Tag: Time Travel

Pit of Bones by J.C.Redmond

Posted May 14, 2016

Battling Neanderthals in a struggle for the existence of humanity in a time and place that shouldn’t exist was the last thing Jack and Rene imagined when they promised the Professor they would document the existence of ancient human remains – but there they were.

The story: In 1976 a group of cavers discover the location of an ancient pit in a remote cave site – the legendary pit of bones rumored to be filled with ancient human remains that could forever change the story of the initial occupation of North America. A flash flood disrupts the expedition and forces the group to flee before any evidence is gathered. The leader of the expedition is lost and the pit’s contents falls back into mystery. The Professor was part of that expedition, and he knows now, nearly forty years later, it’s time to uncover the truth.

The protagonist: Jack Landry is an investigative specialist with a passion for the past. From his early exposure on how to process an archaeological dig by his anthropologist uncle, to his studies with the eminent Professor Warren Ladell, Jack is knowledgeable, capable and, even more, a skilled outdoorsman use to working in extreme conditions – he’s just the person for the job.

The truth? The truth is that the pit is a portal to a forgotten time, and the life that was lost in the original expedition not only survived, but emerges as a dominate force in an ancient time and place. With a personality bordering on the sociopathic, the villain Scar becomes leader of the fierce Haltook (Neanderthals) and uses their power – and his modern day knowledge – to pursue a twisted idea of payback. Now, they must stop him – in the past, so they can live in the future.

Ultimately, Jack must navigate the strange, lush land of the past, filled with exotic animals of North America’s past, to overcome the corrupt morals and out of control ego of Scar as he schemes to destroy everything humans ever created. By forging alliances with the ancient shaman Dulkuve and the warrior Quantahan of the Ashtakee tribe, Jack, and his modern counterparts Rene, Professor Laddel, and Trip devise a plan to save the future – if there’s time.

Pit of Bones is a sci-fi tale of mystery and excitement that digs through the layers of time revealing dialectics between past and present. Food, pollution, nature, spirituality, and ego are all pulled between past and present. The pit of bones is a story of our beginnings in a new land that informs us about who we are today.

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…Before You Leap by Les Lynam

Posted March 5, 2016

Two teens from two centuries apart, one the direct descendant of the other. Einstein’s Theory didn’t cover THIS relativity.

Sean Kelly considered himself an average 16-year-old, living in an average neighborhood in a small University town. Nothing too exciting ever happened in Grover’s Corners, Missouri; some might even label it boring. His ordinary life was disrupted when a distant relative dropped by at the beginning of his Junior year in high school. A distant relative from the 23rd Century.

Two 16-year-olds in a time machine. What could possibly go wrong?

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Time Trap by Richard Smith

Posted December 14, 2015

Who was the mysterious Hector Lightfoot? What was he up to when he disappeared, and who were the two ghosts once seen in his house in London? Jamie and Todd, two 13-year-olds, are destined to find out when they go to stay with Jamie’s Uncle Simon, an historian, who now lives in that very house. Soon after they arrive, Jamie has a frightening encounter with the two ghosts.

Hector, a veteran from the First Afghan War, joined a covert expedition to China, returning to work on a secret Government project in an underground laboratory at the British Museum. He vanished soon after, never to be heard from again.

Simon has access to the lab, and shows the two boys a strange, huge, iron arch – which, unknown to him, is a time-travel device. They are briefly left alone when the building is struck by lightning. Its power energises the mysterious arch, and sends the boys back in time to the year 1862. There, they must survive disease and danger at every turn, and encounter some of the wicked characters of Victorian London. They quickly realise that only if they can, somehow, find Hector Lightfoot will they ever be able to get home again. To survive in the meantime, they join a street gang and are soon sucked into acts of crime.

Hector has gone into hiding to escape an evil organisation, determined to use the time-travel device to gain world domination. But he has the all-important crystal which without, the time-travel device is useless. Whilst Hector evades the sinister faction, Jamie becomes convinced that the two ghosts he saw earlier are following them…

The book has a London walk connected to the story: the Time Trap Trail.

I will send you a book if you would like to see it.

