Is time a line, or a circle? This essential question about the nature of our universe remains unanswered after hundreds, if not thousands of years’ worth of debate, giving birth to more schools of thought we could ever hope to count.
Everyone has their own idea of what the truth might be like, but how exactly are we to explore ideas which go beyond what we’re capable of perceiving and achieving? Why, through fiction, of course. Many authors have and are trying to explore in one way or another the concept of time, and more often than not, it results in works of time travel fiction.
The appeals to this genre are numerous: to imagine a past or a potential future we’ll never witness, to see modern and relatable people thrust into outlandish scenarios, and of course, to witness the concrete application of any philosophy about the nature of time itself.
In this category, we’ll be looking at science-fiction books which deal with the topic of time travel in one form or another, ranging from being the centerpiece of the story to a background element. More precisely, we’ll be looking at the unique ones I believe are truly worth reading above their peers, and most importantly, worth thinking about.
“Here and Now and Then” by Mike Chen – The Fickle Rules of our Reality
Mike Chen has certainly done us book readers quite the favour when he finally dedicated himself to publishing his works, namely with one of 2019’s more prominent works of science-fiction, Here and Now and Then.
The story revolves around Kin Stewart, a time-travelling agent stuck in San Francisco in the 1990s, now with a daughter and a life for himself.
Suddenly, his rescue team shows up, 18 years too late… but Kin isn’t as keen to come back home as he once would have been.
“Blueshift” by Joshua Dalzelle – The Vanishing of Humanity
Joshua Dalzelle is one of those authors who has found their niche in the world of literature, dedicating his impressive talents to works of science-fiction.
After penning numerous novels in his three series, he has decided to try creating a standalone book, and the result was the curious Blueshift.
The story has us following a group of people who return to Earth after spending eight hundred years on a space mission.
However, the planet they once knew has become incomprehensibly different, and the crew realizes they are living on borrowed time as they try to uncover the mystery of the nightmare they landed in.
“Ad Infinitum” and “Ad Perpetuam” by William Fripp – The Ceaseless Incarnations of Evil
William Fripp has surprised the literary community with the publishing of his unique and imaginative stories, Ad Infinitum and Ad Perpetuam, following three regular folk who are hunting an ancient evil that jumps through time and bodies alike.
Find out what we think about his books and what the author himself has to say about the series in a short interview.