Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Chronology Protection Case released with new, extended ending

The Chronology Protection Case has been released on iTunes with a new, extended ending.

The 40-minute movie by Jay Kensinger, first released in 2002, is an adaptation of Paul Levinson's novelette "The Chronology Protection Case" - inspired by Steven Hawking's "chronology protection conjecture" - and first published in Analog Magazine in September 1995. The novelette was a finalist for the Nebula and Sturgeon Awards, reprinted five times - including in the currently best-selling Mammoth Book of Time Travel - and made into an Edgar nominated radio play.   The novelette is cited in Paul J. Nahin's A Writer's Guide to the Real Science of Plausible Time Travel as the only recent treatment in science fiction of Hawking's conjecture.

Kensinger directed, produced, wrote, and plays the role of Dr. Phil D'Amato in the movie.  D'Amato has appeared in two other novelettes by Levinson - "The Copyright Notice Case' and "The Mendelian Lamp Case" - and in three novels by Levinson, The Silk Code, The Consciousness Plague, and The Pixel Eye.

The extended ending in the 2013 release of the movie brings the story forward from 2002 to 2012, and was written by Levinson and Kensinger.  The 2002 release was shown at science fiction conventions around the east coast, including I-Con and Philcon.

A trailer follows.   More details about the movie on IMDB.

"The Chronology Protection Case" reprinted in
  • The Mammoth Book of Time Travel, ed. Mike Ashley, Robinson Books, 2013 
  • The Best Time Travel Stories of All Time, ed. Barry Malzberg, I-Books, 2003. 
  • Nebula Awards 32: SFWA's Choices for the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, ed. Jack Dann, Harcourt Brace, 1998. 
  • Infinite Edge (online magazine), June-July 1997 
  • Supernatural Sleuths, ed. C. G. Waugh & M. Greenberg, ROC Books, 1996


Paul Levinson and Jay Kensinger at The Chronology Protection Case premiere at I-Con (Stony Brook, NY), in 2002

Jay Kensinger explains how he re-cut The Chronology Protection Case.   And more here on how Paul came to write the original novelette, and how Jay came to make the movie.

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