Richard

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Deja Vu by Ian Hocking

Posted November 22, 2015

In the year 2023 Saskia Brandt, detective with the European FIB, comes back from holiday newly single, tired and full of sadness. Heading straight back to the office she finds no peace, only her receptionist dead and no suspects. Given only 12 hours to clear her name she sets to work on unravelling the mystery, one that proves greater than the sum of its parts.

David Proctor is just an academic eating his breakfast until he gets a phone-call telling him the prototype computer – Ego – he has been loaned is now the only one left. Meanwhile someone has broken into his house, someone who wants him to go back to the lab where his wife died in a bomb attack 20 years before.

As the mysteries and intrigue envelop Saskia and David they are forced to unpick their own pasts. Because in Déjà Vu you find that things aren’t as they seem, truth is a matter of perspective and that the past can change just as quickly as the future.

Déjà Vu is a taut science fiction thriller that will keep you guessing, a gripping read and a sharp reflection on identity in a digital world.

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A-Z Blogging Challenge: T is for… Time travel

Posted November 6, 2015

I am a massive – massive – fan of time travel. Forwards or backwards, it matters not. I love the whole concept of time travel, whether this is achieved through self-hypnosis, a machine, an object, a portal, an accident or a slip through time itself is irrelevant.  Time travel and it’s various devices and consequences is a common theme, with each author having their own vision.

An Introduction to Time Travel

I think the Doctor (Who) describes Time travel best. In Blink, he finds himself in the position whereby he and his assistant have been transported back in time without the Tardis. At a pivotal moment in this episode he explains how ‘People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.’

Time travel devices

Self-hypnosis

Somewhere in timeIs it possible to use your mind to return to a point in the past? In Somewhere in Time (1980), ‘A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to find the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.’

I remember watching this years ago (it’s a great little film if you like some time travel romance).


An Accident

Still on the subject of films, one of my absolute favourites in theMV5BMTQ2MzM0NzE4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODIyNDcxMQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_ time travel genre is A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949):

A bump on the head sends Hank Martin, 1912 mechanic, to Arthurian Britain, 528 A.D., where he is befriended by Sir Sagramore le Desirous and gains power by judicious use of technology. He and Alisande, the King’s niece, fall in love at first sight, which draws unwelcome attention from her fiancée Sir Lancelot; but worse trouble befalls when Hank meddles in the kingdom’s politics.

It’s a memorable film, using modern day science to confront old English beliefs, and includes the severely catchy song, ‘Busy doing nothing.’


Time travel machines

Back to the future In Back to the FutureMarty Mcfly travels back into the past in a car – a Delorean to be precise – where he bumps into his parents, disturbing the flow of the past and threatening his very existence.

Other machines

Machines are quite common in Time Travel fiction. H.G.Wells novel The Time Machine introduced time travel through mechanical means, Doctor Who, of course, has his Tardis, and in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a phone box was used.

In the Philadelphia Experiment, an entire battleship travelled back in time while participating in an invisibility experiment, while in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home the Enterprise travelled back through time when it became apparent Earth’s continued existence was threatened.


Time travel objects

Objects are another common means of engaging in Time Travel, be it a Vortex Manipulator like Captain Jack Harkness’ (Torchwood/Doctor Who), a medallion as in J.W.Penn’s Emperors of Time or Travel Glasses as in Chess Desalls book of the same name.

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Whatever the ‘object,’ the purpose remains the same – to propel the user of the object from one point in time to another.

Time travel portals

Another means of travelling through time is the ‘portal’ – which in my mind conjures up images similar to that in Stargate (1994), where one can enter a structured portal in one time and arrive through its twin in another.

Timeslip

Out of all the methods of travelling through time, Timeslips fascinate me. There are a lot of stories on the internet of people accidentally ‘walking’ into the past, albeit for short periods. One particularly well known account is that of Anne Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain who became lost on holiday in France while searching for a chateau. They came across some people dressed in 1789 attire and saw buildings that hadn’t existed for many years. I don’t know how true this is, but the concept really does fascinate me. You can read more about it here: the Versailles Time slip.

