Friday, October 15, 2010

Time Travel

My friend and critique partner Abby at Above Water was talking about time travel and it got me thinking.

How do you choose to portray time travel in books.

I think there are three different methods: Time accounts for any time travel and so time travel is irrelevant, time travel creates a new time space continuum and so each timeline is possible and different, or time is not an active force and so travelling time allows the traveler to change the past and future.

Which time travel theory do you use in your writing? Why?


  1. Well, I don't have time travel in my writing (yet). It's funny you bring this up because I just watched an episode of Castle where he thought the killer was a time-traveling murderer from 200 years ago. Complete with a DeLorean.

    Anyway, (now I'm thinking of a particular movie I mentioned in my blog) so Back To the Future has both the second and the third. The second being in the second movie where Biff creates a whole different timeline branching off from 1955. But it also has the third, in which actions Marty takes in 1955 directly affects his present time (changing the way his father/mother are, Biff is, and brother/sister etc). Plus the second one is used in the new Star Trek movie which I LOVE. Both are pretty logical to me, and could go either way. But mostly time travel is very complicated to me, so I don't think I'll ever go there in my books ';p It makes my brain hurt.

  2. I love time travel in books. I think my second ya series would be about time travel. I want to have a wizard come back through time to try to guide his teenage self through the trials of adolecence and have it use aspects of all three theories of time travel