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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
Designing a time machine, an inventor learns an important lesson while traveling through time and space in the science-fiction short story Traveler by Chris A Clinkscales. While Scott is working on a breakthrough for his newest engineering design, his wife is upstairs waiting on a test. When she views the results, she comes running into the room and tries to get Scott's attention. Lamentably, she fails to hold it long enough to tell him her exciting, life-changing news. Instead, they argue. Upset by his uncaring attitude, Scott's wife walks out the front door. Happy that he is finally alone to work without interruptions, Scott completes his finest accomplishment ever. However, when he takes it on a trial run, things don't go quite the way he expects, and he finds himself in a precarious predicament. Can he get home to his wife? Or is he destined to spend his life in another place and time?
Traveler by Chris A Clinkscales is a fascinating short story with a science fiction theme. It is a well-written tale with an intriguing plot. I loved the time-traveling aspect and enjoyed how Scott's character moved between the past, present, and future. For such a short story, I was impressed with how well the characters are developed. I found myself sympathizing with the wife and thought her to be exceptionally understanding, considering how important her news was. I enjoyed the story and liked how it had a moral to it. It is a fabulous tale and is the perfect means to be entertained when you only have a little time.