 

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Insight Kindling by Chess Desalls

Posted October 17, 2015

Calla faces charges against her for changing the past. Her use of the Travel Glasses resulted in the creation of two writings that affected the lives of Edgar, the inventor of the Travel Glasses, and Valcas, their prior owner. Now Calla must explain her actions before the Time and Space Travel Agency. The hearing does not end well. The travel commissioner finds Calla guilty as charged and forces her to choose between two harsh penalties. Despite the risk of becoming lost herself, Calla accepts a dangerous travel mission that may help her find her father. She teams up with a group of talented travelers. While working with them, she soon discovers that she has a special travel talent of her own. Pursued by the sentient being of white light that’s been tracking her father’s bloodline, Calla fears her newfound talents may not be enough to protect her and her teammates before they complete their mission.
Insight Kindling is the second installment in The Call to Search Everywhen serial series.

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Excerpt: Blood in the Fire

Posted June 30, 2015

 

Liz scurried toward the backyard faster than a cockroach caught in a flashlight beam. Luke didn’t move a muscle as she left. He just stared off into the distance. Then, once she was gone, the hand he was resting on the dining table curled into a single trembling fist.

“It’s not easy parenting two teenagers, is it?” I asked. “Especially when one of them is me, and the other one can turn you into a rabbit.”

“Can she really do that?” Luke asked quietly. I walked around and took the seat Liz had occupied.

“I have no idea,” I replied. Finally, his gaze refocused, and he turned to me. His eyes glistened. They were fighting back tears.

My brother’s not soft. He’s the toughest guy I know. Tough enough to hold it together at our parents’ funeral because he thought we needed him to hide his fear. Did he think Liz and I didn’t know that his heart was breaking? And at the age of twenty, he abandoned his plans to go to college, got a job and took guardianship of my sister and me. That’s courage. But his face right now reflected the overwhelming burden that he bore on his shoulders. Liz nearly died and she was acting like the whole thing was no big deal.

“What am I doing?” he asked at last. “Aliens tried to kill Liz. They almost killed all three of us, and I just agreed to go along with her on some mission.”

I let out a long sigh. “She’s stubborn,” I said. “If you tell her she can’t use her magic, she’s just going to do it behind your back.”

Luke glared at me. “So my role as her guardian is to just go along with it?” he asked, tossing his arms into the air in frustration. “She makes the decision to fight in some kind of war, and I’m just supposed to say okay?”

He waited for an answer. Reassurances buzzed on the tip of my tongue, but I kept them to myself. My gaze fell on the kitchen faucet as I considered my response. I hadn’t tightened the knob and water dripped slowly into the sink.

Maybe if Luke pleaded with Liz long enough, she would see what she was doing to both of us and give in. But I knew better. Her obsession with magic consumed her. Enough to make her blind to Luke’s pain. The only thing I could do to improve the situation was reassure him.

I was about to remind Luke just how bad-ass our sister was. This was a girl who was feared by the thugs and bullies at her school. Real thugs, with blades and criminal records. She had a developed a reputation for being able to kick butt.

He chimed in before I could start. “When I was holding her and she fell unconscious. Her blood was all over the floor and my hands and shirt. I thought—”

“I know what you thought,” I interrupted. “I was there.” Neither one of us needed to relive the moments before my two fingers on her neck felt her weak pulse.

But Luke didn’t stop talking. “Then yesterday, you came home and asked me if she was here, then told me she wasn’t at the hospital, and I swear to God, Mark, for the first few moments, I thought it was another dream.” Why would Luke think he was dreaming? Then, I realized: he must have been having nightmares that resembled that exact scenario. We’d both shared the unspoken fear that the wizards would come back for her.

“Mark, there was a chance magical aliens had my sister,” he continued, “and what did I do? I cleaned dishes.”

“Well, those dishes had been piling up for a while,” I offered. Luke shot me an irritated glare. He was right; it wasn’t funny. It wasn’t like I had come up with any bright ideas last night either. I searched the hospital. Then I came home to see if she had found a way back here. When I learned she was still at large, all I did was plant my behind on the couch and stare at the damn wooden door. If she hadn’t walked through, I don’t know how long I would have sat there, hoping for good news.

