Looping Time

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


The time machine in the twenty-first century is often an individual exploration, psyche-powered, as in a number of fine and increasingly hefty recent novels, not all of which we have room to discuss here. In this corner of the narrative Multiverse are versions of the Replay trope (a term borrowed from the late Ken Grimwood’s reiterating fantasy novel Replay, from 1998) where the time travel is sometimes presented without a manufactured machine or major project to do the heavy lifting. They include Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife (2003), Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life (2013) and its quasi-sequel, tangled, mixed-up time in The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray (2016), scriptwriter Elan Mastai’s All Our Wrong Todays (2017), and this 400-pager by Claire North, a pseudonym of Catherine Webb (b.1986), from 2014. It deservedly won the John W. Campbell award for best sf novel of the year.

Fiction Works Discussed, Plus Suggested Reading

  1. Kate Atkinson Life After Life 2013Google Scholar
  2. Elan Mastai All Our Wrong Todays 2017Google Scholar
  3. Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveler’s Wife 2003Google Scholar
  4. John Wray The Lost Time Accidents 2016Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Damien Broderick
    • 1
  1. 1.San AntonioUSA

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