Tag: Time Travel

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Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the trivia of insurrections and coups and racists claiming to be antiracists conducting a reign of terror under the sponsorship of global corporations that these petty outrages distract us from the deeper crimes, crimes perpetrated in the culture against the truth. A friend of mine the other day […]

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Warning: Spoilers! !resliopS :gninraW             I don’t mean this as a proper review of Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s time-bending action epic currently in theaters. On most elements of the film I have little to add to what seems to be the critical consensus. It’s a superbly cast, well acted visual triumph that desperately needs subtitles. As […]

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SF authors are generally viewed as being mainly concerned with the future, but Connie Willis is more interested in the past…and, particularly, the way in which the past lives in the present. Her novels and short stories explore this connection using various hypothetical forms of time displacement. In Lincoln’s Dreams, a young woman starts having […]

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Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

 

If I were marooned on a desert island and could only have one book, it would be Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. I first read this book in a Boeing 747, in 1984, on my way to Britain for a three-week vacation with my then-husband. I remember reading a passage, I don’t remember which, that made me cry it was so beautiful.

After Ray and I got married, for a while we went to bed at the same time, and he would read me a chapter before turning out the light. Sometimes I would fall asleep while listening to him read, but I could hear that he liked the book as much as I did (he had not read it before). In 2005, he gave me a hardback first edition of the book, and it lives on my bedside table, always waiting for me to open it to just about any page, and resume the braided stories of Athansor, the white horse, and all the people’s lives he touches.

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I was just doing a kitchen chore, and thinking about the Outlander series of novels written by Diana Gabaldon.  For those of you who don’t know what it’s about, it involves a nurse in Scotland in 1946 reuniting with her husband after being mustered out of the army after WWII.  She walks up around a […]

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I glanced at the headline and did a double-take: School district in Marin County agrees to desegregate in settlement with state Had I entered a time warp?  Was this an old story dug out of the archives from the 1950’s?  But no, it was listed as breaking news, so my next thought was that surely […]

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A friend has written a book, to positive reviews from experienced fiction readers.  @dill has read it, and is planning to write a post on it when she can.  I’ve connected with Dave over the years as a fun and thoughtful friend from church. Our pastor quotes him and credits “our resident plumber.”  Who knew that […]

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Timeless is one of this fall’s new shows; my girlfriend got me into it and I’m enjoying it so far. The villain wants to weaken America (which is a nice change from having the hero want it) by going back in time and changing key moments in history. The heroes also have a time machine […]

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How Far Back Can I Throw You?

 

TTunnelTime Tunnel was a cheesy Irwin Allen science fiction show about a government project to facilitate time travel that ran for one season on ABC in the late 1960’s,* starring James Darren, Robert Colbert, and former Miss America Lee Meriwether. There was a lot of historical inaccuracies in episodes set in the past and a lot of people wrapped up in aluminum foil for shows set in the future. Of course, our protagonists seemed to be able to function highly anywhere and in any time.

If, by mechanical means or the power of angels, how far back into the past do you think you could be thrown back and still survive? Could you hunt for food and build shelter in the 1850’s? Would your children even know how to operate a phone in the 1940’s? Could you find work or would you create it? Good Lord, what would you do without the Internet!?

Send me back far enough and I could pass as a doctor, my 21st Century layman’s knowledge would surpass that of many professionals in the 19th. Put me at the dawn of network radio and I could become the stuff legends are made of.

Marriage, Schmarriage, and Blarriage

 

Earlier this year, I signed on to one of the amicus briefs arguing against judicial imposition of nationally recognized same-sex marriage and I am not changing my position here. However, I have gradually come to understand — largely thanks to the tireless efforts of SSM-supporting Ricochetti over on the SSM PIT — a pretty good argument for it. This argument deserves a fair hearing, and traditionalists like myself deserve the chance to confront it directly. Hopefully the result will be that some of us understand each other a little better, even if no one is actually convinced of anything.[1]

I say the argument is good because its premises support its conclusion and all of the premises — if not unquestionably true — at least have something going for them. Now, arguments have forms (as I explained here) and it’s probably best to not jump right into the argument itself, but its form, which is as follows:

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I’ve been thinking about time travel for a couple of reasons. One, because I understand it’s part of the plot of Interstellar which I’m planning to see this weekend. I’ve been just skimming reviews and Ricochet posts about the film until I see it myself. Preview Open

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Book review Dinosaur collection is fun to read Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2014 […]

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Once again, I help my fellow Ricochetti navigate the perils of summer movie watching! Now allow me to start out by saying that I was very iffy going into this film. Of all the superhero films out in the past two decades, the X-Men have had the most remaining in the same continuity and for […]

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