The Big List of Time Travel Adventures

 2014 to 2017



   Time Trap
by Michael Shanks (Shanks, director)
First release: circa 2014 (straight-to-video)

After a spaceman crashes on a barren Earth with no apparent minerals to power his ship, he uses his Portable Time Bubble Generator (for the eight minutes of this short film) to determine whether anything in the past might be useful for fixing his damaged ship.

 
collision approaching
correct
course
manual override required
 


   “The Carl Paradox”
by Steve Rasnic Tem
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jan 2014

Future Carl informs Carl that the life he’s leading is the only one that’s insignificant enough that no paradox or disaster can possibly occur as a result of his time travel.

 The only difference, apparently, is the major dressing used on a roast beef club sandwich at a place called Garalfalos. 


   The Chronos Files
by Rysa Walker
First book: 1 Jan 2014

The first book in Rysa Walker’s Chrons Files series, Timebound, won the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The book follows 16-year-old Prudence “Kate” Pierce-Keller to 1893 where a murder risks wiping out everything she knows, including herself.

The rest of the series has two more novels and two interregnum novellas.
  1. 1.0. Timebound (1 Jan 2014) 16-year-old Kate Pierce-Keller
  2. 1.5. Time’s Echo (25 Apr 2014) Kate in another timeline
  3. 2.0. Times Edge (21 Oct 2014) to Kate’s grandfather’s time
  4. 2.5. Time’s Mirror (30 Jun 2015) to 2305
  5. 3.0 Times Divide (20 Oct 2015) the final chapter
  6. 3.1. Gambit (2 Nov 2015) Chronos historian Saul Rand
  7. 3.5. Simon Says (8 Dec 2015) Marilyn Monroe’s death
  8. 3.6. Whack Job (29 Jan 2016) Simon meets Lizzie Bordon

 I was feeling very shaky on my feet. Id never had any sort of hallucination, and the sounds and images had seemed so real, like I was actually experiencing them firsthand. 




   Papa John’s Back to the Future Commercial
aka Peyton Manning to 1984
First aired: 2 Jan 2014

 Professional driver. Closed course. Do not attempt! 




   Pepsi Halftime Commercial
First aired: 4 Jan 2014

 I like halftime! 


Six of Rountree’s earlier stories appeared in this collection.

   “Cigarette Lighter Love Song”
by Josh Rountree
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 17 Jan 2014

Every ten years, Melissa casts a spell that makes her and the narrator flit back, experiencing earlier times, all in the spot where the roller rink used to be.

 See, this is how it happens. Im in that place I want to be, then suddenly its twenty years later and Melissa is telling me what a son of a bitch I am and why did I have to screw the whole thing up just as shed finally got the fucking spell right? 




   “The Future Faire”
by Dustin Adams
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 21 Jan 2014

When people from the future put on a faire outside of Portland, Tyler and his parents are among the first in line to visit. As a reader, I’m hoping that deaf Tyler will come away cured, despite the prominent sign announcing: NO TECHNOLOGY IS TO LEAVE THE FAIREGROUNDS!

 Im curious why people from the future would need cash, but my father says, “Business is business, no matter when youre from.” 




   “The Cartography of Sudden Death”
by Charlie Jane Anders
First publication: tor.com, 22 Jan 2014

In a future Earth with an mixture of space colonies and a rigid caste system on Earth, retainer Ythna witnesses a peculiarly dressed red-haired woman emerge from nowhere at the very moment of Ythna’s mistress’s sudden death.

 “No, I swear I had nothing to do with her death,” the woman said sadly. “Except that it created a door for me to step through.” 


   A Murder in Time
by Jonas Saul
First publication: 23 Jan 2014

Things start going wrong as soon as Marcus Johnson staged the fake robbery at the store that he managed—not the least of which was himself appearing outside the store and looking in at himself getting ready to undertake the robbery, presumably because of those time-travel experiments his mother participated in when she was pregnant.

 Last night when he locked up and stared out the window, he had seen someone familiar starting back at him from the parking lots light standard. That someone appeard to be crying and was dressed exactly as he was right now. 




   Comcast/Xfinity Commercial
First aired: Superbowl XLVIII, 2 Feb 2014

 We must have encountered a temporal vortex. Further analytics are necessary. 




   The Lego Movie
by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, et. al.
First release: 7 Feb 2014

Do legos time travel? Maybe not, but they do go to an old west universe where Emmet asks, “Do you think you can explain to me why I'm dressed like this? And what those big words in the sky were all about? And, like, where we are . . . in time?” Those questions, together with the quote shown below, get the movie into my time-travel list.

 Come with me if you want to not die. 




   Uncle Grandpa
created by Peter Browngardt
First time travel: 18 Feb 2014

When the main character of a tv show is the uncle/grandpa/brother/dad of every person in the world (including, presumably, himself), you have to expect time travel sooner or later. In this case, I think the first time travel was when a future Uncle Grandpa delivered a future pizza. The only time traveling that I’ve seen, however, involved the wayward pants that Christopher Columbus refused to return
  1. Future Pizza (18 Feb 2014) pizza from tomorrow
  2. 1992 Called (21 Aug 2014) wayward pants travel five centuries
  3. Time Burgers (21 May 2015) meat from history

 If I dont get my pants back by the end of the day, m calling the time police. 

—“1992 Called”


   “Drink in a Small Town”
by Peter Wood
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar 2014

A down-on-his-luck physicist who’s invented a faster-than-light drive stops to watch the first manned Mars landing in a small-town Georgia diner. This is one of the few stories I’ve seen that ties together ftl with time travel.

 And youll discover something else when youre tinkering with that drive. 




   “Mrs. Darwin Has Visitors”
by David Barber
First publication: Flash Fiction Online, Mar 2014

This is the first time-travel story that I ran across in the enjoyable monthly, Flash Fiction Online. Among others, Andrew J. Salt from the Creation Museum of Petersburg, Kentucky, has an interest in getting by Charles Darwin’s gatekeeper.

 It seemed Mr Salt had completed a difficult journey today and was impatient. He was in possession of a powerful new idea that must be brought to Mr Darwins notice. 


I don’t like to use the same cover illustration twice, so here’s an interior illustration for a poem in the March 2014 Asimov’s.   “Through Portal”
by Dominica Phetteplace
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar 2014

During a picnic on a planet under study, eight-year-old Emmy wanders away and through a portal that is only partly a time machine.

 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, . . . 




   “The Uncertain Past”
by Ted White
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2014

JFK-viewers are clichéd in time travel, but Ted White—a favorite of mine from his time as Amazing and Fantastic editor—has a new twist as every observer sees a different version of the assasination attempt.

 Kennedy wasnt hit. Neither was Connally. I didnt bother sticking around after that. 




   Mr. Peabody & Sherman
by Craig Wright (Rob Minkoff, director)
First released: 7 Mar 2014

The movie had some good one-liners and even some good (albeit worn) puns in the style of the original cartoon, but for me, the plot lacked even enough structure to hold the attention of a child and the writer was writing down to his audience so much so that not even Patrick Warburton’s voice in a small part was sufficient to rescue the story from the fast-forward button.

 Very well, then: If a boy can adopt a dog, the I see no reason why a dog cant adopt a boy. 


from Gilbow’s home page

   “Running Late”
by S.L. Gilbow
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 7 Mar 2014

The traveling companion of a reluctant time-travel tourist is running late again.

 Time machines, after all, run on a tight schedule. 




   Predestination
adapted by Micheal Spierig and Peter Spierig (both also directed)
First release: 8 Mar 2014

I was so disappointed with this movie that I’m going to have to write a spoiler. So if you don’t want to be spoiled, please stop reading now.

Here’s the problem: Heinlein’s story “—All You Zombies—” was the last word on one specific kind of time travel story: The story is which there is but one timeline. If you travel to the past and do something, it is because you traveled to the past and did that thing. But the Spierig brothers completely missed this point by introducing an older version of the Unmarried Mother who has newspaper clippings of other timelines that he has changed. The nice closed sexual loop is still present in the movie, but that wasn’t enough to stop my disappointment at the drubbing that the central story idea took. I wasn’t so hot on the music either (except for “I’m My Own Grandpa”), but the relationship between the Barkeep and the Unmarried Mother was spot on as was the depiction of time travel and the foreshadowing.

 Unmarried Mother: So I can do this, I can change my past?
Barkeep: Yes, you can.
U.M.: Have you ever thought about changing yours?
BK: I never deviate from the mission.
U.M.: Never?
BK: Never. . . . Look, Ill pick you up when youre done, all right?
U.M.: No, whoa, where are you going?
BK: Dont worry. Ill be around, trust me.
U.M.: Do I? . . . Do I have a choice?
BK: Of course. You always have a choice. 




   Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey
presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson
First episode: 9 Mar 2014

Although the 2014 version didn’t capture me as did the original, the new time-traveling Ship of the Imagination is wondrous, as are the other new special effects (but, for me, the animation was weak).

 Lets go back 30,000 years to a time before dogs . . . 




   Resurrection
developed by Aaron Zelman, Brad Pitt and Jason Mott
First episode: 10 Mar 2014

After eight-year-old Jake Langston drowns in a river, 32 years pass before he reappears, unchanged, in a rice paddy in China. They can call it resurection, but it quacks like time travel to me, even if Jake’s original body is still in that mausoleum.

 Whats red and green and goes a million miles an hour? 




   “The Sentence Is Always Death”
by Brian Hirt and Ken Gerber
First publication: Daily Science Fictioin, 14 Mar 2014

Forty-three-year-old Paul Beaumont, who used to switch places with his twin brother Thomas, faces sentencing in a court where the sentence is always death and the worst death option involves government time-traveling executioners—although the universe will allow the sentence to be carried out only after the condemned no longer has a future contribution of importance.

 “I order death from category K.” Somehow these words sound less insidious than the proper name. There is only one type of death in this category. It's called “Erasure.” 




   “Lookback”
aka Time Well Spent
by George Zebrowski
First publication: Nature, 27 Mar 2014

A man enjoys dropping into the life of his own younger self to spend time with his own lover’s younger self while his younger self is not at home.

 I always prepared by losing a pound or two, colouring my hair a bit and exercising, even using make-up to look younger than my late 60s, so that she would notnotice in the dim light of the apartment at night. Nearsighted and in bed, it would help that she would not be wearing glasses. 




   One-Minute Time Machine
by Sean Crouch (Devon Avery, director)
First release: 29 Mar 2014 (festival)

James takes his one-minute time machine to a park bench to try to pick up quantum physicist Rachel.

Janet showed this five-minute film-festival film to me on my first prime birthday of the 2010 decade.

 Rachel: Whats that?
James: Huh? Oh, nothing.
Rachel: Sure its not a One-Minute Time Machine? 


   “It’s Not ‘The Lady or the Tiger’,
It’s ‘Which Tiger?’”

by Ian Randall Strock
First publication: Analog, Apr 2014

When searching for a long-lost ancestor (possibly depressed) whose actions literally gave you a good life, a time traveler would be well advised to frequent said ancestor’s watering holes.

 I came back to offer you comfort, love, happiness, a life of ease. 


Jacobsen also authored this 2012 sf novel.

   “Prometheus . . . ?”
by Mark Jacobsen
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 13 Apr 2014

A pair of time travelers try to learn the old skills such as starting a fire from rubbing sticks.

 You know, Ive seen this in books, but never in real life. 




   Time Lapse
by Bradley D. King and BP Cooper (King, director)
First release: 18 Apr 2014

Three friends stumble across a camera that produces pictures from 24 hours in the future. Gambler Jasper thinks to use it to make a fortune, but painter Finn sees a painting that he’s going to paint, resulting in a nice example of the artist paradox. From there, the plot turns into a horror movie in which whatever the photo shows, they must make happen or die.

 Mr. B. invented a camera that takes pictures of the future. 




   Zits
by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
First time travel: 20 Apr 2014

Strangely enough, on Saturday, April 19, my friend Jim Martin sent me a copy of the Sunday, April 20, Zits comic strip, which was the first one that I’ve noticed with time travel.

 Ignoring the space/time continuum helped. 




   Brewster Rockit, Space Guy
by Tim Rickard
First time travel (that I saw): 21 Apr 2014

I’m not a regular reader of the funnies any more, so I can’t tell you when Dr. Mel in the Brewster Rockit strip first made use of his time machine, but my friend Jim (see Zits, above) also showed me the doctor’s use of his time machine to avoid having a late taxes penalty.

 Dr. Mel, you forgot to file your taxes last week! You missed the tax deadline! 




   “The Gift of Time”
by Maggie Clark
First publication: Clarkesworld, May 2014

From his little office where he works for an esteemed antiquities dealer, Mr. Mouse Musset wills himself back in time to retrieve objects in a way that only he can, but the secretary above him—the very secretary that Mouse worships—does not appreciate Mouse’s finds.

 I have had quite enough assurance, Mr. Musset, from the carbon dating Mr. Hazlitt had performed. Granted, the calligraphy is clever, and the materials all true to form—but how old would you say Beowulf is? Tenth century? Maybe eighth? 




   “Presidential Cryptotrivia”
by Oliver Buckram
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2014

A list of amazing but true facts about U.S. presidents, some of who traveled through time.

 . . . he traveled back in time to 1898 in order to engineer the unlikely annexation of the Kingdom of Hawaii into the United States. 






   Once Upon a Time
created by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz
First time travel: 4 May 2014

I loved the first season of this show in which the Evil Queen casts a spell that takes all of Fairy Tale Land to a small town in Maine. The show definitely jumped the shark in Season 3 when they went to Neverland, but I came back to watch the last three episodes of that season when a time portal opened into the pre-spell Fairy Tale Land.

 Im still here. How is that possible? We saw her die. I should never be born. 




   X-Men: Days of Future Past
by Simon Kinberg (Bryan Singer, director)
First release: 10 May 2014

Wolverine comes back from 2013 to 1980 to persuade Professor X to take a different path.

