Claire’s Top Ten Favorite Female Time Travelers #1 Verity Kindle
September 25, 2015
Rewind Files author Claire Willett shares a list of her favorite chrono-jumping ladies from movies, books and television!
1. Verity Kindle (from To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis)
I borrowed this book from my friend Alex over Christmas break in 1999 and never gave it back because the second I finished it I started reading it again. It’s without a doubt the most hilarious book about time travel I’ve ever read. Ned Henry and Verity Kindle are time travelers from the late 21st century who get stuck in the Victorian era, running errands for a bossy duchess who wants the new cathedral she’s financed to be historically accurate. Adventures ensue with seances, capsized boats, stern butlers, cats and dogs, hideous Victorian art, and the catastrophic unraveling of time itself, which these two heroes have to somehow prevent. This is my favorite science fiction book of all time, and was a huge inspiration for The Rewind Files, especially in the exasperating logistics of time travel bureaucracy. Ned is ostensibly the protagonist, but Verity is the book’s real hero, keeping level-headed in a crisis while an increasingly irritable and sleep-deprived Ned slides off the rails. I beg you, I implore you, read this book.
HONORABLE MENTION BECAUSE I’M ONLY A FEW PAGES INTO IT SO FAR: Dana (from Kindred by Octavia Butler)
Dana is a contemporary African-American writer in California who is transported back to the antebellum South, where she encounters her own ancestors, a white slave owner and a free black woman he has forced into slavery. It’s a classic of the time travel genre, written in 1979, and has been on my To-Read list for awhile, so I’m excited to dive into it.