Time Travel Stories To Tide You Over Until January

…sorted  by medium.

  • Print:

    • (long form) The Anubis Gates:
      • Winner of the 1983 Philip K. Dick award and considered to be one of the founding works of the steampunk genre, Tim Powers’ rollicking adventure features an ancient Egyptian sorcerer, a modern millionaire who has cracked time travel and wants to meet Samuel Coleridge, a young woman disguised as a boy, a brainwashed Lord Byron, a body-switching werewolf, a spring-heeled Jack, and an English professor hired by the aforementioned modern millionaire to act as tourguide to one of Coleridge’s 1810 lectures – where he is inevitably stranded, and hijinks ensue. The pacing is insane – you can’t catch your breath, but you don’t want to. I was handed this when the first edition of Timepiece was largely complete (“you want to write steampunk time travel, Heather? Tim Powers already did that”) and it’s just as well, or I would have been too intimidated to start.
    • (short form) Palindrome:
      • 680 elegant words by William Arthur. Read it for free at Daily Science Fiction.
  • Film:

    • (big-budget, classic, feel-good) The Back to the Future Trilogy
      • My favorite bits are the scenes in Part II that take place in the interstices of Part I.
    • (none of these things) Timelapse
      • A really strikingly good 2015 indie film, though a poor choice for a date night movie.
  • TV:

    • The Dr Who episode Blink
      • The first Weeping Angels episode. One of the tightest scripts I’ve ever seen in my life, and my usual go-to when trying to persuade people to give the rebooted Dr. Who a chance. It works most of the time. Fair warning, has more than a toe across the line into “horror.”
    • The Star Trek: TNG episode Timescape
      • Not technically time travel, but plays with one of my favorite time travel tropes: the story you think you’re watching is not the story you are actually watching.
  • Games:

    • Chrononauts:
      • Delightful lighthearted card game in which you play a time traveler trying to manipulate the timeline so you can get back home.
    • Anything run in Kevin Kulp’s magnificent TimeWatch universe:
      • I’m so not objective here, given that I contributed to both the core rulebook and one of the supplements, but you should listen to me anyway. If tabletop RPGs are your thing, particularly if you are a fan of Robin D Laws’ GUMSHOE system, you need to own this.


Comments (4)

arcaneDecember 17th, 2016 at 2:14 pm

What about 12 Monkeys?

The movie is really good, and required viewing for all time travel aficionados.

The tv show is a lot of fun, and only thematically related to the movie. It goes a completely different direction, with some interesting examination of time travel problems.

David KudlerDecember 19th, 2016 at 8:14 pm

Love all of these!

Those two TV episodes are two of my favorites for two of my favorite shows. 🙂

HeatherDecember 21st, 2016 at 10:13 am

Because you have excellent taste, David. 🙂

HeatherDecember 31st, 2016 at 1:11 pm

12 Monkeys is excellent. (Sorry for the delay in comment appearing, got caught in newly beefed-up spam filter…)

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