Long before I ever had the glimmer of an idea to write my Amber Gifts Series I loved stories about time travel. Some I read. Some I saw on television. All effected my growing affection for science fiction and fantasy.
Here is a list of my Top Ten Time Travel Tales. Yep I went with the Five T’s for a title.
Unlike David Letterman, these are in no particular order.
1. By His Bootstrap by Robert A. Heinlein
Introduced me to the word paradox. I’ve looked for those ever since.
2. All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein
This was recently made into a movie and I had forgotten I’d read it so many years ago. It holds up well.
3. The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein
I know the list is top heavy with stories by RAH but what can I saw, I read him a lot and he did good work.
4. A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury
Loved how this short stort ends. They tried to make a move out of it but it never worked, in my opinion. Stick with the book.
5. Fantastic Four #5 Prisoners of Doctor Doom by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Yes, I’m old enough to have read this when it was released. I think I still have a dog-eared copy in my basement.
6. Blink, Doctor Who Series 3 Episode 10 by Stephen Moffat
Best Doctor Who story ever and he has a fairly minimal role. The Weaping Angels steal the show. Just Don’t Blink!!
7. The City on the Edge of Forever, Star Trek Season 1, Episode 28 by Harlan Ellison
Kirk, Spock and Bones in pre-World War Two America. How much better could it get? The controversy with Ellison just adds to the fun, in my opinion.
8. War Without End, Babylon 5 Season 3 Episodes 16 & 17 by J. Michael Straczynski
Helps to see Babalon Squared, Season 1 Episode 20 first but I’ll count this as one since it’s all one continuing story. Again, the ending made me go, Oh My Gosh!! Repeatedly.
9. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (book & movie) by Mark Twain and staring Bing Crosby
I read the book after seeing this movie on TV. I liked both and living in Washington state I laughed when he evokes Walla Walla as magic. Not sure Twain would approve.
10. Dark Shadows. The 1966 to 1971 TV soap opera.
This came on in the late afternoon, after school was over. I would come home and watch it before dinner, wondering where they might be going or who Barnabas might bite next. Don’t see the movie. It was a horrible disappointment to me.
I’m sure I’ve left out your favorite. There are a lot to choose from. These are mine. What are yours?
Thank you for reading.