A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME TRAVEL searches for answers as to why time travel has inspired humans across borders and generations.


Long before becoming a dilemma for Einstein, time travel peppered ancient Japanese myths, the Hindu epic Mahabharata, and folktales around the world. Hundreds of years later, in dystopian novels and TV dramas, it remains one of the most compelling narratives we know.


In a society where time means everything and instant gratification is key, the idea of traveling through time offers us a means of escape from our hectic lifestyle. And it shows: in the last decade, there has been an influx of time travel themes in books, movies, and pop culture.


But it isn’t merely a diversion for the mind or a form of entertainment. What was once just a story has become controversy. Time travel pits scientists against each other in debate. It angers governments to the point of censorship. It’s shaping the computer technology that will order our societies tomorrow; it inspires fanatics; it inspires our youth. In a society that worships progress forward, this deceptively simple idea invites us to indulge nostalgia, rewrite history and evade mortality.


What makes time travel so powerful that it resonates in each of us, and to what lengths are we going today to make it a reality?


A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME TRAVEL is the biography of an idea, chasing time travel from ancient India to the streets of Los Angeles. For people of all ages and backgrounds—especially science fiction enthusiasts, and anyone who aches to experience a different time—it is an odyssey through one’s own imagination and a discovery of kindred spirits.



Dr. Ron Mallett

Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Connecticut

Bill Nye

Science Educator, Comedian and Television Host

Chana Phaedra

President and Researcher at Advanced Neural Biosciences

Dr. Satyanarayana Dasa

Founder of the Jiva Institute of Vedic Studies

Ted Sider, PhD

Professor of Philosophy, NYU

Erik Demaine, PhD

Professor of Computer Science, MIT

Tim Schafer

Founder of Double Fine Productions

Ed Farhi, PhD

Professor of Physics, MIT 

Alexandra Holmes

Intuitive Business Strategist

Wanda Gregory

Director, Digital Tech. & Culture

Seattle University

Daniel Wilson

Author of Robopocalypse

Brooks Peck

Curator at MoPOP

Ted Chiang

Since Fiction Writer

Award winning - 4 Nebula Awards



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