Time travel reaches far beyond the realm of science fiction. From early stories featuring heroes mysteriously falling into far-flung future worlds to countless appearances in literature, the idea of traveling through time has spanned cultures across the globe and is one of the most contagious ideas in science fiction. In a society where time is a unit of value and instant gratification is prized, the idea of traveling through time offers a means of escape. And our obsession with time travel is growing: in the last decade, it’s appeared more than ever in books, movies, and pop culture. What makes time travel so powerful that it resonates in each of us, and to what lengths are we going today to make it a reality?

Through interviews with experts across a variety of fields – theoretical physicists, game designers, spiritual leaders to futurist authors, A Brief History of Time Travel explores how this idea has inspired some of the prominent intellectual minds of today, and how it has influenced their work.


Ronald Mallett | Theoretical Physicist, Academic and Author

Satyanarayana Dasa | Founder of the Jiva Institute, Hindu Scholar and Practitioner

Bill Nye | Science Educator and Host

Chana Phaedra | Founder of Advanced Neural Biosciences

Seth Shostak | Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute

Ted Chiang | Award-winning Science Fiction Writer

Tim Schafer | Founder of Double Fine Productions

Erik Demaine | Professor of Computer Science, MIT

Edward Farhi | Principal Scientist at Google

Brooks Peck | Curator at MoPOP Seattle

Wanda Gregory | Professor at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington

Alexandra Holmes | Intuitive Life and Business Strategist & Coach

Ted Sider | Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University

Daniel H. Wilson | New York Times Bestselling Author

Director: Gisella Bustillos

Runtime: 68 Minutes

Language: English

Subtitles: English