| || Dreamland |
by James P. Lay, Kenny Saylors and Kyle Saylors (Lay, director)
First release: 27 Feb 2007
Meghan and Dylan stop at a desert diner near Area 51 where they hear UFO and time travel stories. On the road again, their radio starts picking up Patsy Cline songs, they get separated, and Meghan has various scarey encounters including a spooky 8-year-old girl and newspaper clippings about top secret time travel experiments in the 60s.
I watched to the end (where there is about five minutes of song that tries to explain it all), but I won’t claim to understand the movie. One reviewer says that the spooky girl was abducted and subjected to government time travel experiments, and that the movie is populated by characters who are only in her mind as she travels through time (possibly people from the clippings). If so, then perhaps Meghan is the little girl’s imaginings of her own older self.
Don’t you get it? There’s no such thing as time, there’s no such thing as this place, and there’s no such thing as you. Meghan is a figment of her own imagination.
| || Discipline |
by Paco Ahlgren
First publication: 1 Jul 2007
Ahlgren melds the multiverse, quantum mechanics, the mysticism of the East, horror worthy of Stephen King, a little “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for,” and the violence of addition into a skillfully woven story of young Douglas Cole: his dog dies, he loses his family and moves to Texas, his friend kills himself, and his girlfriend leaves him (though, admitedly, the dog came back to life), all before reaching a time-travel-infused turning point.
Many small things were just that little bit off for me, such as the initial introduction of the uncertainty principle. I wish Ahlgren had taken the bull by the horns and stated that the reason we cannot know both the position and movement of a particle simultaneously is because those two properties simply don’t simultaneously exist.
Unfortunately, while I was becoming more adept at making the business decisions that repeatedly benefited my shareholders, I had also been informed by my mentors and closest friends that the proliferating global acts of terrorism—along with the economic catastrophe which had ended only a few years earlier—had been engineered by a power-hungry madman whose sole objective was to become a diety, thereby ruling the entirety of space and time.
| || The Seeker |
aka The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
adapted by John Hodge (David L. Cunningham, director)
First release: 5 Oct 2007
Birthdays in the U.K. are a big deal for young boys: Just ask Harry Potter, or (in this case), ask Will Stanton, an American whose family is visiting England. On his fourteenth birthday, Will is told of his destiny as the last of the time-traveling warriors called the Old Ones who wield their ancient powers of The Light against those who follow The Dark.
According to those who know, the movie doesn’t follow the book that it’s based on (the second book of Susan Cooper’s, The Dark Is Rising Sequence), but I got some enjoyment from the innocence and soppiness of Will, his sister Gwen, his infatuation with the town’s pretty girl, and even Will’s stereotypical brothers. But the horror and fantasy parts of the film were as formulaic as the fact that Will is the seventh son of a seventh son; and Will’s ability to step through time is incidental to the story.
Merriman: Walk with us, Will.
Merriman: Through time.
“The Metaphorical Car for the New Generation” by Idan Cohen, 365 Tomorrows, 28 Jan 2007
And Still More Time Travel of 2007
The story pilots haven’t yet taken these adventures out for a test drive.
—I want that car!
“Temponaut” by Duncan Shields, 365 Tomorrows, 14 Feb 2007
—drunken scientists travels forward
“Relative” by T.J. Moore, 365 Tomorrows, 22 Feb 2007
—travel to abandoned world
“A Perfect Alibi” by J.S. Kachelries, 365 Tomorrows, 11 Mar 2007
—rivals at a temporal physics conference
“Time Enough for a Wedding by Grady Hendrix” by Grady Hendrix, 365 Tomorrows, 26 Sep 2007
—time traveler misses own wedding
“Before the Previous Crunch” by Patricia Stewart, 365 Tomorrows, 5 Nov 2007
—to before the big bang
“Moore’s Law” by Gavin L. Perri, 365 Tomorrows, 30 Dec 2007
—an old man tells how it used to be
Challenge 1: Highlander's Challenge by Jo Barrett
Romance Time Travel of 2007
Bodice rips are a more workaday mode of time travel than time ships.
Viking II 7: Down and Dirty by Sandra Hill
Blackthorn 3: Midnight's Bride by Sophia Johnson
Masters of Time 1: Dark Seduction by Brenda Joyce
Masters of Time 2: Dark Rival by Brenda Joyce
When I Fall in Love by Lynn Kurland
Daughters of the Glen 1: Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband by Melissa Mayhue
Daughters of the Glen 2: Highland Guardian by Melissa Mayhue
No Time Travel. Move along.
“Missives from Possible Futures #1” by John Scalzi, Subterranean Press, Winter 2007 [alternate history ]
Idiocracy by Mike Judge and Etan Cohen, 25 Jan 2007 [long sleep ]
“Domine” by Rjurik Davidson, Aurealis, Mar 2007 [time dilation ]
The Adventures of Teddy P. Brains by Gerard Brown and Lea Henry, 24 Apr 2007 (direct-to-video) [prequel ]
Next by Gary Goldman et al. (Lee Lamahori, director) [just precognition ]
Transformers by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and John Rogers (Michael Bay, director), 3 Jul 2007 [long sleep ]
Afghan Knights by Brandon P. Hogan and Christine Stringer (Allan Harmon, director), 31 Jul 2007 [ghost story ]
“In the Beginning, Nothing Lasts” by Mike Strahan, Intergalactic Medicine Show Oct 2007 [odd entropy ]
CSI: NY (“Time’s Up”) by Trey Callaway, 17 Oct 2007 [despite appearances, no time travel ]