I love time travel stories. Whether it's Back to the Future or The Terminator, The Time Traveler's Wife or friggin' Hot Tub Time Machine, I'm a sucker for narratives about what happens when you travel through time.
But let's face it: time travel is for white people.
For people from underrepresented and minority communities, time travel could be more of a disaster than an adventure. Imagine, as an Asian American person in 2015, going back in time and landing in pretty much any era of our nation's brief history. I have to imagine it would be less than awesome. Just imagine it.
This is the founding idea behind Time Traveling is Not for Everyone, an anthology conceived by writers Heidi Durrow and Koji Steven Sakai who are accepting proposals for short stories featuring a character from an underrepresented community traveling to some time period before this one.
Here are some more details:
Writers Heidi Durrow and Koji Steven Sakai Announce Proposals being Accepted for "Time Travel is Not for Everyone" Anthology
"Time Travel is Not for Everyone" is an anthology in the works focused on unlikely time travelers from underrepresented communities who end up in at best unwelcoming situations. Recently writers Heidi Durrow and Koji Steven Sakai announced they are accepting proposals for short stories from writers who would like to be included.
"Before this, time travel has been limited to only a few people, we hope this book allows everyone to travel through time," said Koji Steven Sakai, who has written four feature films that have been produced, and expects his debut novel to be released in Spring. "This is a great twist on the time travel concept and we know some amazing writers are going to be as excited about contributing, as we are to be working with them."
According to Sakai and Durrow, the deadline for the proposals is March 1, 2015. Each proposal should include: 1) a one-page proposal featuring a main character from an underrepresented community traveling back in time; 2) a writing biography or resume; and 3) a writing sample of no more than 25 pages.
This is such a great idea for an anthology. I'm looking forward to reading these stories. Proposals and questions can be sent to Time.Traveling.4.All.of.Us@gmail.com. Get those in by March 1. For further information, visit Time Traveling is Not for Everyone on Facebook.