Today I would like to explore the many modes of travelling in time from several different points of view and authors. The guy who started it all was my hero, HG Wells and the mode he used was the same as the title of his famous book, The Time Machine. The machine was a Victorian invention which propelled his protagonist into the future. It really was early steampunk, if you think about it. The George Pal, 1960 movie version of this title, has actor Rod Taylor amazed at the changes going on around him. He watches a woman’s dress shop and the changing styles as the years move up, making him comment to himself, “That’s a dress?”
Jack Finney used a machine and the famous New York City, Dakota apartment building to travel back to the 1800s.
There can’t be a post like this without talking about a time-traveler first seen in 1963 on the BBC in the UK. Doctor Who uses a device stuck in the image of an old police box called the TARDIS. The letters stand for Time And Relative Dimension In Space. It is infinitely large on the inside and can move the doctor and his colleagues anywhere and to any point in time.
In various books and movies, there has been anything from switching bodies with people from past lives, to mirrors, genies in bottles, books, stones to totally unexplained phenomenon in order to transport individuals in time. There does seems to be one common thread weaving itself into most time travel stories…romance. Love can often transcend time and space. It is the most powerful emotion we humans possess.
The book, originally titled, Bid, Time Return by Richard Matheson was renamed after the popularity of its screen adaptation to, Somewhere in Time. In it, Richard Collier uses a unique technique to travel back to meet the woman he had become obsessed with. He goes to an old hotel and removes everything modern from the room. He uses the power of his brain to concentrate on her and the time she was in the hotel. He eventually makes it and joins her in the past. I happen to love this concept. SPOILER ALERT: His fateful mistake was accidentally bringing a modern penny with him. Upon looking at the little cent, he is whisked back to his own time. So remember this: If and when you time travel, you must bring the correct currency with you. Especially if love is involved.
MODES OF TRAVEL THROUGH TIME, by Dennis Higgins http://goo.gl/248wvU #TheArtistUnleashed #Timetravel #fantasy #selfpub
Among his influences are: Richard Matheson, Jack Finney, Dean Koontz, Joan Wester Anderson, Peter S. Beagle and Audrey Neffenegger. The Time Pilgrims series is exciting and treasured by young adults, new adults as well as full blown adults.
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