Wednesday, March 25, 2015

There's a Bundle of Stories About Time

It’s About Time

My mother was an Imogene Coca fan, and so she watched It’s About Time back in 1966 and 1967, a goofball comedy about two astronauts who accidentally traveled back to prehistoric days and fell in with a caveman clan. I was too young to appreciate it (was it worth appreciating? I dunno), but the theme song was catchy, and that’s all I really remember about it. Oh great, now I have that playing inside my head.

I like the notion of time travel.

In fact, I’m a bit obsessed with the notion of time travel, and have devoured novels on the topic: The Corridors of Time (Poul Anderson, 1965), Timescape (Gregory Benford, 1980), No Enemy But Time (Michael Bishop 1982), Timeline (Michael Crichton, 1999), The Door Into Summer (Robert Heinlein, 1957…I had to read it because of the title alone),  Dinosaur Beach (Keith Laumer, 1971, which I also had to read because of the title), and one of my favorites because I treasure all things Twain: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (Mark Twain, 1889). 

I even watched all the time travel movies that came along. Despite the special effects (I am a special effects junkie) I still found that reading about time travel was more satisfying.

In junior high school “The Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury was required reading. It still remains bright in my mind…the thought that stepping on a butterfly could change everything.

I’ve written a few time travel short stories, and I’ve edited time travel anthologies, including Timeshares and Time Twisters, published by DAW Books, and Time Traveled Tales by Silence in the Library, which is included in the AMAZING storybundle now being offered. I am sooooooooooooo looking forward to devouring the other books in this bundle…’cause it’s about time.

I have a story in Time Traveled Tales, but it’s about a character who has traveled forward, rather than back, and how she siphons time from people to keep living. I was inspired by a trip to the Bristol Renaissance Fair in Wisconsin. I saw this beautiful woman painted emerald green, wearing leaves, and hiding in the flowers to surprise visitors. I took her picture and built the story around her. The illo in this blog is from my tale in the book.

If I could travel through time, I’m not sure where I’d go.

Maybe Ancient Egypt because I studied it and find it all so fascinating.

Maybe Rome to see if I can remember any of the Latin I studied.

Maybe early America because I would love to chat with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson (the latter penned my favorite quote: I cannot live without books).

Maybe the Jurassic period because I would love to see honking big dinosaurs (from a safe hidey-hole)

Most likely back to the days of my early childhood so I could revel in the company of favorite dogs.

Or maybe I’d be inspired to go somewhere else…based on what I’m gonna read in these books included in this bundle. Thirteen books!

In fact, I should stop writing this blog. It’s about time I started that reading.

Yeah, it’s about time.

Here’s the link so you can indulge your imagination: