When I think of time travel, Washington Irving’s short story “Rip Van Winkle” comes immediately to mind. We take a twenty-year forward leap in time toWhen I think of time travel, Washington Irving’s short story “Rip Van Winkle” comes immediately to mind. We take a twenty-year forward leap in time to the Catskill Mountains. Conversely, Mark Twain’s novel takes us back in time to “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” In Charles Dickens’ quasi-time travel novella, “A Christmas Carol,” the author has us heading in both directions of center as Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and the “yet to come” future. Through episodes of Star Trek, we travel, of course, through space. I could go on about episodes from Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone,” or H.G. Wells’ quintessential time travel vehicle, “The Time Machine.”
Through short stories, novels, novellas, television episodes and movies, time travel has certainly been addressed both terrestrially and celestially, taking us back into time as well as sending us well ahead into the future. Inspired by Martin Caidin’s novel “The Final Countdown”, a time travel treatment of the USS Naval Carrier Nimitz, Russell F. Moran’s “The Gray Ship” sets the stage for the USS nuclear-guided missile cruiser, California. Moran’s novel is extraordinary in that it takes us on an incredibly convincing time-travel journey on the high seas. Surprisingly, the story is not weighed down with improbabilities often resolved in other works by way of deus ex machina. To the contrary. The occurrences become plausible in that Einstein’s theory of general relativity does more than suggest a scientific basis for the possibility of time travel into the past. Moran frames this theory quite clearly in the minds of his readers, which paves the way for acceptance if not outright believability. Take your pick.
As an award-winning writer of mystery thrillers, I strive to build verisimilitude (credibility) into my fiction. The key is indefatigable research. Russ Moran has certainly done his homework. What is truly commendable is that this is the author’s first novel. The danger of my ever scribing a time-travel novel is that I might end up meeting myself at an earlier point in time, God forbid! Moran captures your mind and imagination and won’t let go. His key? Unforgettable, believable characters wrapped around a wonderful narrative. You’ll feel as separated from the twenty-first century as captain and crew aboard the warship as you enter a traversable porthole (time warp), a passageway back in time—two days prior to the beginning of the American Civil War. If and when becomes the question of the California’s safe return. So permit me to pipe you aboard a nuclear-powered naval ship en route to Charleston, South Carolina on April 10th, 2013, to help celebrate and commemorate the first battle of Fort Sumter, which had begun 152 years ago on April the 12th, 1861. If you do return safely to the present, you’ll want more of Russell F. Moran. Just be sure to take any future journey vicariously.
Need more convincing? See Russ Moran’s magnificent video trailer of “The Gray Ship” on YouTube....more
Samuel Berlin's memoir of his French/Italian underground journey during World War II is a must-read. I had the privilege of meeting Sam and editing thSamuel Berlin's memoir of his French/Italian underground journey during World War II is a must-read. I had the privilege of meeting Sam and editing this book for him. The story will make you laugh and cry. It's a tribute to the survival of this gentleman....more