The Big List of Time Travel Adventures

 2015

   “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 ]

 


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Thanks for visiting my time-travel page, and thanks to the many sources that provided stories and more (see the Links and Credits in the menu at the top). —Michael (
main@colorado.edu)