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Physics Professor David DeGraff publishes short fiction: "The Theory and Practice of Time Travel"

Professor David DeGraff
Professor David DeGraff

Alfred University Professor of Physics David DeGraff’s short fiction The Theory and Practice of Time Travel has been published in the current issue of the journal Translunar Traveler’s Lounge.


Alfred University Professor of Physics David DeGraff’s short fiction The Theory and Practice of Time Travel has been published in the current issue of the journal Translunar Traveler’s Lounge.

The Theory and Practice of Time Travel is a fictional course syllabus outlining the requirements for a course in time travel. “Students will devise and perform experiments to test the nature of reality as long as there is minimal chance the experiment will destroy the universe,” DeGraff’s syllabus advises.

“Any major alterations in historical events will seal that reality off from the rest, and you won’t be able to return to your own timeline,” the text adds. “Worse, you will fail the class.”

DeGraff teaches Physics and Astronomy at Alfred University and also has co-taught classes such as Science in Science Fiction, Aliens & Alienation, Tricorders, Tribbles & Transporters, Muggles, Magic & Mayhem,” and The Doctor in the Police Box. He has even taught a course called The Theory and Practice of Time Travel.

As a fiction writer, his previous publications include Above the Pole, in Polaris, a collection of stories about polar science published in 2020, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the International Year of Geosience. His story SIREN of Titan also appeared in the collection Carbide Tipped Pens.

A devoted admirer of the Star Trek series, DeGraff credits Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry and NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong with stimulating his interest in astronomy.