The Big List of Time Travel Adventures

 2013

   Chrononauts Game
designed by Andrew Looney
First publication: 2013

Although I don’t usually put time-travel games in the list, it is my list and I can do what I want, such as listing this card game that Hannah and Paul gave to me on our ferry trip to Victoria. Each character in the game has the goal of adjusting the timeline back to their original home settings; and each character’s card includes a super-quick flash story, which as far as I can tell has nothing to do with the character, but is fun nonetheless.

 The Time Traveler swiped Shakespeares still-warm corpse (replacing it with a synthetic replica) and restored his health using 23rd-century medical technology. “Now write!” he commanded. 

[Dec 2015]

   “Boomerang”
by Russell James
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

When Robbie’s tenure comes to an end as a historical researcher at the Bridenbaugh Institute, he’s offered the chance to actually study the Great Depression in person—but only because another wacko has gone back to change history.

 Yes, but to do it, you are letting a kidnapper brutally murder a child. Theres a moral case for Akakos actions. 

[Aug 2014]

All royalties from Out of Time are donated to Doctors without Borders.   “The Paths We Choose”
by Paul Siluch
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

A janitor in a physics lab uses the lab’s time travel cage to go back in time and alter the outcome of abusive moments that made him who he is.

 Intelligence was a wind blowing humanity faster and faster. But a man can hide from the wind, he thought. Even change its direction for a moment. 

[Jul 2014]

The authors of the Out of Time anthology also published this second volume a year later.   “A Thousand Different Copies”
by Janet Guy
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

Lieutenant Kyuoko Morioka travels seventy years into the past to bring the inventor of time travel to her day because strange anomalies are appearing in the time stream.

 Im from seventy years in the future, and we need you to save us all. 

[Jul 2014]

from Teresa Robeson’s website   “Unfillable Void”
by Teresa Robeson
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

Cindy Lau’s mother died when Cindy was young, motivating adult Cindy to invent time travel in order to spend as much time as possible with her mother before the death.

 Nobody thought Cindy would devote her life to studying the nature of time solely to fill the hold in her heart, even as she immersed herself in the subject during the last year of her undergrad degree. Nobody believed she would succeed when the mechanics of temporal movement had eluded some of the greatest minds in physics. 

[Aug 2014]

from Kelly Horn’s website   “The Widow in the Woods”
by Kelly Horn
First publication: Out of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel, 2013

Grad student Max has just four hours to find his shady his shady friend's brother who's been lost in time at an old archaeological dig site.

 I didn't lose him in the woods. I lost him in time. 

[Jul 2014]

   El último pasajero
English title: The Last Passenger (translated from Spanish)
by Manel Loureiro
First publication: 2013

Reporter Cataline Soto, aka Kate, takes an assignment covering wealthy Isaac Feldman’s attempt to recreate the exact situation that led to him being discovered as the only survivor on a Nazi cruise ghost ship in 1939.

 If they can go back in time, theyll be able to help Hitler avoid making the same mistakes that led to his defeat. Stalingrad. Normandy. None of it will have ever happened. 

[Feb 2016]

   Pizza Hut Commercial
First publication: Jan 2013

 Invest in the internet. 


A revised version of the story appeared as A Time Foreclosed in 2013.   “Time Out”
aka “A Time Foreclosed”
by Edward M. Lerner
First publication: Analog, Jan/Feb 2013

Ex-felon Peter Bitner jumps at the chance for a steady job with Dr. Jonas Gorski, only to end up debating time-travel paradoxes and ethics with the disgraced scientist who keeps building bigger and bigger time machines.

 Stop Hitler and what else do you alter? Millions of lives saved, sure, but billions of lives changed. 

[Dec 2012]

   “The Woman Who Cried Corpse”
by Rajnar Vajra
First publication: Analog, Jan/Feb 2013

Ali Campbell-Lopez’s mother dies and comes out of a coma for the fourth time under circumstances that imply Ali has powers that will interest various national security agencies and enemy spies, prompting a violent assault on Ali and her teenage daughter, soon followed by the appearance of a much younger, time-traveling version of her mother.

