The Strange Case of Rudolph Fentz, the Victorian Time Traveler

Time always flows forward, one second at a time. For some reason, a man named Rudolph Fentz never got this memo. On a hot summer night in June 1950, something bent the unchangeable rules of our universe for a brief moment, sending a man through time and sealing his fate in the process. His name would become famous with paranormal researchers and his incident would stick out like a sore thumb amid the NYPD’s unsolved cases. One hour before midnight, a lone man appeared out of nowhere at an intersection close to Times Square in New York City. Assuming a confused pose in the middle of the road, he caught the attention of a police officer. As the officer approached the mystery man, the traffic lights changed. This confused the man further and, as he made haste towards the sidewalk, he was struck by a taxi and died on […] Read More

Did Rudolph Fentz time travel from 1876 to 1950?

Legend has it that back on a warm summer night in June of the year 1950, a man dressed in fashion that resembled that of the 19th century appeared in the middle of Times Square. The man looked extremely confused and baffled by everything around him. Suddenly, he was hit by a taxi and killed. Investigators searched his body and found some very odd items. Approximately 70 dollars in banknotes from the 19th century A token, made out of copper, that was worth 5 cents which had the name of a nearby saloon on it. Strangely, the saloon was not known to residents of the area. In fact, even older residents of the area had never heard of it. A type of old style receipt for the care of a horse and then another receipt to have a carriage washed. The receipts were from a “livery stable,” a place […] Read More

Time Travel: Merely Possible, or Entirely Probable?

Doc Brown did it with a DeLorean, and The Doctor does it with a blue Police Box; and if it weren’t for the imagination, neither film, nor even the printed page would be useful enough in helping humans succeed with time travel. According to many, that’s where time travel is destined to remain: within the realms of science fiction, rather than anything remotely based in fact. One should ask, however, whether this is really the most fair assessment of time travel. Even Einstein had perspectives on the nature of time that seemed counter-intuitive; thinkers and philosophers who have come and gone have thus argued and disputed Einstein on the matter, particularly in the absence of an understanding of the mathematics needed to express any actual mechanics that might underly it. Hence, the notion of time and temporality as it might actually exist, rather than merely how we perceive it generally, often becomes discarded, especially […] Read More

Time Travel: John Titor’s Startling Predictions

by OLIVER WILLIAMS Time Travel: John Titor’s Startling Predictions Is it possible to travel back in time? A man calling himself John Titor claims it is. In fact, Titor says that he is a time traveler from the year 2036. These pronouncements and others were made on various Internet forums and chat rooms from November 2000 to March 2001, ending when Titor went back to the future—or so the story goes. Since then a cult industry has sprung up, attracting the attention of tens of thousands of Web surfers, both true believers and naysayers. Why are you posting messages on the Internet? JOHN TITOR: I’ve been trying to alert anyone to the possibility of a civil war in the United States. To see it unfold is very interesting. I realize no one will actually believe me, and I’m not sure you should. Tell us how the war started. Who […] Read More

1995: Successful Time Travel?

The Steven Gibbs Interview: Practical Time Travel Successful Time Travel Claimed Steven Gibbs, Interviewed by Mark Chorvinsky A version of this interview appeared in Strange Magazine No.14, Spring 1995. Mark Chorvinsky: How did you get interested in time travel? Steven Gibbs: In 1985 or 1986, I was contacted by a guy from Fitchburg, Massachusetts who read one of my articles that I had published in the Journal of Natural Health and Parapsychology in Canada on time travel, back in 1983. Mike Arkliniski got the article and placed it into one of his books called Time Travel Today. In 1985, this guy from Fitchburg sent me the first schematic of a device that could be activated over a grid point to transport a person physically through time. The name of the device was the Sonic Resonator. That was the very first early stage of the device. It hadn’t been perfected or […] Read More

TIME WITHOUT END: PHYSICS AND BIOLOGY IN AN OPEN UNIVERSE (*)

Freeman J. Dyson Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton New Jersey 08540 Reviews of Modern Physics, Vol. 51, No. 3, July 1979 (c) 1979 American Physical Society Edited for Internet Science Education Project by Jack Sarfatti. Quantitative estimates are derived for three classes of phenomena that may occur in an open cosmological model of Friedmann type. (1) Normal physical processes taking place with very long time-scales. (2) Biological processes that will result if life adapts itself to low ambient temperatures according to a postulated scaling law. (3) Communication by radio between life forms existing in different parts of the universe. The general conclusion of the analysis is that an open universe need not evolve into a state of permanent quiescence. Life and communication can continue for ever, utilizing a finite store of energy, if the assumed scaling laws are valid. (*) This material was originally presented as four lectures, the […] Read More