“There was nothing you could do,” I said.

“No, you’re right!” Luke exclaimed. “Because I couldn’t call the cops and tell them aliens might be trying to kill my sister. Child services would have revoked my guardianship so fast, Liz would already be in a foster house.”

“She is sorry,” I said. “You know how scared she is of hospitals. She just wasn’t thinking straight.” I wondered if Luke could hear the steady drip of water too. It was out of sync with the ticking clock and the noise was driving me mad. Still, I didn’t move to fix it.

“Yeah, I know she’s sorry,” Luke said, softening his tone. “Sometimes she acts so mature, I forget she’s a fourteen-year-old teenager. I expect her to be an adult. Then she goes off, pulls a stunt like the one from last night, and I remember she’s still a kid.”

“Nah, she’s not a kid. She’s more mature than I am,” I countered. “Which is why I think we should give her a chance. It might even be fun.”

Luke smiled. “It’s not hard to be more mature than a college student who still watches Tom and Jerry cartoons between classes,” he ribbed. I smiled too. I knew Luke couldn’t pass up an opening to tease me, and I’d purposefully handed him that one on a silver platter.

“Hey, don’t you go knocking the genius that is cartoon physics,” I said. Even though Luke had smiled, his eyes were still sad.

“Look, Liz acts like this world of hers is no-big deal,” I continued. “Maybe it’s not. Maybe what happened was some freak act of nature and once you and I get a chance to look into it, it won’t seem so scary anymore.” Luke picked up the glass Liz had been drinking from and took it to the sink to rinse out. He turned the faucet on and finally the dripping was replaced by a steady stream of water. I kept talking. “I mean she’s been doing this for years and she’s never come home hurt before. Mom and Dad got her started for goodness sake. Would they have done that if she was in real danger?”

Luke nodded. He placed the clean cup on the towel by the sink and turned toward me. “Thanks bro,” he said, rustling my hair as he walked by.

“We’ll go with her and then we’re both gonna feel better about this whole thing,” I replied. Luke was already half way to his bedroom, but I kept talking. “And in the meantime, if we get to kick some alien wizard butt along the way, well how cool would that be?”

 

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Travel Glasses

Posted June 16, 2015

First Impressions

Travel Glasses has the most amazing cover. The colour is striking, the dress and landscape give it a fairy tale feel (I’ve yet to open the book, so could be wrong), making the timepiece at the bottom and the strange-looking glasses in her hand all the more inviting.

Upon opening the book, I’m presented with well-formatted text, a first person narrator and an interesting introduction into Calidora’s world. The writing style makes it a pleasure to read, as does the absence of errors. I’ve only flicked through the first couple of pages, but intend to read more of this book.

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Blood in the Fire

Posted June 15, 2015

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My initial thoughts

Blood in the Fire is written in the first person, and the standard of writing is very high. It begins at a point close to media res and the writing style (and story) was quick to entice me. It begins with feel of a mainstream fiction novel, but soon changes its tone, and through the course of a conversation, back story is established with ease.

I’ve only read a few pages of the book so far, but this is one I intend to take a further read of. There’s no other reviews as yet, but this book does have two five star ratings on Goodreads (and I’ve added it to my ‘to read’ list).

This book is marketed as being suitable for young adults with magic and fantasy, and from what I’ve read so far, it looks like it might be an enticing read.

 

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Emperors of Time by J.W.Penn

Posted January 6, 2015

;Tim is a shy history nerd, Julie is popular and smart, Billy is athletic and confident, and Rose is clever and quirky. But what none of them understand is why Steven Hopkins, a Time Traveler from the 24th century, has chosen them to take on the Emperors of Time. The four teens must travel back to 1916 San Francisco to stop the past from being changed. If they fail, the self-proclaimed Emperors of Time will control the future. Their adventure takes them from a bridge over the Susquehanna River in the days before the Battle of Gettysburg to a settlement of outcasts from the Emperors’ futuristic paradise and from the seediest to the swankiest parts of 1916 San Francisco.

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