 You wanted to build a time machine to go back and save my grandfather! 

[Dec 2012]

   Robot Chicken
created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich
First time travel: 20 Jan 2013

Claymation Doc Brown and his somewhat faulty time machine comes to Robot Chicken in Episode 16 of Season 6 (“Eaten by Cats”). Unlike Claymation Marty, I kinda like the Weinermobile version. Bonuses in this episode: Thor’s hammer and Cap’s shield, Hawkeye’s bow, and Hulk’s cathater, and possibly Nick Fury’s gun.

 If Im gonna build a time machine, it’s got to be iconic. I’m not gonna use a Honda f-bleep-ing Civic! 

[Feb 2016]

   John Dies at the End
adapted by Don Coscarelli (Coscarelli, director)
First release: 25 Jan 2013

Dave’s friend John takes a psychedelic drug (given to him by Bob Marley—no, not that Bob Marley) giving him a distorted sense of time and pitching him into an interdimensional battle with leech monsters. It’s possible that there’s time travel, too, or at least a time telephone.

 You know what I think? Youre going to be getting phone calls from me for, like, the next eight or nine years, all from tonight. 

[Oct 2015]

   Man in the Emppty Suit
by Sean Ferrell
First publication: Feb 2013

After inventing a time sled at age 18, Sean Ferrell’s hero treks through history, periodically returning to a post-apocalypse party that he holds for only himself in an abandoned New York hotel. It seems like the perfect party with the perfect company until at age 38 he takes pity on a younger self, stopping the Youngster from breaking his nose in a fall and setting off a chain of untetherings wherein the past lives of his many selves are no longer following the same path—especially that of his 39- and 40-year-old selves, the Elder of which is murdered.

 The old mans rheumy eyes watered at me. “Welcome to the secret club of the convention, boy. Now you know. This is where you die.” 

[Jan 2016]

   “The New Guys Always
Work Overtime”

by David Erik Nelson
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Feb 2013

Taylor, the orientation guy from HR in a fabrication company tells us how his company brings in workers from other times because they’re cheaper than contemporary labor.

 Oh, and youre expected to pay taxes when you get back, whatever the law is, whenever that is. Any questions? 

[Aug 2014]

   Hyperfutura
by Eric Kopatz and James O’Brien (O’Brien, director)
First release: 1 Feb 2013

In the future, when a worker loses his job, he has little choice but to participate in medical experiments, such as the experiment that Adam Leben undertakes to become a new type of human who will then be sent back to seed the Earth.

 Ive got a few kinks Ive got to work out. You see . . . see, it fragments the personality right now, and theres . . . no return. 

[Jan 2015]

   “The Time Travel Device”
by James Van Pelt
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 7 Feb 2013

One of my rules is that time travel must involve interaction, which this story—of a literary engineer visiting deaths of his literary heroes—might not have, but I like James Van Pelt enough that I wanted to list the story anyway (and mark my first visit to Daily Science Fiction).

 Time travel existed, but I could not interact with the past or the future. 

[May 2014]

   “Pioneers”
by Bob Newbell
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 14 Feb 2013

When the crew of the Tsiolkovsky took off on a 100-year hibernation journey to Alpha Centauri, they didn’t quite realize what their legacy as pioneers would be

 Starship Tsiolkovsky, this is the Haven Space Station calling. Please respond. 

[May 2015]

   Time
by Liam Connor (Connor, director)
First release: 17 Feb 2013

In this seven-minute short, Australian schoolboy Jimmy tells his three mates about the special thing his future self left for him to find.

 If time travel became possible within our lifetime, and one of us was able to use it and, perhaps, go back and leave a message or an object for ourselves to find—what would that be? It could be anything, anywhere: a note on your wedding day, a super-powerful ray gun, even some weird perpetual motion machine. 

[Apr 2016]

   “Pre-Pirates”
by Don D’ammassa
First publication: Analog, Mar 2013

Somewhat lazy computer science graduate Teresa Grant has the power to see written words before they are written, whereupon she publishes the best on her website.

 Could you steal something that didnt exist yet? 

