Time Travel Unraveled

  • Damien Broderick
Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)


Shortly before the turn of the twentieth century, in 1895, the first time machine story was published by Herbert George Wells, titled (I’m sure you’ve guessed) The Time Machine. Science fiction, as a distinct commercial and literary means of speculative story-telling, has a long pre-history, at least from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, 1818, to Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, 1889). Even so, Wells can be seen fairly as the initiator of what we now regard as a fresh genre, or—better still—fresh narrative mode.

References to Science Sources, Shown Chronologically

  1. Kip S. Thorne: Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy (London: Picador, 1994)Google Scholar
  2. Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time: Updated and expanded tenth anniversary edition. (NY: Bantam Books, 1988/revised 1998)Google Scholar
  3. Clifford A. Pickover: Time: A Traveler’s Guide (NY: Oxford University Press, 1998)Google Scholar
  4. J. Richard Gott: Time Travel In Einstein’s Universe: The Physical Possibilities of Travel through Time (Boston New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2001)Google Scholar
  5. Paul Davies: How To Build a Time Machine (London NY: Allen Lane, 2001)Google Scholar
  6. Lisa Randall: Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions (NY: Ecco Press, 2005)Google Scholar
  7. Ronald Mallet, with Bruce Henderson: Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality (NY: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2006)Google Scholar
  8. Sean Carroll: From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time (NY: Dutton, 2010)Google Scholar
  9. Dave Goldberg and Jeff Bloomquist: A User’s Guide to the Universe (Hoboken, 2010) —see Chapter 5, “Time Travel,” pp. 131–164Google Scholar
  10. James Gleick: Time Travel: A History (NY: Vintage Random House, 2016)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Damien Broderick
    • 1
  1. 1.San AntonioUSA

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