1988: TIME TRAVELLER

by Ken Meaux I take pleasure in sharing with you the following occurrence because I personally interviewed one of the parties involved, and have repeatedly gone over the incident with him these past six years. L.C. (his real initials) has been my friend for fifteen years, but as we visited together one day about six years ago, he told me of this most amazing event in his life which haunts him to this day. L.C. and a business associate, Charlie, (fictitious name) had just finished lunch in the small Southwest Louisiana town of Abbeville. Still discussing their work, they began their drive north along Highway 167 towards the Oil Center city of Lafayette about 15 miles away. The date was October 20, 1969, and the time was about 1:30 in the afternoon. It was one of those picture-perfect days in Fall–clear blue skies and a nippy 60 degrees, just […] Read More

Time Travel: Fact, Fiction & Possibility

Jenny Randles explores time anomalies in her recent book Reviewed by Douglas Chapman Jenny Randles’ new book is a fascinating, if loosely organized, look at the concept of time travel, and the possibilities that it may actually be happening. Randles presents many of the theories on the subject,a nifty one, whatever its validity, being that what we experience as UFO aliens are time travellers from various parts of the future. This would certainly explain why the beings show an interest in humanity. Another wonderful speculation concerns the real reason for the sinking of the Titanic being as deadly as it was. It seems that the ship’s weight was supplemented by the presence of all those voyeuristic time travellers who wanted to experience the last few minutes of the famous ship’s existence. “They were not recorded in any log-book,” she writes. “They could not be added to calculations about depth […] Read More

1995: PRACTICAL TIME TRAVEL

The Steven Gibbs Interview by Mark Chorvinsky (A version of this interview appeared in Strange Magazine 14, Spring, 1995) LETTER FROM THE FUTURE? Mark Chorvinsky: How did you get interested in Time Travel Steven Gibbs: Back in 1981 when…I really can’t figure out whether it was a joke or not…I got a letter one day when I was up at Norfork and it was supposedly from my other self from the future. I wasn’t sure if it was a joke or not, because there was just no way the letter could be written up so fast…it was the first day I was there. I just went to the restroom for a few minutes after we got done playing a game, and I was just gone no longer than 3 or 4 minutes at the most, and when I got back Brian Johnson said that “somebody had dropped off a […] Read More

Time Travel, Time Machines & Alien Contact – A Rare Interview From 1964

This recording is from the KVOS Channel 12 Films, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA. 700 year old Nordics, Space Travel, Time travel (f =1/T), technology swap. Related articles Why the Usa Forced the Empire of Japan Into World War Ii The Horrors of Public Education The Quest For The Metal Library A Conversation with Jo Ann Richards Regarding Captain Mark Richards U.S The Age of the Pyramids The Conquistadors encounters with Giants

Plausibility of Time Travel

This might seem like a subject of Science Fiction, but it encourages a lot of thought in matters both physical and philosophical. A recent paper in Scientific American discussed whether time travel is indeed feasible and why current physical and philosophical objections don’t preclude the possibility of time travel. I’ll attempt to describe how they deal with the objections here and explore the plausibility of time travel. First, relativity allows for time travel into the future: as I mentioned in a previous missive, journey at a very high acceleration and you’ll return to earth years into the future, aging only slightly. This, of course, ignores the fact that we can’t travel at such high speeds as of now; this issue will be addressed later. There is a paradox that occurs if we allow time travel into the past: to put it bluntly, could you go back into the past and prevent your […] Read More

Traveling Through Time

What is time? Is time travel possible? For centuries, these questions have intrigued mystics, philosophers, and scientists. Much of ancient Greek philosophy was concerned with understanding the concept of eternity, and the subject of time is central to all the world’s religions and cultures. Can the flow of time be stopped? Certainly some mystics thought so. Angelus Silesius, a sixth-century philosopher and poet, thought the flow of time could be suspended by mental powers: Time is of your own making; its clock ticks in your head. The moment you stop thought time too stops dead. The line between science and mysticism sometimes grows thin. Today physicists would agree that time is one of the strangest properties of our universe. In fact, there is a story circulating among scientists of an immigrant to America who has lost his watch. He walks up to a man on a New York street and asks, “Please, […] Read More