Time Travel to the Present

AMY! WAKE UP!

Seriously.
WAKE UP

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I finally got the synzormorph confabulator fixed on the time machine.


I'm finally bringing you back to the present!



C'mon. Up and at 'em.


Get up and get dressed.


Isn't this what you've been waiting for?


To come back to the 21st century and be a modern young woman?



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Oh, I see.

Okay, kiddo ... it's time to say goodbye to your greaser boyfriend, Tony.

Of course I realize it's hard,
But, the time has come.

Okay, here we go! Cover your ears! See you soon in 2018.

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Amy? You in that smoke somewhere? It looks almost ... psychedelic.


Oh, there you are.

Why are you dressed like a hippie?

And don't give me that look.



Oh. Huh. I guess the time machine isn't working quite right yet. I'm sure it's only a simple glitch, though.

I'll start working on it right away, don't you worry one little bit.

And hey - you might actually like the 1960s.

Start using words like groovy and flower power and you'll be just fine.

TIME TRAVEL AND H.G. WELLS

Oh, hello there, Amy.  How nice to hear from you.

Or, maybe not.


Something's obviously got your feathers all ruffled in 1950-something.


Gee. Can't wait to hear what it is this time.



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Your greaser boyfriend, Tony, is boring you? He just wants to listen to Elvis on his transistor radio ...


... and ride around on his motorcycle or hang out with his friends?


You're going crazy without modern technology?


Yes, I know you want me to time travel you back to the 21st century as soon as possible.

Believe me, I totally get it.

Unfortunately, it's not an easy thing to do. Not yet, anyway.


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Getting time travel coordinates correct is an incredible challenge, and certainly not an exact science easily dealt with.

Time travel involves moving between different points in time, whether back to the past or forward to the future and its concept has stimulated the imagination a long time.

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H.G. Wells, a writer and visionary, was born September 21st, 1866 in Bromley, Kent, England.
Considered a futurist, he was enthralled with envisioning ideas of what the world would look like many years ahead, and writing about them.
Flight by humans and invasions by aliens were only two of his predictions pertaining to life in the future.

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In 1892, H.G. Wells wrote the science fiction novella, The Time Machine, bringing the idea of time travel to the forefront.

The vehicle used in the movie, The  Time Machine had the power to selectively transport the operator to the past or future.


Even though Wells wrote many books in different genres, he is mainly remembered for his works of science fiction, and is often referred to as the "Father of Science Fiction" along with writers Jules Verne (Journey to the Center of the Earth, written in 1864)  and Hugo Gernsback (the first science fiction magazine publisher).

At the age of nine, H.G. Wells (Herbert George Wells) became bedridden due to a broken leg. His father brought him books to read to help him pass the time, opening up huge vistas of unique worlds to his imagination.

As a young man, Herbert tried different occupations. One was working long hours as an apprentice in a drapery factory, and the experiences there shaped his coming novels, such as The Wheels of Chance and Kipps. Both these books highlight the life of a budding draper.  After that, he pursued a career in teaching, but continued his education after winning a scholarship to the Normal School of Science. Still, he had little money to live on, and this provided him with insight into the plight of the poor and society's distribution of wealth he would refer to in his writings.

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Serialized in 1897, his novel, The War of the Worlds, about martians invading the earth, soon appeared in hardcover. It has never been out of print.

On October 30, 1938, as a Halloween radio drama, The War of the Worlds was broadcast on the Mercury Theater hour by the Columbia Broadcasting System throughout the United States. Using the format of a news bulletin, it is said the broadcast caused widespread panic when listeners believed the narrative was real, and that an invasion was actually a reality, happening in real time. However, the amount of panic it caused is disputed.

Orson Welles, the star of the broadcast met with reporters the next day, on halloween, to  let reporters know he had no idea the broadcast would create the hysteria it did.

H.G. Wells wrote prolifically over sixty years, including short stories, fiction, non-fiction and articles.


His famous novel, The Invisible Man, was published in 1897.


In 1991 it was developed into a play in England, and again in 2010, also in England.


H.G. Wells died in 1946 at the age of 79, in his home in London, England.

A crater on the far side of the moon is named after him.

Smoking in the 1950s

So, hey, Amy. I've been concerned about you this week. You know, because you've been feeling a bit anxious in 1950-something.

Uh, yeah, I get the point. Jeesh. Yes, I realize you are VERY concerned with time at the moment. And yes, I'm still working on the time machine so I can get you back to the 21st century. But, for now, let's return to the topic of your mid-century anxiety, shall we?

You went to see a doctor?

He was smoking cigarettes right in front of you?

So you took off after telling him you were late for a video chat?

Hmm, maybe telling him you were late for a home economic class would've been better - you know, where you learn to cook and sew and take care of a husband.


Even your new friends in 1950-something are trying to get you to start smoking?


And Tony, the greaser guy you're dating, smokes too?


Yes, well, you're not in Kansas any more, kiddo.


Let's look at some facts about smoking in the 1950s.


Smoking is considered glamorous in mid-century North America when you now exist. Teenagers like you are seeing their favourite actors smoking cigarettes on the big screen, and want to emulate them.


