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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Another Question....

Okay, I'm in the mood for a good time-travel story. Or even a mediocre one. Anything involving people from the future is good.

Can anyone make any recommendations?

25 Comments:

  • At February 28, 2007 9:04 AM, Anonymous Jack Potts said…

    Although it's not a graphic novel, I would stongly recommend "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrewy Niffenegger."

    http://www.reviewsofbooks.com/time_travelers_wife/review/

    Don't you remember? I already recommended this book to you...2 months from now!

     
  • At February 28, 2007 9:12 AM, Anonymous Myk said…

  • At February 28, 2007 9:45 AM, Blogger Tom Bondurant said…

    The Justice Society faces strange visitors from the future in DC 2000....

     
  • At February 28, 2007 10:15 AM, Blogger Sano said…

    What about Grant Morrison's DC One Million?

     
  • At February 28, 2007 10:33 AM, Blogger Matthew E said…

    Are we talking comics or prose books here?

    Comics: The All-New Atom just finished up a two-part time-travel thing.

    Books: To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis. Time and Again, by Jack Finney. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams.

    Movies: 12 Monkeys.

     
  • At February 28, 2007 10:50 AM, Blogger Steven said…

    Flash: Race Against Time, helpfully collected in book form, is one of my favorites, particularly for the chapter (issue), that's a flashback for one character, the present for another character, and it takes place in the future. Mindbending, when you think about it.

     
  • At February 28, 2007 11:53 AM, Blogger Anthony Strand said…

    The Time Traveler's Wife sounds almost exactly like the Doctor Who episode "The Girl in the Fireplace", which is totally awesome.

    What about that? Do you watch Doctor Who? You can't beat that for time-travel stories.

     
  • At February 28, 2007 12:28 PM, Blogger The Dane said…

    While not specifically a time-travel story (i.e., though the characters themselves do not travel back and forth through time, the reader does), Jimmy Corrigan by Chris Ware is pretty neat. In examining the misfit life of adult Jimmy Corrigan, Ware skips neatly back two generations to the childhood of Jimmy's grandfather. It really is an amazing book, and the time-traveling the reader does is a big part of what makes it so good.

    Hm, I'm also put in mind of a book put out a few years back that was really interesting. The protagonist has a machine that allows him to have a series of conversations with himself as a kid, by which he tries to influence his present by changing his past. It was really cool and short. And I can't remember it's title. When I get home tonight, I'll scrounge around to see if I can find it.

     
  • At February 28, 2007 12:45 PM, Blogger creativename said…

    Absolutely "Time Traveller's Wife". Besides it being a great time travel story, it's about to be a movie. Read it before the movie and you'll have the joy of discovering a well-written, surprising story as its layers are peeled away.

    I don't have a lot of confidence in the movie maintaining the narrative appropriately. I hope they don't really try.

     
  • At February 28, 2007 1:54 PM, Blogger Zaratustra said…

    The End of Eternity, Asimov.

     
  • At February 28, 2007 3:15 PM, Blogger Philip said…

    Non-comics: The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers is the best exploration of time travel that I've read.

    Comics: Bill & Ted's Most Excellent Adventures by Evan Dorkin is a lot of fun.

     
  • At February 28, 2007 5:19 PM, Blogger Ferrous Buller said…

    What about - ?

    Oh, sorry: that one hasn't been written yet.

     
  • At February 28, 2007 11:12 PM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    Comics, books, movies?

    For movies, try out Primer. For comics, how about the final Starman trade Sons of the Father. Good time travel bit in that. For books...hmmm. Maybe Julian May's The Saga of the Pliocene Exile quartet...

     
  • At March 01, 2007 12:17 AM, Blogger Mallet said…

    Captain Marvel Vol. 4

    It's one big time travel adventure and one of the first books to make me
    cry.

    ... There have been many since...

    A lot of people say David wanted to just make a mad god to joke around with.
    But the series itself dealt with complex issues that, if they weren't laced
    in laughter, would be far to sad to talk about.

    This last volume is no exception, and contains probably the most heroic act
    any hero at Marvel has done.

    And the last issue of the book is kinda great to.

     
  • At March 01, 2007 4:31 AM, Blogger darkestknight said…

    Try the Joe Kelly JLA run. Its the Obsidian Age. JLA issues 66 to 75. Kyle Rayner actualy plays a HUGE role in the storyarc. You would like it a lot.

