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bring me your magical cats

What are books, movies, TV shows, or other media that contain time-travelling or dimension-hopping cats? Cats that can talk or perform magic but do not have the referenced abilities need not apply.
posted by bq on Dec 28, 2016 - 28 answers

Young adult Willamette Valley ghost book

When I was a kid, I read this great young-adult book that had a ghost story set in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Does anyone else remember this? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Sep 10, 2016 - 5 answers

Junior Time Lord Needs Reading List

Our kid is seven. He's asking for books and graphic novels he can read that are about time travel and/or parallel dimensions. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 17, 2016 - 46 answers

Books with time travel as a minor subplot?

I'm trying to find stories and/or novels which are mostly about something else but also include a bit of time travel, with that aspect of the story only made clear toward the end. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Jan 27, 2016 - 40 answers

Is there a rift in the time vortex in our bedroom?

Real life puzzle. My wife and I each have a digital alarm clock on our bedside tables. They were both accurate until we rearranged the room - now my wife's is always fast. We've switched the clock, extension cord, and outlet, but my wife's is still always fast. What's going on? Have we discovered a small rift in the time vortex? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Dec 21, 2015 - 29 answers

Why is someone sending me socket wrenches in the past?

An auto parts store in Pennsylvania thinks that someone with my email address and phone number, my home address from three years ago, my name from seven years ago, and someone else's credit card number just ordered a socket wrench set. I've gotten the order canceled, but can you help me figure out what's going on? [more inside]
posted by babelfish on Oct 20, 2015 - 11 answers

now c here

I'm looking for a good anthology of time travel stories to give to someone. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Jul 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Word of the Days

1. Define "metatemporal". 2. Click here. 3. It can't not be a joke... so it's a joke. Right? Ha ha?
posted by t(h)om(as) on Mar 24, 2015 - 3 answers

Historical Fiction from a modern perspective?

I've realized that I really like historical fiction that isn't just straightforward historical fiction, and I'm looking for some more books of this type. [more inside]
posted by brittanyq on Sep 6, 2014 - 18 answers

Name this book/story, SF division

All I remember is the macguffin is time travel, and the setting is a time period that I think may be similar to the few generations before and after the Roman occupation of Gaul. There may have been a murder mystery thrown in. The book was in English, I suspect by an American author. [more inside]
posted by qurlyjoe on Dec 31, 2013 - 9 answers

SF story about a man who shows up in a world of women wanting adventure

I'm trying to remember a science fiction story about a peaceful future in which there are only women and a time-traveling man shows up wanting adventure ("What, you don't have war? No soldiers?"), and I can't remember the title and can't google it up. Maybe by Joanna Russ? (End-of-story spoiler inside.) [more inside]
posted by languagehat on Sep 30, 2013 - 5 answers

I'm trying to help a friend find a specific young adult book.

He remembers it involved a modern day guy getting off of a school bus and suddenly being in Arthurian times. This of course rules out "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", and several others I've found on google. Does anyone remember a book with this specific scenario? Thanks.
posted by Jandoe on Mar 13, 2013 - 6 answers

What is the name of this children's book?

What is this children's book (and its sequel, if I recall correctly?) A girl takes an elevator in an old house/building to a floor that opens up several generations ago. She meets children from the past there. There is a scene where the narrator finds an old photograph and sees the girl in it. In this book, or possibly its sequel, there is some going back and forth in time to find buried treasure at the house in modern times. I don't remember the reading level but it may be considered a children's book or YA book. It was probably written sometime between 1960 and 1980, and I think I read it in the early 1990s.
posted by michaelh on Dec 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Has the world changed much since the 1980s?

A friend and I had a friendly disagreement about whether society as a whole has changed significantly since the 1980s. Can you help me bolster my side? [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Jul 24, 2012 - 71 answers

What should 22nd century California be like?

I'm writing a series of time travel novels. Since my first one is scheduled to be published in November, I've been debating what my next one should be. One idea I have is for a young woman in San Francisco or Los Angeles to find herself 100 years in the future (in 2110 or so), but I need some help imagining a realistic future. [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Jun 14, 2012 - 29 answers

What is this book?

BookFilter: This book had some futuristic name for Australia. What's the name of the book? [more inside]
posted by Heretical on May 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Help make my time travel party unbelievable!