 Are we destined to destroy each other, or can we change each other and unite? Is the future truly set? 




   “The Santa Anna Gold”
by Michael Bunker
First publication: Third Scribe, 20 May 2014

In addition to the audio/text version on Third Scribe (nicely formatted with images of the area, Jack Finney, and Einstein), this story also appeared as the first story in the Synchronic anthology (22 May 2014). The story follows an off-the-grid man who helps his son, Rick, track down the legendary Santa Anna gold stash by traveling to the past in a Jack-Finney-manner.

 “Historys about finding out what happened and whats true,” and that was that as far as he was concerned. 


   “Corrections”
by Susan Kaye Quinn
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel 22 May 2014

Dr. Ian Webb works in criminal corrections, traveling back in time to stop murders that were committed by remorseful murderers such as Owen—but now Owen has gone back to his story of innocence.

 The blue spider-web hologram springs to life, surrounding Owens head with a neural net. Its the final piece in the technology puzzle, the part that allows me access to Owens mind, once he relaxes enough to let me in. 


Before this short story, Robertson released this post-apocalyptic series.   “The First Cut”
by Edward W. Robertson
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Fresh from graduation (last in his class at the time travel cop academy), Blake Din is assigned to Senior Agent Mara Riesling (pretty and not much older than him) for field training.

 I wasnt overjoyed about running solo through a strange city where every other one of the barbarians was carrying a gun, but that was the job. The job Id been working toward for six years of secondary school and another three years in the Academy. 


The story was also released in this separate e-book.   “Hereafter”
by Samuel Peralta
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Caitlyn, a military nurse, instantly falls in love with a time traveler who must then disappear. The next time they meet, he dies in her arms, and each subsequent time follows a Fibonacci sequence in the number of years of separation.

 You know how some satellites stay in the same place in orbit, where the gravity of the earth and moon balance each other? 


from Isaac Hooke’s website   “The Laurasians”
by Isaac Hooke
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Middle-aged palentologist Horatio Horace and his student Megan tag along with the military boys on a trip to the time of the dinosaurs.

 He hoped to put to rest the debate on protofeathers—or “dinofuzz” as some of his lesser-esteemed colleagues dubbed them—and to prove exactly which species, at least in this time period, had them. 


A plague doctor from the middle ages, who kind of looks like one of the spies in Spy vs Spy   “The Mirror”
by Irving Belateche
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

A rambling story of a young man who comes to New York, eventually takes over the ownership of an antique store, and comes upon a young woman who has a mirror (with slight time-travel powers connected to the time of the Black Plague) to sell and a heart to capture.

 I was working late as usual, when our new employee—Dolores, whom Id hired myself—came into the back office, now my office, to let me know tht a Rebecca Ward was on the phone and wanted to have Remembrance broker a sale for an antique mirror she owned. 


from Eric Tozzi’s website   “Reentry Window”
by Eric Tozzi
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Brett Lockwood, first astronaut on Earth, finds himself inexplicably out of contact with the rest of the mission astronauts and with Earth.

 It was the Mars atmospheric anomaly that resurrected the planetary and deep-space exploration programs from the ashes of oblivian. 


What else am I going to put as an image for this story?   “Reset”
by MeiLin Miranda
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Sandy tells about her life-long friend Catherine who on her 50th birthday always has her mind transferred back to her sixteen-year-old body.

 Sandy, youre the one thing that never really changes, no matter how many times I go through this. 


This is the first book in Ellis’s YA series.   “The River”
by Jennifer Ellis
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Ironman runner and trainer Sarah steals a personal time machine from physicist and running partner Paul in order to fix the past mistake that killed her own daughter.

Although I enjoyed the romantic parts of the story and the adult being back in her childhood body, I felt that the walking through of well-trod genre ground didn’t display full understanding of the grandfather paradox: The paradox is presented as being the problem that the time-traveling grandfather-killer cannot return to his own future because he won’t exist. The actual paradox is deeper than that.

 Just stole a time device from the hottest guy ever. 


from Ann Christy’s website   “Rock or Shell”
by Ann Christy
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Gertie lives on a mattress with all her stuff attached to her by wires so that it won't go wandering away in the no man’s mist where time is in constant flux. I admit, though, that I didn’t understand what was happening in the story which is mostly a conversation between Gertie and a younger girl in the misty land.

 You know that whatever were connected to—even if only through some conductive medium—comes with us? 


Cole also wrote this military sf novel, which he describes as Call of Duty meets Diablo.   “The Swimming Pool of the Universe”
by Nick Cole
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

Private Dexter Keith, a soldier fighting aliens on an asteroid, is caught in the blast of a time bomb that sends his mind back through his own lifetime.

 You got to understand, a phase grenade messes with your mind, grunt. 


Pompey the Great   “A Word in Pompey’s Ear”
by Christopher Nuttall
First publication: Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, 22 May 2014

After a history graduate student has her research proposal dismissed by her professor, she runs into a woman who offers to put her ideas about Pompey the Great and the Roman Civil War to a real-world test.

 And then I told her that if I had been there, I could have steered Pompey toward saving the Republic. 




   Edge of Tomorrow
aka Live, Die, Repeat
adapted by Christopher McQuarrrie, et. al. (Doug Liman, director)
First release: 28 May 2014

Starship Troopers meets Groundhog Day.

 Come find me when you wake up. 


   “Sidewalk at 12:10 P.M.”
by Nancy Kress
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jun 2014

Sarah, now living on Mars at age 110, uses new technology to revisit the day when she thought life couldn’t possibly be worth living. Be sure to take the quote below with a grain of salt.

 No. No travel is involved. A user cannot affect anything that has happened, ever. All the Chrono does is show on a screen what is already there, was there, will always be there. 




   I’ll Follow You Down
by Richie Mehta (Mehta, director)
First release: 6 Jun 2014 (internet)

What would you do if your wormhole-physicist father took a trip to Princeton and never came back? The obvious answer for nine-year-old Erol is to grow up to be a wormhole-physicist yourself so that you can go back in time and prevent Dad’s disappearance.

 The first move is Pawn 5 to Pawn 3. 




   Experimental Simulation of
Closed Timelike Curves

by Martin Ringbauer, Matthew Broome, Casey Myers, et. al.
First publication: Nature Communications, 19 Jun 2014

With a title like this, it would be a sin to not put this research on the time travel list. The paper describes an experiment by Australian Professor Timothy Ralph and his student Martin Ringbauer (plus the additional authors that seem to be required for any paper in experimental physics). The starting point of the research is David Deutsch’s proposition that the probabilistic quantum behavior of nature can overcome certain kinds of cause and effect violations that seem inherent in closed timelike curves (i.e., time travel!) that are allowed by general relativity. The Australians don’t actually create a time travel situation, but instead they used entangled photons to simulate how Deutsch’s original particle and from-the-future particle would interact.

 One aspect of general relativity that has long intrigued physicists is the relative ease with which one can find solutions to Einsteins field equations that contain closed timelike curves (CTCs)`-causal loops in space-time that return to the same point in space and time. 




   Audi A8 Commercial
First aired: 24 Jun 2014

 Youre me, right? 




   “The Color of Paradox”
by A.M. Dellamonica
First publication: tor.com, 25 Jun 2015

The Allies, facing the inevitable end of the world at the hands of the Russo-German Axis in the second Great War, send a young man back to 1920 Seattle where he hopes to enlist the aid of Agent Sixteen and change the course of the next three decades provided, of course, that he can overcome the psychological-horror-story side effects from the time travel.

Alyx Dellamonica says that this story is just the start of a longer work that she originally conceived but hasn’t yet developed. I would like to see the longer piece and have a better understanding of the psychological effects of time travel in Dellamonica’s universe.

 My stomach cramped and I was, all at once, brimming with fury. I had an urge to chase her out of the room, to smash her head against the banister until her blood ran between my knuckles. To lick, drink . . . I touched my tongue to the notch between my clenched index and middle fingers, imagining salt, and saw a flash of color . . . 


   “How Do I Get to Last Summer from Here?”
by M. Bennardo
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, July 2014

This story has a method of time travel that’s remniscent of that in Janet’s favorite time travel novel, Time and Again by Jack Finney, but it’s also tied in with the time in your life that you most long for.

 You cant go back there, no matter how much you pay. 




   Premature
by Dan Beers and Mathew Harawitz (Beers, director)
First release: 2 Jul 2014

On the day of his college interview, things don’t go so well for Glenbrook High School senior Rob Crabbe, but right at the climax of the day (so to speak), he finds himself waking up again and again to relive the day, leading to a kind of oversexed Ferris Bueller meets Groundhog Day.

  




   “The LevoGyre”
by Wendy Wheeler
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 8 Jul 2014

The narrator of the story is the test subject for an experiment in gravitational time dilation that instead causes time travel and reveals the meaning of everything.

 Then my theories are correct. The mind is the eternal constant. 


Miles has published several novels, including this one, under the name Julian M. Miles.

   “Cleanup Crew”
by Jae Miles
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 29 Jul 2014

Two paleontologists discover a fossilized mammal in an impossible location.

 Were going to be famous! 


This story also had an audio production on podcastle.com.

   “Makeisha in Time”
by Rachael K. Jones
First publication: Crossed Genres

My favorite Star Trek episode from the entire franchise is The Inner Light, where Picard lives an entire life on a long-dead alien planet. That episode has no time travel, since the life was a virtual life lived out in minutes in his mind, but Makeisha’s form of repeated living past lives on Earth is actual time travel.

For me, Makeisha’s story suffered from having no sustaining characters outside of Makeisha herself, although I did enjoy the idea.

 She will be yanked from the present without warning, and live a whole lifetime in the past. When she dies, she returns right back to where she left, restored to a younger age. It usually happens when she is deep in conversation with her boss, or arguing with her mother-in-law, or during a book club meeting just when it is her turn to speak. 


   “Of All Possible Worlds”
by Jay O’Connell
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Aug 2014

When Costas Regas bonds with his 90-year-old landlord, Mr. Hieronymus, and discovers that the old man is editing the 20th century, that’s a fairly cool idea on its own, even without the possible smidgen of backward time travel that occurs when Costas writes poetry.

 Contained within the poem was a way to close a loop of time, pinch it off, and discard it. Id broken time. 




   “6 Attempts at
Winning Jennifer’s Heart”

by James Aquilone
First publication: Flash Fiction Online, Aug 2014

An assistant to the brilliant Dr. Tomokats hijacks various of the doctor’s technology for purposes of the heart.

 Note: Time travel solves nothing. 




   “Time Crash”
by Jane Elliot
First publication: Crossed Genres, Aug 2014

So far, Catherine has repeated the same day with the same deadly robbery 10,376 times.

 10,376 times the womans mouth opened in a small ‘o,’ her brown lids pulled back to show the whiteness of her eyes, and she stared straight out into space before looking down and sticking a single finger in the slowly spreading blood. Every time it happened, Catherine dropped her half gallon of milk, and she waited for the end to come. 




   2035 Forbidden Dimensions
by Christopher James Miller (Miller, director)
First release: 5 Aug 2014 (straight-to-video)

I get that somebody (Jack Slade) has come back from a dystopic, mutant-filled future to stop the events that led to the aliens creating such a future—but the movie was unwatchable for me, even if the writer did portray Jean-Luc Picard’s young nephew in Star Trek Generations.

 My name is Detective Giger . . . Im contacting you from the year 2035. Dr. Shector has taken over society with a toxic drug made from the flesh of alien beings . . . 




   “1:40 AM”
by Eliza Victoria
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 8 Aug 2014

Peter, a worker at the science institute, is stuck babysitting “John” in the middle of the night when a gunman enters and a time loop ensues.

 Is there something in your past that you want to change? An action you want to reverse? A death you want to prevent? 




   Outlander
developed by Ronald D. Moore
First episode: 9 Aug 2014

Based on the wildly successful romance novel series, this Housewives in Time tv series takes World War II nurse Claire back to 1743 Scotland where the muscular Scottish highlander Jamie Fraser immediately rescues her from a sinister ancestor (and lookalike double) of her husband. In that long-ago time period, Claire longs to return to her life, but that doesn’t stop her from a Jamie romance.

 Perhaps I had stumbled onto the set of a cinema company filming a costume drama of some sort. 




   “Futures Market”
by Mitchell Edgeworth
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 21 Aug 2014

A man travels back in time with stock tips for himself every ten years.

 Youre going to buy stocks in these companies. Biogen. Kansas City Southern. Middleby Corp . . . 


NY Daily News,
23 Nov 1963


   “Changing the Past”
by Barton Paul Levenson
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 27 Aug 2014

A traveler from the 29th century returns to 11/22/63 to change the course of Lee Oswalds actions.

 You know what happened on November 22nd, 1963, and the results. 




   The First Fifteen Lives of
Harry August

by Claire North (aka Catherine Webb)
First publication: 28 Aug 2014

Harry August is living his life over and over again, always born to the same mother in the same time and place, but living in a world that’s altered each time because of the actions of the others who are also reliving their lives. The world Claire North (aka Cat Webb) built has a rich, interlocking structure: The repetitions are synchronous in that the entire life of the universe plays out before restarting from the beginning for everyone, but only a handful, such as Harry, remember the previous time around. Those who do remember have formed a society whose overriding purpose is to keep the status quo because once a change is made and a person is not born during a cycle of the universe, that person will never again be born. The society also arranges a system to send messages back through the generations by having young reborn children contact older society members who are near death. From time to time, changes in the universe cause new members to be born, and thus, Harry appears just in time to become embroiled in a vicious plot to change everything.

I was fortunate to meet Cat Webb at the 2015 Campbell Conference in Lawrence, Kansas, where she cheerfully talked to me and Rob Maslen about anything and everything during the week leading up to the announcement of Harry August as the winner of the 2015 Campbell Award for the best novel of the year. Yay, Cat (and yay for your friendliness and wry sense of humor)!

