Microcosms 78

Hello, hello, hello! And welcome to Microcosms 78. Taking a break from the fairy tales this time around for another post submitted by Michael Emerson. Thanks, Michael! I think you all will enjoy this one. 🙂

Time Travel! Since the mid 1700’s time travel had captured people imaginations for a number of reasons. From the possibility of changing something, as in the Terminator movies, or just simply the idea of seeing, being away from their own worlds and times, like the Time Scout series by Robert Asprin. Which one of these is the defining pull of time travel, I don’t know.

Either way the idea has stayed with us, we have played with the idea in science fiction for years, we have used wormholes, time machines, portals, both magical and mechanical, space ships, you name it and quite possibly it has been used to travel through time at some point.

So let us start our engines, warm up our wormholes, vacuum our magic carpets and get ready to change history, travel through time to places unknown and just maybe find out the meaning of everything.


With that in mind, I’ve selected some characters and locations commonly associated with time travel, from both the past and future. There’s also a “your choice” option for the setting, as I didn’t want to limit anybody but also didn’t want to have 100 choices. 🙂 Feel free to interpret the prompt however you like! (E.g., one could argue that exploring a memory is a form of time travel.) Have fun with this one!


(If YOU have an idea for a future contest and would like to be guest host, please contact us.)


Our contest this week begins with THREE things: character, setting and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Detective, setting: 1800s, and genre: Drama.

Write a story using those OR feel free to click on the “Spin!” button, and the slot machine will come up with a new set – you can keep clicking until you have a set of elements that inspires you.

*** HEY! Remember to include which THREE elements you’re using AND a title for your entry ***


  • Scientist
  • Robot or Cyborg
  • Political Figure
  • Astronaut
  • Royal Family Member
  • Peasant
  • Knight
  • Dinosaur
  • Caveman
  • Ship Captain
  • Space Traveler
  • Detective
  • Assassin
  • Soldier
  • “Average Joe”
  • Alien
  • 1800s
  • Space Colony
  • Victorian-Era England
  • Outer Space
  • Future City
  • Utopia
  • Dystopia
  • Prehistoric
  • Your Choice!
  • Wartime
  • Underground
  • A Ship
  • Apocalypse
  • Crime
  • Horror
  • Fantasy
  • Memoir
  • Thriller
  • Comedy
  • Steam Punk
  • Drama
  • Poem


Judging this week is Microcosms 77 Judge’s Pick John Herbert.

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time (EDT) to submit.

*** If you are new to Microcosms, remember to check out the full submission guidelines. ***

All being well, results will be posted on Monday.

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