I was watching Peggy Sue Got Married the other day, and got to thinking about all the different fictional representations of time travel. There are so many theories out there, some relatively believable (with at least a passing nod to real science), and some unapologetically fantastic or magical. I thought it’d be fun to compile a bunch of different methods by which one can zip through time, depending on what fictional universe you’re living in.
Anyone wanna join me? Let’s include even the completely wacko and vague theories – such as in Peggy Sue. (I’ve seen that flick dozens of times and I still can’t figure out how Peggy Sue’s grandpa and his lodge pals were planning on getting her back to the 20th Century! Assuming the whole thing wasn’t just a stroke-induced hallucination, that is.)
Here’s the sort of thing I have in mind:
Back to the Future - Requires a specially tricked-out DeLorean fueled by plutonium. Select your temporal destination, fire up the “flux capacitor,” and rev up your car to a speed of 55 MPH. Moving both forward and backward through time is possible. Recommended but optional: bring along a photograph of your current self to make sure you’re not erasing your own future.
Superman I - Use superspeed to zoom around the world in a direction opposite that of the earth’s rotation. (Backward time travel only.) Do this dozens of times and you’ll go back about 20 minutes or so. Warning: might cause parental displeasure.
Dragonriders of Pern - Atop your impressed Dragon (preferably a gold, bronze or brown), transmit to him or her the mental image of a place and time – making sure your image is specific and detailed. Your dragon will instantly take you through an ice-cold void (called “between”), after which you’ll both reappear at your destination. Warning: travelling between times is possible but very dangerous. May cause insanity. Stay away from your past self, be aware of any differences in geological or architectural structures, and for heaven’s sake don’t envision the Red Star!