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Telling The Tales Of Time

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TELLING THE TALES OF TIME is a wide-ranging exploration of  the history, the science, the philosophical thinking, narrative technique, and all round appeal of the Time Tale and Time Travel Adventures in short stories, novels, television series and the movies.

The Human Experience of Time is an overview of how we, as human beings, understand Time and live it in our day to day waking life, but also its place in our dreams, memory and imagination. This section examines how human beings measure time, how we use it in our language and how it ultimately changes our bodies through the ageing process.

Quotes on the Concepts of Time and Time Travel offers a wide selection of thoughts and observations on the nature of Time. Writers, politicians, philosophers, comedians and scientists have shared their ideas about Time and its mysteries for centuries now, and this section brings together some of the most famous remarks. Quotations range from the quirky and the funny to the sombre and reflective.

The Machines, Portals and Windows of the Time Tale looks at H.G. Wells’ THE TIME MACHINE, Time Machine technology, particularly The Tardis, various means of Time Travel, including Time Portals and Magic, plus the role of Time Windows in Time Tales.

Time Loops and Causal Loops in Time Tales examines the nature of Time Loops and Causal Loops and how they have been used dramatically in Time Tales, plus ways these various ‘Loops’ can be ‘re-set’.

The Paradoxes of Time and Time Travel looks at what exactly a Paradox is, and then examines the nature of the several Time Paradoxes, notably the Grandfather Paradox and the Future Paradox.

The Science of Time looks at important historical figures in the development of our understanding of Time, the many theories around Time Travel, and the potential problems and practicalities of constructing an actual Time Machine, if only theoretically.

The Biology, Shape, Direction and Numerary of Time and Time Worlds looking at Time as a ‘Worm Ouroborous’, the arrow of time, the block universe,  multiverses, the Fourth Dimension and the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

Time Beings, Time Villains and Time Guardians offers an insight into the nature and dramatic construction of Time Beings, the role of the Nemesis in a story, the importance of a well designed antagonist or villain, plus the place of Time Guardians in Time Tales.

The Techniques and Dramatic and Structural Devices of the Time Tale looks at certain plot requirements unique to Time Tales such as communication and messages across Time, plus various narrative structural storytelling techniques, including mystery, dramatic irony, suspense and narrative voices). This section also examines the use of Image Systems there in the fabiric of Time Tales.

The Stories and Plots of Time Tales explores many of the various popular scenarios of the Time Tale, including Time Correction, Endangered Futures, Multiverses and Parallel Worlds.

Time Tale Sub-genres: Utopias/Dystopias, Counterfactuals, Time Sleep, Time Stopped and the ‘Butterfly Effect’ looks at those stories which may not feature time travel as such but that do essentially function as Time Tales. These include Utopian/Dystopian narratives, alternate histories, time sleeper story, the power to stop time and those tales which explore the ‘Butterfly Effect’.

Dreams, Foretellings, Foreshadowing, Prophecy and Memory considers dreams and foretellings, plus the nature of memory and a sense of identity as they are explored in the Time Tale. There is also an an examination of the naartive techique of foreshadowing. This section looks too at the role of Prophecy and Premonition in Time Tales and offers an insight into the area of psychological phenomenon known as Chronesthesia.

The Philosophy of Time and Time Travel, looks at the Philosophy of Time, Predestination and Predeterminism, Aristotle’s First Cause, God and Time, plus Chaos Theory and ‘The Butterfy Effect’. This section also looks at the nature of Time when seen as  circular and the Temporal Direction of Time.

The Rules of Time and the Codes of Time explores the Rules of Time, Codes of Time in dramatic stories, especially non-intervention. This section also examines the relationship between Entropy and Time.

Ageing, Immortals and Ghosts looks at the ageing process and the various ways of preventing it that are explored in Time Tales. This section also considers those Time Beings who are Immortal and whether ghosts can be classified as Time Travellers.

Times Tales and National Psyches and the Eternal Family Oedipal Triangle examines the national characteristic of a Time Tale with particular reference to the distinctly British nature of DOCTOR WHO, the American character and style of TIMELESS, and the Germanic tones and themes of DARK. This section also looks at the eternal Oedipal family triangle of Mother-Father-Child as explored in the Korean time adventure ALICE.

The Appeal of the Time Stories asks why Time Tales are so popular and finds answers in areas such as historical curiosity, social commentary, philosphical questioning, personal and spiritual development. This section also looks at the more fun side of Time Tales, plus the use of music and popular soundtracks in Time Tale movies and television series.

Homage, Genre Crossovers and Theatre considers genre crossovers, including comedy and farce, crime investigation, supernatural tales and romantic drama. This section also looks at those rare theatre plays that have explored time travel and asks why the stage does not often venture into this area.

The Pitfalls of the Time Tale looks at some of the issues faced in making a Time Tale work, including the importance of consistency, the problem of getting the future right, the overuse of the deus ex machina, plus the Law of Diminishing Returns when considering the exploration of Time Tales.

SWIDGERS and Time offers an insight into the background behind the SWIDGER Fantasy Time Adventure book series and how it has dealt with the many themes and tropes of the classic Time Tale. Without giving too much away, this section also examines the role of Swidgers as Time Guardians of the human timeline, how William becomes a Time Being and Time Traveller, plus there is a look at the Swidger philosophy of Time and its Creation Myth and ‘Back Story’.