Uses of a Time Machine 3 (flash fiction)

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Uses of a Time Machine 3

 

 

“Wahoo! We’ve built a time machine!”

“I know! And they said it couldn’t be done.”

“So where do we go first?”

“Let’s go see dinosaurs!”

“That sounds great, but what if we accidentally change history if we go there?”

“You mean the like the Butterfly Effect? Like if we accidentally kill or change something  while we’re there we might cause an alternate timeline to be created, one where the dinosaurs never die out, or humanity never evolves? That kind of thing?”

“Yes, that’s what I was getting at.”

“Nah we’re good.”

“Really? You sure?”

“Yeah totally. Look at it this way: If we go back in time and alter the course of history, say for example due to our actions humanity no longer exists in the future, then we would cease to exist ourselves, which also means we never built a time machine to go back in time to alter history with. So therefore history doesn’t get altered, and so we do build this time machine. It’s a paradox.”

“Okay.”

“The fact that we built this time machine and can go back in time means that our going back in time won’t in fact alter history, at least not for us. Theoretically we could have built this time machine and then ceased to exist, that’s if our going back in time would have altered the timeline, but we didn’t, so therefore all is good.”

“I really hope you’re right.”

“I’m pretty sure I’ve got it correct, which means?”

“Dinosaurs! Wahoo!”

 

Joanne Fisher

 

Have they got it right?

 

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7 thoughts on “Uses of a Time Machine 3 (flash fiction)

  1. Actually, there’s a certain validity to her rather warped logic, LOL. Although they’re more likely to just return home and find the world looking like an episode of Dinosaurs. 😀

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