Monday, September 02, 2013

Ten of the best time travelers

At the Guardian, Tom Lamont came up the ten best time travelers. Most are from the big and small screens, but the list includes a couple of figures with prominent literary pedigrees, including:
Ebenezer Scrooge

Dickens got in early on the time-travel game, publishing A Christmas Carol in 1843, a good few decades before Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and HG Wells’s The Time Machine. Ebenezer Scrooge was whisked back several decades by the Ghost of Christmas Past, and then forward a year by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, where he was shown his own grave. “Assure me that I yet may an altered life!” Scrooge begged, and on his return to the present he became (prefiguring many a time traveller) an improved person.
Read about another entry on the list.

Ebenezer Scrooge also appears among Alan Glynn's seven notable one percenters from film & fiction.

Also see: Top ten time travel books; Charles Yu's top 10 time travel books; Linda Buckley-Archer's's top ten time-travelling stories.

--Marshal Zeringue