Monday, June 21, 2004

Time Travel

I've always been interested in time travel stories. I recently watched Kate and Leopold, which has the premise of "meant to be" time travel - it doesn't affect history because the person already entered the past, even though they haven't left the future yet. The "portal" time travel device employed is one of my favorites so far.

After that I read a Christian time-travel novel I've had sitting around for a while, Twice upon a Time. A man travels to past for about a minute and his friend stays. When the man goes home, he finds out his son drowned four years ago, though the man saw him alive just yesterday. No one else in the world knows anything happened, and the man has to go back and figure out what his friend did that changed history. He's the only one who knows that his son's alive since he went back for that one minute. It's quite complicated.

But in the young adult time travel novels I've read, there's very little about changing history. The most mentioned is an object brought from the future and accidentally shown to someone. Is this because young adults can't grasp the concepts? Or aren't the books long enough to go into this?

Perhaps time travel changing history is only a plot device used when need, ignored when not.


Katie Hart - Pinterest Manager said...

I haven't read Randy's novels, either, though I've gleaned a little from his site. Time travel fascinates me - science does not. I'd rather stick with writing about separate worlds (i.e. Narnia) until I understand the scientific concepts of time travel.

No One said...

Nonsense, I think young adults can fully grasp time travel, much more clearly than adults can. When I was a teen (before accepting Christ) I was reading (most of) Michio Kaku's "Hyperspace". Not to mention X-men, star trek and other sci-fi does a great job of making time travel understandable.

Now the question is, and one I've thought about for my own fiction, is what are the theological implications of time travel? That's all I can say really. I haven't even started it yet, but I have a great way to make time travel work from a Christian perspective, though it may raise other problems, but those little wrinkles can be ironed out as they appear.

For now just putting finishing touches on my very first (completed) novel, then it's finding an agent/publisher and off we go. What's it about? Well, that's sort of a secret too. But if it gets published I'll let u know.

No One said...

Wow, an old derek gilbert post! Love PID, we're facebook friends now, but man small world for us Christian nerds!

Pat said...

Who is the author of Twice Upon a Time? It sounds interesting. Time Lottery by Moser is a good one with a Christian theme.

Katie Hart - Pinterest Manager said...

The author is Dennis M. Van Wey.

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