Dreams and memories, the instruments of time-traveling

An endless journey through time.
A passionate reader, Herbert George Wells, better known as H.G. Wells, published in 1895 his novel The Time Machine, a story in which the adventures of the Time Traveler are revealed to a group of men of science.

As the story advances, the English writer talks about the instruments that allowed such a journey, letting everybody know the places and the ages that have been visited by the Traveler during his interminable voyage.

The time machine is described by Wells as “parts were of nickel, parts of ivory, parts had certainly been filed or sawn out of rock crystal”.

Intrigued by it, they keep on listening to the details of such an outstanding trip, while the Time Traveler keeps bouncing in Time, getting amazed by all what he sees.

He’s gone and come back, and now he’s gone again. The machine is gone with him and nobody knows if he’ll comeback some day. The only thing that it’s for sure, as Wells says, is that “even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of man”.

The story of the Time Machine has had such an impact in many writers, that ever since the story appeared, several stories related to time traveling have been published, as well as many tv series and even two movies under the same title as the novel by Wells, which were filmed following the main elements of The Time Machine. One in 1960, and another one in 2002. Is in the second one, Dr. Alexander Hartdegen, travels through time looking for an answer to the question “why he can’t change the past no matter how many time he has tried to do it so?”

That question and so many others related to time traveling are still in the air, but in the end it’s the same H.G. Wells gives an answer available for everyone: “We all have our time machines. Those that take us back are memories, and those that carry us forward, are dreams.”

And it was because of his dreams and memories shown in his novel, that H.G. Wells has been able to remain alive in the minds of the readers, and become in this way, the ultimate Time Traveler.

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The book of our lives

A moment in time.
After reading the question “Can a camera truly capture a moment in time?, I took a moment to go through some of the photos I’ve taken in different places and times.
Looking at all those landscapes, dear friends, and places that have become dear to me, I started to realize that all these collections of photos that we take throughout the yearw become at some point the book of our lives, like a living memoir that keeps on growing as time passes by.
As we add more and more images to these pages, this book full of stories written with no words, keeps experiences and moments frozen in time, guarding them, and sheltering among all those fun or sad chapters in our lives that have impacted us in such a way that have made us feel like capturing those precise moments in a photograph to remember them by, as only books (or a travel machines) can do it.

Traveling through time

The wonders of time traveling
Maybe because all my life I’ve enjoyed watching tv series related to time travelers, this topic is always one of my favorites when a book of this sort comes to my hands.
So, I spent a very good time reading The Time Traveler’s Journal, a funny story written by Ed Masessa, and wonderfuly illustrated by Dan Jawkoski.
The story talks about Lieserl Einstein, who appears in this book as the lost child of Albert Einstein.
Lisa, as she calls herself in the story, wishes to go back and forward in time and to do so, she uses a rock that has come from the outer space.
While traveling through time Lisa starts working on a journal in the form of an interactive scrapbook, which allows the reader to learn by opening envelopes and reading little notes about different events that marked the history of this planet such as the sinking of the Titanic. She also talks about social revolutions like women fighting for their rights, and shows special landmarks in the world of art such as the moment in which the Monalisa was painted by Da Vinci.
She gives as well some advice to those who wish to become time travelers, and makes some reflexions about the importance of time in our lives and how often we take it for granted.
In the end, what might look like as a children’s book, gives a lot to do and to think about to the readers of all ages and times.