Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spring Reading 2016 Back to the Future: Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines

Back to the Future Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines, Volume 1

Fans of "Back to the Future," don't be sad that 2015 passed without a visit from Doc Brown or Marty McFly. This collection of stories will help fill that emptiness in your lives. Emmett Brown shares these stories with his boys, Jules and Verne, while they are living in the frontier town of Hill Valley. As he works on his steam engine/time machine, Doc tells his sons about earlier times in his life including his time with the Department of Defense and how he met Marty and Jennifer. For those of us who are fans of the film, these fill in gaps that were never discussed in the trilogy. We now learn about Doc's work with Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project, how he was approached by the government to build a time machine during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and even what he discovered when he visited his alternate self in the sanitarium when he and Marty returned to the alternate Hill Valley controlled by Biff. If you are more interested in romance, there are details about the beginning of Marty and Jennifer's dating life, and even the background of Clara Clayton and how she came to Hill Valley and met Emmett. 

One of my favorite stories is about George and Lorraine coming to Doc's house looking for Marty because they need dating advice. In a comic misunderstanding, George thinks Doc and Lorraine are involved in a relationship and when he bursts in on them it sounds like something from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." "Marty!" "George!" "Lorraine!" "George!" (Janet - Brad - Janet - Dr. Scott -Rocky) Another story is a throwback to the 1980s film, "My Science Project," with Marty looking through the items in Doc's workshop trying to find something to turn in for his science assignment. And there's even some of Biff's trip from 2015 when he steals the time machine to visit his younger self (let's just say that he overshoots his target year by a large margin).

If you have enjoyed the films, you will like these untold stories featuring the characters we all know, even Copernicus and Einstein. Younger readers may not understand the references to historical events.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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