 My first life, for all it lacked any real direction, had about it a kind of happiness, if ignorance is innocence, and loneliness is a separation of care. But my new life, with its knowledge of all that had come before, could not be lived the same. It wasnt merely awareness of events yet to come, but rather a new perception of the truths around me, which, being a child raised to them in my first life, I had not even considered to be lies. 


Cattail hearts from prairieinfusions.com

   “Cattail Hearts”
by Kate Heartfield
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 29 Aug 2014

After spending five years in the late 19th century at the Indian Industrial School for Native American children who were taken from their families, a young girl’s teacher tells her about her future in Manitoba. As with so many stories of grandfather paradoxes, it deals with only half the paradox that it brings up, although I did like the twist.

 If someone peeled all of me away bit by bit, what would be left would be you. 


   “Embrace of the Planets”
by Brenda Carre
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 2014

For a long time, maybe the entire ten years since that horrific accident, Eleanora Watson has been hoping that the strange little shop calle Trove would be open some day, and now it is. Inside, she finds the even stranger owner and a lost book by Jules Verne (who pointedly never wrote of time travel).

 Ah, yes. Embrace of the Planets. As far as I know its the only copy of Vernes theories of the universe ever printed. 




   Steven Universe
created by Rebecca Sugar
First time travel: 4 Sep 2014

With the help of three aliens, Steven discovers the magical powers that he inherited from his alien mother. In one episode (“Steven and the Stevens”), the boy time travels with the help of a magic hourglass, whereupon he attempts to divert a disaster at his dad’s carwash but only makes things worse. Eventually, though, he forms a singing group with other versions of himself.

 Dont make me hurt me, Steven! 


   The Copernicus Legacy
by Tony Abbott
First book: 9 Sep 2014

Chased by a secret order, thirteen-year-old Wade Kaplan (plus step-brother, cousin, and cousin’s best friend) spans the globe searching for parts of an age-old astrolabe that doubles as a time machine—although in the first book (The Forbidden Stone), an actual spanning of time is limited. There is a second book (The Serpent’s Curse) and a collection of novellas (The Copernicus Archives).

 After their arrival at a local hospital, the students, aged 7 to 14, and teachers on the bus claimed that it entered the south side of the Somosierra Tunnel and was immediately struck by . . . 




   Monster High: Freaky Fusion
by Keith Wagner (William Lau and Sylvain Blais, directors)
First publication: 30 Sep 2014

The animated gang of teen monsters travel centuries into the past to the first day ever at Monster High, but when they return they have each merged with another in the group creating freaky hybrid monsters all around. I’m not sure, but I’m betting that Mattel used this dvd release as an opportunity to also sell freaky hybrid fashion dolls.

 Its 1814: Theyve never seen fasion styles like ours before. 




The Cloisters
   “The Cloisters”
by Jeff Grimshaw
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2014

I freely admit that I don’t take to dreamlike stories, but Grimshaw’s 15-minute surreal read about a jilted man who wanders through the Cloisters with a cute pony-tailed guard drew me in; and I’m sure it would have done so even if the space-bending tunnels that connected the medieval gardens to sundry places throughout New York hadn’t also connected to sundry times.

 Actually it wasnt cool, but I threw the scarf around my neck and headed for the Cloisters, inertia being my guiding principle. 


Lafayette, CA, memorial to the American dead in Iraq

   “The Recent Future”
by Dani Ripley
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 7 Oct 2014

Two sixth-graders, Scout and her genius best friend Billy, build a time machine to go back and save Billy’s dad who was “blown up in Iraq.”

 He surprised everyone by declaring his intention to build a time machine so he could go back and save his dad. 






   The Flash
adapted by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns
First episode: 7 Oct 2014

Time travel is implied right from the first episode of the CW’s rendition of The Flash where a newspaper from the future is seen in the closing scene. The rest of the first season builds a fine time-travel arc that includes a nefarious time traveler from the far future, a classic grandfather paradox (sadly not examined), a do-over day for the Flash (which Harrison Wells calls “temporal reversion”), and a final episode that sees the Flash travel back to his childhood (as well as a hint that Rip Hunter himself will soon appear on the CW scene). The primary time-traveling nemesis, wiped out in Season One, reappears in Episode 11 of Season 2. I suspect that more time travel is on the horizon for Barry Allen and his cohorts (especially Cisco).

 Wells: Yes, its possible, but problematic. Assuming you could create the conditions necessary to take that journey, that journey would then be fraught with potential pitfalls: the Novikov Principle of Self-Consistency, for example.
Joe: Wait—the what, now?
Barry: If you travel back in time to change something, then you end up being the causal factor of that event.
Cisco: Like . . . Terminator.
Joe: Ah!
Wells: Or: Is time plastic? Is it mutable, whereby any changes in the continuum could create an alternate timeline?
Cisco: Back to the Future.
Joe: Ah, saw that one, too. 




   Dodge Brothers Commercial
First aired: 18 Oct 2014

 As boys, the Dodge brothers built their own bicycle. 


   “The Bomb-Thing”
by K.J. Kabza
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2014

Blaine’s high school buddy Mason wants to get into the pants of a visiting hottie from Cal Tech, so naturally Blaine and Mason help her break into the physics lab at the local university where the bomb-thing they find takes them back to the sixties.

 Phyllis pointed at something on a table. It looked, no joke, like a bomb: kinda half-finished, with wires and plugs everywhere, and blinking lights and a countdown clock that said 03 10:11 02 05 1968. 




   The Conroyverse
aka The Amazing Buffalito and Conroy Books
by Lawrence M. Schoen
First time travel: “Calendrical Regression” in Nov 2014

I stumbled across one of the Amazing Buffalito and Conroy stories while reading something else, and it seemed that the Buffalito Reggie (the cute miniature bison that eats anything and farts oyxgen) just had to be living in a universe with time travel. In “Trial of the Century,” Reggie's companion Conroy (the billionaire ex-ceo turned spacefaring on-stage hypnotist) has a time-travel gag in his act; and in the first novel, Buffalito Destiny, the entire ex-state of Texas has differing time rates from one spot to another. But I had to know for sure whether the amusing pair ever ran into real time travel, so I wrote to Lawrence Schoen, and he quickly and happily pointed me toward the most recent novella, “Calendrical Regression” wherein Conroy brings a Mayan high priest to the present day from 89 generations in the past.
  1. 1. “Buffalo Dogs’ (Summer 2001) in Absolute Magnitude
  2. 2. “Telepathic Intent” (29 Jul 2003) in Buffalogic, Inc.
  3. 3. Buffalogic, Inc. (29 Jul 2003) collects 1-2
  4. 4. “The Matter at Hand’ (Mar 2005) in Aliens and AIs
  5. 5. “Requiem’ (Spring 2005) in Absolute Magnitude
  6. 6. “Buffalogenesis’ (2006) novelette
  7. 7. “A Buffalito of Mars’ (25 Jun 2007) in Visual Journeys
  8. 8. “Buffalogistics’ (2008) collects 4-5
  9. 9. Buffalito Destiny (2009) has Texas temporal distortions
  10. 10. Buffalito Contingency (Jun 2011) novel
  11. 11. “Yesterday’s Taste’ (3 May 2012) in Transtories
  12. 12. “Barry’s Tale’ (12 Nov 2012) in Buffalito Buffet
  13. 13. “Trial of the Century’ (Dec 2013) has time-travel insurance gag
  14. 14. “Calendrical Regression” (Nov 2014) novella

 . . . and fed all of it to my buffalito, . . . 


   “I’ll Follow the Sun”
by Paul Di Filippo
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2014

A Paul Di Filippo time travel story imbued with Steve Ditko and Robert Heinlein seems like it should be right up my alley, but I was sadly disappointed by the lack of time travel complications as college math student Dan Wishcup travels from his home time (and mine) of 1964 back to 1914 and forward to 2014.

 Dan expected some weighty math tomes, but the books disclosed themselves as a Signet paperback and a larger one from City Lights Press. The pamphlet proved to be a comic book! Specifically, Strange Tales No. 126, just out last month. 


from Shvartsman’s
home page


   “Letting Go”
by Alex Shvartsman
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 3 Nov 2014

When your girlfriend heads into space on a journey that will age her only two years while you age sixteen, you do the only logical thing.

 Because it amuses you and—more importantly—because you know it would make her laugh, you design the time machine prototype to look like a blue phone booth. 




   Interstellar
by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan (C. Nolan, director)
First release: 7 Nov 2014

On a future Earth that is fast succumbing to worldwide drought and poltergeists in bedrooms, farmer-girl Murph’s father Cooper and a professor’s daughter lead a mission through a wormhole to a possible new home for mankind.

 Time is relative. It can stretch, it can squeeze, but it cant run backwards. It simply just cant. 




   Xfinity Scrooge Commercial
First publication: 10 Nov 2014

Yes, I remember about Rules #1 and #2 (viewing the past or viewing a possible future is not time travel), but future Tiny Tim does interact with Scrooge and the ghost!

 Now remember, Mr. Scrooge, we can see them, but they cant see us. 


Another of Trexler’s stories is available on smashwords.

   “The Prisoner”
by Roger Dale Trexler
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 13 Nov 2014

A time-travel researcher awakens as an ape-like mammal in the Jurassic where he meets at least one other modern animal.

 The plants, he thought. They’ve been extinct for a million years. 


When he was just a babe in arms, Soto moved to Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, about a mile from Isaac Asimov’s boyhood home.

   “Making Time for the Kids”
by Julion J. Soto
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 20 Nov 2014

The story (about a man who goes back in time to a school shooting) promises to say something interesting about time-travel paradoxes and the butterfly effect, but the promise is never fulfilled.

 I didnt know, nobody did, but I was going to find out about time paradoxes and the butterfly effect in one fell swoop. 


   “Blake Takes a Case”
by Belinda Whitney
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Loquat T. Blake, time detective, takes the case of one Mrs. Kate Alston’s neice who disappeared from the face of teh Earth back in 2037 at a location that could just create the biggest time paradox this side of John Wilkes Booth’s pistol.

 I thought the Time Agency was going to be fun when I joined. I didnt expect them to be a bunch of old fogies, petrified of time paradoxes, with red tape up the wazoo for every trip they made. So I “borrowed” some of their old equipment from storage and struck out on my own under-the-radar business. 


from Robeson’s website   “Occupational Hazard”
by Teresa Robeson
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Ex-temporal emissary Bernard Rolfe finds himself slipping in and out of past and future times, a sad symptom of Dirac’s Syndrome—no, not thatDirac, but rather Alexa Dirac, the freckled and beautiful first-known sufferer of the syndrome.

 That changed when he was plucked out of bed and plopped in the Pleistocene ice age, where he found himself, with nothing on but his pajamas, facing the tusked end of a wooly mammoth. He decided then tht he sould let the Agency know before something carnivrous made a meal of him, or, worse, died from weather exposure. 


from Horn’s website   “Of Time and Treasure”
by Kelly Horn
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Anthony Corbin remembers little of his life as a young bouy before being adopted by a wealthy time-traveling philanthropist who is now dead.

 “But in her younger days, before she married Jonathan, she was an accomplished academic. She was a brilliant woman.” Harris stopped and cleared his throat. “She built a time machine.” 


   “The Tether”
by Janet Guy
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Carnival barker Richard Hunt and his assistant Lana strap the tourists into The Tether day after day, launching them into the future and bringing them back—but only if they use preapproved safe coordinates of future events.

 The colossal, the stupendous, the first ride in the world to bring you back from the future, The Tether. Im your conductor, Richard Hunt, but you can call me Mister Richie. 


an xkcd comic explains the no-communications aspect of quantum entanglement   “To Dream of Future Yesterdays”
by Paul Siluch
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

After quantum theoretician Ben Hill’s time travel/wormhole project is shut down by the frugal government, he realizes where it all might have gone awry, which triggers one iteration after another of better and better (or maybe darker and darker) lives.

 I bought the qubit microscope. It was just sitting there, forgotten after the inquiries started. I scanned my own brain and noticed the telltale quantum irregularities we had only seen in the hart of the collider. Which meant the crazies on the internet were right: our brains are quantum computers.
It also meant something else very, very important. If we used quantum particles to think, we must be entangled with quantum particles somewhere else. Of some
when else. Suddenly the whole doomed Project offered up a small ray of hope, but in an entirely new direction. We would never be able to send a person back in time, but I might be able to send information back. 


a SPAD VII biplane
from roden.eu
   “Touch and Go”
by Russell James
First publication: Still Out of Time, 30 Nov 2014

Gerald Greene, a failed World War I pilot on his final SPAD VII mission, ducks into a cloud in a dogfight only to emerge in the next world war.

 What are you doing landing this antique at a military airfield? 


   “Videoville”
by Christopher East
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2014

In late 1986, geek Tim Stanek (he prefers the term “nerd”) and his high-school buddy Louis are approached one night by an unheard-of sort of person: a sensitive and inclusive football jock who asks them to come with him on a mission that needs their particular kind of resourcefulness.

 AAPL, AMZN, GOOG, NFLX 




   Odd Squad
created by Tim McKeon and Adam Peltman
First time travel: 3 Dec 2014

This Fred-Rogersish gang of mathy kids teach a small lesson in each episode, including more than one episode with time travel.
  1. Ms. O Uh-Oh (3 Dec 2014) Ms. O from the past
  2. 6:00 to 6:05 (22 Jan 2015) dinosaurs
  3. Back to the Past (21 Jun 2015) to the future and back
  4. Drop Gadget Repeat (9 Nov 2016) a time loop

     Because I traveled through time, I dont know if Im 10 or 11 . . . I just know I cant see color any more. 

