This week's Speculative Fiction Writer is teen and tween writer PK Hrezo, who by coincidence was the first Blog Blitz recipient yesterday. Congratulations and over to you, PK.
TIME TRAVEL WEIGH IN
Thanks so much to Ellie for having me here! Today I’m talking about time travel, and this is your chance to weigh in. That’s right, I want to know YOUR thoughts. And not just because my current WIP is about time travel … well, yeah, actually that is the reason why. So here’s your chance to tell me what you like, dislike, find impossible to believe, are building in your garages, etc.
A couple weeks ago on Twitter for #SciFiChat (which is every Friday at 3pm EST) we talked a lot about time travel, and everyone has their own fave stories: The Time Machine, Back to the Future, Star Trek, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Looper, etc. The question came up as to what it is about time travel stories that pull you in. For most, it was the forbidden fruit appeal of changing something from the past.
I know I have plenty I’d change if I could go back and knock some sense in Past-PK, but what that question did, was reminded me to look at the big picture in my own time travel story—to think theme and character, and not get so bogged down with the logistics of how time travel works, though that has to plausible too. Do you find that easy to forget when writing sci-fi or other speculative fiction? Do you get more concerned with whether or not your time machine (or insert own component here) will work, then whether or not your character has the right goal, or that she’ll transform by the end of the story? (For more on those per PlotWhiperer, see this link.
Which brings me to my next point: time travel has been done so many ways, from brainwashing oneself in Somewhere in Time, to traveling around the sun in Star Trek IV, to simply jumping in and out of time in the blink of an eye like The Time Traveler’s Wife. A souped-up delorean is a fun way to go, complete with plot device flux capacitor, or for Whovians around the world, a disguised TARDIS takes the cake. Which means for us writers hoping to conjure up something new, our job is extra hard. Seems everything’s been done.
I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeve, but now I’m asking YOU:
What thrills you most about time travel? Does the science (fiction) behind how it could work make a difference to you? Or are you more interested in how the main characters interact in alternate time periods? Little of both? More or less of one? Does the actual device that allows time travel matter to you? Anything you’d like to see more of?
I’d love to hear your feedback!
You can find me on Twitter @pkhrezo, as well as my blog and website where I do more than just write. I make stuff too.
PK Hrezo is a fearless fiction writer, and creator of Pixie Patrol. Part time airline agent, and full time wife and mom. Her BFF is a 70lb labradoodle named Ripley. She's repped by Jordy Albert of The Booker Albert Agency. And can quite easily while the hours away discussing books, movies, and writing like nothing else in the world existed.
Thank you, PK. I've spent the last few minutes recalling all the great time travel films I've seen. I'm glad you included Somewhere in Time - it holds a special place in my heart for personal reasons. It's also a terrific movie.
As a writer I'm more interested in the consequences of time travel to both characters and the world itself than the mechanics of how it works. I guess if I were to write a time travel story I would need to give the science some consideration, though. As you say, it has to be plausible.