| || “Century to Starboard” |
by Liz Williams
First publication: Strange Horizons, 2 Feb 2004
Sometime around the publication of this story, Tim and I saw a ship called The World docked on the Willamette in Portland. The ship is privately owned by the occupants of its 165 residences, and as a group they vote on their itinerary every year. It’s a nice fantasy to think about leading such a life, so long as the ship doesn’t run into the kind of storms that Liz Williams’s similar ship hits in this story.
Each of those storms take the entire ship, including Italian citizen Vittoria Pellini, further and further into the future.
I finally got my head together and told Julio what I thought—that maybe, just maybe, we’ve gone through some kind of slip in time, like the Bermuda Triangle, only in the Pacific. I know other people sometimes say—just to be spiteful—that I’m maybe a little bit of a bimbo, and Julio tends to laugh at me sometimes. Affectionately, of course. But this time I really thought he’d laugh, and he didn’t.
| || Time and Again |
by Jason J. Tomaric (Tomaric, director)
First release: 31 Dec 2004
No, not Jack Finney and not Clifford D. Simak either. This one is all Jason J. Tomaric.
Fourteen years ago (or maybe sixteen, the director’s not quite sure), teenaged Bobby Jones was convicted of a murder that he remembers nothing about. Fortunately, he escapes, and during the escape he finds himself transported back to his hometown on the day of the murder.
By the way, I interpret the story as more than just a dream because of the incident where young Bobby is injured and old Bobby immediately develops a scar (although I suppose that could be part of a dream, too).
Look, Awanda, if you could go back in time and change anything—I mean anything at all—would you?