robert Ernsohn, who has invented a time machine and is about to try it out on himself. Young professors, such as Robert, are not to be trusted with the young girls on campus.
I found the story to be quite a scarey character sketch of Arthur, but the time travel aspect dealt with that old aspect of the Earth moving away from the time traveler.
The machine, the time machine, was ready for operation. It was clean and had been checked over for a week; all the parts which were doubtful had been replaced, and on a trial run yesterday it had performed perfectly. Robert’s sweater—obert’s, of course, not Arthur’s—had been sent two days into the future and had come back. It had been sent six months and then five years into the future, and it had still come back. But of course Arthur had never doubted that it would.
| || Marvel Comics (Superheroes)|
fearlessly led by Stan Lee
First time travel: Fantastic Four 5, Jul 1962
The Marvel Brand began as early as 1939 with the first edition of Marvel Comics. Throughout the ’40s and ’50s, some of the Timely and Atlas comics had the slogan “A Marvel Magazine,” ”Marvel Comic,” or a small “MC” on the cover (such as Tiny Tessie 24, which I found in my dad’s stash).
As for me, I was hooked when Marvel started publishing the Fantastic Four in 1961. During the sixties, I devoured all 830 Marvel superhero comics as they arrived at the local Rexall Drug Store. By my count, 37 of those 830 issues in the ’60s involved superhero time travel, starting with Fantastic Four 5 in July 1962. After 1969, there was no time travel in comic books, not ever (or, if you prefer, you may count everything as time travel, but never mind). Are you suprised that Spider-man never took off in time during the ’60s? He did come close in Avengers 11, but in any case, here are those occurrences:
- Fantastic Four 5 (Jul 1962) FF to time of Blackbeard
- Journey into Mystery 86 (Nov 1962) Thor vs Zarkko, the Tomorrow Man
- Journey into Mystery 101 (Feb 1963) Thor travels to future to be Zarkko slave
- Journey into Mystery 102 (Mar 1963) Thor returns to the present, a free god!
- Tales of Suspense 44 (Aug 1963) Iron Man to time of Cleopatra
- Fantastic Four 19 (Oct 1963) FF to ancient Egypt
- Strange Tales 123 (Aug 1963) Doc Strange sends Thor’s hammer back
- Fantastic Four 23 (Feb 1964) Dinosaur to Baxter Building
- Avengers 8 (Sep 1964) Kang the Conqueror from the future
- Fantastic Four Annual 2 (Sep 1964) FF vs Rama-Tut [reprint and new]
- Strange Tales 124 (Sep 1964) Doc Strange to time of Cleopatra
- Avengers 10 (Nov 1964) Immortus (aka Kang) from the future
- Avengers 11 (Dec 1964) Kang (again) and Spider-Man (sort of)
- Fantastic Four 34 (Jan 1965) Gideon uses Doom’s machine
- Strange Tales 129 (Feb 1965) Doc Strange travels back an hour or so
- Strange Tales 134 (Jul 1965) FF vs Kang
- Fantastic Four Annual 3 (Sep 1965) Cadre of villains sent to the past
- Avengers 23 (Dec 1965) Avengers defeated by Kang in the future
- Journey into Mystery 122 (Nov 1965) Thor moves Hobbs through time
- Avengers 24 (Jan 1966) Avengers defeat Kang in the future!
- Tales to Astonish 75 (Jan 1966) Hulk to post-apocalyptic future
- Tales to Astonish 76 (Feb 1966) Hulk vs King Arrkam in the future
- Tales to Astonish 77 (Mar 1966) Hulk vs the Executioner in the future
- Tales to Astonish 78 (Apr 1966) Hulk returns from post-apocalyptic future
- Avengers 28 (May 1966) Collector/Beetle in time machine
- Strange Tales 148 (Sep 1966) Book of Vishanti to ancient times
- Strange Tales 150 (Nov 1966) Doc Strange to ancient Babylon
- Thor 140 (May 1967) Thor vs Growing Man (Kang’s minion)
- Avengers 56 (Sep 1968) To World War II
- Avengers Annual 2 (Sep 1968) The Scarlett Centurion (aka Kang)
- Iron Man 5 (Sep 1968) Warriors from 24th century
- Marvel Super-Heroes 18 (Jan 1969) Guardians of the Galaxy from the Future
- Marvel Super-Heroes 20 (May 1969) Diablo uses Doom’s time platform
- Silver Surfer 6 (Jun 1969) To the future and back by traveling fast
- Avengers 69 (Oct 1969) Avengers vs Kang in 41st century
- Avengers 70 (Nov 1969) Avengers vs Squadron Sinister
- Avengers 71 (Dec 1969) Avengers to 1941 vs Invaders
And now I shall send you back . . . hundreds of years into the past! You will have forty-eight hours to bring me Blackbeard’s treasure chest! Do not fail!
—Dr. Doom in Fantastic Four 5
| || “The Unfortunate Mr. Morky” |
by Vance Aandahl
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Oct 1962
When Mr. Morky runs into the carny-man, the result is a plethora of funhouse mirrors, time travel, and a possible explanation for why people nowadays are so much alike.
For many years, Vance Aandahl was an English professor at nearby Metro State College in Denver, and among his students was another favorite Colorado writer, James Van Pelt.
On the way, he met the other Mr. Morky, who was still struggling to get back, and there was a collision. He fused with himself. Unfortunately, it was an abnormal fusion, quite cancerous; all that custard pie started dividing and re-dividing and re-re-dividing into an infinite multiple division.
No Time Travel. Move along.
Worlds of the Imperium by Keith Laumer [alternate timelines ]
The Wrinkle in Time Series by Madeleine L’Engle, 1962 [despite title, no time travel ]
Time Traders #3: The Defiant Agents by Andre Norton, Feb 1962 [no time travel ]
“The Heart on the Other Side” by George Gamow, The Expert Dreamers, Oct 1962 [4D spacial topology ]