Best of Time Travel In Fiction
Time Travel: How authors get you into the past.
The Heron, my next book, will be published in April of 2020 by Black Rose Writing. I am so excited as the whole publishing process unfolds. But today I wanted to take a little time to write about time travel, one of my favorite genre's and a plot device in my upcoming book. I am especially enamored of travel to the distant past. The big questions is how do you get there and what can you do while you're there. Here are some of my favorite time travel books. Click on the links in the book covers to read more about them.
TIMELINE In Michael Crichton's Timeline, published in 1999, a group of students travel back to 14th century France via a method described as Quantum Technology. In this interpretation the travelers are able to fully interact with the past. With the use of communication devices they can speak the ancient French language. Without a portal though, they can become stuck in the past. I though it was a very inventive story. Travelers to the past were able to influence events of the time.
Other time travel stories use machines to facilitate their travels. Famously, the show Dr. Who uses a British telephone box and in the movies Back to the Future, a car is the vehicle of choice. The recently cancelled, but brilliant show, Timeless, had a spaceship like pod that carried the characters to a programmable past or future. Each time they returned the world they left was changed by their or other travelers influence on the past. I scary idea.
OUTLANDER. Probably the most common method of time travel is the tried and true portal. Most people are aware of Diane Gabaldon's Outlander Series. Her heroine passes into the past in a ring of standing stones in Scotland. She is fully immersed in the world but doesn't seem to have an impact on the future. Claire is also able to travel back to her own time and does so for a great length of time before going back to the past to stay. Further into the series, more of these place portals are found. I've watched a few of the TV show seasons and I must say they did a bang on job of it.