| || The Company Stories|
by Kage Baker and Kathleen Bartholomew
First story: Asimov’s, Mar 1997
I’ve read five of Kage Baker’s highly acclaimed stories about a group of entrepreneurial time travelers from the 24th century, the first of which was “Noble Mold” in Mar 1977. Of those, my favorite was “The Likely Lad” about young Alec Checkerfield, abandoned by his blue-blood parents to be raised by the hired help; he longs for adventure on the high seas, which he does obtain—but to be honest, I didn’t think it was via time travel. (Perhaps none of the five Checkerfield stories have time travel, even though isfdb indicates that they’re set in the Company Universe; I shall have to read “The Likely Lad” again!).
In 2012, the first of the Company stories co-authored with Kathleen Bartholomew appeared.
For a while I lived in this little town by the sea. Boy, it was a soft job. Santa Barbara had become civilized by then: no more Indian rebellions, no more pirates storming up the beach, nearly all the grizzly bears gone. Once in a while some bureaucrat from Mexico City would raise hell with us, but by and large the days of the old Missions were declining into forlorn shades, waiting for the Yankees to come.
The bottom-right corners of each book provided a little flip-animation of a morphing character.
| || The Animorphs Books|
aka The Changelings
by K.A. Applegate
First time travel: Oct 1997
Five kids and their alien friend Ax can change into any animal that they touch, which is a good thing given that they’re the only ones standing between the Yeerks and the conquest of all mankind.
Tim liked the Animorphs even more than their earlier cousin, the Goosebumps books, and I agree. But I asked him recently why the books needed to introduce time travel. Weren’t there enough fantastical elements already? But he pointed out that without time travel, Jake, Marco, Cassie, Rachel, Tobias and Ax couldn’t turn into dinosaurs.
- The Forgotten (Oct 1997) Animorphs 11
- The Andalite Chronicles (Dec 1997) a companion prequel
- In the Time of the Dinosaurs (Jun 1998) Megamorphs 2
- Elfangor’s Secret (Apr 1999) Megamorphs 3
“We were blown through time, Jake,” Cassie said. “We aren’t where we want to be, and we aren’t when we want to be.”
| || “A Memory of the|
First publication: The Atlantic Monthly, Nov 1997
Max Beerbohm, an author in the 1890s and early twentieth century, told a tale of Enoch Soames who made a deal with the devil to visit the Reading Room in the British Museum on 3 June 1997. Famed magician Teller recounts what happened at ten past two on the designated day, a day that Teller has been waiting and planning for for thirty-four and a half years.
In other words, anyone in the Round Reading Room of the British Museum at ten past two on June 3, 1997, would be able to verify Beerbohm’s memoir, and see an authentic, guaranteed, proven ghost.