| || “The Nature of the Place” |
by Robert Silverberg
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Feb 1963
Paul Dearborn is quite certain that he’ll go to hell, a prospect that bothers him in only one way: the uncertainty of what it will be.
And the only thing that bothers me is that I just had to read this in the month of my own sixtieth birthday. Oh, that no-goodnick Silverberg!
He thought back over his sixty years. The betrayals, the disappointments, the sins, the hangovers. He had some money now, and by some standards he was a successful man. But life hadn't been any joyride. It had been rocky and fear-torn, filled with doubts and headaches, moments of complete despair, others of frustrated pain.
| || Dr. Who |
created by Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, and Donald Wilson
First episode: 23 Nov 1963
Sadly, I’ve never been a vassel of the Time Lord, though I’ve seen his pull on his other subjects such as my student Viktor who gave me a run-down of the tv and movie series and spin-offs. In exchange, I guaranteed him at least a 4-star rating and he promised to never again mention the short story, comic book, audio book, radio, cartoon, novel, t-shirt, stage and coffee mug spin-offs.
- Dr. Who (23 Nov 1963 - 6 Dec 1989) original series
- Dr. Who and the Daleks (23 Aug 1965) theatrical movie
- Daleks’s Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (5 Aug 1966) theatrical movie
- K-9 and Company (28 Dec 1981) spin-off series
- P.R.O.B.E. The Zero Imperative (1994) direct-to-video
- P.R.O.B.E. The Devil of Winterborne (1995) direct-to-video
- P.R.O.B.E. Unnatural Selection (1996) direct-to-video
- P.R.O.B.E. Ghosts of Winterborne (1996) direct-to-video
- Dr. Who (12 May 1996) tv movie
- Dr. Who (26 Mar 2005 - present) series revival
- Torchwood (22 Oct 2006 - 15 Sep 2011) spin-off series
- The Sarah Jane Adventures (1 Jan 2007 - 18 Oct 2011) spin-off series
- K-9 and Company (31 Oct 2009 - 3 Apr 2010) spin-off series
- Counter-Measures (Jul 2012 - Jan 2014) audio spin-off
- Class (Dec 2016) spin-off aimed at teens
Hard to remember. Some time soon now, I think.
—The Doctor answering a police officer’s query as to his date of birth
No Time Travel. Move along.
“Green Magic” by Jack Vance, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jun 1963 [differing time rates ]
Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein, F&SF, Jul–Sep 1963 [parallel universes ]
“The Right Time” by John Berryman, Analog, Dec 1963 [precognition ]
The Sword in the Stone by Bill Peet, 25 Dec 1963 [despite title, no time travel ]