     
  • At March 01, 2007 7:40 AM, Blogger iamza said…

    They're text rather than graphic, but Kage Baker has written a few novels about travelling through time.

     
  • At March 01, 2007 9:45 AM, Blogger Amy Reads said…

    Hi Kali,
    Matt said, Books: To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis.

    To which I say yes, yes, YES!
    This is my favorite book of ALL TIME (well, that's not by Gaskell or a Bronte or Austen). Also, I suggest Doomsday Book, also by Connie Willis, the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (some parts are rather squicky-romantic, but the history-bits take over sometimes, too). I couldn't get into the Time Traveler's Wife, personally, but that may just be me.
    Yay time travel!
    :)
    Ciao,
    Amy

     
  • At March 01, 2007 9:46 AM, Blogger Amy Reads said…

    Hi again,
    Iamza said, They're text rather than graphic, but Kage Baker has written a few novels about travelling through time.

    Oh, more than a few! They're wonderful! It's the Company Series, beginning with In the Garden of Iden. Mendoza in Hollywood stands out, I think, as the best, but there are several of them and they're loads of fun.
    Ciao,
    Amy

     
  • At March 01, 2007 1:29 PM, Blogger The Dane said…

    Oh yeah, noticing that you don't get the Hulk, I was remeinded of a fun Marvel time travel book by Peter David and George Perez - called Future Imperfect. Yep. It's the one where Hulk gets raped (or something) by a woman. I mentioned it way back when when you were compiling men getting raped characters. It was a pretty decent story as I recall.

    Oh yeah, and I looked all over last night for the book I was talking about and couldn't find it. *sigh*

     
  • At March 01, 2007 1:49 PM, Blogger googum said…

    In the "Five Years Later..." Legion of Super-Heroes, Jo Nah (Ultra Boy) faces down herokiller/fop Roxxas; knowing with his invulnerability on, Roxxas can't hurt him. Facing a serious beating, Roxxas pulls the best handgun ever, the Chronal Howitzer, and blasts Jo.

    At first, Jo thinks the gun blasted him to the other side of the planet...then realizes he's been sent through time. Like 5000 years and change, or so. And unlike Superboy or Mon-El, he can't break the time barrier to get back. Jo is, as the kids say, boned.

    I won't tell how he gets back, except it involves another DC character Keith Giffen used to draw...

     
  • At March 01, 2007 1:59 PM, Anonymous davelevine said…

    I agree with most of what has been said about The Time Traveler's Wife. It's a good read.

    I'll also second the recommendation of Julian May's The Saga of the Pliocene Exile quartet. One-way time travel to the distant past.

    Finally I'll offer my own suggestion: Kindred by Octavia Butler.

     
  • At March 01, 2007 6:55 PM, Anonymous The Eyeball Kid said…

    I'd like to second "The Anubis Gates" and "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency". They have Coleridge in common, fer crissake!

     
  • At March 01, 2007 10:51 PM, Blogger JP said…

    I'll third The Anubis Gates and Dirk Gently, and the Niffenegger book.

    Also, erm, Time's Arrow by Martin Amis. It's not time travel per se, but instead time reversal...very trippy and will warp your head for a while.

    Michael Moorcock's Behold The Man is probably the most audacious tme travel novel ever written.

    Paul Davies' How To Build A TIme Machine gives you both a nifty survey of SF time travel stories and how scientists think we could actually achieve time travel.

     
  • At March 02, 2007 11:12 AM, Anonymous green with wheelpower said…

    Back<--to the Future trilogy
    Terminator1-3
    Star TrekIV the Voyage Home
    Classic Trek "City on the Edge of Forever"
    TNG the episode where Picard lives an entire life on aplanet already dead, also the episode where the Enterprise and a Romulan warbird are caught in shattered time, best of all "Yesterday's Enterprise"

    Books: Asimov's Foundation series and the terible power of psycohistory

     
  • At March 03, 2007 4:06 PM, Anonymous Nobody said…

    The last three good movies about time travel were Frequency, Primer (already mentioned), and the recent Deja Vu.

    I also enjoyed Harry Potter 3's third act a la Back to the Future Part II.

     

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