[Dec 2012]

   “Uncertainty”
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Feb 2013

For me, the main story of time-travel agent Leah wandering from one World War II encounter with Heisenberg to another did not have a clear notion of time travel, and the ties to the uncertainty principle were not germaine to the story. The exposition of the uncertainty principle itself was also confused, conflating it with the observer effect and not correctly representing the fact that a particle cannot simultaneously possess both a sharply localized position and a sharply localized momentum. On the other hand, I did enjoy the opening scene with Moe Berg, and the mix-ups are partly from his layman’s point-of-view.

 Werner Heisenbergs controversial uncertainty principle was one of the cornerstones of quantum physics. Heisenberg postulated that it was possible to know a particles position or that it was possible to know how fast the particle moved, but no one could know both the position and movement of the particle at the same time. Berg had spent quite a bit of time in Oxford, talking with leading scientists as he prepared for this job, and one of them used a description that moved away from particles into theory, which Berg appreciated. That scientist had told Berg that at its core, Heisenbergs principle meant this: The act of observing changes the thing being observed. 

[Aug 2014]

   1001 Nights
created by Aly Jetha and Shabnam Rezaei
First time travel: 26 Mar 2013

In the one time travel episode (“The Man Who Went Back in Time”) of this Canadian cartoon, Shahrzad tells of a ne’er do well man who complains that he could been a contender had he only had the same breaks as his neighbor.

 That coulda been me. I coulda been rich and successful. But no . . . 

[Jun 2016]

   “The Wall”
by Naomi Kritzer
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apr/May 2013

In 1989, a college freshman named Meghan receives a visit from her future self who encourages her to investigate the fall of the Berlin Wall later that year.

 Im you. You from the future. 

[Aug 2014]

   Esurance Commercial

 Oh! And your car is a time machine. 


I like this silly image (from columbiatalk.blogspot.com) enough to use it for the story, even though these aren’t Pankau’s Eraser Men.   “Leaving Home”
by Kurt Pankau
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 8 Apr 2013

Agents of the Temporal Response Bureau—a.k.a. Eraser-Men—protect the timeline, but given what happened to her husband, Grace does not approve when her own 17-year-old son applies to become an agent and is accepted.

 Last summer I applied to join the Temporal Response Bureau. 

[Dec 2014]

   “For Fleur”
by Ian Anderson
First publication: Tales of Hope and Time, 20 Apr 2013

As John Elliot’s wife lies dying of a malignant lymphoma, his technology gathers information about cures from the future.

 Fleur’s type of lymphoma was very malignant. The specialists told them that there would be a fifty percent chance of a ’cure’. He felt helpless in the doctors hands and as a scientist he knew enough to be very frightened, but he dare not show it. 

[Mar 2016]

   “Grief in the Strange Loop”
by Rhonda Eikamp
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 23 Apr 2013

A ten-year-old boy manages to first lose his sister in 11th-century Britain (via his father’s time machine) and then lose his Pop somewhere in the 9th-century Bulgarian Empire. The sister is found fairly quickly, but not until thirty years later does an archeology colleague bring a clue as to exactly where his father might be.

 When hed left the room for a moment Sis dared me to send her somewhere. 

[Sep 2014]

   The Change Storm Stories
by Rand B. Lee
First story: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/Jun 2013

For some reason, the world has splintered into a multitude of pockets from different times and different timelines. Who ya gonna call? Whitsun: pocketbuster.
  1. “Changes” F&SF, May/Jun 2013
  2. “The Judging” F&SF, Nov/Dec 2014

 But nobody had any explanations to proffer concerning why the Storm had splintered the world into probability-zones, replacing slices of the known, familiar present with slices of past, future, or alternative presents more or less probable. 

—from “Changes”

[Sep 2014]

   Star Trek: Into Darkness
by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof (J.J. Abrams, director)
First release: 17 May 2013

Tim denies it, but there’s a little-known rule that says that any time Spock Prime gets to talk to new Spock, the movie is counted as possessing time travel under a grandfather clause, even if said movie contained no actual new time travel.

