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It’s astounding, time is fleeting….

by on December 3, 2013

OK, I’ll confess: as I’ve never grown up The Rocky Horror Motion Picture Show remains a firm favourite. Right, now I’ve got your attention, here today I have a book tour stopping past on a whirlwind visit talking about – a time travelling anthology. No, I’m not in it. I can’t be in every anthology, you know.

Let me pass you over: Here’s the microphone, James, take it away…

Why Time Travel Intrigues Us
James Wymore

Few fiction tropes have been delved into so deeply and so frequently as time travel. Even if only as a thought experiment, I’ve never met somebody who didn’t speculate on how drastically one small difference in the past could change the present. To be human is to enjoy 20/20 hindsight. We seldom know the full consequences of the choices we make now, but we can always point to the critical moments in the past. Just a nudge. One small word, whispered in an ear at the right moment, and the entire future unfolds differently.

On the other end of the spectrum sits the future. Just speaking to my grandmother, the changes she’s seen in her life are so mind-boggling, that it gives me chills thinking of how much more life will morph in the upcoming decades and centuries. Most of us would never risk the friends and family we love now to travel to the unknown future. Yet the question in the back of our minds remains… what would I see if I lived so much longer?

The linear forward march of our single chronological dimension is an unyielding task master. Time is the great equalizer. We all of us have just 24 hours a day. No amount of wealth can buy extra hours. No political power can extend it. Humans can abuse each other in so many ways. But the only punishment we ethically apply is to take from the perpetrator the one universal resource: time.

Why do we love time travel? We love it because it is the ultimate control. With a single machine, who wouldn’t want to smooth over the rough roads of life? Such a device would bring unlimited wealth and power. To control time is to control everything humans have and are. Truly the greatest of the titans was Chronos.

The very thought of time travel is the pursuit of human greatness. To conquer the last barrier, to bypass the final equalizer, that is the dream that connects our ideals to the universe and makes the small acts of our lives into legends. A time machine is not only the power to right all mistakes, but the oculus through which the extremities of human potential can be viewed.

No matter what we regret or love, a time machine lets us overcome all barriers. Yet the final lesson in it is so much more subtle… and human. The last message of time travel is simple. No matter when you live, you have only now. Even if you could change to the past or the future, your time continues to tick and tock by. Whenever your footprints touch the earth, the sands in your hourglass are limited. We could waste and wear out a life looking at all the great and horrible moments of human history through the end of time, but the cost would be the only time we have. We would lose our only life in the pursuit of more.

Thus the final lesson is to live each moment, each second as it passes. These are precious. Fill them with more than the past, so that nothing in the future could be better. Good moments are never wasted. A life well lived is above time.

Thanks, James: I’m well aware this morning that time slips away too fast. I’m not sure where this year has gone. Oh, and they even let me have a cover pic to tempt you into buying their book: good, or what?

FF Cover

And finally, bios and links… Enjoy!

Title: Forbidden Future
Publication Date: September 12, 2013
Publisher: Masquerade Publishing
Genre: Time Travel/Fantasy
Cover Designed by: Raphyel M. Jordan


by Jon Bradbury
Jesse Kendall’s fiancee is missing, ever since she answered a strange ad. His only lead is a deserted warehouse downtown. In that warehouse he will find so much more than he bargained for.

“Road Trip”
by Matt Mitrovich
Four friends drive to a college party and take an unexpected detour into the future.

by Terra Harmony
Take a ride on the ‘Energy of the Future’, where society gets a fresh, clean start – no matter who they have to leave behind.

“Forbidden Future”
by James Wymore
A time machine technician has given his whole life to the pure scientific pursuit of the study of time travel. When his personal life falls apart, he decides to risk it all and take a trip into the future. First, he must remove a failsafe blocking the machine from traveling to the future. What could be so bad that they tried to stop anybody from seeing it?

“The Mountains Haven’t”
by Kade Anderson
The people of the town of Dignity go about their daily lives, trying to scrape out a meager existence from the dirt and the dust of their land, never taking notice of the mountains that loom in the distance. To the others, the mountains are benign, as harmless as the grass their cows graze upon. To the town’s Watcher, Julia, the mountains hold the key to a far greater mystery.



Jon Bradbury

Jon Bradbury is the writer of 11 erotic romance eBooks including Sugar Daddy and Worst Kept Secret. He lives and works in Reno, Nevada. He is a full time writer thanks to the never ending Great Recession. He is currently and probably permanently single.

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Matt Mitrovich

Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update and a blogger on Amazing Stories. His new short story “Road Trip” can be found in Forbidden Future: A Time Travel Anthology. When not writing he works as an attorney, enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Terra Harmony

Terra is author of the eco-fantasy novels in the Akasha Series, ‘Water’, ‘Air’, ‘Fire’ and ‘Earth’, as well as the Painted Maidens Trilogy. Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina, and Virginia. Terra has served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business. Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of 14 years and three children.

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James Wymore

On a lifelong search for fantastic worlds hiding just out of sight, James Wymore writes to explore. With three books and six short stories in print after just one year, he continues to push the boundaries of imagination.

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Kade Anderson

Kade Anderson is a writer from Atlanta, Georgia specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and occasionally finance. “The Mountains Haven’t” is her first published short story, but she has also written two novels and co-written several screenplays, including the upcoming web series Life Online. You can read the less interesting bits of Kade’s writing on her blog or follow her on Twitter. Both feature frequent references to her habit of buying more books than she can read, and pictures of her pet rabbit, Epinephrine.

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JeriWB, Editor

JeriWB writes short stories, creative nonfiction, and psychological suspense. The rough Idaho mining town she grew up in populates her literary landscape. She also works as a freelance editor.

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  1. This is a great post. Really, really glad to have read it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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