    —6:00 to 6:05




   The Librarians
adapted by John Rogers
First episode: 7 Dec 2014

Under the guidance of the Warehouse caretaker (John Larroquette), three apprentice Librarians and their Guardian venture forth each episode to contain various rogue magic threats while the actual Librarian (Noal Wyle) who put the team together tries to find the library which is lost in space and time. Apart from that lost library, there is no time travel until the final episode of the second season (“. . . And the Final Curtain”) when two of the team depart for the year 1611.

For me, the characters, acting, writing, and plot arcs were well below that of Warehouse 13, although the setup was nice.

 More than that, Im offering you an opportunity to save the world every week. 




   Back to Christmas
aka Correcting Christmas
by Rachel Stuhler (Tim O’Donnell, director)
First release: 20 Dec 2014

One year after breaking up with her boyfriend on Christmas Eve, still-regretful Ali runs into her fairy godmother at a diner, and the next morning Ali wakes up in the previous year.

Janet and I watched this movie on Black Friday, and at the 23:00 mark, she told me how it would end!

 Isnt this supposed to be like déjà vu where everything happens the same and I get to react differently and fix everything? 


More of Lerch’s stories, including this one, are available at smashwords.

   “Paradox for Dinner”
by Burke Lerch
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 22 Dec 2014

Why time travel at all? Dinner!

 Arguably the best patty melt anyone had ever had, unless someone else out there was so inspired by a sandwich that they had also built a time machine just to eat the same patty melt again, again, and yet again. 



And Still More Time Travel of 2014

The story pilots haven’t yet taken these adventures out for a test drive.
  “Time Was” by Roger Dale Trexler, 365 Tomorrows, 23 Feb 2014
—physicist visits movie star

  “Love Beatrice” by Clint Wilson, 365 Tomorrows, 5 Mar 2014
—phone call to the past

  “Missed Connections” by Tyler Hawkins, 365 Tomorrows, 11 May 2014
—not-very-accurate time machine

  “Update” by Duncan Shields, 365 Tomorrows, 24 Jun 2014
—time traveler meets future tech

  “Guardian Angel” by Elijah Goering, 365 Tomorrows, 7 Sep 2014
—man visits himself repeatedly

  “The Hero of Time” by Glenn Leung, 365 Tomorrows, 26 Sep 2014
—time-traveling superhero appears today




Romance Time Travel of 2014

Bodice rips are a more workaday mode of time travel than time ships.
Ravenhurst 4: Dreams of Tomorrow by Lorraine Beaumont

Ravenhurst 5: Now and Forever by Lorraine Beaumont

River of Time 5: Deluge by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Forever Mine by Monica Burns

Outlander 8: Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon

Duncurra 1: Highland Solution by Ceci Giltenan

Second Chances 3: Diamond in the Dust by Peggy L. Henderson

Tales of a Traveler 1: Hemlock by N.J. Layouni

Tales of a Traveler 2: Wolfsbane by N.J. Layouni

Celtic Brooch 3: The Sapphire Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan

Magic of Time 1: All the Time You Need by Melissa Mayhue

Loch Moigh 1: True to the Highlander by Barbara Longley

Loch Moigh 2: The Highlander's Bargain by Barbara Longley

Elizabethan 1: The Thornless Rose by Morgan O'Neill

Elizabethan 2: Begun by Time by Morgan O'Neill

Elizabethan 3: Ever Crave Rose by Morgan O'Neill

Must Love 1: Must Love Breeches by Angela Quarles

Heritage 3: Forevermore by Dana Roquet

Tennessee Waltz 3: Kiss Me, I'm Home by Bella Street

St Mary's 3: A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 4: A Trail through Time by Jodi Taylor

After Cilmeri 8: Ashes of Time by Sarah Woodbury

After Cilmeri 9: Warden of Time by Sarah Woodbury




No Time Travel.
Move along.
“Static” by David Austin, Crossed Genres, Dec 2014 [just memories ]

“The Dark Age” by Jason Gurley, 9 Jan 2014 [time dilation ]

“Schools of Clay” by Derek Künsken, Asimov’s, Feb 2014 [time dilation ]

Doritos Time Machine Commercial, Super Bowl XLVIII, 1 Feb 2014 [despite appearances, no time travel ]

In the Name of the King 3: The Last Job by Joel Ross (Uwe Boll, director), 26 Feb 2014 [secondary worlds ]
aka In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission

“All of Our Past Places” by Kat Howard, Jour. of Unlikely Cartography, Jun 2014 [despite title, no time travel ]

Iceman by Fung Lam and Mark Wu (Wing-Cheong Law, director), 19 Sep 2014 [long sleep ]

Mind Dimensions by Dima Zales, 2 Oct 2014 [stopping time ]

“Calvera by Rachel Barber, 9 Dec 2014 [no definite time travel ]

   “History’s Best Places to Kiss”
by Nik Houser
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2015

Rather than continue with a messy divorce, Ray Fox and Karen Jameson-Pfiffer-Browning go back in time to prevent themselves from ever marrying each other.

 A word of advice: never read Philip K. Dick before going on vacation through time. 


from Schaefer’s website

   “Perfectly Justified Response”
by Peter A. Schaefer
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 13 Jan 2015

Nome’s lab partner has a time machine, and she’s considering sending various objects back 30 years or possibly back to the time when the Earth first formed through planetary accretion.

 Did you know the Earth formed through planetary accretion during the formation of the Solar System approximately four-point-five billion years ago? 




   12 Monkeys
adapted by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett
First episode: 16 Jan 2015

Same backstory as the movie, same names for the characters, no Bruce Willis, but still a fun adaptation of the movie with cool instant effects when an action alters the future, but not so clever use of the watches and the paradox of meeting yourself.

 About four years from now, most of the human race will be wiped out by a plague, a virus. We know its because of a man named Leland Frost. I have to find him. 




   Project Almanac
aka Welcome to Yesterday
by Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman (Dean Israelite, director)
First release: 30 Jan 2015

When teenage genius David Raskin and his sister Chris are rummaging through the attic, they discover a video tape made by their father on the day of his death ten years ago. The tape seems to show current-age David in the background, which leads David, Chris, and their three friends to build a time machine.

Based on the trailer, I thought it was a fun premise with promise, but in the execution, the movie couldn’t decide what it wanted to be: David Raskin, Boy Genius (and scientific handwaver), or Ferris Bueller and the Time Machine, or The Blair Time Travel Project, or maybe The Butterfly Effect IV. Whichever it was, none of the different directions could support a plot for me, none had a consistently worked-out model of time travel, and none had reliable continuity in the filmmaking.

 Did you see the tape at your seventh birthday? I think we already did build it. 


An early Chamberlain short, short story appeared in this Asimov/Carr/Greenberg anthology.

   “Afternoon Break”
by Gregg Chamberlain
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 5 Feb 2015

On an afternoon during his first week of vacation, a journalist stops by a tavern for a half-pint.

 “Quick,” he shouted. “What year is this?” 


172 of Reid’s short, short stories appeared in this anthology.

   “When a Bunch of People,
Including Raymond, Got Superpowers”

by Luc Reid
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 16 Feb 2015

If a bunch of people in a story suddenly got the superpowers of their choice, doesn’t it naturally follow that at least one of them would have the power to turn time?

 Time Turner actually did pretty well with her power until she accidentally let slip . . . 


from Burgis’s website

   “Marking Time”
by Stephanie Burgis
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 20 Feb 2015

After an adult life of painful and disappointing moments, a woman hears about a crazier woman at the farmers’ market who can put each of those moments into a string of beads that have a power more than mere jewelry.

 This bead marks the moment you told Tom Merchant (high on your first-ever vodka shots and the teeth-jittering adrenaline of being out—even just as part of a group—with Tom Merchant, the most brilliant, amazing guy youd ever met) that you couldnt care less about your practical engineering major, that thing that your parents were both so proud of. 


The Archduke Ferdinand and his wife the Archduchess shortly before their assasination that sparked the Great War   “A Small Diversion on
the Road to Hell”

by Jonathan L. Howard
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2015

A time traveler comes to the Helix bar where he’s flabbergasted to discover that the Great War on Earth from nineteen fourteen to eighteen was still started in exactly the same manner as before his trip in time. And that’s not the only chrono-intervention gone awry.

 He looks at me, looks at my look, looks at his bag, opens his bag, looks in his bag, takes out a gun. He does not look as if he is about to use it. Instead, he breaks it open. “Look!” he says, and I am looking already. “It hasn’t been fired! How can Princip have laid his hands on another gun so quickly? The car went by thirty seconds after I stole this from his pocket. He didnt have time! How is it possible? 




   “The Shape of My Name”
by Nino Cipri
First publication: tor.com, 4 Mar 2015

In 2076 a teenaged transgender son—genetically female in a family where the ability to time travel is passed from mother to child via mitochondrial DNA—lives with an aunt in the house where his mother abandoned their family more than a century in the past by traveling to a limit point in 2321 where their time machine can reach but not return.

I noticed that the time machine’s name, anachronopede, is nearly that of El Anacronópete, so I wrote to Nino Cipri to ask whether Gaspar’s novel was an inspiration. It was, said Nino, writing to me: “ It is indeed a reference to El Anacronópete. I was researching time travel in fiction while writing that story, and it was the earliest mention of a time machine I could find. Plus, the name is so great.”

 I picture you standing in the kitchen downstairs, over a century ago. I imagine that you’re staring out through the little window above the sink, your eyes traveling down the path that leads from the back door and splits at the creek; one trail leads to the pond, and the other leads to the shelter and the anachronopede, with its rows of capsules and blinking lights. 




   World of Tomorrow
by Don Hertzfeldt (Herzfeldt, director)
First publication: 31 Mar 2015

Young Emily is contacted by a third-generation clone of herself from the far future.

 Oh. Oh God. Oh God. Oh God. Oh God. Oh my God. Holy Mother of God. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh God. 




   Found in Time
by Arthur Vincie (Vincie, director)
First release: 15 Apr 2015

In a world populated by a variety of psychic people (including the psycops and doctors who wear storm-trooper masks), a mystic pushes Chris back to an earlier time in his life, starting him on a journey that skips through his life.

 Just push me back. 




   “Stuck in the Past”
by Michael Donoghue
First publication: Abyss & Apex, 2nd quarter 2015

A man, distraught over the fact that Emily left him for a guy with money, ignores a warning from his future self and places a Craigslist ad pleading for someone in the future to send him tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers.

Although there were some science terminology slips, the story was enjoyable for me, particularly the second half when the writing was more about the story and less about amusing interactions with your older self. On the other hand, Emily’s notion of what it meant to “make something of yourself ” didn’t ring true to me.

 I didnt turn around. Who wants to see an older, uglier version of himself? 


R.A. Reikki’s web page

   “Time EMT”
by R.A. Reikki (as by Ron Reikki)
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 30 Apr 2015

A thought-provoking story of an ambulance that goes back to the time before the accident.

 We scanned her I.D. and it showed she had medical insurance. Otherwise, the rule is that we treat you for the injuries, but theres no swap. 




   Connections Academy Commercial
First publication: May 2015

 And I’m Jermey when he was in the fifth grade. 


Castoroides Knight by Charles Robert Knight (i.e., the image that fsf should have used to illustrate the story!)

   “Trapping the Pleistocene”
by James Sarafin
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/Jun 2015

Jack Morgan and his wife, whose ten-year-old daughter recently fell through the winter ice and drowned, are two of the rare beings who live in an agrarian enclave in the new Ohio wilderness, tending their livestock and working with tools rather than living in the anthill-like sterile towers full of webbed-together people. But now the towers need Jack’s help in rescuing a friend in the Pleistocene and track down a specimen of Castoroides ohioensis along the way.

 Okay. But to get to the point, Castoroides ohioensis was a giant species of beaver that lived during the Pleistocene epoch. Its been extinct for at least ten thousand years. Our project requires sending an animal-capture expert to the late Pleistocene to catch an ohioensis and bring back tissue samples. 


   “A Turkey with Egg on His Face”
by Rob Chilson
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/Jun 2015

Shy Georgie Plunkett of St. Clair County, Missouri, has a crush on Chloey Carew—but just how could he possibly compete with brash, outgoing, egotistical Harry Markesan for her attentions? Eenie meanie, time machinie.

 Not entirely true. Georgie had traveled, two-three times to Kansas City. Hadnt liked it much: fair enough. It hadnt liked him, either. Been to Joplin a couple times to visit a sister; to Fort Scott once, to have a special piece of metal crafted for his time machine. That was it. 




   Kung Fury
by David Sandberg (Sandberg, director)
First release: 28 May 2015

I think this short movie (30 minutes) is showing what it would be like if video games were real life. The hero is a cop cum kung-fu-chosen-one in a blood-filled, surreal Miami, who’s sent back in time to kill the Kung Fuhrer. Along the way (among other things), he meets both Thor and David Hasselhoff, gives a beautiful viking girl a cellular phone so she can call him, and crushes random Nazis in original ways.

 Hackerman: I was able to triangulate the cell-phone signal, trace the caller: His name is Adolph Hitler.
Kung Fury: Hitler. Hes the worst criminal of all time.
Hackerman: You know him, sir?
Kung Fury: I guess you could say that. In the 1940s, Hitler was a kung fu champion. He was so good at kung fu that he decided to change his name to Kung Fuhrer. 




   Flight World War II
aka Flight 1942
by Jacob Cooney and Bill Hanstock (Emile Edwin Smith, director)
First release: 2 Jun 2015

Captain Will Strong flies his 757 and about two dozen passengers into a weather anomaly only to emerge over 1940 France.

I’ve heard of this happening before, but this is the first time that I've actually seen a combination of writing and acting that’s so bad I couldn’t tear my eyes away.

 That radar is more advanced than anything the Germans are using at this point. 


from Rice’s home page

   “Apologies to Mr. Hawking”
by J.D. Rice
First publication: 365 Tomorrows, 4 Jun 2015

A time-traveler sends his regrets for being unable to attend the widely announced reception that Stephen Hawking threw with an open invitation to all time travelers.

