Now and Then We Time Travel

Visiting Pasts and Futures in Film and Television


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About the Book

More than 400 films and 150 television series have featured time travel—stories of rewriting history, lovers separated by centuries, journeys to the past or the (often dystopian) future. This book examines some of the roles time travel plays on screen in science fiction and fantasy.
Plot synopses and credits are listed for films and TV series from England, Canada, the UK and Japan, as well as for TV and films from elsewhere in the world. Tropes and plot elements are highlighted.
The author discusses philosophical questions about time travel, such as the logic of timelines, causality (what’s to keep time-travelers from jumping back and correcting every mistake?) and morality (if you correct a mistake, are you still guilty of it?).

About the Author(s)

A former Florida reporter, Fraser A. Sherman has contributed articles to such publications as Newsweek, Boys Life and Movie Marketplace and is the author of three previous film books and more than two dozen published speculative-fiction short stories. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Fraser A. Sherman
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 280
Bibliographic Info: 22 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9679-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2643-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

One. A Century of Screen Connecticut Yankees 7

Two. Time of the Time Machine 13

Three. Enjoying the Exotic: Travel from the Present to Other Times 20

Four. Bouncing Around Time, Getting Lost and Doing the Time Warp 47

Five. Strange Visitors from Another World: Travel to the Present from Other Times 64

Six. Changing History: When Time Is Up for Grabs 84

Seven. Shaping the Future by Changing the Past That Is Our Present 99

Eight. If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Changing Personal History 125

Nine. Love in a Time of Time Travel 164

Ten. Time Cops: Policing the Time Stream (or) Putting Right What Once Went Wrong 181

Eleven. Déjà Vu All Over Again: Time Loop Films 192

Appendices 201

   Appendix I: Film Credits 202

   Appendix II: Television and ­Direct-to-Video Series Credits 225

   Appendix III: Television Specials 230

   Appendix IV: Films and Television Series with Minor Time Travel Elements 231

   Appendix V: The Rest of the World 235

   Appendix VI: Interesting Short Films 240

   Appendix VII: Movies About Parallel Lives 241

   Appendix VIII: Time Travel Porn Films 242

Chapter Notes 243

Bibliography 244

Index 245

Book Reviews & Awards

“provides countless examples of films and series centered on time travel…excellent”—ARBA.