Posted on July 16, 2010 - by MG
River Song, the Time Traveler’s Wife, Borges and The Joshua Files.
Two time-traveling characters who meet up with each other across different time-streams.
The earliest story that does this than Richard Matheson’s Bid Time Return, which was the basis for the adorable time-travel romance starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour; Somewhere In Time. (You haven’t seen it? Rent it now! For more about Richard Matheson and time-travel romances, see the comments below.)
The Time-Traveler’s Wife takes the concept further, criss-crossing ages and stages of the characters as they share a sort of life together across decades. I watched the amazing Doctor Who episode Silence In the Library for the first time last week – and finally saw the story which introduces Professor River Song. Is she our own time-traveler’s wife?
Yeah…maybe! But was she always his friend? Maybe not. Maybe when she first meets the Doctor, they are enemies.
Because he has an inkling of who she’ll become, it’s more interesting.
Anyway, we’ll see. I’m just guessing.
Jorge Luis Borges wrote a short story where a young Borges finds himself next to an old Borges, asking the older one about life. They don’t understand each other too well.
And in The Joshua Files?
Well, by the end of Joshua Files #3, Zero Moment, lovers and time-travelers have already crossed paths. There’s more to come in Joshua #4, Dark Parallel. Beady-eyed readers might have guessed it was happening.
Everyone else will have to wait until 2012 and Joshua #5 to know for sure…
As River Song would say…Spoilers!