The Rules of Time Travel

An Inverse special issue. New stories added daily, May 5-13, 2022.

A collage of characters from various time travel movies
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Back to the Future screenwriter says time travel has become “too convenient”

Co-writer Bob Gale explores Back To The Future’s massive influence on the time-travel genre.

The Rules of Time Travel is an Inverse special issue exploring the evolution of science fiction's most imaginative sub-genre. From Marty McFly to Avengers: Endgame.

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In 'The Time Traveler's Wife,' Steven Moffat comes full circle

The 'Doctor Who' and 'Sherlock' showrunner takes a victory lap with his new project, 'The Time Traveler's Wife.'

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Scientists rank the 8 best movie time machines of all time

We quizzed physicists and engineers about the best movie and TV time machines.

Coherence’s James Ward Byrkit plots his next indie science-fiction sensation

Following a successful Kickstarter, the filmmaker is making Shatter Belt one episode at a time.

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5 video games that changed time travel forever

The ultimate power fantasy.

Image credit: Nintendo / Square Enix. Composite by Max Fleishman
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Outer Range’s “truly epic” finale is more than just time-travel twists

For creator Brian Watkins, his sci-fi western was always just about the people.

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Lightyear might be the most realistic time-travel movie ever made — here’s why

Pixar’s newest movie is a futuristic throwback that’s equal parts cutting-edge science and nostalgia.

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How Time Traveler's Wife became TV’s most intimate time-travel show

The team behind The Time Traveler’s Wife share what makes the HBO sci-fi drama so personal.

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How Chinese and Korean Dramas invented a new time-travel approach

Transmigration dramas put a new spin on time travel.

by Taiwo Balogun

Go Deeper


Outer Range star Tamara Podemski explains her cliffhanger ending and Season 2 hopes

ByJeff Spry

Tamara Podemski shares new details about Sheriff Joy’s motivations.

Time Lord

The new Doctor Who is a historic first for the sci-fi series

ByRyan Britt

Ncuti Gatwa has been handed the keys to the TARDIS for Season 14 of the long-running series.

Link to the Past

'BotW 2' voice actor accidentally teases a wild spoiler about Link's fate

ByRobin Bea
Cowboys and Time Travel

Outer Range does time travel better than Back to the Future for one brilliant reason

ByRyan Britt

What happens when you don’t have a time machine?

Wild Trekkie Fan Theory

Star Trek: Picard just permanently changed the timeline and there’s no going back

ByRyan Britt

How many different Borg Queens are alive in 2024?

Spacetime Rant

Outer Range is like if Stranger Things was western. Except that it’s so much more

ByRyan Britt

Here's why the Upside Down isn't like Josh Brolin's giant hole in spacetime.


Jodie Whittaker’s 'Doctor Who' replacement will be revealed before her final episode

ByRyan Britt

The era of the 13th Doctor is almost over. Here's what to expect.

Last Call

You need to watch the best indie time-travel thriller before it leaves Netflix this week

ByDais Johnston

This 2017 movie combines real-time travel theory with a classic horror movie formula to make a thrilling cross-genre hit. Here's why you need to watch 'Time Trap' before it leaves Netflix.

The Inverse Review

'Russian Doll' Season 2 review: Netflix’s best time travel series returns with a twist

ByDais Johnston

Netflix's mind-bending series jumps its already sky-high bar with a intergenerational sci-fi story.

Last Call

You need to watch the most underrated time travel movie before it leaves Netflix next week

ByDais Johnston

This adorable time travel dramedy uses the sci-fi subgenre in a new and inventive way, slowly building to huge consequences all the while. Watch 'About Time' on Netflix while you still can.

Inverse Game Reviews

23 years later, Square Enix's riskiest sequel still has goofy charm to spare

ByJen Glennon

Inverse score: 7/10

The ASAP Awards

You need to watch the most disorienting time travel movie for free online ASAP

ByCraig Morris

A humanizing and disorienting time travel adventure, this classic redefines what it means to be a hero.

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15 years ago, one Disney sci-fi movie changed time travel forever

ByDais Johnston

Keep going forward.

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You need to watch the most original time travel movie on Netflix ASAP

BySubrina Wood

Smart time travel with a sharp message, this sci-fi flick is worth watching and ruminating on.

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You need to watch the best time-travel thriller on Netflix ASAP

ByDanny Souza

A time-travel movie that works because it tells you to ignore the technicalities and focus on its beating heart.

The Inverse Review

The Adam Project review: Or, why I just can’t stand Ryan Reynolds

ByJake Kleinman

Netflix's latest sci-fi movie seems crafted to please pretty much everyone. So why did I hate it?