I'm hosting a NYE party. The theme is time travel. I have a few ideas for food and drinks (and friends are bringing things, too), but can you give me some awesome ideas for making this party really fun and memorable? Any and all ideas are welcome! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Dec 23, 2011 - 35 answers

How to have the longest birthday possible

I really like birthdays. I want to have the longest birthday that is technically possible. How do I achieve this? [more inside]
posted by v.barboni on Oct 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Non-Canonical Reading List

Whovians: What are the essential non-TV series Doctor Who stories? Best novels, TV series novelizations, radio dramas, etc?
posted by Saxon Kane on Sep 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Name that Sci-fi Novel: Time Travelling Russians + Advanced Human Intelligences

Trying to remember the name of a sci-fi novel that involved time travelers. I *seem* to remember there was an organization dedicated to keeping the space-time continuum in order, and that organization consulted with human intelligences along the timeline, including vastly advanced human intelligences that basically weren't human anymore. [more inside]
posted by audiodidactic on Aug 25, 2011 - 10 answers

What time travel novels do you recommend?

I'm looking for recommendations for time travel novels-- ones that I might specifically like-- and I'd like to ask the HiveMind what they think. [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Aug 7, 2011 - 60 answers

Trying to find an old scifi short story about time travel

I'm trying to find a SciFi short story I read as a kid - I read this story as a kid in the '70s or '80s. It was in a paperback collection of SF short stories I got from the school library, it could have been published anytime from the '50s to the late '70s. I have no idea of the title or the author, just my memory of the story. It involved someone who was walking backwards through time to get home. Some scientific accident had propelled him hundreds of years forward in time. On the wreckage of the lab, he appeared, briefly, once every year (or maybe every decade or century?). From an observer's point of view, someone flashed in and out of existence predictably on that spot. I think a holiday formed around the appearance. From the person's point of view, he was walking backwards through time, from the far future back towards the date of the accident. Each "flash" was a step in that walk. Anyone know what this story is called or who wrote it?
posted by Cranialtorque on Aug 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Is Marty McFly (Prime) The Destroyer of Worlds? Yay or Nay?

I just watched the Back to the Future trilogy (for like the millionth time) and I have a question I’m hoping the Hive Mind can help me reconcile a question I have. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jul 18, 2011 - 33 answers

The name of the book is: ?

Fiction filter: A science fiction book I recall reading in my youth involved a cabin or shed in which time goes by several times faster inside rather than outside. [more inside]
posted by oceanjesse on Jun 20, 2011 - 4 answers


Give your best examples of the SF/ Survivalist/ Wish Fullfillment sub-genre "libertarian engineers do everything better" or "objectivist superman saves history". More specifically ones where someone is the last man on earth/sendt back in time and constructs a free market utopia through sheer smarts and rationality ( with himself on the top of it, of course). [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jun 9, 2011 - 28 answers

This might have been the book that sparked my love for all things fantasy

Another forgotten YA book title. I would have read it in 1985 or so - elementary school. Two kids from modern times are led through a portal (maybe?) or time travel (??) into a medieval/fantasy setting with (or possibly, where they meet?) a ranger type character. [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on Feb 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Time travel story about lone loser in family of overachievers?

I'm looking for a science fiction short story, probably from a science fiction magazine from the mid-1990s, involving time travel; a female graduate student from the future visits a contemporary ladies' man to figure out why he, alone in a family of very successful people, never excelled at anything in life. [more inside]
posted by mistersix on Nov 22, 2010 - 2 answers

Historical fiction for kids

My daughter's birthday is coming up, and I'm looking for book recs. Lately, she's fascinated by time travel and, to a lesser extent, World War II. I'd love to buy her some books about these subjects, but am sort of stuck on what, exactly, to buy. [more inside]
posted by MeghanC on Oct 24, 2010 - 46 answers

... And then we'd blow their minds!

What kinds of pranks and/or practical jokes could a time traveller pull on people from the past without changing history? [more inside]
posted by amyms on Aug 8, 2010 - 22 answers

Identify this mid-80s girls' book

Trying to find out the title of a book or series of books from when I was a kid: time travel on horseback a key plot element, of course. [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Jun 24, 2010 - 9 answers

What is this time travel short story?

I need help finding this short story I read in 5th grade, around 1985. It was a sci-fi time travel story, possibly written for a middle grade/YA audience, and it was anthologized in a school textbook/reader. [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Jun 11, 2010 - 2 answers

YA Time Travel -- wish I could recall book

Help me find the title of this YA book I've been searching for for 30 years! Two female friends time travel back to old New York. Published in the late '60's or early '70's in hardcover. That's all I recall, except that I loved it. Thanks!
posted by kidelo on May 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Doctor Who stuck in a time loop.

