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My Wife Hates Time Travel by Adam-Troy Castro

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"My Wife Hates Time Travel" is a 2010 science fiction short story by Adam-Troy Castro. It is about a husband and wife who are bombarded with visits from their future selves.

Messy, messy, messy!

I have always loved time travel stories – especially when the plots gets all thick and messy with convoluted and altered time lines. I think it is very probably that if time travel ever gets invented people will abuse the crap out of it until the world, and all of time itself, finally just goes poof. Here is a fun and unique time travel story about a couple that proves time travel would be a messy affair!

Non-Spoiler Summary

A picture on the wall of Freshness Burger by Anz-i, CC 2.0 License

The narrator of this story and his wife have just received a bit of shocking news – that one of them will invent time travel in the future! That kind of news might cause anybody a bit of anxiety, but making matters worse is the fact that they don’t know which one of them, exactly, will be the inventor. And yeah, that ends up causing a bit of marital disharmony. Adding to all this stress is the irritating fact that future versions of both of them keep popping in to give timely (Ha-ha! Pun intended!) advice – which is something they tire of very quickly as they search for a way to live their lives like normal people. Good luck with that!

Some Interesting Tidbits

  • Word count: 3,729 (5 pages)
  • Did you know that Adam-Troy Castro has written four Spider-Man novels? Yep. You can learn more about this prolific author on Wikipedia.

Where To Find My Wife Hates Time Travel

  • This short story was first published in the September 2012 issue of the online magazine Lightspeed.
  • You can read "My Wife Hates Time Travel" for free at the Lightspeed web site.

Craving More SF Stories Like This One?

If you liked "My Wife Hates Time Travel" then you might also enjoy “Time Considered as a Series of Thermite Burns in No Particular Order” by Damien Broderick – about a husband and wife team who travel through time to help prevent disastrous events from occurring.