Books as Time Travel

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I’m sure that I’m not the only person fascinated by the idea of time travel. After all, who doesn’t love at least one of the Back to the Future movies?

And while I understand that we are all time travelers (albeit in the same direction and at more or less the same pace), I love the idea of being in control of time. I could visit different eras, meet my favorite U.S. President (Chester A. Arthur, president in the late 1800’s), and prevent historical atrocities. It is one of the root ideas of science fiction. The classic what could have been.

But while we may lament that time is still our master instead of the other way around, there are loopholes to this rule. Books, specifically, allow us to travel through time.

I’ve heard it said that writing is closer to thinking than talking. Thus reading books is akin to reading a person’s thoughts. And when a book is written, those thoughts are trapped in the amber of time, waiting patiently for unwary readers to bring them to life, thus enabling a telepathic connection between the writer and the reader over a span of impossible years.

Is it anything less than incredible that we can read the thoughts and words of people who lived thousands of years ago? Those authors and writers are traveling through time, unbound by death, to influence the readers of today. And so I am proud to be a writer. To drop my thoughts into bits of amber and travel to the future.

Have you had any good telepathic time travel sessions lately?

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6 responses to “Books as Time Travel

  1. If you are fascinated by the concept of time travel then you must be a fan of Dr. Who. If not, check it out starting from 2005.

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