Time travel is not a good thing and can also lead to really bad storytelling if you really put too much thought into the idea. For something like Doctor Who, where history is simply a place to visit, it can be fine. But the more you dig into the mechanics the worse it gets. (See my review of Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah for example.) But if your story involves altering history you’ve just tossed yourself down the rabbit hole. Author James Harrington explains why he avoids time travel stories and it’s why I really wouldn’t want to tell one, either.


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  1. Sean says:

    I’m thoroughly confused now! lol. But yes, I can see how there are logistical problems with time travel stories as James Harrington goes into. Doctor who stories and episodes where the Doctor visits certain historical time periods are fun and the some of the ones that I cherish the most (ex: Time Meddler, The Highlanders, The King’s Demons, etc.). Based on some of the logistical complications of time travel when one is writing a novel, perhaps it is best to just create an historical fiction story where no time travel is involved. For instance, if you want to write a story about the American Revolution, just write the story with characters that live in that time period without adding the complication of a I-phone carrying visitor from 2018 stumbling upon the Battle of Saratoga in 1777.


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