The Big List of Time Travel Adventures


   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. 

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.” 

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! 

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? 

The story also appeared in this 2016 anthology.

  Dino-Mating #3
“Diamond Jim and the Dinosaurs”
by Rosemary Claire Smith
First publication: Analog, Apr 2016

Now a wildlife biologist, Dr. Marty Zuber and his girlfriend Julianna Carson head to the Mesozoic to try to head off the commercial ambitions of Marty's arch-nemesis, the always nefarious Dr. Derek Dill.

 What should you do if a mosasaur comes up out of the sewer and into your bathroom? 

   “Early Warnings”
by Martin L. Shoemaker
First publication: Analog, Apr 2016

A physicist's future me travels back in time to warn him about the perils of breaking up with Gwen.

 His story was ridiculous, but he really did look like me plus twenty years, and he knew things about me that nobody else could know. 

   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. 

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:, 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. 

  Martin and Artie’s Timeline Restoration #2
“When the Stone Eagle Flies”
by Bill Johnson

The Stone Eagle is both a sign and a meeting place for the myriad of odd ones from the future and the past, including Martin and his embedded AI, Artie. In this second adventure, they're back in ancient Mesopotamia, still trying to restore Martin's timeline.

 “The odd ones from the future and the past,” she said, matter-of-factly. “The ones who taught us that the past and future are not one simple path but more like a basket full of loose threads. And all these threads are strung together with different starting points and different events, like knots, along the threads.” 

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. 

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? 

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. 

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. 


   “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. 

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 ]


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