Time-Travel Fiction

  Storypilot’s Big List of Adventures in Time Travel

“The Destruction of Sennacherib”
by Bryn Sparks
First publication: Robots and Time, 2005

Lady Ada Lovelace, who has traveled through time via a Wells-type machine in a steampunk world, tells her story to an enamored compatriot who is 50 years older than when they last shared a conversation. [Aug 2013]

 It seemed the original analytical engine, the mechanical computer designed and built by my friend and mentor, the great Charles Babbage in the 1830s, had a lethal configuration that could lock up an entire engine if it were ever presented with the right sequence of calculations. The article went on to describe how all the miniaturized analytical engines at the heart of the empire’s technology were just small versions of the original analytical engine. No one had ever changed the fundamental arrangement of cogs and gears and drive trains and clutches. They had just been made smaller and linked together in greater numbers, so here at the turn of the century, I could be driven in a cab by a man whose very thoughts were determined by the workings of beings of microscopic versions of Babbage’s original design, all operating in parallel. 

The Time Hackers
by Gary Paulsen
First publication: 2005
Twelve-year-old Dorso Clayman lives in a future where viewing the past is commonplace, but he and his friend Frank are being unpredictably pulled into the past!

Janet found this for me at the library in 2010. [Dec 2010]

 They might see a vision of a dinosaur one time and on the second try get an image of a man who might be Julius Caesar getting ready for a bath, or Anne Boleyn getting her head chopped off. 

“A Few Good Men”
by Richard A. Lovett
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2005
Time travelers from a future without many men come back to our time to import what they need most, but they accidentally snatch Tiffany Richardson as well. [Dec 2005]

 There were eight good prospects back there, and I’d have had them all if this bitch hadn’t shown up. 

by Louis Morneau and Philip Badger (David van Eyssen, director)
First release: 4 Feb 2005

Sean Astin plans to use his 10-minute time machine to repeatedly withdraw the same money from a bank teller that he’s chatting up, but a violent gang of other bank robbers throws a wrench into his plan. [Apr 2012]

 Did you ever wish you could keep doing the same thing over and over again? 

“Letters of Transit”
by Brian Plante
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Apr 2005
A scientist on the first near-lightspeed ship to Centauri A exchanges letters with his underaged girlfriend back on Earth through a wormhole for which time passes at the same rate on both ends. When the ship returns to Earth with its end of the wormhole, the hole will act as a time machine for messages, but the clichéd paradox police won’t let scientist send girlfriend any information about the future. [Jan 2006]

 You wouldn’t want to cause any of those nasty paradoxes, would you? 

“Message in a Bottle”
by Nalo Hopkinson
First publication: Futureways, 1 Apr 2005
An artist named Greg, who never wanted to have children, becomes close to Kamla, an adopted daughter of a friend; the situation works out fine, even when Greg does have an unexpected child with his girlfriend, and even when Kamla turns out to be one of the thousands of children with extremely slow-growing bodies and minds from the future. [Apr 2014]

 I'm from the Future, Says Bobble-Headed Boy. 

“The Apotheosis of Martin Padway”
by S.M. Stirling
First publication: The Enchanter Completed: A Tribute for L. Sprague de Camp

Some 50 years after Martin Padway was thrown back to Byzantine times, a group of holy men and scientists travel back to the supposed date when the Great Man ascended to godhood. [Feb 2014]

 “It’s definitely a past with Martinus of Padua in it. There are no other lines within several hundred chronospace-years that show a scientific-industrial revolution this early. Quantum factors make it difficult”—fucking meaningless—“to say if it’s precisely the line that led to us.” 

“Working on Borrowed Time”
by John G. Hemry
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jun 2005
Tom and his implanted AI Jeannie (from “Small Moments in Time”) are back again, this time trying to stop future Nazis from destroying Edwardian London. [Jul 2005]

 What? The British Empire started coming apart in the 1920s? 

“The Starry Night”
by Barry Malzberg and Jack Dann
First publication: Sci Fiction, 22 Jun 2005

A visage of the universe exploding bounces back and forth between a space-faring priest, an epileptic six-year-old in our day, and Vincent Van Gogh. [Dec 2013]

 For the first time she is a little scared. She wishes that she were in her room, not in this space car with the stars glowing and exploding like the stars in Mr. Gogh’s painting. 