 I regret to inform you that I will not be attending your reception, scheduled for 12:00 UT, 28 June 2009. 


Vermont writer Weil had a 2015 reading in Burlington.

   “Time Machines: An End of the World Inventoryt”
by Ginger Weil
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 11 Jun 2011

I found it hard to tell exactly what happened in this flash piece, but it may be that a scientist has brought a zombie plague back in time.

 The scientist who brought it here is dead. His grave was the first one you dug behind your house. 




   Inside Out
by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley (Pete Docter, director)
First release: 19 Jun 2015

Admittedly, the Inside Out time travel is just one throwaway Bing Bong joke, but in my opinion it cements the central role of the time travel meme in the popular culture of my lifetime.

 Once, we flew back in time. We had breakfast twice that day. 




   Best Friends Whenever
created by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas
First episode: 26 Jun 2015

When best friends Cyd and Shelby get accidentally zapped by Barry’s ray gun, they gain the ability to travel through time, although they don’t lose the ability to freak out over drama at West Portland High School.

 Barry: Cyd, when that laser blasted Reynaldo, it was set at two. You guys were blasted at four . . . hundred. [laugh track] There is no telling what could have happened. It could have sent you to another dimension or made you time travel or rendered you invisible.
Cyd: [Sticks finger in mouth. Makes popping noise. Threatens Barry with slobbered-on finger.]
Barry: Youre not invisible. [laugh track] 




   Inside Amy Schumer
created by Amy Schumer
First time travel: 30 Jun 2015

No topics are off-limit in standup-comedienne Amy Schumer’s, not even time travel which occurs in the episode ‘Wingwoman’ (30 Jun 2015) along with other skits on telephone help for crises, boyfriend-meets-brother, and more.

 Amy plus Six: Amy, its me . . . you, I time traveled from six years in the future.
Amy: How does that work?
Amy plus Six: I dont know! How does electricity work? You just pay for it. Now listen, five-years-in-the-future-you is gonna come back and talk to you.
Amy: Wait, I thought you were from the future.
Amy plus Six: Im six-years-in-the-future-you. Five-years-in-the-future-you has bangs. Now, shes gonna come and shes gonna tell you—
Amy: If I should get bangs or not?
Amy plus Six: No! Shut the f*** up! Shes gonna tell you not to move in with Travis?
Amy [devastated]: Why not?
Amy plus Six: Because he cheats on you; he gives you gonorrhea and bed bugs. Its a nightmare.
Amy: Oh, God, Ive never had bed bugs before. I wont move in with him.
Amy plus Six: Oh, no no no. You have to move in with him, okay? It turns out that by being warned to break up with Travis that things in the future get really screwed up, and California is now in the ocean.  


   “Pollen from a Future Harvest”
by Derek Künsken
First publication: Asimov's Science Fiction, Jul 2015

A breeze of pollen from intelligent alien vegetation continually blows into one artificial wormhole and out another eleven years earlier, which gets Major Okonkwo’s government het up about using it to repeatedly send back research results while Okonkwo and her team try to figure out how and where the rival government is spying on things and why the pollen stream has stopped. All the while, there are discussions of how careful everyone must be to avoid grandfather paradoxes.

For me, Künsken’s earlier novella of aliens and time dilation (“Schools of Clay”) was a realistic, character-driven, multi-layered story worthy of a Hugo, but this second novella was less engaging, even though it does involve actual time travel.

 On their way, the Force had discovered the time gates, a pair of artificial wormholes connected across eleven years of time. All the ancient wormholes were incalcuably valuable; their possession was the defining feature of the patron nations. Finding a wormhole was the Unions chance to slip from beneath the yoke of the Congregate. 




   Time Salvager
by Wesley Chu
First book: Jul 2015

In a future where mankind’s civilization is collapsing in every corner of the solar system, ex-criminal James Griffin-Mars is one of the Chronmen who mines the past—from a space-opera 22nd century to a Big Brother autocracy to Nazi Germany—for whatever scrap might rescue humanity.

 Then he pulled out the recently engraved Time Law Charter and lingered on it, his fingers brushing the inscriptions. He had found what he was looking for. 




   Terminator Genisys
by Laeta Kalogridi and Patrick Lussier (Alan Taylor, director)
First release: 1 Jul 2015

  1. Watch The Terminator.
  2. [optional, but recommended] Watch T2.
  3. Suspend all questions about how various timelines can mesh.
  4. Enjoy Genisys.
  5. Bonus points if you can identify the other excellent time-travel movie with a main character named “Pops”! (Yes, it’s in my list.)

 Come with me if you wanna live! 

—Sarah to Kyle Reese


   “Guaranteed Tenure”
by H.B. Fyfe
First publication: The Third Time Travel Megapack, 8 Jul 2015

In the year 2052, Inspector Johnny Keeler tells the story of why he’s now on the skids due to that alien Qualu who’s set up a time-travel business with a myriad of strict rules, the strictest of which is that he’s always available to the highest bidder (namely Joe Balton, the city’s crime boss).

Horace Browne Fyfe, Jr., was a prolific author, one of Campbell’s stable from 1940 (at age 22) through 1967. He died in 1997, so it would be interesting to hear how the editors of the Megapack ebooks tracked down this story of his, which is listed in the third time travel Megapack as previously unpublished.

 “You see, Inspector,” he says, looking me up and down like I was dressed up for Halloween, “we are not permitted to adjust local-time affairs, for the simple reason that laws vary with time. The legal or moral, I am sure you understand, is a matter not only of place but also of time.” 


the time traveler from Rosarum’s story, drawn by Li Wren (who also designed marianrosarum.com)

   “An Amateur’s Guide to Time Travel”
by Mariam Rosarum
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 9 Jul 2015

Not only does Rosarum provide guidance on what to expect as a time traveler, she also provides instructions on how to time travel as gleaned from the literature.

 Editors Note: This is a work of fiction. Please dont attempt time travel in this way. 




   Rick and Morty
created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon
First time travel: 26 Jul 2015 (“A Rickle in Time”)

Some might argue that Rick and Morty engage in mere time shenanigans—such as that whole time freeze thing and the parallel timelines—with no time travel. But the fourth-dimensional being with a testicle for a head does travel in time, most notably with that = mc² bit at the end.

 Okay, listen you two: We froze time for a pretty long time, so when I unfreeze it, the worlds time is gonna be fine, but our time is gonna need a little time to, you know, stabilize. 




   Blondie
created by Chic Young
First time travel: 30 Jul 2015

Did the Bumsteads ever run into a time machine back in Chic Young’s day? Whether they did or not, the modern version managed to combine a time machine and a sandwich in a way that will be compelling to everyone.

 Well, maybe not everyone. 


   “The First Step”
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Aug 2015

Divorced, workaholic professor Harvey DeLeo’s time machine is finally ready to test on a human, and against everyone’s advice he himself takes that first journey back to a time when he was still married to his beautiful wife and their son was but a toddler.

 This day, the next hour, were the reasons he had built the device. Not so that graduate students in religion could travel back to Christs cruxifixion to see if it really happened as the Bible said. Not so that historians could add to their dissertations by actually speaking to Thomas Jefferson. Not so that techs could fruitlessly try to modify the device so that someone could finally shoot Hitler. 


from Clairval’s website

   “Maze”
by Gio Clairval
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 26 Aug 2015

Professor Talbot puts a stray white rat in its maze, and she briefly hears the rat calling out to her for help. Then, after the rodent bites her, she finds herself as a sea captain serving at the pleasure of King George II (and perhaps also at the pleasure of a drowning rat).

 Shes wearing a cocked hat of beaver fur over a red waistcoat. Her boat just arrived at a northern city on the Baltic, under a sky of zinc marred by sooty clouds. 


from Thomas’s website

   “Dinosaur Man”
by Rhys Thomas
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 31 Aug 2015

A nameless reporter in the future tells us how the discovery of a 70-million-year-old human fossil destroys science as we know it, leaving only one small colony of outcast scientists.

 They became to society as pagans are to us. Considered mad but harmless they were left to their own devices, forgotten for over a century. 


   “Searching for Commander Parsec”
by Peter Wood
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sep 2015

Young Brian, who lives with his mother and idolizes his deadbeat father, listens to a long-gone, space opera radio show that’s still being picked up on his boombox—but it’s more than the radio signals that are time traveling!

 This Commander Parsec show is pretty ridiculous. The commander is always rescuing bimbos and defeating the bad guys all over the Galaxy. 




   Miraculous Ladybug
aka Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
created by Thomas Astruc
First time travel: 22 Sep 2015 (“Timebreaker”)

Parisian teens Marinette Dupain-Cheng (aka Ladybug) and Adrien Agreste (aka Cat Noir) are classmates in school and partners in superheroing, although neither of them know the other’s secret identity. One of their friends, Alix Kubdel (aka Timebreaker), can travel through time when she rollerblades at just the right speed, although when she does so, she also becomes evilized (aka akumatized) courtesy of the series bad guy (aka Hawk Moth).

 Uh, I really dont have time to explain right now, but Im you from just a few minutes in the future. 




   Sprint’s Iphone Commercial
First publication: Fall 2015

 Im building a time machine, so I dont have to wait. 




   Heroes Reborn
produced by Tim Kring
First episode: 24 Sep 2015

The Heroes are back! Including time traveler Hiro! Unfortunately, neither Hiro nor a pair of Noahs could save the plotline of this miniseries (or save the cheerleader for that matter) during the first seven episodes. Matters pick up in Episode Eight, but head downhill again with Hiro out of the picture.

 Whats time travel like? Wheres Hiro? 


   “The Citidel of Weeping Pearls”
by Aliette de Bodard
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2015

Amidst royal intrigue and miltary escalation, in a place far from Earth and a time thirty years after a princess and heir to the throne vanished along with the citadel where she lived, the disappearance still occupies the minds of an ensemble of people, One of that ensemble, Diem Huong, was a girl when the citadel stole her mother away, but now Diem Huong is an engineer on a project which is determined to travel back those thirty years.

 Mother had gone on ahead, Ancesters only knew where. So there was no way forward. But somewhere in the starlit hours of the past—somewhere in the days when the Citadel still existed, and Bright Princess Ngoc Minhs quarrel with the empress was still fresh and raw—Mother was still alive.
There was a way
back. 




   Get Back
aka Imagine . . . Saving John Lennon
by Donovan Day
First publication: Oct 2015

Seventeen-year-old time traveler and Beatles junkie Lenny Funk hangs out with the Beatles in their early days and faces the ultimate time traveler’s dilemma: Do I warn John of his fate?

 What will become of me? 


the actual Hollywood 10 and their families in 1950   “Hollywood after 10”
by Thomas Esaias
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2015

In the post-Chronarch civilization, groups of wealthy time travelers entusiastically take on causes in the past, such as making sure of a successful Norman Mailer fund-raising party to support the convicted Hollywood 10 in the McCarthey era.

 A child doesnt fully mature until it self-consciously overcomes the mistakes its parents and its community made in raising it. What we are doing is saying to our ancestors, ‘Here and here you were wrong. We refuse to accept these errors. We are taking command of our own history.’ This is part of the maturing of human culture. 


I wish Asimov’s still had interior images: perhaps they could have used this lovely selkie from selinafenech.com.   “Walking to Boston”
by Rick Wilber
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2015

At the outset of World War II, Young Harry Mack is flying a bomber to Europe for the lend-lease program. The plane malfunctions and is heading for a crash-landing on the coast of neutral Ireland when an equally young Niamh calls to her selkie sisters of the sea to save the plane’s occupants. Even at the time, Niamh knows there will be a cost for their aid, but that cost isn’t revealed until the end of a long marriage between the two when Niamh, now suffering from dementia, and an aging Harry, regretful of his philandering life, take a time-travel-infused road trip.

 Will this whole dream last through all that drive and any time after they get there? Is he losing it, maybe, the way Niamh is? Are they both lying in a mortuary somewhere, dead and cold, and this is some kind of afterlife? Has time been changed somehow, so he can do better for her this time around? Jesus, would that even work? Could he be better. do better, given the chance? 




   The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show
produced by Dreamworks Animation
First publication: 9 Oct 2015

Why am I not surprised that I can’t find any information on who had the idea of ruining this childhood favorite?

 But first lets get things rolling by introducing an incredible invention of mine that I like to call the WABAC machine. 




   Mount Isa
Hoverboard Unit Investigate

by Sergeant Cath Purcell
First publication: mypolice.qld.gov.au, 21 Oct 2015

 When questioned what speed he was doing, the driver stated that he was doing 88 miles per hour. 




   “Prime Time”
by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks
First publication: Nature, 22 Oct 2015

Something goes awry when Aurelia’s Dad uses his time machine to come back and warn Aurelia about the fact that she’s going to disappear tonight.

P.S. to Jennifer Campbell-Hicks and the Nature editors: The number one is not considered prime, probably because that would cause prime number factorization to not be unique, but since we don’t know the cause of the the total number of dads always being prime, we can overlook that issue.

 What do you think? Your machine is broken. Its spitting you out, over and over. Youre coming out in groups so you always add up to a prime number. We had seven. Now its eleven. 




   Youth Jailed
First publication: USA Today, 22 Oct 2015

 Protesting that he was “put up to the whole thing” by a local gang, Martin McFly, Junior, 17, was arrested for the theft of an undisclosed cash amount by Hill Valley Police this morning. The theft, which was accomplished with a stolen degaussing unit, took place at the Hill Valley Payroll Substation on 9th Street at exactly 1:28 A.M. this morning. 




   “Tomorrow Is a Lovely Day”
by Lisa Mason
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2015

Benjamin, having a really bad day working at his seemingly pointless job watching a machine that supposedly retrieves information from the future, gets a feeling that he and the machine’s inventor have been through all this before.

