Sometimes it is fun to call the shots on this show – and this week (while Lucy was away on holiday!), I decided to indulge a personal favourite subject of mine: time travel. My love of time travelling tales has been life-long, from Back to the Future (obvs) to Kindred, there’s so much scope for interesting stories when time travel is involved. But how do
Kameron Hurley’s latest novel, The Light Brigade, is a military
As it turns out, Kameron wants to see some more optimistic time travel stories. For the most part, we see stories where characters travel into a dystopian future where everyone is dead. Why aren’t there any stories of hope, where the future is better than it is now?
‘There’s bad shit going down now, there’s bad shit going to happen… but what comes after that bad shit?’
What we like about time travel stories, says Kameron, is the way it comments on the choices we make. These stories explore the impact of our choices on characters and their potential future. As readers or viewers of time travel fiction, as well as in our own lives, we are curious about the ‘what ifs’.
‘I’m becoming an optimist, especially as things get worse.’
Texts mentioned in this episode include:
- Back to the Future
- The Terminator
- Paris Adrift by EJ Swift
- Edge of Tomorrow: Live.Die.Repeat.
- The Time Machine by HG Wells
- Wayward Pines
- Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
- The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
- Reality is Not What it Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity by Carlo Rovelli
- Kindred by Octavia Butler
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- Star Trek
- The God’s War Trilogy by Kameron Hurley
- 12 Monkeys
- When Peggy Sue Got Married
- Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
- Jingo by Terry Pratchett
- The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
- Groundhog Day
- Russian Doll
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- About Time
- When We First Met
- Dark Shadows
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
- Quantum Leap
- Red Dwarf
- A Kid in King Arthur’s Court
Make sure you pick up a copy of Hurley’s The Light Brigade, out now, as it is already being hailed as a classic of the genre. And if you need more convincing, in her words: ‘blah blah blah hand-wave hand-wave time travel’.
Kameron Hurley is the award-winning author of the novel The Stars are Legion and the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution. Her epic fantasy series, the Worldbreaker Saga, is comprised of the novels The Mirror Empire (2014), Empire Ascendant (2015), and The Broken Heavens (Nov. 2019). Additionally, her first series, The God’s War Trilogy, which includes the books God’s War, Infidel, and Rapture, earned her the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer and the Kitschy Award for Best Debut Novel. Hurley’s short fiction has appeared in Popular Science Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Year’s Best SF, The Lowest Heaven, and Meeting Infinity. She has also written for The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, LA Weekly, The Village Voice, Bitch Magazine, Huffington Post, and Locus Magazine.