The desire to travel through time occupies many daydreams. It also drives many plot lines. After all, a good story transports the reader to a different time and place, no matter the genre.
A number of those stories have popped up in Fiction River over the years.
This volume of Fiction River Presents gathers some of those incredible time travel tales together into one volume. In these stories, characters want to fix something in the past, solve mysteries, escape to an unknown future, or maybe just get a glimpse of it.
So, get ready for a trip on the Spacetime Express. Backward, forward, and sideways, these adventures through time offer a passport into the unknown and beyond.
"Tower One" by Thomas K. Carpenter
"September at Wall & Broad" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"The Elevator in the Cornfield" by Scott William Carter
"Sacred Poet from the Future" by Kelly Cairo
"The Wages of the Moment" by Dean Wesley Smith
"Three Strikes" by Chuck Heintzelman
"Christmas, Interrupted" by Lisa Silverthorne
"Love in the Time of Dust and Venom" by Sharon Joss
The writers in this volume show us that everything from love to baseball to elevators in cornfields can open the doors to new time periods. Fiction River Presents: Time Travelers is exclusive to this StoryBundle. – Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"[Fiction River] is one of the best and most exciting publications in the field today. Check out an issue and see why I say that."– Keith West, Adventures Fantastic
Every time you pick up a book and read a story, whether fact or fiction, you become a time traveler. The same is true every time you sit down to write a story or tell a friend about the most terrifying moment of your life, or the happiest moment, or the most mystifying.
Because really, whether we are telling it or listening to it, what does a good story do? It takes us out of the moment and transports us to another time and place.
It is said that we humans are hard-wired for this very activity. Telling stories and listening to them is part of our cognitive structure, in other words it is fundamental to how we understand ourselves and our world.
It also happens to be the way we entertain ourselves.
No wonder some of the most compelling stories we tell ourselves are about time travel. And no wonder there is an excellent volume of Fiction River devoted to the topic, called Time Streams.
But Fiction River contains many more time travel stories in volumes that focus on other themes. In Fiction River Presents: Time Travelers we have included stories from volumes as varied as Pulse Pounders, Recycled Pulp, and Christmas Ghosts. In them, characters want to fix something in the past, solve mysteries, escape to an unknown future or maybe just get a glimpse of it. One thing they all discover: time is much more complex than the linear progression of events we often, in our ignorance, imagine it to be.
Einstein himself, father of the theory of the spacetime continuum, famously said that imagination is more important than knowledge because knowledge is limited, but "imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand." He surely would be delighted with these authors and their stories that take us to the limits of what we still do not know.
Ready for a trip on the Spacetime Express? Backward, forward, and sideways, this train is about to depart. Pro tip: Fasten your seatbelts, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.
Lincoln City, Oregon
October 5, 2020