A Brief History of Time Travel
by John Rasor
A Brief History of Time Travel – while indeed relatively brief – is quite a comprehensive compilation of fictional time travel. It is chock-full of detailed recaps and interesting facts about time travel stories from books, films, and television. If you aren’t a time travel enthusiast yet, you will be after reading this – because, as Mr. Spock might have said, “Time travel is fascinating.”
The book covers the history of time travel stories – from the 19th century with H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – all the way through to 2013. It includes such movies as Back to the Future, The Terminator, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Galaxy Quest and many others. Also included are TV shows like Lost, Fringe, and Star Trek, along with many other time travel stories from television, including episodes of The Twilight Zone and Doctor Who. The book also takes a look at the big names in sci-fi who have contributed to time travel, including Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Spider Robinson, Connie Willis, and Douglas Adams.
Many time travel methods and theories are discussed, including The Butterfly Effect, alternate realities, and timelines – along with time travel devices of many designs and capabilities. The concepts of Deus ex Machina, paradoxes, and the rules of time travel are also reviewed, as the author tries to touch upon most everything related to time travel through the years
Take a ride into the past that leads to the future. You are certain to learn some new things along the way.
- John Rasor, June 2013
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