Please identify this Tom Baker-era Doctor Who episode. I saw it once when I was a child. All I remember from it was the Doctor fixing K-9 and time becoming a loop around him. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on May 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Book with wormholes that view the past?

What'sThatBookFilter: Viewing the past via portable wormholes? [more inside]
posted by Petrot on Feb 23, 2010 - 4 answers

Know any good read-only time travel stories?

Can you recommend any good stories/books that deal with unobtrusive time travel tourism? Tourists from the future going back in time to view historical events, or catch a glimpse at a historical person, but not interacting or interfering in any way, shape, or form... read-only time travel, if you will.
posted by bjork24 on Sep 14, 2009 - 15 answers

What's changed in 11 years of this American life?

Time Travel Filter: I grew up in the USA but have been away since 1998. What have I missed? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Aug 26, 2009 - 41 answers

This book, it vibrates

Another forgotten book from childhood. Time travel/survival. Dinosaurs. And yes, it vibrates. Help? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Aug 26, 2009 - 9 answers

Tell me the name of this 80s time travel story, please!

Want to help remember a book title? 'Course ya do! It's from the 80s and, if I remember correctly, involves some kids that discover a new game at the local arcade. There's a pilot's helmet on top of the machine, and when they try it on and attempt the game they find they can travel through time. I believe the cover was a picture of the machine and the helmet. At one point they use it to break into a research facility or something, but before that I think they go back too far and it's still being built (leading to some fretting about jumping forward in time and ending up halfway through a wall or floor). I know somebody out there can field this one!
posted by Monster_Zero on Jun 23, 2009 - 2 answers

Time traveling as a tactical move?

Looking for science fiction movies/TV shows in which a military force (consisting of aliens or humans, good or evil) has tactically used time travel as a means to win a war. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Apr 18, 2009 - 16 answers

Let's Say You've Gone Back in Time

What knowledge would a time traveler find most useful in uplifting an ancient civilization or establishing personal wealth? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on Apr 14, 2009 - 46 answers

Name this children's book.

What is the name of this children's novel that includes time travel, Ben Franklin, some kids and a professor, and two versions of the same character, one of which is from several days in the future? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Mar 28, 2009 - 12 answers

Roll Call: Who's come unstuck in time?

Help with my homework filter!! I want to compile a list of time travelers from literature, television and cinema. I am looking for a couple specific attributes. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Mar 9, 2009 - 35 answers

What is striped timeline time travel?

What is the "striped time line" theory of time travel? My coworker keeps talking about it and can't quite catch it. It is apparently explored in one of the Dragonball series, but I can't find anything about it online. This is, of course, flabbergasting because, well, Anime + time travel /= Google paydirt?!?!?! Anyone got the skinny? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Feb 2, 2009 - 4 answers

A child stuck in time

Young adult novel filter: A child visits a place (house? castle? other world?) and gets stuck in time there. Eventually he goes back and visits his parents, who are horrified that he has stayed the same age. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jan 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me identify this artsy time travely movie.

I am looking for a movie I saw clips from back around 2000 or so. It is a movie about time travel. I think someone from the future is coming back to kill or kidnap a scientist. The distinct part is, the visual style. I remember it being still pictures with transitions between them, with the actors talking. Sometime like 1 picture ever 1-2 seconds.
posted by JonnyRotten on Jan 21, 2009 - 8 answers

Which Movie: Dead girl putting a letter in a pocket

Which-Movie-Filter: A movie about a girl who travels in time, and is possibly dead. [more inside]
posted by esilenna on Nov 15, 2008 - 7 answers

What is this tv programme I watched as a child?

[Irritating-mystery filter] Of magical elevators, murder mysteries, Kenwood mixers and time travel: please help me identify this tv programme I watched once as a child! [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Oct 13, 2008 - 8 answers

Time travel with an iPhone

How do I deal with new iPhone calendaring weirdness? Bonus difficulty: live in one timezone, work in another. [more inside]
posted by griffey on Jul 18, 2008 - 2 answers

1930s Hawaii address, where is it?

How do I find the modern geographical location of an old Hawaii address that no longer exists? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Jun 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Mein Sci-Fi Kampf

There was a post (I believe on Boing Boing) a few months ago about a sci-fi short story in the form of an internet message board. The message board was for a group of time travelers, and the new members were always being scolded for going back in time and killing Hitler (this was against the rules, as without Hitler we wouldn't have many technologies, etc etc). I have Google strings that I've tried inside... [more inside]
posted by pedmands on May 14, 2008 - 14 answers

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