By Angelica R. Hill
Where would you go if given the rare opportunity to travel backward or forward in time? What reason would you give for the choice you made? Would the reason be self-centered or noble?
We were first introduced to the concept of time travel in the late Nineteenth century. In 1880, Edwin Abbot’s Flatland told us how a “three-dimensional sphere” passing through a “flat two-dimensional world” forever changed the lives of the creatures that lived there. In 1889, Mark Twain gave us, A Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. In 1895, H.G. Wells graced us with a modern classic of the English language, and one of the only classical science fiction works to be considered exciting. The Time Machine, has never been out of print since it was first published.1
Time travel has long remained the object of many dreams and fantasies. Yet, there are those who fiercely argue it is a reality. A handful of individuals have even gone as far as claiming they are time travelers! I know many of you have already concluded that these people belong in a psych ward. To be honest, before I started researching for this, I thought the same thing. I must confess there are just too many proven aspects to these (time travelers’) stories for me to be so quick to judge.
I invite you to join me in taking a closer look at some of these self-professed time travelers. We may never know – beyond a shadow of a doubt – if they are authentic time travelers or extremely convincing people staging an elaborate hoax.
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1Anderson, D. D. (n.d.). Time Travel in Science Fiction. Retrieved from Anderson Institute: http://andersoninstitute.com/time-travel-in-science-fiction.html