Hello, everybody! It's true that I love time-travel stories. So today I'll talk about one of my favourite short stories and perhaps the ultimate (for me) time-travel story! It's none other than All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein. It was first published in 1959 in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
All You Zombies might have the hardest to explain plotline. A young man walks into a bar and starts talking to the bartender, who is a time traveler. Sounds simple? Well, that's where everything turns upside down! The bartender takes this man with him in different times and that's when the paradoxes begin. Time-travel itself contains several paradoxes and in All You Zombies, we get the very definition of paradox in such stories. The end of each character's journey is mind-blowing and totally unpredictable.
As I've already said, All You Zombies is one of my favourite short stories. But I have to admit that it's not an easy to understand story. It's baffling and needs a lot of thought. But if you like thought-provoking reads and like time-traveling in novels, then you should definitely read this one. It's one of the stories that will remain in your mind long after you've read it.
Plus, it has the best ending lines, which I can't tell you unless I want to spoil it for you. Instead, I'll leave you with another great quote: I know where I came from - but where did all you zombies come from?
Have you read All You Zombies? Which is your favourite time-travel story?