My love for time travel fiction started long ago. The first novel I remember reading in this clouded sub-genre was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.
I was twelve and was astounded by the idea of shifting through time and dimensions. I followed that with Well’s The Time Machine and Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, discovering the many different avenues that time travel could take.
From machines to genetics, there are many ways to achieve time travel, but my favorite is accidental, whereby the hero/heroine is thrown back in time by some earthly or magical force. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander is an incomparable example.
Literary time travel is a way to explore history in a more urgent way. It adds mystery and depth, and it forces the protagonist to admit that there are unseen forces in the world.
Says Hamlet, ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’
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