For me, the dark aspects of the movie were nothing but forced melodrama, although it did have great special effects, terrific casting of the principles, and fun trekkie jokes. Those positives, though, weren’t enough to cover up the plot holes and Kirk’s questionabe decisions. Good grief, just blast the bad guy with a photon torpedo rather than blasting your way through a bunch of Klingons (who never harmed you) to give the guy a fair trial. And if you don’t do that, at least blast him to bits on the bridge of that dreadnaught.

 As you know, I have made a vow never to give you information that could potentially alter your destiny. Your path is yours to walk and yours alone. 

[Jul 2013]

   “Private Memories”
by Michael Haynes
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 20 May 2013

The narrator loops over the same stretch of a few minutes over and over in order to talk you out of suicide, and then a second set of loops, and . . .

 I watch you commit suicide for the fourth time. This time I almost have you talked out of it. 

[Sep 2014]

Betancourt is the editor of many sf story megapacks which have an occassional new story and many other fine stories that are from the public domain.   “Try, Try Again”
by John Gregory Betancourt
First publication: The Time Travel Megapack, Jun 2013

After Dr. Keith O’Conner sends a message back in time to save his dead son, it seems that there is always one more message that needs sending.

 It was a matter of life and death for Dr. Keith OConner. Not his life, but the life of his son. That’s why he had invented time travel . . . the transmission of electrically charged impulses back through the years to a human brain . . . his brain, to be precise. 

[Jul 2015]

The story also appeared in this 2015 anthology.   “Jinki and the Paradox”
by Sathya Stone
First publication: Strange Horizons, 3 Jun 2013

Mathematical beings called the Rathki set up three experimental human colonies, one of which includes Jinki, a child made of light, and Mr. Quest, a trickster whose job is to generate random errors. Jinki would rather talk with Mr. Quest than anyone else, because he talks of interesting things such as Alice in Wonderland, the dangers of recursive wishes on falling stars, walking through Time, and (most importantly) avoiding pa-ra-dox!

 Theres many a reason a light baby mustnt walk through Time. You shouldnt, Jinki, because youre tied with the human timeline, youd cause a thing, a great big knot of a thing like a briar-rose patch, called a paradox. A pa-ra-dox! 

[Nov 2015]

Wilson has also written a series of Flatworld books about a world beyond the void.   “The Time Goblin”
by Clint Wilson
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 3 Jun 2013

Wilson tells of a unique being who waits at wormholes to gobble time travelers.

 His kind has known of time travel since before ninety-five percent of all time traveling species in the known galaxy. 

[Jun 2015]

   “Note to Self”
by Hans Hergot
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 4 Jun 2013

Thomas meets a messenger from the future who brings him six words.

 I am from the future. You won a contest, in the future, to send a message to your younger self. 

[Dec 2014]

Shvartsman also edits the Unidentified Funny Objects series.   “True Love”
by Alex Shvartsman
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 6 Jun 2013

Molly goes back in time to try to experience the true love of Helen of Troy of Cleopatra, but she is disappointed that she can only observe. Based on that, I was about to relegate the story to the no-time-travel pile, when I spotted something that changed my mind.

 We can only be spectators of the past. Passengers, along for the ride. 

[Dec 2014]

   7 Against Chaos
by Harlan Ellison and Paul Chadwick
First publication: Jun 7, 2013

Paul Chadwick’s exquisitely detailed and dynamic art illustrates Harlan Ellison’s story of a band of seven resilient misfits from across the solar system who are led by the deeply scarred Roack, hoping to bring an end to the time chaos that plagues Earth.

The work comes across as dated, but still, I enjoyed seeing the latest work from my childhood friend, Paul Chadwick.

 The crisis computers say the structure of Earths local field of time itself is collapsing. Eras are mixing. 

