Time-Travel Fiction

  Storypilot’s Big List of Adventures in Time Travel

Journey to the Center of Time
by David L. Hewitt (Hewitt, director)
First release: a forgetable day in 1967

Hewitt was able to take the same plot from his 1964 The Time Travelers, change the blonde to a brunette, and make an even worst movie, which Tim and I really did try to watch on dvd. [Mar 2013]

 Dr. Gordon: And since space-time is a continuum, the present is only a point moving along that continuum.
Mr. Stanton: When you put it like that, doctor, even I can understand it. 

The Time Hoppers
by Robert Silverberg
First publication: 1967
The High Government of the 25th century has directed Joe Quellen (a Level Seven) to find out who’s behind the escapes in time by lowly unemployed Level Fourteens, Fifteens,...—and put a stop to it. [Jun 2012]

 Suppose, he thought fretfully, some bureaucrat in Class Seven or Nine or thereabouts had gone ahead on his own authority, trying to win a quick uptwitch by dynamic action, and had rounded up a few known hoppers in advance of their departure. Thereby completely snarling the fabric of the time-line and irrevocably altering the past. 

Star Trek, the Blish Adaptations
adapted by James Blish
First publication: 1967

I bought the first four of these collections in July of 1971 in Huntsville, and the rest I snapped up as they were issued in the ’70s (plus Blish’s original novel Spock Must Die!). At that point in my life, I could recite them by heart. Here’s the list of time-travel adaptations, which does not include “The Naked Time” since the 71 hours of time travel was omitted in the Blish version: [Jul 1971]

Tomorrow Is Yesterdayin Star Trek 2 (1968)
The City on the Edge of Forever   in Star Trek 2 (1968)
Assignment: Earthin Star Trek 3 (1969)
All Our Yesterdaysin Star Trek 4 (1971)

 “Jim,” McCoy said raggedly. “You deliberately stopped me ... Did you hear me? Do you know what you just did?”
   Kirk could not reply. Spock took his arm gently. “He knows,” he said. “Soon you will know, too. And what was ... now is again.”
—The City on the Edge of Forever

“Thus We Frustrate Charlemagne”
by R.A. Lafferty
First publication: Galaxy Science Fiction, Feb 1967
The Ktistec machine Epiktistes and wise men of the world decide to change one moment in the dark ages while they carefully watch for changes in their own time. [Jul 2011]

 We set out basic texts, and we take careful note of the world as it is. If the world changes, then the texts should change here before our eyes. 

“The Doctor”
by Theodore L. Thomas (as by Ted Thomas)
First publication: Orbit 2, Jun 1967
A doctor named Gant volunteers to be the first time traveler and ends up stranded in a time of cave people. [Jan 2014]

 There had been a time long ago when he had thought that these people would be grateful to him for his work, that he would become known by some such name as The Healer. 

“Hawksbill Station”
by Robert Silverberg
First publication: Galaxy Science Fiction, Aug 1967
Jim Barrett was one of the first political prisoners sent on a one-way journey to a world of rock and ocean in 2,000,000,000 BC; now a secretive new arrival threatens to upset the harsh world that he looks after. [Nov 2010]

 One of his biggest problems here was keeping people from cracking up because there was too little privacy. Propinquity could be intolerable in a place like this. 

Lost in Space
created by Irwin Allen
First time travel: 13 Sep 1967

Three seasons with 2 time-travel episodes. [Sep 1967]

Visit to a Hostile Planet (13 Sep 1967)  To 1947
Time Merchant (17 Jan 1968)Back to the launch

 Danger Will Robinson, danger! 

Dragonriders of Pern
by Anne McCaffrey (some with Joan Lynn Nye or Tod McCaffrey)
First story: Analog Science Fiction, Oct 1967

By the time that Lessa of Ruatha Hold becomes Weyrwoman of the only remaining dragon weyr, the end of all Pern seems a possibility since a single weyr is not enough to fight off the falling threads from the Red Star.

I first read this when I returned to Pullman in 1978, but it was Allison Thompson-Brown who reminded me of that the dragons can go when as well as where[Oct 1978]

-A. “Weyr Search”Analog, Oct 1967
-B: “Dragonrider”Analog, Dec 1967 / Jan 1968
1. Dragonflight1968, includes A and B
2. Dragonquest1970
-C: “The Smallest Dragonboy”in Science Fiction Tales, 1973
-D. “A Time When”1975, limited edition
4. Dragonsong1976
5. Dragonsinger1977
6. Dragondrums1979
7. Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern1983
-E: “The Girl Who Heard Dragons”in collection of same name, 1986
8. Nerilka’s Story1986
9. Dragonsdawn1988
-F: “The Impression”in The Dragonlover’s Guide, 1989
10. Regegades of Pern1989
-G: “Rescue Run”Analog, Aug 1991
11. All the Weyrs of Pern1991
-H: “The P.E.R.N. Survey”Amazing, Sep 1993
-I: “The Dolphins’ Bell”1993
-J: “The Ford of Red Hanrahan”1993
-K: “The Second Weyr”1993
12. The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall  1993, collects G, H, I, J, K
13. The Dolphins of Pern1994
14. Dragonseye (aka Red Star Rising)in Legends, Oct 1998
-L: “Runner of Pern”1998
15. The Masterharper of Pern1998
16. The Skies of Pern2001
-M: “Ever the Twain”2002
17. A Gift of Dragons2002, collects C, E, L. M
18. Dragon’s Kin2003
19. Dragonsblood2005
20. Dragon’s Fire2006
21. Dragon Harper2007
22. Dragonheart2008
23. Dragongirl2010
24. Dragon’s Time2011
25. Sky Dragons2012

 Dragons can go between times as well as places. They go as easily to a when as to a where. 

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
created by Irwin Allen
First time travel: 3 Dec 1967

In the fourth season, the futuristic submarine Seaview and its crew had four time-traveling escapades, including the finale. [Nov 1967]

Time Lock (12 Nov 1967)To the far future
A Time to Die (3 Dec 1967)To 1,000,000 B.C.
The Death Clock (24 Mar 1968)  Captain Crane is a time-machine guinea pig
No Way Back (31 Mar 1968)To the time of Benedict Arnold

 Suppose we had a working time device. Would we be able to get back aboard Seaview before the explosion, find out what caused it, and prevent it from happening? 
—Admiral Nelson to Mr. Pem in “No Way Back”

Dark Shadows
created by Dan Curtis
First time travel: 20 Nov 1967

If you were a cool kid in the 60s, you ran home from school to watch Dark Shadows, a vampiresque soap opera that presaged Twilight by about four decades. I wasn’t that cool myself, but my sister Lynda was, and from time to time I overheard her and the cool kids talking about the inhabitants of Collinwood trekking to the late 1700s (in episodes from late 1967 through early 1969) and the late 1800s (in the March 1969 episodes). There may well be other time-travel escapades that have escaped me. [Nov 1967]

 I’m afraid you must forgive me, miss. If we have met before, I’m sorry to say that I don’t remember it. 
—Barnibus to Victoria Winters when she unexpectedly travels to 1795 for the first time

10 items are in the time-travel list for this year.
Thanks for visiting my time-travel page, and thanks to the many sources that provided stories and more (see the Links and Credits in the menu at the top). —Michael (