“Today I Invented Time Travel” • Written & Narrated by Rob Dircks

“Today I Invented Time Travel” • Written & Narrated by Rob Dircks

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Before the short story, I have to give you the setup: I was so excited to be invited to the Queens Library Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author’s Evening (reading from my novel Where the Hell is Tesla?) that I decided to write a short story just for the night. Maybe a time travel story. Sounded good. But what could I do to ratchet it up, make it something a bit more special?

And then I realized: no one there would have ever met Ken, my twin brother. So Ken could play Future Me, coming back to join me reading the short story. Two Robs? Awesome. But there might be a catch…

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Read the Story (850 words/5 min):

“Today I Invented Time Travel”

Written and narrated by Rob Dircks

Today I invented time travel. Well, it’s not like I woke up with the idea this morning. I’ve actually spent the better part of the last decade researching the possibilities, and building the car. Yes, I made it out of a car. And I finished it today.

I won’t go into the details. It’s complicated.

But once I tightened the last bolt, and tested the continuum matrix generator, I realized: I was so obsessed with the idea of the capability, the HOW of time travel, for nine solid years, that I never even asked myself the WHY. Why go back in time? (Side note: you can only go back in time, not forward. Again, complicated.)

To read on, check out Listen To The Signal: Short Stories Volume 1 at Amazon.

3 Responses

  1. john
    | Reply

    This is less than 6 minutes, I think it would be so much better if you recorded it with better quality. A quiet voice close to the microphone. I’ve also heard somewhere that the audiobook is not as good if the author reads it. I forget why.

  2. Pearl
    | Reply

    I enjoyed it. It was funny.
    John, they say that the author shouldn’t read the audio book, because they wouldn’t act it correctly. They would put emphasis in the wrong places. I think Rob does a great job reading his short stories.

  3. Jim Kabler
    | Reply

    Rob does an amazing job reading all his books. Much better than many “professional” readers.

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