[Nov 2013]

   The Rewind Agency Series
by Jill Cooper
First book: 10 Jun 2013

In a world where highly regulated time travel permits only observation, teenager Lara Crane Montgomery discovers that she can interact with the past. So, she becomes determined to use her fifteen minutes in the past to prevent her mother’s murder, not knowing that those actions would lead to her father’s conviction for attempted murder (and to a series of follow-up books)
  1. 15 Minutes (10 Jun 2013) save Mom
  2. Plugged (23 Mar 2015) aftermath for Lara

 “When you go back in time, youre a hologram. You know that, so how can you change the past?” Rick says.
I swallow hard. “When I went back on my birthday . . . I touched stuff while I was there. I helped people. I know I can do this. I know.” I shrug. “I think Im special.”
 

[Sep 2015]

   “Without You”
by Craig Allen
First publication: 26 Jun 2013

In a Big Brother world, Eric is supposed to be working on eavesdropping technology for the government, but instead he builds a secret time machine to rescue Anna, a young singer who is repeatedly killed in various violent mishaps.

 No!
No, damn it! It couldnt be.
But it was, and her young life ended like that.
But only in one timeline.
 

[Sep 2015]

   “Dear Tomorrow”
by Simon Clark
First publication: The Mammoth Book of Time Travel, Jul 2013

Among the myriad of sad stories of people who desperately wish to turn back the clock—John Salvin who loses his wife and child in a vanished plane, Kamana Banerjee who loses her husband to a random bullet—a reality tv program, Impossible, Isnt It?, plans to archive the most heart-wrenching of the stories for future time travelers who may respond to those pleas by coming back to appear on the program and providing solice.

 Whats more, its my personal belief that time machines will be invented one day; thats why Im inviting time-travelling viewers from the distant future to visit us at our rendezvous point on Mount Snowden in North Wales, on the tenth of July— 

[Jul 2015]

   The Dino-Mating Stories
by Rosemary Claire Smith
First story: Analog, Jul/Aug 2013

Marty Zuber, a lovesick time-ship pilot and bodyguard on Dr. Derek Dill’s trip to the late Cretaceous, is sulky because the girl he’s dating keeps making eyes at Dill in the t-mail messages.

Two later stories continue the love triangle.
  1. “Not with a Bang’ (Jul/Aug 2013) Analog
  2. “Dino Mate’ (Dec 2014) Analog
  3. “Diamond Jim and the Dinosaurs’ (Apr 2016) Analog

 Can you comment on the rumors that youre secretely planning on launching missiles to knock the comet off course and save the dinosaurs? 

[Jul 2013]

   The Chronic Argonauts Graphic Novel
adapted by Jason Quinn and Russ Leach
First publication: ebook, Jul 10, 2013

Writer Jason Quinn and artist Russ Leach render Wells’s Time Machine precursor as a graphics novel, expanding the story to include an alien invasion (could it be War of the Worlds?) two millenia in the future.

 Theyve got no manners, those English. 

[Jan 2016]

   “Diamond Doubles”
by Eric Brown
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 16 Jul 2013

A novel writer from the fourth millennium is trapped in the 1960s and subjecting a contemporary editor to his work.

 I have first-hand experience of life in the fourth millennium as I hail from that era. 

[Aug 2014]

   Timeholes
by Paul F. Taylor and Toby Williams (Ben Mallaby, director)
First release: 16 Jul 2013 (internet)

What will happen when time travel becomes as commonplace as hopping on a bus? This short film tells us in just two minutes.

 The nearest booths down there, on the left. 

[Feb 2014]

In addition to writing fiction, Pinsker rocks out on her home page.   “Join Our Team of
Time Travel Professionals”

by Sarah Pinsker
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 18 Jul 2013

Magda lands a job that many people would jump at: watching after time-travel tourists to make sure they don’ screw up the time line, but who watches the watchers?

 Manhattan in 1985 didnt have jawbone communications, but it did have plenty of bag ladies who talked to themselves. Magda was temporarily one of them. 

[Dec 2014]

Pickett’s first story (“Diatra”) appeared in the second DSF anthology.   “Sticks and Stones”
by Kevin Pickett
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 24 Jul 2013

A man returns to the school where he was bullied as a child.

 The little boy crouched defensively, making a smaller target for their cruelty, but knowing their aim was good. 

