Time Travel Roundup – From Fiction (Q, Gilliam & more) to the latest on those FTL neutrinos (oh, and a really cool 2012 calendar)

I’ve been collecting some posts about time travel over the last month or so, and figured it was time to share them!

In the world of fiction

In real-life science news:

And just plain cool/funny:

  • A 2012 Time Travel Calendar. The calendar collects time travel events from films, comics, TV shows and videogames and puts them on a single timeline that plays out over the year. You’re getting about 2.6 billion years of time travel in 12 months.
  • Google Maps and Time Travel portals, where we “see” Air Force one emerging from a time-travel portal (not really, but it’s funny)

And if you have any time travel news I missed, please feel free to leave it in the comments. Are you writing time travel stories? Share!

What’s Your Fave Time-Travel Romance?

time travelOther than Outlander? And I’m not saying that in jest. I know that’s mine and many others, though it’s not strictly a Romance. Trying to describe it reminds me of the grandfather in The Princess Bride when he’s trying to convince his grandson that the story he’s going to read is worth it and lists all the cool stuff in it:

The Grandson: A book?
Grandpa: That’s right. When I was your age, television was called books. And this is a special book. It was the book my father used to read to me when I was sick, and I used to read it to your father. And today I’m gonna read it to you.
The Grandson: Has it got any sports in it?
Grandpa: Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles
The Grandson: Doesn’t sound too bad. I’ll try to stay awake.
Grandpa: Oh, well, thank you very much, very nice of you. Your vote of confidence is overwhelming.

I didn’t hear about Outlander until I’d finished my first draft and went to Barnes & Noble to ask them to recommend some time-travel books. The helpful lady recommended Outlander (with a warning that it could be addictive, and boy was she right!) and The Time Traveler’s Wife. I read both and immediately had to change my main character’s name (Claire), LOL!

Anyway, I didn’t want to turn this into a post on Outlander. I’ve read some other time-travel romances, but nothing that really wowed me. Though I’ve been an avid reader of non-Romance time travel (love Connie Willis!).

So, I thought I’d open this post up to you. What is your favorite time-travel romance and why?

Holy neutrino Batman! Time travel might be possible?

h/t @TessaDare, @EddieMcClintock

Jeff Forshaw, a professor of particle physics at Britain’s Manchester University, told Reuters the results if confirmed would mean it would be possible in theory to “send information into the past”. “In other words, time travel into the past would become possible…#though# that does not mean we’ll be building time-machines anytime soon.”

via UPDATE 2-Faster than light particles may be physics revolution | Reuters.

Of course, all this needs to be independently verified, but my God, if it’s true? Just last night I was hanging out on the porch of a friend’s house, sipping beers, and we were talking about where we’d go if time travel were possible. Some interesting destinations were named — Celtic Britain, Ancient Egypt, seeing dinosaurs — and some opposing views — “no way would I go there! Are you crazy?” — we hadn’t seen this article yet, so kinda feels funny waking up this morning having talked about it last night, blogging about my time travel novel, and then seeing this article.

If you could go back in time, where would you go? And what if you were able to do it a la Star Trek, in a safe spot somewhere and if you had to mix with the “natives” you had been made over with appropriate clothes and/or prosthetics? (This last is because I’d think it’d be cool to observe Neanderthals)