“The Time Traveler’s Wife”
by Scott William Carter
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2005
No, we’re not talking about that wife; we’re talking about Scott William Carter’s version—Yolanda Green, an even-keeled, mostly content wife of a university professor time traveler—and the story of what she does when he goes off into the future, failing to return for dinner. [Sep 2012]

 “We’ve done it,” he said. “Three times with a mouse and five times with a monkey. The university has approved my request for a manned test run. We’re going into the future! 

Time Warp Trio
adapted by Kathy Waugh, et. al.
First publication: 9 Jul 2005

Ten-year-old Joe and his two mates Fred and Sam travel back and forth in time in these 22-minute Discovery Kids cartoons based on Jon Scieszka’s story series. [Mar 2013]

 Ever wonder how three kids from Brooklyn got their hands on a time-traveling book? 

I have no image for the story, but here’s the first book in Colorado author Tobler’s series, The Rings of Anubis.
“Gauging Moonlight”
by E. Catherine Tobler
First publication: Sci Fiction, 20 Jul 2005

The alien narrator loves Alice Oxbridge, although the word love does not capture the feeling any more accurately than space travel captures climbing into a vehicle capable of carrying you off-planet. And our narrator has the power to erase the the moments of tragedy in Alice’s life, he cannot do so without breaking his one unbreakable tenet and becoming the prime example of sentient idiocy. [Oct 2012]

 Alice’s was not the first birth I witnessed, nor even the most unusual. The first time I saw Alice’s birth, I bypassed the event, skimming ahead to the advent of the automobile. Gears fascinated me more. But on reflection, something drew me back to Alice in the garden, newborn on the rain-wet grass. The world seemed to move beneath her. 

Kat Beyer’s
illustration for her story

“The Strange Desserts of
Professor Natalie Doom”

by Kat Beyer
First publication: Strange Horizons, 22 Aug 2005

For Natalie, it isn’t easy growing up as the only human creation of a mad scientist (including a time machine, of course) and his gorgeous, shapely wife— especially when you have the name of Natalie Doom and a leaning toward feminism). [Oct 2012]

 Apparently I inherited Mama’s looks and Papa’s brains. Again and again in my life I’ve gotten the best of a bad bargain. 

“Paradox & Greenblatt, Attorneys at Law”
by Kevin J. Anderson
First publication: Analog Science Fiction, Sep 2005
Marty Paramus and his partner specialize in legal nuances arising from the new time-travel technology. [Aug 2005]

 So you figured that if you kept Franklin’s biological mother and father from meeting, he would never have been born, your parents’ marriage would have remained happy, and your life would have remained wonderful. 

The story also appeared in this 2007 collection.
“Triceratops Summer”
by Michael Swanwick
First publication: Amazon Shorts, Sep 2005
An incident at the Institute for Advanced Physics brings a herd of Triceratops to present-day Vermont, which is certainly a worry, but according to Everett McCoughlan of the Institute, that will be the least of our worries by the end of the summer. [Mar 2014]

 Everything ends eventually. But after all is said and done, it’s waht we do in the meantime that matters, isn’t it? 

Hyams’ Sound of Thunder
adapted by Donnelly, Oppenheimer, Poirier (Peter Hyams, director)
First release: 2 Sep 2005

The time safari is not improved by 90 minutes of melodramatic nonsense. [Jul 2011]

 A butterfly caused all this? 

The Diving Universe Series
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First story: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2005
I haven’t followed all of the stories in Rusch’s Diving Universe, so I can’t tell you which of the stories and novels have a significant time-traveling aspect caused by the space-folding anacopa. But in “Becoming One with the Ghosts” (Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2010), the starship Ivoire gets folded 5000 years into the future. Later, while trying to shut down an anacapa drive gone bad in “Encounter on Starbase Kappa” (Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2013), Captain Jonathan “Coop” just might have a chance to return the ship and the crew to their own time. [Feb 2015]

 “Diving into the Wreck” [A]Asimov’s, Dec 2005 
“Room of Lost Souls” [B]Asimov’s, Dec 2005
“The Spires of Denon”Asimov’s, Apr/May 2009
Diving into the Wreck [w/parts of A,B]Nov 2009
“Becoming One with the Ghosts”Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2010
“Becalmed”Asimov’s, Apr/May 2011
City of RuinsMay 2011
“Stealth”Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2011
“The Spires of Denon”Asimov’s, Apr/May 2009
BoneyardsJan 2012
SkirmishesApr 2013
“Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls”Asimov’s, May 2013
“The Application of Hope”Asimov’s, Aug 2013
“Encounter on Starbase Kappa”Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2013

 Later, he learned that the anacapa malfunctioned, buringing him and his crew five thousand years into their future. 

17 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 (