“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect. But actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey… stuff.”
The Doctor, Doctor Who, Blink
Time travel has always fascinated me. I love the concept of going back in time, correcting past mistakes or creating new ones, altering the course of the future in the process. I love the idea of travelling back to observe our history, or forwards to see where we end up.
Time travel as a science fiction concept is – forgive the pun – timeless. H.G. Wells’ 1895 novel The Time Machine is still popular and has been adapted and reimagined many times. The Back to the Future trilogy is one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time. The ever-enduring Doctor Who and recent time travel blockbusters Edge of Tomorrow, Source Code and Looper prove that the concept remains alive and kicking. And it’s a broad, eclectic concept, too. It doesn’t just pop up in sci-fi. Look at The Time Traveller’s Wife, The Lake House and Somewhere in Time. They’re all romantic dramas.
As a huge time travel fan, I have lots to say on the subject, and it features heavily in my own conspiracy fiction novels.
Still, this is a blog about conspiracy theories and urban legends. And the biggest time travel conspiracy theory out there is that it’s already happening. As in, time travellers are among us and time slips are a real phenomenon.
I will therefore be taking a look at famous time slip cases like Rudolph Fentz and the Ghosts of Versailles. I will assess time travel photos and time travellers caught on film, like the time travelling hipster and the Charlie Chaplin Time Traveller. And I will endeavour to establish the truth of whether time travel really does occur….