Black Theoretical Physicist Ronald Mallett’s Quest to Build the First Time Travel Machine

Physicist Ronald L. Mallett is actively working on building the world’s first functioning time machine. Mallett published an autobiography called “Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality” about his journey to becoming one of the first Black Ph.D.s in theoretical physics, all inspired by his quest to build a time machine in order to travel back in time and save his father from death. Filmmaker Spike Lee’s production company Forty Acres and a Mule acquired the film rights to Mallett’s book in 2008, but the film was never made. Fortunately, Mallett has shared his amazing story and ongoing journey in several documentaries and educational specials available on YouTube.

Rasheedah Phillips is a Philadelphia public interest attorney, speculative fiction writer, the creator of The AfroFuturist Affair, and a founding member of She recently independently published her first speculative fiction collection, “Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales).”