 I substituted phase-compensating lenses to dispel the zero average of the cosine function mandated by Eberhard’s proof. I instituted an autocidal-prevention mechanism to avoid the self-canceling paradox. Kill my own grandfather? Father a child who will bear a child who will kill me? What nonsense. My calcite crystals generate superluminal tachyons. Information from the future! The Nostradamus Machine! 






   “Beasts of the Earth”
by Ernie Lindsey
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Eleven months after Lucy Quinn died of brain cancer, her mother struggles with hourly grief while her oncologist father is pulled through a portal to a time of Noah and unicorns.

 Dutton nudged forward, arm shaky, stick wobbling, and when the tip pierced the surface, he was caught unawares by the forceful tug from the other end. He didnt let go fast enough, stumbling forward, falling into it with two faint words whispering in his mind: Jess . . . Lucy . . .  




   “The Diatomic Quantum Flop”
by Daniel Arthur Smith
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

A college tripper and his three buddies use a nanodrug and sensory depreavtion tanks in order to experience increasingly longer periods of time inside a simultaneous, non-linear, Eastern religion fashion—a useful way of viewing the world when you’re at a casino.

 The conversation I was having was déjà vu, but at the same time I was already into tomorrow, and back to earlier in the evening walking up Martys porch, looking at the huge Om symbol on the psychedelic tapestry that curtained his window, 


from Wecks’s website   “Eighty-Three”
by Erik Wecks
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Starting at age thriteen, Noah jumps through his life—to his time as a kid, a college student, a movie producer, Rachel’s husband, and an old man—sometimes forward and sometimes backward, but (nearly) always landing in a prime-numbered year and never quite sure whether he’s really time traveling or, if he is, whether he’s able to change things.

 If I remember right, I dont have much time, so let me get to the point. Whats really hard to understand is whether or not you can change stuff. 


Davis also wrote two Quantum Leap novels.   “Excess Baggage”
by Carol Davis
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

By chance, fourteen-year-old Toby Cobb gets in the path of time-traveler John Asher who’s headed to save an important woman from the great San Francisco earthquake. As a result, both of them end up trapped in a wasteland.

 You cant change history, dude. Known fact. You cant mess with things. Create paradoxes. You could much everything up so you dont even exist, like in Back to the Future. And, like, every time travel story known to man. You shouldnt even be telling me this. 


   “Extant”
by Anthony Vicino
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Three paratroopers—Kaelyn, Zoe, and Maddix—are having a really bad jump, but fortunately they can always unwind time by a limited number of seconds.

 Time reversed, dragging at my atoms like a boat suddenly throwing down its anchor whilst traveling at full speed. Nausea and vertigo twisted about, dancing just beyond the perimeter of my mind before slamming into my chest and driving the air out of my lungs. 


   “Meddler”
by Ernie Luis
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Miller, who deals in illict drugs sent from the future, knows the eventual fate of each of his clients, but he can never intervene, not even when his all those people are dying one after another.

 I boot up my laptop and search for an old report I got on Jeff when he first started coming in. A report from the future. We call it an insight document. And it tells us everything we need to know about the future of our clients. 


from Banghart’s website   “The Nothing Gate”
by Tracy Banghart
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Teenager Juniper Young is a pariah in her own Maine town because her father was one of the messengers about the climate change that did come true. However now hes funding a solution.

 Its an escape, of sorts. But . . . but not outward. 


   “Red Mustang”
by Michael Holden
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Sixty-five-year-old Jimmy Spaulding, a combination handy-man/petty-thief, agrees to drive an old Grace Clark to an unknown destination in return for her not pressing larceny charges against him.

I liked the story’s atmosphere, but felt that the author needed better research about prices in the 60s. By my calculations, that red Mustang must have held about 70 gallons of gas—leaded gas, that is—given the price they paid for a fill-up. And teen talk was peppered with “cool” more so than “like.”

 Pulling back the tarp, I exposed a chromed grill and red paint. Peeling it back fruther, careful not to drap the tarp and bugger up the finish, I found more chrome, more red paint, and red vinyl upholstered seats. As I uncovered more and more of the car, a vague feeling of familiarity crept over me. 


Bale draws a parallel between the world in this story and Piper’s Paratime, although I’d claim that the latter has no time travel.   “Shades”
by Lucas Bale
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

Every five years on the dot, William Edward McIntyre jumps forward ten years in time. Will doesn’t fully understand the pattern given that this latest jump wasn’t just ten years. And there are other things that he doesn’t understand such as why, after his first jump, he was in a world where his parents had never had a child.

 Five years later, on September 1st, 1980, just after midday, I ceased to exist for a second time. There was no flash, no blinding light or thunderouse drama. No perfect sphere of swirling lightning. I just blinked and everything changed. If I remember it right, on September 1st, 1990, which is where I was when I next opened my eyes, it was raining. 


   “The Traveler”
by Stefan Bolz
First publication: The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015

After a twelve-year-old boy’s father dies, the boy finds directions for making H.G. Wells’s time machine in the father’s workshop.

 What followed were twenty pages of neatly written text intertwined with drawings, sketches, and mathematical formulas. Then several pages with lists of materials. 


Forty-two of Poyner’s other uniquely bizarre short, short stories appeared in this 2013 collection.

   “The Last of Time”
by Ken Poyner
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 4 Nov 2015

The guy who cleans the time machines in the Duchy of New York tells us about his job.

 Mostly the job is scratching stray seconds and the occasional minute out of the rigging, sucking up a misplaced nanosecond that somehow got into the cockpit. 


   Martin and Artie’s Timeline Restoration Stories
by Bill Johnson
First story: Analog, Dec 2015

Decade by decade, Martin and his AI, Artie (introduced in “When the Stone Eagle Flies”), work to restore their home timeline, continuously hoping that some other damnfool time traveler won’t come along and mess things up again.

For me, the model of time travel doesn’t quite hold together, but perhaps future stories will address the contradictions.
  1. Paris, 1835 (Dec 2015) Analog
  2. When the Stone Eagle Flies (Jun 2016) Analog
  3. Whending My Way Back Home (Jan 2017) Analog

 I was in the way back. Far, far back. I skipped downtime and uptime, back to my past and then up to my home, and everything worked find. Then one day, in the far back, I tried to go home. 


Some of Kewin’s other stories appeared in this 2012 collection.

   “Congratulations on the Purchase of
Your New Universe!”

by Simon Kewin
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 1 Dec 2015

Among other things when you buy a new universe, you must be careful to set the arrow of time correctly.

 Thanks for reading these instructions and enjoy the creation and operation of your new universe. With luck, your creation will go on to give you many billions of years of entertainment and pleasure. 



And Still More Time Travel of 2015

The story pilots haven’t yet taken these adventures out for a test drive.
  “Walk-In Bistro” by Rick Tobin, 365 Tomorrows, 6 Jan 2015
—short-term waitress time travels

  “Small Mercies” by David Atos, 365 Tomorrows, 10 Mar 2015
—a merciful time traveler

  “Time Enough for Hate” by Edward D. Thompson, 365 Tomorrows, 22 Jun 2015
—time-machine wife revenge

  “Research Authorization” by David Atos, 365 Tomorrows, 10 Jul 2015
—strict rules exist on changing the past

  “Unraveled” by Bob Newbell, 365 Tomorrows, 19 Aug 2015
—restoring the original timeline

  “{Blink}” by Brad Crawford, 365 Tomorrows, 13 Oct 2015
—an unpredictable time machine

  “Unjust” by Beck Dacus, 365 Tomorrows, 24 Oct 2015
—time machines and courts of law

  “Meeting of the Minds” by S T Xavier, 365 Tomorrows, 7 Dec 2015
—time traveler vs himselves biannually




Romance Time Travel of 2015

Bodice rips are a more workaday mode of time travel than time ships.
Ravenhurst 6: A Victorian Christmas by Lorraine Beaumont

Echo 1: Echo in Time by Lindsey Fairleigh

Echo 1.5: Resonance by Lindsey Fairleigh

A Bridge through Time by Gloria Gay

Duncurra 2: Highland Courage by Ceci Giltenan

Duncurra 3: Highland Intrigue by Ceci Giltenan

Fated Hearts 1: Highland Revenge by Ceci Giltenan

Fated Hearts 2: Highland Echos by Ceci Giltenan

Fated Hearts 3: Highland Angels by Ceci Giltenan

Pocket Watch Chronicles 1: The Pocket Watch by Ceci Giltenan

Caveman 1 by Avery Kloss

Caveman 1 by Avery Kloss

Caveman 1 by Avery Kloss

A Matter of Time by Margaret Locke

Celtic Brooch 4: The Emerald Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan

Merriweather Sisters 1: A Knight to Remember by Cynthia Luhrs

Merriweather Sisters 2: Knight Moves by Cynthia Luhrs

Merriweather Sisters 3: Lonely Is the Knight by Cynthia Luhrs

Magic of Time 2: Anywhere in Time by Melissa Mayhue

Loch Moigh 3: The Highlander's Folly by Barbara Longley

Must Love 2: Must Love Chainmail by Angela Quarles

Swept Away Saga 1: Swept Away BY Kamery Solomon (2015) by Kamery Solomon

St Mary's 0.5: The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 4.5: Christmas Present by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 5: No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 6: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 6.5: Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings by Jodi Taylor

After Cilmeri 10: Guardians of Time by Sarah Woodbury




No Time Travel.
Move along.
“For Lost Time” by Therese Arkenberg, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 22 Jan 2015 [no definite time travel ]

“Samsara and Ice” by Andy Dudak, Analog, Jan/Feb 2015 [long sleep] and [reincarnation ]

“A User’s Guide to Increments of Time” by Kat Howard, F&SF, Mar/Apr 2015 [differing time rates ]

“In the Time of Love” by Amy Sterling Casil, &F&SF, May/Jun 2015 [stopping time ]

“Dixon’s Road” by Rucgard Chwedyk, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2015 [long sleep ]

“Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World” by Caroline M. Yoachim, Lightspeed, Sep 2015 [no definite time travel ]

“Time Flies” by Carie Juettner, Nature, 3 Sep 2015 [despite title, no time travel ]

“Life/Time in the New World” by Ann Christy, The Time Travel Chronicles, 2 Nov 2015 [long sleep ]

“It’s All Relative at the Space-Time Café” by Norman Birnbach, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2015 [despite title, no time travel ]

“Nathaniel” by Mary Ogle, Daily Science Fiction, 21 Dec 2015 [virtual reality ]



   Legends of Tomorrow
created by Phil Klemmer, Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg
First episode: 21 Jan 2016

Time Master Rip Hunter puts together a ragtag band of misfits from the early twentieth century (he found them by watching reruns of Arrow and The Flash) to track down and stop the evil, world-conquering despot Vandal Savage.

The pilot gets one extra half star for playing The Captain and Tennille when the gang visits 1975 and another plus half star because the swollen-headed Rip got belted by both Hawkgirl and the White Canary; but it lost a half star for Rip’s own soppy background story. Beyond the pilot, though, the explanations about changes to the timeline are just whacked.

 I like being part of a team, man. 




   Synchronicity
by Jacob Gentry and Alex Orr (Gentry, director)
First release: 22 Jan 2016

Jim Beale manages to open one portal of a time machine, but he needs help from a capitalist to open the other end. It wouldn’t hurt to also have the help of the beautiful woman who just showed up, even though his best friend tells him to stay away from her.

 What you have to do to traverse a wormhole is have two openings. What we did tonight is open one end of it. 


   “Robot from the Future”
by Terry Bisson
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2016

Eleven-year-old Theodore, his enhanced dog Bette, and his Grandpa deal with a robot who’s traveled from a post-singularity future and needs a Mason jar of gas-o-line to get back home without endangering the Time line.

 “There is no Time machine,” it says. “We are not supposed to be here but our Time line pinched and we are in big trouble unless you can help.” 




   11.22.63
adapted by Bridget Carpenter
First episode: 15 Feb 2016

When Stephen King’s book was first announced, I felt skeptical: After all, could even Stephen King breath new life into the most worn-out time travel trope of all? Yet he came through, not by adding anything new to the save JFK lore, but by blending in a unique brand of horror and producing a captivating page turner. So when Hulu announced that they’d make an eight-part miniseries of the book, I looked forward to its release. Never have I been so disppointed with an adaptation of a book. The acting is admirable, but the characters and plot have been flattened, presumably based on Hulu’s assumptions about what their viewers want.

 Youre going to feel apart from other people. That doesnt go away. 




   Version Control
by Dexter Palmer
First publication: 23 Feb 2016

I don”t know whether there’s any other book with Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication data that lists the topics:
  1. Married women—Fiction.
  2. Physicists—Fiction.
  3. Quantum theory—Fiction.
The married woman is Rebecca Wright, a complex, introspective twenty-something who eventually lands a job at the online dating site Lovability; her physicist husband Philip Steiner has invented a time machine, um, excuse me, a causality violation device. I didn’t actually see any quantum physics going on, but there are multiple timelines, complex relationships, poking fun at both modern cybersocial life and modern academia, and philosophical discussions—all from my friend Marga as a gift for my 60th birthday.

 He can read her face, and can tell that she agrees the opinion that he himself is too politic to speak aloud: that the papers being delivered today are not that good. They are not very interesting. They are parsimoniously doled out fingernail parings of thought, bloated into full length by badly written prose and extensive recapitulations of material with which an audience of this kind would already be familiar. They are evidence that the desire to bide ones time in order to do good science has be sublimated to the constant drive to publish; as the saying goes, the committees that hand out funds and grand tenure cannot read, but they can count. 




   Time Travel Subway Car
by Improv Everywhere
First publication: 16 Mar 2016

What do you get when you put four sets of twins on the N-train?

 No-ma-chine! No-ma-chine! 




   “Spacedad”
by Amanda Grace Shu
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 23 Mar 2016

Clare is the time-traveler’s daughter, more or less, although she thinks that her daddy is in space. But maybe she’s right in that it certainly seems that her daddy could be a time traveler from outer space.