People are smoking in hospitals, in movie theatres, at meetings, at work, in restaurants during meals, in stores, at home, in cars, at parks, at funeral homes, at public swimming pools, in trains, on planes ... EVERYWHERE.

In the early 1950s, however, a British physiologist, Sir Richard Doll, has already connected cigarettes smoking to health issues.

And there will be progress in the form of a campaign against smoking.


By the 21st century, cigarette smoking rates will be cut in half.

A Ministry of Health nationwide Canadian survey conducted in 2011 will find that 20.6% of the population aged 21 or older are cigarette smokers.

And in 2016, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States will formulate that approximately 15% of U.S. adults ages 18 and older smoke cigarettes.

Smoking will no longer be considered glamorous.

Time Travel in the 19th Century

Uh, Amy? I honestly don't want to disturb you, but the time has come for you to either time travel to the 21st century or remain in the 19th century.

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Yeah, I'm coming there.
Please just give me another minute, okay? 
It's so hard to say goodbye to Charlotte.

And I'm kinda afraid, to be honest with ya.
What if I don't like it in 2017? What if I'm not happy in the 21st century? What if ...

It's time, Amy.  Everything is ready. Just stay right where you are and let me handle everything.

Ohmigawd!!

What’s happening?!

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 Just a few more seconds, Amy. 




Oh yeah? Then you gotta tell me where I am.
Like, just exactly where am I now?


Oh, uh ... okay, don't panic! I think there's been a slight problem with transmitting you to 2017 ... some kind of power surge of sorts.

Don't worry, Amy. I'll get it all straightened out. Just describe to me what you see around you. 

I'm walking aound a big house. And there's a band playing music in front of it. 
And people are dancing on the grass, like they're celebrating somethin'.

And there's people dressed in army costumes everywhere. Hold on, someone dressed like a sailor is coming over to me.

Uh oh ... oh dear ... I think I've accidentally stuck you into a World War II victory celebration, Amy.

I think I've sent you to the year 1945!

Amy? Amy? Coming up for air any time soon?

Anton Chekhov in the 19th Century

"The world is, of course, nothing but our conception of it." - Anton Chekhov

Please talk to me, Amy. I know it's difficult for you to decide whether to live in the 19th century or the 21st century, but the time has come. Are you there, Amy?

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Okay then. You have to come out of hiding and let me know if you are staying in 1868, or returning to the 21st century. I can't proceed with writing about you if I don't know what century you've decided on.

The decision is totally yours.

Ya, but basically you gotta help me, right? I mean, how can I choose?
You haven't even let me know what's been happening  in the 21st century, like, for a whole year. 

Well, Amy ... the truth is that I didn't want to sway your decision in any way. 

I can tell you about hurricanes, floods, droughts, bomb threats, racial issues, terrorism, mistrust of governments, genocide, poverty, growing wealth disparities, pollution, unfair treatment of the Indigenous peoples, religious based conflicts, right to choose discord, gender bias ...

Or I can tell you that things may improve in the coming year with uncomfortable effort. I can tell you that people putting aside their differences to work as one might start to happen; that you could be part of the most wonderful time in history when world leaders gather together to bring greater peace to the world and calm to the planet.

can tell you that in the 21st century you will no doubt live into your eighties. In the 19th century, it is possible you will survive into your forties.

I can tell you of the advances in 21st century medicine, where women are making huge strides in the battle against illness and are improving the quality of life to countless patients.

I can tell you that young women in modern Canada are free to make their own choices, to own their own property and vote for their rights.

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I hafta think about everything. You gotta give me more time! 

I told ya Charlotte's havin' a baby, right? I mean, sure she's got maids and everything ... and what about Barker? What if I never find a guy as good as him in the 21st century?

But maybe I could make a difference there. Maybe I could change things for the better somehow ...


TIME IS RUNNING OUT, AMY.



"The world perishes not from bandits and fires, but from hatred, hostility, and all these petty squabbles."
                                   - Anton Chekhov

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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in Taganrog, Russia in 1860, just eight years before 1868, when you currently exist. He will become a famous short story writer and playwright and through his success, will support his parents and siblings financially.

In the 1880s, Chekhov will practice as a physician, often treating his patients for free. During the same period, will write short fiction such as "The Steppe", which will become a major success, earning the author the Pushkin Prize in 1888. 
He will oversee the completion of three schools to help the local communities. 



Through the 1890s until his death in 1904 at the age of 44, Chekhov will continue to write plays such as "The Seagull" (1895) and "Uncle Vanya" (1897). Short stories will include "The Lady with the Dog" and "Ward No. 6".

In 1901, Anton Chekhov will marry an actress from the Moscow Art Theatre, Olga Knipper.

Their union will provide no children, partly due to the distance between them - Anton will live in Yalta while Olga pursues her acting career in Moscow. They will correspond with one another through letters.

Anton Chekhov will succumb to tuberculosis during a stay at a German health retreat where he seeks treatment; Olga is by his side.

His body will be returned to Moscow for his funeral.

"One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake."
                                                   -Anton Chekhov