Saturday, 6 August 2016
Other Time Travel Fiction
CS Lewis discusses and dismisses the idea of physical time travel in "The Dark Tower."
Since the Time Patrol series is partly about time travelers trying to change history, important pre-Anderson works are:
A Connecticut Yankee by Mark Twain;
Lest Darkness Fall by L Sprague de Camp -
- and Bring The Jubilee by Ward Moore was contemporary with "Time Patrol."
We cannot, even if we had wanted to, avoid consideration of Robert Heinlein:
"By His Bootstraps" (1941)
The Door Into Summer (1956)
"-All You Zombies-" (1959)
Farnham's Freehold (1964)
The "Da Capo" of the Future History
Time Enough For Love (1973)
Heinlein perfected the circular causality paradox, as also did Anderson in The Corridors Of Time and There Will Be Time. Time Enough For Love has some interesting time travel ideas but unfortunately focuses on incest. The application of time travel narrows down to enabling Lazarus Long to meet his mother as a young woman.
Other major works on circular causality are:
The Technicolor Time Machine by Harry Harrison
The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
SM Stirling's works describe:
travel between parallel timelines;
travel from the future of the Draka timeline to the present of a timeline like ours;
travel from the 1998 A.D. of one timeline to the 1250 B.C. of another.