From H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine (1895) to Jack Finney’s Time and Again (1970) to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series (begun in 1991) to Connie Willis’s multiple award-winning The Domesday Book (1992) to Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife (2004), the concept of time travel has offered authors a rich and complex source of inspiration and provided readers with a century’s worth of reading pleasure.

When I set out to write Summer of Love, A Time Travel, I wanted to present the concept as a technology that could actually happen. A lot of authors sort of weasel on that—their protagonist “thinks” his way to another era, or “slipstreams” her way there, or he’s got a “syndrome,” or she walks through an ancient, magically charged location. I have always been partial to Wells’s actual machine, probably because of that cool sleigh-like contraption in the 1960 movie.

So I researched how, specifically, my hero could make his journey over the centuries with the help of three books: Time Travel by John W. Macvey, Time Machines (Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics, and Science Fiction) by Paul J. Nahin, and Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments by Martin Gardner. After some thought, I decided you would require two technologies working in concert—the first would translate matter (including a human being) into pure energy for an instant and the second would take transmit that bundle of energy through the timeline to a targeted destination via faster than light technology. Hence, “translation-tranmission” is how Chiron travels from 2467 to 1967. Piece of cake! Tomorrow, the Perils of Time Travel. Summer of Love, A Time Travel on Nook and Kindle.