[Dec 2014]

   “Timeless Bore”
by Peter Wood
First publication: Stupefying Stories Showcase, 26 Jul 2013

A none-too-wealthy time traveler insists on passing the time of day in Macs two-pump filling station in Perdue, North Carolina.

 As the man from the future droned on and on, Mac immersed himself in the paper. He grunted every so often to feign interest. 

[Feb 2014]

   Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
adapted by James Krieg (Jay Oliva, director)
First released: 30 Jul 2013 (direct-to-dvd)

By my count, the Flashpoint comics by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert had a total of 72 comics, but it all fit in 81 minutes of this animated dvd in which the Flash awakens without his powers in a world where the rest of the Justice League is at war with pretty much everyone. Initially, he blames his arch-enemy Professor Zoom for messing with the timeline, but it turns out that it’s not Zoom who needs to be stopped from time traveling.

 We have to find out what he changed and change it back before they kill everyone on the planet. 

[Jul 2015]

   Rewind
by Justin Marks
First aired: 26 Aug 2013

For this rejected-series pilot, mega-handwaving went into creating a setting where a government team could send people back to change the past in a way that the team and the travelers can remember the original timeline and observe the effect of any changes—somewhat like Seven Days but without without the charm of Lt. Frank Parker. My thought is that one particular plot device totally missed the boat: The team has a technology that allows them to confidently predict the outcome of any proposed change before enacting it. Imagine how boring The Butterfly Effect would have been had Evan had such a technology in his pocket. Even so, I would have watched this series if it had ever made it into full production.

 Basically, Charlie can show us how an action in the past creates ripples in the present. 

[Feb 2015]

This was the first professionally published story that I read by one of my Odyssey Workshop classmates—nicely done, Chip!   “Flip Side”
by Chip Houser
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 29 Aug 2013

The story follows a woman in the moments after a traffic accident.

 Look before you cross, Tommy! 

[Sep 2014]

   “Affirmative Auction”
by James Morrow
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 2013

A Plutonian captain in the Pangalactic Virtue Patrol brings his time-traveling spaceship to a South Carolina slave auction in 1801 for a muddled morality lesson.

 . . . we have journeyed here from our mutual suns ninth body to rectify an anomaly that for over two centuries has corrupted your civilization. 

[Oct 2013]

   Insidious: Chapter 2
by Leigh Whannell and James Wan (Wan, director)
First release: 13 Sep 2013

The first scene goes back to the time of Josh (the dad in Insidious) as a boy when he was possessed by a woman in white. The movie then returns to the present day, just after Josh murdered the exorcist who had treated him as a child, and gives a horrorific, supernatural explanation of it all. Oh, yes: If I understood this right, the filmmakers are not the only ones who go back in time.

 Specs: Lorraine, is that Josh?
Lorraine [frightened]: How is that possible? 

[Nov 2015]

   “Eternity and the Devil”
by Larry Hodges
First publication: The Haunts & Horrors Megapack, 19 Sep 2013

Dr. Virgil Nordlinger makes a deal with the devil in which Nordlinger will formulate the Grand Unified Theory of physics, live on this Earth for another fifty years, and spend the rest of eternity in hell.

 After solving GUT, I moved on to temporal studies. 

[Aug 2016]

   The Rush Revere Series
aka Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans
by Rush Limbaugh and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh
First book: Oct 2013

Twenty-first century history teacher Rush Revere visits key points in American history.
  1. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims (Oct 2013)  
  2. Rush Revere and the First Pilgrims (Mar 2014)  
  3. Rush Revere and the American Revolution (Oct 2014) with K.A.L.  
  4. Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner (Oct 2015)  

 The experience over the past several months is not something I want to repeat. 

[Feb 2016]

   “The Time Travel Club”
by Charlie Jane Anders
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2013

At Lydia’s second time at the Time Travel Club, she tells them of her pirate activities in the past and her solar sail demolition races in the future, which is all well and good until the outlandish Madame Alberta shows up and asks them all to help her with ethical questions of building a real time machine, not to mention figuring out a rather strange use for the thing.

 They already have warrantless wiretaps and indefinite detention. Imagine if they could go back in time and spy on you in the past. Or kill people as little children. 

