Written By John C. Zell

  Lights flicker and flash amongst the steam hazed cockpit of the ship. An echo of bells and other assorted gadgets inform the professor that something has gone wrong. As he struggles to raise the levers, spin the dials and adjust the cranks, his desperate attempts leave him without a clue. "I believe we are going to land," cries the professor. At that very moment the over-head lights dim and the time machine whirls rapidly out of control. In disparity he makes his way to the travel window, engages the vacuum boots and waits anxiously for a landing signal. The sirens blare to a piercing pitch, as the capsule suddenly crashes to the earth. The professor wipes the sweat from his brow and heads off toward the access portal.

  This is an occurrence which happens quite often throughout J.C. Zells travels. In the year 2050 AD. all history records have been destroyed. The noble and keen-hearted professor takes a journey through time, only to find out that he never knows exactly where he'll turn up. His mission is to journey through several historical moments and keep a journal for the people of his own period. On J.C. Zells expedition to explore these new events he finds out they are similar, but a little more twisted than we have recorded in our own documents. His voyage leads him to venture within the confines of the Crow-Mags, the Renaiss-Ants, the Hippies, and Generation-Ox.

  When the time machine lands back in the pre-historic era, the professor realizes his bodies physical dimension transformed to a clay-like substance. Upon departure of the vessel, he's approached by a group of terrified Crow-Mags who begin running fearfully back to their cave. In this chapter, J.C. Zell attains that he must earn the trust of such beings. Once he wins a conflict with the dinosaur who threatens the lives of the clumpy, feathered crows, he then makes a discovery which inhabits several different inventions. The wheel, fire, and other numerous, cleverly-developed tools are covered in this section. For example, the exposure to early, corn crops when bombarded by meteorites results in a valley of popcorn. Though the Crow-Mags are not the brightest of creatures and have no real development of dialect, they communicate with the professor using exaggerated emotions and body language.

  As J.C. Zell returns to the ship beginning a new journey, he detects another change in his body structure. He has now transposed to a marionette and is vastly on his way to the medieval period known as the Renaiss-Ants. The professor faces a constant battle to hide his identity from this feudal society of ants. At this stage he encounters several historical figures, such as, Leonardo DeVinci, Queen Elizabeth, and Galileo. When he is befriended by Leonardo, the professor encourages him to reflect on his artistic skills rather than concentrating on war machines. When meeting up with Queen Elizabeth he is both delighted and ravished by her support of well known playwrights. While encountering the endeavors of Galileo he accidently helps him invent the telescope.

  The adventure continues when J.C. Zell boards the time machine once again and converts himself to a cartoon drawing. He sets the dials for 1969 and travels back to the colorful daze of the Hippies. The groovy, clothed hippopotamuses eagerly accept the professors' assistance while protesting their beliefs. During this episode the professor is taken to places like Woodstock and the Democratic Conventional Debate. He faces such issues as drug awareness, world peace and environmental problems. The Hippies are curious about J.C. Zells' existence, however they're extremely generous to share their relations.

  Back in the time machine, the professor metamorphisms himself once again. His body has now become a puppet cut-out of construction paper. J.C. Zells' mission is now aimed toward 1990 where he faces many challenges of Generation Ox. The oxen are quite content on the sofa watching violent television, when the professors' hologram visits them through the cathode-ray tube. This portion of the story concerns itself with political satire and socialist issues that occur in present daily life. In this period of Generation Ox, the professor learns about the effects earlier culture and technology have on the youth of today.

  "J.C. Zells Time Machine" has been written as a series to both entertain and promote interesting views about history. By transforming the professor to each individual medium, I hope to create a sense of dimensional media that plays off of each's aesthetic quality. I have stereotyped particular animals with specific time periods forming symbolist relationships of common characteristics. Each character shares a defined quality of educational material supporting humor and moralistic messages.

"J. C. Zell's Time Machine" Copyright 2006, John C. Zell




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