Time travel is a plot device which has become a recognized staple of science fiction and fantasy. It involves sending people and/or objects from one time to another. No analog of time travel has ever been known to exist in documented reality.

Sometime between the 500th and 600th centuries, time travel permission was rationed out to certain individuals for a variety of reasons. For example, graduate student Lasoporp Rof was permitted to travel to 13th-century Mongolia to interview Genghis Khan. However, he mistakenly landed in 1980s Los Angeles in the office of a different Genghis Kahn.

Time travel in "The Catcher in the Rhine"

Regin Fafnirsbruder discovered the magic of time travel, and used it to transport a young 20th-century man, whose name sounded like Hagen Kriemheld, to ancient Isenstein. Regin's plan was to drive the young man like a wedge between Brunhild and Siegfried, but this did not work out.

Time travel in "Character"

Fictional character Steve, who knew he was a fictional character, was initially irritated that his author decided to use Steve in a time travel story, as he was of the opinion that there was nothing new to add to the "drop-someone-into-the-past" genre. However, after he spent the story in medieval Japan inside the body of the legendary Benkei, Steve appreciated the journey.[1]

Time travel in Crosstime Traffic

Although Galbraith and Hester invented travel between alternate present days in the mid 21st century, travel back and forth in time remained eternally elusive from science.

Time travel in "Death in Vesunna"

The Time Patrol was the official arbiter of time travel, but outlaw commerce also existed.

Mark Alvarez and Lou Muller traveled back in time from 2059 to 147 in the Roman Empire, evading the Patrol. Intending only to purchase lost works of literature, they wound up murdering a local, and were captured by period law enforcement.

Time travel in The Guns of the South

Time travel was possible by 2014 in the original timeline whence the "Rivington Men" of "America Will Break" (a group of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging members) originated. The machine had a limitation in that it could send people and things exactly 150 years back and forward in time. In 2014 they stole a machine and imported men and materiels to 1864 to alter the course of the American Civil War.

The Rivington Men succeeded in creating a Confederate victory in the "Second American Revolution". However, they were unable to maintain their hold on the government in the post war years and rebelled. In the government's hunting down of the terrorists, all of the AWB men were killed or captured, and their time machine was destroyed in the battle.

Time travel in "Hatching Season"

Time travel was commonly used to study animals of the Mesozoic Era.

Time travel in "Hindsight"

Michelle Gordian traveled from 1988 to 1949 to save America from its dark history in the intervening decades of the original timeline. By 1953, she had popularized several true stories of her world's 1960s and '70s in the form of pulp fiction, but history as a whole had not yet shown any appreciable signs of change.

Time travel in Household Gods

In 1999, obscure Roman deities Liber and Libera were more than happy to grant Nicole Gunther's wish that she could live in the days whence they came, instead of modern Los Angeles. The two gods, taking the wish for a real prayer, obliged by sending Gunther to ancient Carnuntum, and placing her consciousness into the body of a local woman in the year 170.

After a year of living in the 2nd century, Gunther begged the two gods to return her to the 20th century. Though puzzled, as they regarded Roman times as much the better period of the two, the good-natured gods again granted her wish.

Time travel in Justin Kloster Stories

Justin Kloster invented time travel in 2018 based on the theory of superstrings.

Time travel in "Lure"

Time travel made the San Diego Cenozoic Zoo possible.

In 1963, disgusted with the idea that the Kennedy Administration had taken the nickname "Camelot", a young British druid named Duncan Morris cast a spell that sent Kennedy back in time to the original Camelot. Kennedy had an erotic misadventure in the past with Guinevere, wife of the absent King Arthur. Guinevere and Kennedy blackmailed Merlin the magician into sending Kennedy back to his own time, and he returned to the exact instant he had left.

Time travel in "Under Coogan's Bluff"

After time travel was invented in the 21st century, it became a fad for modern baseball teams to go back into the past to play against historic legends. An example was the game where the Los Angeles Angels from 2040 faced off against the New York Giants on their home turf in 1905.[2]

Time travel in "We Haven't Got There Yet"

An unknown force sent a troupe of actors performing on London's stages from 2066 to 1606.


  1. Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March/April 2021
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