[Apr 2014]

   Dimensions:
a Line, a Loop, a Tangle of Threads

by Antony Neely (Sloan U’Ren, director)
First release: 9 Oct 2013

Imagine that you’re a boy in 1921 Cambridge when your sister dies falling down a well. What would you do? Naturally, you’d vow to become a great scientist in an artsy movie so you can go back in time to alter the tragic event.

 Annie: Are you ready to leave?
Stephen: Yes.
Annie: How long will it take?
Stephen: I dont know: seconds, decades, an eternity.
Annie: An eternity? For a few moments together?
Stephen: Yes. 

[Jan 2015]

Larsen’s first story appeared in this anthology.   “Chronology of Heartbreak”
by Rich Larson
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 10 Oct 2013

Jack heartlessly breaks up with Kristine in a restaurant.                                                                                    

 The professor was idling the time machine. 

[Dec 2014]

   Free Birds
by Jimmy Hayward and Scott Mosier (Hayward, director)
First release: 1 Nov 2013

Reggie, the turkey who’s awarded the Thanksgiving presidential pardon, has it pretty cushy until he’s kidnapped by Jake for a mission (via time machine S.T.E.V.E., voiced by George Takei) to stop the first Thanksgiving.

 We’re going back in time to the first Thanksgiving to get us off the menu. 

[Feb 2015]

   About Time
by Richard Curtis (Curtis, director)
First release: 8 Nov 2013

Poor Rachel McAdams—always the bride, never the time traveler. This time its romantic comedy with Domhnall Gleeson in the time traveling co-star role. For me, the writer/director had a good vision, but couldn’t make it gel.

 I cant kill Hitler or shag Helen of Troy, unfortunately. 

[May 2014]

   Pete’s Christmas
by Peter McKay, Gregg Rossen and Brian Sawyer (Nisha Ganatra, director)
First release: 8 Nov 2013 (made-for-tv)

We all watched this on a visit to Colorado by Hannah and Paul, and everyone agreed that it was a nice (and moralistic) Groundhog Day take-off with 14-year-old Pete reliving Christmas until he gets it right.

 Santa forgot my present? Again?! 

[Sep 2015]

   The In Times Like These Series
by Nathan Van Coop
First book: 13 Nov 2013

Athletic, twenty-something Ben Travers chases through time along with none other than a scientist’s beautiful daughter in this adventure series.
  1. In Times Like These (2013)
  2. Chronothon (2015)
  3. The Day After Never (2016)

 Next thing we know, they’ll be rolling out a Delorean. 

[Jun 2016]

   “Unsolved Logistical Problems in
Time Travel: Spring Semester”

by Marissa Lingen
First publication: Nature, 21 Nov 2013

The instructor of a laboratory/field practicum in time travel presents project ideas.

 2. Queueing theory for assassination tourism: If a dozen time travellers show up to assassinate Hitler in the chaos after the Beer Hall Putsch, who gets precedence? 

[Nov 2015]

   Kristin’s Christmas Past
aka Last Chance Holiday
by Rachel Stuhler
First release: 23 Nov 2013

Thirty-four-year-old Kristin, miserable and estranged from her family, is given a Christmas bottle of champaign by a New York City liquor store owner, and after taking a sip, she wakes up beside her seventeen-year-old self with a chance to fix all her past wrongs.

Janet and I watched this on Christmas Day in 2015, shortly after watching Rachel Stuhler’s similar but later movie, Back to Christmas.

 Youve had a lotta years to make mistakes: Its my turn now! 

[Dec 2015]

   Get a Horse!
by Paul Briggs, Nancy Kruse, Lauren MacMullan and Raymond S. Persi (MacMullan, director)
First publication: 27 Nov 2013

Out on a 2-D black-and-white hayride, Mickey and the gang run afoul of Peg-Leg Pete, who knocks Mickey into a 3-D color future.

 Im gonna knock you right inta next week! 

