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Mark Twain — “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

Once Upon Another Timeline

A Full-Length Science Fiction Novel


Adventure, Alternate History, Romance, Space Opera, Time Travel

Written by

Jim Lantern

[Read it free here – scroll down to listed Parts – enter “clockwork” password for access.]


“For time travelers, of a kind, answers can come before questions.”

“We have found the aliens, and they are us!”


© Copyright 2016, 2017

by Jim Lantern, Lantern Science Fiction, Timeglass Science Fiction

All Rights Reserved.

The parts of this story may not be copied and shared

without the written approval of the author.


The story herein is a work of fiction, including characters, events, and locations. However, from the perspective of characters, this story includes observations and mentions of real people, events, and locations. Beliefs and views presented herein are from the perspective of fictional characters. Not all represent the beliefs and views of the author and publisher, although some do.

The following story is a complete full-length science fiction novel. It is 52 Parts, about 160,000 words, actually equal to about 2 full length novels…



Once upon another timeline, there was a planet named Mirandus. It was a distant inhabitable planet discovered and named by astronomers who were Landors [“LAN-dors”—species] of planet Langenth [“LAN-genth”], Bracatus is the name they gave to the star—the sun—of Mirandus. Langenth is the name of one of the home planets of the Mercatorians of the Interstar Trading Worlds in the Mercatorian Empire, an empire of merchants engaged in peaceful trade.

This is a story about some of the Mercatorians whose lives were impacted by the discovery of Mirandus, as well as others who became involved with and went on the Bracatus Mirandus Expedition.

It is also about a time traveler from the future of Mirandus, who has traveled hundreds of light years across space and thousands of years into the past to give a warning to the Mercatorians about the expedition to try to save it and change history. It ended in a horrible disaster with the death of the explorers and the destruction of their star ship. Then events beyond their control resulted in their Mercatorian souls being trapped on planet Mirandus, where they were then reincarnated and became Mirandians. Before they died, they were able to bury time capsules containing information about their planets and detailed plans for how to build a star ship. The time capsules are then recovered on present day Mirandus by some Mirandians who have the reincarnated souls of Mercatorians. They intend to build the first Mirandian star ship and then return home in human form. What happened to their interstellar empire, and why was no rescue mission sent? 40 thousand Mirandian years have passed since the time of the Bracatus Mirandus Expedition during Mirandian year 37,988 BCE.

The time traveler, who has the soul of a Mercatorian, is sent by the government he works for on a Clockwork mission for the top secret project named Timeglass, during Mirandian year 2012 CE. By saving Mercatorians from an enemy in their time, the time traveler hopes to be able to save his world from what he believes to be the same enemy in his time. Moments after he departed from the SlipField ArchPad, built with a TimeArch in addition to a SpaceArch, the planet he knew as Earth ceased to exist, and became known as Mirandus.

What happens to the soul of a space traveler who dies on a distant planet inhabited by people physically similar to the space traveler? Is his soul returned to his world to be reincarnated there? Is his soul returned to his home world to ascend into a spiritual heaven for the people of his world? Or might the spiritual heaven encompass his world, the visited world, and all other inhabited worlds? Might his soul for whatever reason become trapped on the visited alien world upon dying there? Then to be reincarnated – born into a life there, or to ascend into the spiritual heaven of the people of that world? If reincarnated there, might he remember his alien past life during and within dreams and nightmares while sleeping at night, in which he sees his alien face within a mirror – perhaps a remembered event that took place on his home world long ago?

Dead man walking
Dead man talking
Dead man whispers
Dead man writing
Dead man dreams
Ghost of me

Dreams . . . barely remembered upon awakening.

Nightmares . . . never to be forgotten.

Parts password for access is: clockwork

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Part 11

Part 12

Part 13

Part 14

Part 15

Part 16

Part 17

Part 18

Part 19

Part 20

Part 21

Part 22

Part 23

Part 24

Part 25

Part 26

Part 27

Part 28

Part 29

Part 30

Part 31

Part 32

Part 33

Part 34

Part 35

Part 36

Part 37

Part 38

Part 39

Part 40

Part 41

Part 42

Part 43

Part 44

Part 45

Part 46

Part 47

Part 48

Part 49

Part 50

Part 51

Part 52 Conclusion of novel.

Once Upon Another Timeline concludes with Part 52. The story of the Timeglass alternate history universe might eventually be continued in a new novel, short stories, or web series.

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