 He is an old man at her birth, a youth at her third birthday party, and a fifty-something when he walks her to her first day of kindergarten. 




   “The Visit”
by Christopher Jon Heuer
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 28 Mar 2016

Billy’s dad gives an incorrect explanation of why time travel is impossible, an explanation that was worn out when Astounding was still young.

 Dad, do you think time travel is possible? 




   Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
created by Josh Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen
First time travel: “Spacetime,” 5 Apr 2016

This show had the episode (“Spacetime”) that pushed me over the edge in the matter of whether to include precognition/premonitions in my time travel list. But when Fitz has quotes such as “You guys, there is no time—” how could I not? It may take me a while to pull in other visions-of-the-future stories, and I won’t include obvious non-examples (such as predicting the future based on elements that are available in the present moment), but I shall persevere. Here’s the reasoning behind my new ruling: If you (or Daisy) are actually getting a picture of the future, then Occam’s Razor says that information about the future is most likely traveling through time. Case closed.

 Coulson: Like, in Terminator, if John Connors alive and able to send his friend back in time to save his mom to make sure hes born, doesnt that mean he doesnt have to?
Lincoln: I, uh, never saw the original Terminator.
Coulson: Youre off the team. 


Abramowitz & Stegun

   “The Treasures of Fred”
by Sandra McDonald and Stephen D. Covey
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 8 Apr 2016

After Frederick A. Hayes dies, his daughter Charlotte finds use for various of his things, but not for his Handbook of Mathematical Functions (Abramowitz and Stegan, 1970) which some burglar repeatedly steals as he and the daughter relive the day of the funeral over and over, apparently as a consequence of a time trap that the father set.

 My father set a time trap? 




   “A Hazy Shade of Winter”
by Adam B. Levine
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 12 Apr 2016

Feeling old, a woman uses the new view-the-past technology to drop in on her younger self.

 Of course, that thought immediately slipped her mind when she turned on the news and saw the main story for the day: time travel had been discovered. 




   Paradox
by Michael Hurst (Hurst, director)
First release: 15 Apr 2016

Unless it were your job, nobody would ever watch this movie beyond four minutes, and yet, alas, such is my job. So: A mysterious, wealthy boss and his dysfunctional group of twenty-somethings build a secret time machine while the NSA surveils the affair. But when they send their first victim traveler forward, he comes back with the news that someone is murdering them all, after which the story turns into teen slashfest with bad acting, worse writing, and no interesting turns. Nevertheless, the movie does an almost perfect job when it comes to creating a single, nonparadoxical timeline.

 Jim: We have a time machine. We have a time machine! None of this has to happen, okay? Somebody goes back and they warn us not to come. So whoever the killer is, he doesnt get to kill anybody, not today.
Bubbles: Yeah, thats good.
Gale: Yeah.
Randy: No, we cant do that. Well cause a paradox! 


   The Infinite Time Series
by H.J. Lawson
First book: 26 Apr 2016

The cover blurb for Infinite Time, the first short book of a series, says Save the girl. Save the day. Save yourself. Not only that, but in the opening pages, Parker (the high-school Hero) blames himself for the death of his Uncle Ben father at the hand of a robber many years ago. Eventually Parker will get a time-travel opportunity to save his father and stop his mother from remarrying the lazy step-father, but not until the second book or later. In the first book, Parker must deal with the high-school bully, a well-written crush on a cheerleader, and a time travel setup that has him meet other time travelers who are given mysterious missions to complete.

 Its not a game, and its not a dream. I can time-travel. Clint can. Bruce, too, when hes not writing on the ground, and apparently so can you. 




   Game of Thrones
adapted by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
First definitive time travel: 22 May 2016

Throughout its first six seasons, the HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones had a handful of time-travelish moments mostly centered on young Bran’s dreams of the past. But it wasn’t until the origin story of Bran’s half-giant companion, Hodor, that we saw a definitive influence of present-day Bran on Hodor’s past. The interaction is a terrific example of a closed causal loop: Bran is observing Hodor in the past because of who Hodor is to Bran, and it is Bran’s presence that creates that very Hodor.

 The past is written; the ink is dry. 




   “Would Santayana Take It Back?”
by Joe Queenan
First publication: Philly.com, 27 May 2016

Shortly after the publication of Wells’s The Time Machine, Jorge Agustin Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás (aka George Santayana) is visited by time travelers who beseech him to never put his only historically remembered sentence.

 Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. 


   Time Squared
by Brian K. Larson
First book: 31 May 2016

In the first book, Jonas Arnell and his crew awaken at Gliese 667 after a cryogenic sleep to find that the signals they detected from Earth are coming from an abandoned version of their own ship.

 Weve got a reactant coolant leak! 


   “Flight from the Ages”
by Derek Künsken
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, May/Jun 2016

In a mind-bending story with vast ideas on every page bang, the artificial intelligence Ulixes-316 starts as a financial agent for a galaxy-spanning bank in which he and Poluphemos witness (or cause?) an explosion that sets off a wavefront that’s collapsing space time at an ever expanding rate. With this as background, time travel plays both a minor role in a light-years-wide tachyon-based computing network and the key role in how a degenerating Ulixes can take care of his damaged companion Poluphemos and take an ethically questionable step that involves rewriting the Big Bang.

 Correct, little algorithm, but we are not in your present. We transmitted ourselves by tachyons into the past, back into the stelliferous period, to one of the first galaxies. We have been working here in the morning of the Universe for twelve million years. 


from Powers’s website

   “The Day the Future Invaded”
by Beth Powers
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 2 Jun 2016

One Friday afternoon in the middle of winter, time travelers from the future appear along with their various gadgets and green food.

 Ruptures in space time . . . quantum [gobbledygook] . . . not linear. 


Echter is a manager for one of my favorite radio shows. (Have they ever done time travel?)

   “Time and Space Died Yesterday”
by Brandon Echter
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 17 Jun 2016

I wouldn’t say that Echter wrote a story here, but all the events of Earth history have been mashed together in his slipstream piece.

 . . . and a grandmother of three writes her suicide note in the same room that Helen is talking to her therapist, who says that the human mind is a primate one, that we are drawn to the exciting and the new and gloss over the day to day lest we go insane in the details, and the first mammals crawl into and from the trees . . . 




   “Penguins of Noah’s Ark”
by Larry Hodges
First publication: Galaxy’s Edge, Jul 2016

A bust of President George W. Bush gets thrown into a time vortex, catching fire by friction, whereupon it sets out on its task to direct various pairs of animals to Noah’s Ark—most notably, the penguin couple of Mrs. Bleep and Mr. Bleep-Bleep.

 The Bush bust passed through the vortex, catching fire through friction as it shot through time. 




   “Rules for Quantum Speed Dating”
by Austin DeMarco
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 4 Jul 2016

Even though this list of rules conflates time travel with quantum superposition, I can’t fault it overly much given that the entire notion of time is poorly understood in quantum mechanics.

 Do not worry if one of your quantum selves accidentally “kills” your grandfather in a lovers’ quarrel over your grandmothers affections. Remember, when the wave function collapses, only one of your selves will be “real.” Simply reset your parricidal self and move on. 


from McDonald’s website

   “Repeat One”
by Andrew Neil McDonald
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 28 Jul 2016

Marty meets an old man who explains how things are.

 “We exist within a glitch of the space-time continuum,” he said, hands flailing, “and are doomed to relive this exact moment, this exact conversation, forever.” 


   “Vishnu Summer”
by David Prill
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2016

Audrey lost one arm in a farm accident as a child; so now, as a young adult, she becomes fascinated when a three-armed man from the next county over is put on trial for murder.

And my interpretation is that the ending involves a brief bit of time travel, back to an alternate world that has returned to the start of Three-Arm’s trial.

 I felt like something was being stripped away from me. From inside. Like something was being unwound. I dont know it thats the right way to explain it. I couldnt explain it. It was just one of those feelings without a name. 




   “Toppers”
by Jason Sanford
First publication: Asimo’s Science Fiction, Aug 2016

Hanger-girl and other lost souls live in a future New York City of crumbling buildings and a ground-level mist that will take you if you let it. The way all this came about involves a researcher who tried to open tiny doors through time.

 The mists are time itself, or at least time as it exists here. 




   Groundhog Day, the Musical
adapted by Tim Minchin and Danny Rubin
First performance: 16 Aug 2016 at The Old Vic, London

Phil Conner sings and re-sings his day across the stage, although for me, the production had too much Frozen and not enough Grease.

 ♫If I had my time again, I would do it all the same, they say, but thats insane—surely youd want to make a couple of fixes!♫ 




   “Academic Circles”
by Peter Wood
First publication: Asimov's Science Ficton, Sep 2016

Kate Warner, assistant professor of English, doesn’t see how that dimwitted Marzano could have submitted her paper on The Man in the High Castle to The Hoboken Literary Journal 18 months before she even started writing it.

Wood creates some likeable characters, but there is no consistency in his model of time travel.

 You have a time machine and youre not doing anything important or helping anyone. All youre doing messing with me. 




   “A Snowball’s Chance”
by Larry Hodges
First publication: New Myths, Sep 2016

Trini feels responsible for the past twenty years of children who have been lost to the witch in the castle, and now she’s determined to ensure that the deadly cycle comes to an end.

 I am the most powerful witch in the world, and you are armed with a snowball. Do you know what that means? 




   ARQ
by Tony Elliot (Elliot, director)
First release: 16 Sep 2016

Ren (and eventually Hannah) are stuck in a time loop that resets each time Ren is killed by one of the Bloc— a group of violent men who at first don’t seem interested in the time-looping machine (aka ARQ).

 I already tried that. 




   “The Tim Machine”
by Matt Larsen
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 26 Sep 2016

Time travelers are among us in knitting groups and speaking to Tim through his cell phone.

 Faster than light travel makes it possible to send an observer out and back before he left. 




   Timeless
created by Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke
First episode: 3 Oct 2016

I like the show’s period sets and the three main characters: history professor Lucy Preston, timeship pilot/scientist Rufus Carlin, and Delta Force soldier Wyatt Logan. I even like the bad guy that the trio chases through time. But I’m going to use the show to illustrate two questions that I wish they’d answer:

1. Take Lucy, for example. She and her pals go back in time and change something so that when they return to the present, the previously sistered Lucy no longer has a sister, Amy. And everyone except the travelers remember the Amyless version. That Lucy is quite a different Lucy, complete with a fiancé. So what happened to that Lucy?

2. When they discover that evil Garcia Flynn has gone back to some time in history, they inevitably rush to get there quickly. Why are they rushing? And why don’t they consider going back to before Flynn’s arrival in the past to be ready for him when he arrives?

But, yeah, I like the show and their cool timeship.

 Lucy? What the hell has gotten into you? And who’s Amy? 




   “When Grandfather Returns”
by Sharon N. Farber (as by S.N. Dyer)
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2016

In the times of the conquistadors, young Thunder Cries is such a hellion that his parents eventually give him over to the spirits to raise.

 When all was quiet, he walked into the future in his dreams. He saw these Turtle Men at a village like his mother's, perhaps his mother's village. All villages met the same fate. 


from myjewishlearning.com

   “The Compromise”
by Karin Terebessy
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 1 Nov 2016

In a ghetto, a time traveler asks Leo to gather together ten men to sing a kaddish for the traveler’s long gone grandfather.

 Two months earlier, the time traveler had appeared, and taught Leo the mourners Kaddish. 




   “How the Damned Live On”
by James Sallis
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dec 2016

A island castaway discusses life with a spider named Mmdhf who understands time as a single whole that has already been written.

 The closest I can come to the giant spiders name is Mmdhf. She loves to talk philosophy. 




   Travelers
created by Brad Wright
First episode: 23 Dec 2016

Earth’s outlook is pretty grim, which we know because small groups of travelers from the future are taking over the bodies of present-day people with the goal of altering the shape of things that came. I enjoy how the bodies of the star team (Grant, Marcy, Carly, Trevor, and Philip) don’t always match those of their future counterparts.

 We, the last and broken memories, vow to undo the errors of our ancestors, to make the Earth whole, the lost unlost, at the peril of our own birth. 



