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December 2017

Hot Wheels 1015 - Hover mode DeLorean (Back to the Future)

Hot Wheels 2015 – Hover mode DeLorean (Back to the Future), by RiveraNotario (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

This month the theme is #timetravelread.  Who hasn’t wondered what it would be like to travel back in time to a particular event in history, or forwards in time to experience the future and how you would time travel to get there?  By placing your hands on a stone in an ancient stone circle as in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon or through a time loop as in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  Perhaps you wouldn’t have control over when you time travelled like Henry De Tamble in Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder that makes him drift uncontrollably backwards and forwards through time.  Or would you use a vehicle that would allow you to choose when in time you wanted to travel to as in The Time Machine by H G Wells.

Maybe you would like to build your own time machine.  How to Build a Time Machine by Paul Davies will get you started.  Having A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking will be very useful.  Then you will need to know how to time travel, read Louis A. Del Monte’s How to Time Travel: Explore the Science, Paradoxes, and Evidence.  What happens if you encounter a black hole or time warp while time travelling?  Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by Kip S. Thorne will inform you.

Many children’s books feature time travel: Time Riders by Alex Scarrow whose characters travel in time to protect us from people plotting to destroy the world and Day of Vengeance by Johnny O’Brien in which schoolboy time-traveller Jack Christie is thrown back to 1940s Nazi-occupied France.  Or Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer in which Artemis has to travel back in time to battle his younger, more evil self.

How about playing some music featuring time travel while reading your #timetravelread?  Somewhere In Time – Iron Maiden, Robert Plant singing “I am a traveller of both time and space” in Kashmir, Uriah Heep’s – Travellers in Time, Hawkwind’s Silver Machine – “It flies sideways through time” or Strange Machines – The Gathering.

Playing time travel video games is a popular past time.  Chrono Trigger in which you follow a group of adventurers who travel through time to prevent a global catastrophe, Time Splitters which has aliens using time travel to take over the earth or Singularity in which the main character acquires a time manipulation device and then travels between 1955 and 2010 to save the timeline.

Then there are films involving time travel. In Back to the Future part 2 the DeLorean is set to the future date of 21 October 2015 for Doc, Marty, and Jennifer to travel to.  Bill & Ted use a phone box as a time machine in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure to travel to various times in the past and return with important historical people to help them complete their history homework.  It would certainly be an unusual and interesting way to learn about history.

Our favourite time lord can be seen in the cult television series Doctor Who, who explores the universe in his TARDIS, a time-travelling space ship.  Maybe you preferred to watch the interstellar adventures of Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise in Star Trek: The Original Series.  Or perhaps you were a fan of Dr Sam Beckett from Quantum Leap, a physicist who leaps through space time during an experiment in time travel.

What will be your favourite #timetravelread this month?  While you are reading, watching or playing your #timetravelread, you might like to tweet about it using the tags #timetravelread and #rwpchat so that other people can have a conversation with you.

There will be a Twitter discussion on 19 December starting at 11am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am BST.  Note this is a staggered discussion.





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