[Mar 2017]

   “The Chorus Line”
by Daniel Hatch
First publication: Analog, Dec 2013

Billionaire Mr. Croesus thinks Eric Cunningham faked the 4-million-year-old images of our ancestors dancing that made such a hit on YouTube recently, and he intends to prove it.

 The concensus is that butterflies dont know anything about regression analysis. Things tend to return to their mean over time 

[Oct 2013]

   95ers: Echos
aka 95ers: Time Runners
by Thomas Gomez Durham, James Durham and Kip Rasmussen (T.G. Durham, director)
First release: 12 Dec 2013

At the start, a young girl’s father has died and then snow starts falling upward. Later, after a slightly creepy falling-in-love by a man named Horatio, there’s an FBI agent, quite possibly Fox Multer, who’s very good at guessing things. Then her husband dies and we discover that her good guessing comes from being able to wind back time a few seconds—and I’m lost, my patience exhausted before any meaning appears.

 Account locked out.
Account locked out.
Account locked out.
Account locked out
Account locked out.
Password accepted.
[Sally smiles.] 

[Jan 2015]

   365 Tomorrow’s 2013 Time-Travel stories

Note: § indicates a separate list entry for the story.
  1. Be Patient, Brethren (16 Jan) by Patricia Stewart
    astronaut repeated tossed back
  2. Pioneers (14 Feb)§ by Bob Newbell
    journey to Alpha Centauri
  3. Dinner with the Morlocks (24 Feb) by David Barber
    blood-suckers from the future
  4. Ghost in the Machine (7 Mar) by Clint Wilson
    observe but don’t be observed
  5. Steampunk (10 Mar) by David Stephenson
    time machine blueprints are found
  6. Traveller’s Mistake (13 Mar) by Duncan Shields
    jokester time traveler
  7. A Swirl of Chocolate (11 May) by K. Esta
    stop yourself from traveling
  8. The Time Goblin (3 Jun)§ by Clint Wilson
    a hunter of time travelers
  9. It All Makes a Difference (8 Jun) by James McGrath
    to 1066
  10. Party for Two (20 Jun) by Kevin Richards
    Hawking’s time-travel party
  11. Flux (10 Jul) by J.D. Rice
    robot from the future
  12. Historicity (24 Jul) by Bob Newbell
    realities of time travel
  13. Pulped (29 Jul) by Bob Newbell
    Dr. Sinistral’s evil time machine
  14. Intentional Paradox (20 Aug) by Clint Wilson
    early humans receive tools
  15. Timecasting (22 Sep) by Duncan Shields
    the first time traveler
  16. Life Itself (2 Nov) by Richard Halcomb
    to Primal Earth
  17. The Longest Distance (18 Dec) by Aaron Koelker
    a long distance relationship

 They would land less than a nanosecond after their initial departure; to witness the alternate future they had now created by introducing so many technological advances to the once uninformed bipedal creatures. 

—“Intentional Paradox”

[May 2015]
 

Additional Adventures (without Time Travel)

I often see potential time-travel stories that, alas, have no time travel. I track them, so that I don’t process these same chronotypical stories over and over in a time loop of my very own.
2013

 These arent the droids youre looking for . . . move along. 


 2013
“Ahead of His Time” by Ian Anderson [time phenomena without time travel]

Bones (“The Fact in the Fiction”) by Keith Foglesong [despite appearances, no time travel]

“Doing Emily” by Joe Haldeman [virtual reality]

“Gazing Into the Carnauba Wax Eyes of the Future” by Keffy R.M. Kehrli [precognition]

“The Golden Age of Story” by Robert Reed [despite title, no time travel]

“Hiking in My Head” by Gareth D Jones [no definite time travel]

“Images of Undiluted Love” by Joanna Kavenna [viewing the past]

“Karina Who Kissed Spacetime” by Indrapramit Das [alternate timelines]

Martha Speaks (”Bulldozer Versus Dinosaur“) by Ken Scarborough [just a dream]

“No Others Are Genuine” by Greg Frost [no definite time travel]

“Old Dead Futures” by Tina Connolly [visions of possible futures]

Sleepy Hollow created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove and Len Wiseman [long sleep]


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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 (
main@colorado.edu)