And Still More Time Travel of 2016

The story pilots haven’t yet taken these adventures out for a test drive.
  “New Under the Sun” by Janet Shell Anderson, 365 Tomorrows, 28 Jan 2016
—circular time on a prison planet

  “This Is the Most Important Job You Have to Do” by Danielle Bodnar, 365 Tomorrows, 10 Feb 2016
—postapocalytic time machine

  “Hydrogen Butterfly” by Glenn S. Austin, 365 Tomorrows, 4 Apr 2016
—back to the primordial solar system

  “Stricken from the Record of Space and Time” by Charlie Sandefer, 365 Tomorrows, 12 Apr 2016
—saving a scientist’s son

  “Paradox Lost” by Bob Newbell, 365 Tomorrows, 29 Apr 2016
—a grandfather paradox

  “Eight Minutes” by Jonathan K. Harline, 365 Tomorrows, 31 May 2016
—end-of-world time loop

  “TimeCorp” by Steven Journey, 365 Tomorrows, 30 Jun 2016
—that whole Earth-is-moving business

  “The Timekeepers” by Matthew Harrison, 365 Tomorrows, 11 Jul 2016
—a 13-hour watch controls time

  “Matured” by Jae Miles, 365 Tomorrows, 12 Jul 2016
—illicit sampling of past food and wine

  “Nothing but Time” by Stephen R. Smith, 365 Tomorrows, 29 Jul 2016
—trapped in a long time loop as an observer

  “One Man’s Trash . . .” by Edward D. Thompson, 365 Tomorrows, 30 Jul 2016
—mining the past for trash

  “Running Back” by Beck Dacus, 365 Tomorrows, 17 Sep 2016
—time reversal at a 1 to –1 ratio

  “The Ouroboros Ship” by T.N. Allan, 365 Tomorrows, 19 Oct 2016
—timeloop on a spaceship with no food

  “My Name is Alex” by Russell Bert Waters, 365 Tomorrows, 4 Nov 2016
—Alex seems to repeat his Saturday

  “The Dandelion Clock” by Robin Husen, 365 Tomorrows, 6 Nov 2016
—going back to save the city from fire

  “Erasure” by Andi Dobek, 365 Tomorrows, 5 Dec 2016
—fix your mistakes with a blackmarket time machine

  “The Tomorrow” by Jae Miles, 365 Tomorrows, 7 Dec 2016
—Vienna in the early 1900s

  “Reversion” by Beck Dacus, 365 Tomorrows, 21 Dec 2016
—a button to return you to age eight

  “Time Inc.” by Travis Gregg, 365 Tomorrows, 22 Dec 2016
—each trip back creates an alternate reality




Romance Time Travel of 2016

Bodice rips are a more workaday mode of time travel than time ships.
Scottish Time Travel: Lost in the Highlands by Lorraine Beaumont

River of Time California 1: Three Wishes by Lisa Tawn Bergren

River of Time California 2: Four Winds by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown

Hearts of Time 1: Silver Hearts by C.R. Charles

Echo 2: Time Anomaly by Lindsey Fairleigh

Echo 2.5: Dissonance by Lindsey Fairleigh

Echo 3: Richochet through Time by Lindsey Fairleigh

Love in Time by Barbara Gabaldon

Pocket Watch Chronicles 2: The Midwife by Ceci Giltenan

Pocket Watch Chronicles 3: Once Found by Ceci Giltenan

Pocket Watch Chronicles 4: The Christmas Present by Ceci Giltenan

Twist of Fate by Kathryn Kelly

Vampire Girl 1: Vampire Girl BY Karpov Kinrade (2016) by Karpov Kinrade

Vampire Girl 2: Midnight Star BY Karpov Kinrade (2016) by Karpov Kinrade

Vampire Girl 3: Silver Flame BY Karpov Kinrade (2016) by Karpov Kinrade

Tales of a Traveler 3: Ironheart Anselm's Tale by N.J. Layouni

Celtic Brooch 5: The Broken Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan

Celtic Brooch 6: The Three Brooches by Katherine Lowry Logan

Celtic Brooch 7: The Diamond Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan

Thornton 1: Darkest Knight by Cynthia Luhrs

Thornton 2: Forever Knight by Cynthia Luhrs

Thornton 3: First Knight by Cynthia Luhrs

Mail Order Bride 1: Touched by Time by Zoe Matthews and Jade Jenson

Mail Order Bride 2: River of Time by Zoe Matthews and Jade Jenson

Loch Moigh 4: The Highlander's Vow by Barbara Longley

Must Love 3: Must Love Kilts by Angela Quarles

Swept Away Saga 2: Carried Away BY Kamery Solomon (2016) by Kamery Solomon

Dunskey Castle 1: Tavish by Jane Stain

Thief in Time 1: A Thief in Time by Cidney Swanson

Spirit Path 3: The Forbidden Path by Tammy Tate

St Mary's 7: Lies, Damned Lies, and History by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 7.5: The Great St. Mary's Day Out by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 7.6: My Name Is Markham by Jodi Taylor

Magic in Morgan's Crossing by Janet Wellington

After Cilmeri 11: Masters of Time by Sarah Woodbury

After Cilmeri 12: Outpost in Time by Sarah Woodbury




No Time Travel.
Move along.
Sherlock (“The Abominable Bride”) adapted by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, 1 Jan 2016 [just a dream ]

Quantum Break by Microsoft, (included with game), 5 Apr 2016 [time phenomena without time travel ]

“The Gettysburg Game” by Jeff Calhoun, Galaxy’s Edge, May 2016 [virtual reality ]

“Hold the Moment” by Marie Vibbert, Analog, Jun 2016 [personal time rate differences ]

“Rats Dream of the Future” by Paul McAuley, Asimov’s, Jun 2016 [predictions ]

from Muenzler’s website

   “The Way We Fall”
by Michelle Muenzler
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 26 Jan 2017

A man responds to a break-up by diving off a building, which causes a time loop.

 Or is it the first— 




   “Still Life with Abyss”
by Jim Grimsley
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2017

Teams of researchers from a nebulous future observe branching timelines in their past, with a particular fascination for the one man who has never made a choice that forked off a new line.

 Hes a human freak as far as Im concerned. Whatever I think of him, it doesnt affect my work. 


A spiral is mandatory for a time-travel watch.

   “One of a Kind”
by Maurice Forrester
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 26 Feb 2017

Advertisements for a pocket watch with time-traveling properties are followed from 1895, into the future, and back.

 Offered for private sale is a gold watch engineered to allow the discriminating Gentleman the opportunity to experience time in a new way. This is a one-of-a-kind item. Serious inquiries only. Reply to Box 154 at this newspaper. 




   Making History
created by Julius Sharpe
First episode: 5 Mar 2017

When university janitor Dan Chambers invents a time machine (really more of a time duffle bag), he decides to use it to land a girlfriend in Colonial Massachusetts. His plan succeeds, but along the way, he manages to stop the American Revolution, a consequence that can be righted only by bringing history professor Chris Parrish into the fold.

 After seeing that Peppermint Patricia wrapper, I knew that any society that could mix two separate flavors like mint and chocolate is more open-minded than I could ever fathom. We must start this revolution so that the women of the future can feel the freedom that I felt in those brief moments. 




   Time after Time
adapted by Kevin Williamson
First episode: 5 Mar 2017

H.G. Wells chasing Jack the Ripper through time did’t manage to translate from the 1979 silver screen to the 2017 small screen, although I enjoyed the Paris episode before the show was prematurely canceled.

The model of time travel was particularly troublesome in that I never did understand why H.G’s first trip took him to the museum.

 Its inevitable: Science and technology will advance beyond all imagination, forcing society to perfect itself. Imagine who you could be if you didnt live in fear. Or more importantly, imagine the stories you could write if your life was full of adventure. 


from Halbach’s website   “Alexander’s Theory of Special Relativity”
by Shane Halbach
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

After Alexander accidentally strands his girlfriend in the future, he has trouble reestablishing relations with her.

 She turned and slapped him hard across the face. 


aerial view of Masada   “Eli’s Coming”
by Catherine Wells
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

Eli ben Aryeh, the founder and head of Time Sharing Adventures, is aiming for the year 10 BCE, but he misses by 75 years and ends up instead at the Romans siege of Masada where he is mistaken for the prophet Elijah.

 But they hadnt existed at the time of Herod the Great. And they hadnt captured Masada until—what, 66 CE? 


C.L. Moore never received a Grand Master award, which is given only to living authors.   “Grandmaster”
by Jay O’Connell
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

While her husband is asleep on the couch, renowned science fiction writer C.L. Moore receives a visitor from the future who presents her with a well-deserved award that she never received while alive.

 Shes thirty-six but has felt the same inside since fifteen, when shed read a pulp magazine and knew with absolute certainty what she wanted to do with her life. 


Six other stories by Flynn appeared in this 2012 collection.   “Nexus”
by Michael F. Flynn
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

The lives of Siddhar Nagkmur (a regretful alien time traveler) and Stacey Papandreon (a tired immortal) converge for the second time since 522 AD; throw in some more aliens and a desperate need to repair the timeline to complete the story.

 Nagkmur finds a chronology on the Internet and searches out a year halfway between the present and their encounter in sixth century Constantinople. The quickest way to identify when things went awry, he tells her, is to work by halves. If AD 1300 is undisturbed, the change came later; otherwise, earlier. 


interior art from Analog   “Shakesville”
by Adam Troy-Castro and Alvara Zinos-Amaro
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

Fifty future versions of a man show up in his apartment (49 of whom are corrupted) to warn him of an impending fateful decision that his must make correctly.

 Its not anything fatal. You know it cant be anything fatal, because if it was, thent here would be no future self who could be sent back to warn you. 


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry from The Prisma   “The Snatchers”
by Edward McDermott
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

Max, an experienced snatcher of Valuables from the past, joins with newby Nichole to snatch the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry from his death in World War II.

 Fifty percent of snatchers dont return from their first. Why? Because time is a malevolent killer that tries to eradicate us when we jaunt. But you know all that. 


   “Time Heals”
by James C. Glass
First publication: Analog, Mar/Apr 2017

John’s hatred of his stepfather leads him to the kind of time jump activity that Time Adventures explicitly forbids.

 His second attempt had not been so subtle, a handgun and cartridges smuggled past Time Adventures people who didnt even bother to check his luggage. 




   Dimension 404
created by Will Campos, Dez Dolly, Daniel Johnson, and David Welch
First time travel: 4 Apr 2017

The Twilight Zone rides again, but this time on streaming tv (Hulu)! The first three episodes, all released on April 4, included a Wishbone meets Captain Planet episode, “Chronos”, with a model of time-travel that made no sense (but was still a hoot).

 You know youve got the wrong equation for closed timelike curves, right? 




   “How Long Is a Time Loop?”
by H. Burford-Reade
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 17 Apr 2017

This first-person account draws a parallel between living with dementia and living in a time loop.

 “So, what exactly is a time loop?” I ask, on a wet winters night, as I take my shoes off and recline on the professors sofa. 




   “Letters Found on the Backs of Pepper Labels next to a Skeleton in an 800-Year-Old Hibernation Capsule Ruputured by What Looks Like Sword Damage”
by Luc Reid
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 25 Apr 2017

A narcissist tricks his grad student into taking him back to Medieval England.

 I told him I was going to be a king in Medieval Times, and here I am getting rich. 




   Don’t Matter Now
by George Ezra
First publication: 16 Jun 2017

Hannah swears that George, the Volvo, and the dog all time travel at the end of Dont Matter Now, which would explain why he’s speaking in a language they don’t know.

 ♫Speak in a language they don’t know
It don’t matter now♫
 


from Shvartsman’s website

   “The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis”
by Alex Shvartsman
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 31 Jul 2017

Apparently, you can go back to punch Hitler.

 If punching Nazis is punishable by death, youve arrived too early. 




   “Other Worlds and This One”
by Cadwell Turnbull
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2017

In his universe, where the narrator lives with his difficult brother and mother, he had no ability to travel to other times and places, but he can visit pretty much any time or place (especially places with Hugh Everett) in any of the other myriad universes from the vast multiverse which are all fixed in stone.

 What I cant do is change anything. I cant change the course of history. I cant make it so that things work out. Every universe exists complete from the start. Its all already happened. 




   Naked
by Alvarez, Knutsson, Knutsson, Koller, and Wayans (Tiddes, director)
First release: 11 Aug 2017

Rob Anderson wakes up naked in an elevator and late for his wedding, and every time the church bell rings, he’s back at the beginning again.

 You are sending me back in time . . . ah, well, not you—God! 




   “The City’s Gratitude”
by Meg Candelaria
First publication: Daily Science Fiction, 18 Sep 2017

A man from the future wants to avert a disaster, but the assigned police officer thinks he’s just a loonie.

 Youre from the future and its very important you talk to the mayor right now about a horrible threat that we have to avert. 



Romance Time Travel of 2017

Bodice rips are a more workaday mode of time travel than time ships.
Premier Academy 1: As Shiny as a Comet by Dani Corlee

Premier Academy 2: It Was the Time of Romeo and Juliet by Dani Corlee

Forever Young by Gloria Gay

Royal 1: A Royal Affair by Christina George

Royal 2: A Royal Scandal by Christina George

Royal 3: A Royal Romance by Christina George

Duncurra 4: Highland Redemption by Ceci Giltenan

Pocket Watch Chronicles 5: The Choice by Ceci Giltenan

A Waltz in Time by Eva Harlowe

Vampire Girl 4: Moonlight Prince BY Karpov Kinrade (2017) by Karpov Kinrade

Knights through Time Travel 1: Beyond Time by Cynthia Luhrs

Mail Order Bride 3: Winds of Time by Zoe Matthews and Jade Jenson

Mail Order Bride 4: Secrets of Time by Zoe Matthews and Jade Jenson

Mail Order Bride 5: Changed by Time by Zoe Matthews and Jade Jenson

Magic of Time 3: Time to Spare by Melissa Mayhue

Fairy Tales across Time 1: The Earl Finds a Bride by Bess McBride

Highland Hearts Afire 1: Talisman of Light by B.J. Scott

Highland Hearts Afire 2: Forever and Beyond by B.J. Scott

Swept Away Saga 3: Hidden Away BY Kamery Solomon (2017) by Kamery Solomon

Dunskey Castle 2: Seuman by Jane Stain

Dunskey Castle 3: Tomas by Jane Stain

Hadrian's Wall 1: Time of the Celts by Jane Stain

Thief in Time 2: A Flight in Time by Cidney Swanson

St Mary's 7.7: Desiccated Water by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 8: And the Rest Is History by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 8.5: Markham and the Anal Probing by Jodi Taylor

St Mary's 8.6: A Perfect Storm by Jodi Taylor

After Cilmeri 13: Shades of Time by Sarah Woodbury




No Time Travel.
Move along.
“After the Atrocity” by Ian Creasey, Asimov’s, Mar/Apr 2017 [clones ]

“Kitty Hawk” by Alan Smale, Asimov’s, Mar/Apr 2017 [despite title, no time travel ]

“A Singular Event in the Fourth Dimension” by Andrea M. Pawley, Asimov’s, Mar/Apr 2017 [despite title, no time travel ]

“Tao Zero” by Damien Broderick, Asimov’s, Mar/Apr 2017 [despite title, no time travel ]

“The Wisdom of the Group” by Ian R. MacLeod, Asimov’s, Mar/Apr 2017 [predictions ]

“Precognition” by Alex Drozd, Daily Science Fiction, 30 May 2017 [precognition ]

“Triceratops” by Ian McHugh, Asimov’s, May/Jun 2017 [despite title, no time travel ]

 


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