I’m a geek. Almost by definition, this makes me interested in any story involving time travel. We just watched Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure last night with the kids, a perfect movie for the end of the school year.
But I have a confession to make: I’m also an incurable romantic. Combine the two — time travel and romance — and you have a killer combination.
On my wife Kay’s recommendation, I gobbled up Kage Baker’s “The Company” book series, which begins with In the Garden of Iden. Very unusual use of time travel, beginning in Elizabethan England. You can read the first chapter online to learn the amazing premise of this series.
The only movie that left me sobbing uncontrollably was Somewhere in Time. (Again, suggested by K. She knows me well!) Say what you like about the acting. I can still hum the movie theme and get the chills. Yes, I said “sobbing uncontrollably.”
We discovered the anime Please Save My Earth by accident on TV. Here the time element is reincarnation, involving a group of people with paranormal powers. The only disappointment is that it ends abruptly in the middle of the story, so I bought the original Japanese manga (comics) so I could see how it plays out. The anime has beautiful music, but the more haunting tunes introduced me to the amazing Yoko Kanno.
Now we recently saw the new Star Trek movie. To my surprise, our teenage daughter S started watching the original Star Trek TV series. Like, every episode. In order. Today, she watched City on the Edge of Forever. I got to catch the last act with her. I am a proud father.
Which are your favorite time travel stories? What about time travel romance?
Have any of your children or nieces/nephews discovered stories you treasured?