Time Travel And Teleportation Is Possible!
By Randy Luckie, 10/3/2018
Do you Want to travel to a distant star-ship and fight intergalactic creatures? Or, do you want to travel to the Victorian era for a torrid love affair? Then there is great news for you! You can do just that!
Is it a new technology at play? Did those smart folks at M.I.T. have a great breakthrough? Did a real life Doc Brown invent a machine that can do this? The short answer is… No. Then how could this ability be possible then?
The truth is, it has always been possible since man has been able to spin a yarn worth listening to, and later, to be read. Story telling is part of our human existence as a whole, there can be no doubt, as we have all had some sort of experience with this. The story can be fiction, fact or somewhere in between, about endless subjects only limited by the tellers imagination. Consider this quote…
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
What does he mean by this? Though I am not him, I glean from the comment the same thing I am attempting to put across in this piece. I do have to admit, I have been teleported by many of his books! To me, he seems to be expressing the fact that you can pick up a book, anywhere you are, whoever you are, and be beamed into a new existence for the period of time you are reading the work.
Let’s travel back only a few years in my life (well, maybe more than a few) to when I was somewhere around nine or ten years old. I had an aunt that was an avid reader. I remember the wall that contained the door to her room. The door was in the center of the wall. On either side, and over the top, of that door was wall to wall, floor to ceiling book shelves. I have no idea how many books were there, but to my young mind, there seemed to be thousands of them, and the shelves were packed full.
One day I decided to look through a few of them, and among the ones I picked up and thumbed through, one happened to be a children’s book that caught my eye. I am sorry to say I don’t remember the name, but it was about two youngsters, brother and sister, whose family lived on Mars. I remember reading the entire book, fascinated by a world where I could live on Mars as an everyday event. It seemed fantastical to even consider. It was just as Stephen King had said in the quote, it was magic, and it had been sitting right there on the shelf all the time for me to pick up and travel with.
What I do remember is that from that day, and even to this very day I am writing this, I couldn’t wait for the next adventure, for the next visit to some far off place, or even nearby one, like when I read “Murder in Coweta County”, originally published by Simon & Schuster in 1977, which told the story of a murder right in the county where I lived. Magically though, the story still involved time travel, as the event actually happened in 1948, well before I came along.
Why are books timeless?
Simply look at what books are popular, year after year, retelling after retelling, like romance novels, for instance. It has to do with the magical land they can whisk you away to while you are reading them. The same for any other genre you can think of, for instance, why is Zane Grey still a top seller of the western genre, even though he has been gone from this world since 1939?
Then, again, when I was a young teenager, I saw an animated version of The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, which sent me right to the book store. I sure wasn’t disappointed there looking for somewhere to travel to! It seems to me Peter Jackson sure must have had a very similar experience reading that collected work including the “Lord of The Rings” series that followed “The Hobbit”. When given the chance, he recreated it, quiet well, to the big screen. But consider this exchange in an interview with Peter Jackson on CreativeScreenwriter.com by Erik Bauer:
Ralph Bakshi [director of the 1979 animated adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers] has said that he feels it’s impossible to do Tolkien. That it’s impossible to get the brilliance of what Tolkien wrote about. And in a recent interview, he made what would seem to be a direct challenge to you in saying, “You know, as far as everything in the book, I can’t do it, and the next guy’s not going to do it, even in a million movies.” Do you agree with that?
I agree with it to some extent. There is a particular style in the way that Tolkien writes, there’s a style in the way that he describes things that make the books incredibly enchanting to read. Now that’s not going to be in the film because, you know, Tolkien can spend a page describing the weather as the Fellowship have their breakfast and pack up their bedding and get back on the road again. What we’ve tried to accomplish is to take the story and the characters and to try to honor as many of Tolkien’s themes as we can and to also incorporate things that we felt were important to him. But you know, the film version of The Lord of the Rings is only our interpretation of a wonderful book.
Though they are more in the discussion of film making, note the commentary about Tolkien’s power of magic with the words on the page by two people who worked at getting that magic from those page to the screen. Further, true Tolkien fanatics scoff at the very idea of even attempting do bring the work to the screen at all.
Judging a book by what’s between the covers!
What is it about that work to cause those reactions? It is the very thing I am writing about here. It opens the human mind to sights and sounds unfettered by the bonds of reality, where you can experience things that are strictly not allowed by physics and natural laws of our real lives. If you relieve those concerns, then you can time travel, you can even visit places that don’t, and will never, exist in the real world.
Isn’t it time to take a little mini-vacation? Maybe go live on Mars for a while. Perhaps go spend some time on the front porch with a Mint Julep, looking over Tara. Pick up a book that interest you and give it a spin. If you have a favorite movie, chances are there is a book behind it that will deliver so much more than the movie could hope to share. It doesn’t have to be fiction or fantasy, there are certainly thousands of non-fiction, histories and biographies, to name a few, that can deliver the same magic. Go ahead, give one a try today!