Paradox (flash fiction)

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Paradox

 

“So why are you building a time machine?”

“If I stop my parents meeting I won’t have to exist.”

“Er okay… You realise it won’t work?”

“Why not?”

“If you go back in time and stop your parents meeting then you don’t get born, but that means you don’t build a time machine to stop them meeting, which means they do meet and you do get born. It’s a time paradox.”

“Nuts.”

Joanne Fisher

Word count: 71 + prompt

This was written with the prompt paradox provided by Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #184.

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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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Uses of a Time Machine 2 (flash fiction)

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Uses of a Time Machine

 

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“Why did you build this time machine?

“So I can go back in time to prevent myself from building a time machine of course!”

“Er, wouldn’t it have been easier to just not build it then?”

“No, it’s an experiment.”

“Okay…”

“You see if I can go back in time to prevent myself from building a time machine, then I don’t build it, but as I haven’t built a time machine then I don’t go back in time to prevent myself from building it, which means that I do build the time machine. Or so I think.”

“I’m tying to get my head around that. And that’s an experiment?”

“Yes! If I go back in time to stop myself building the time machine, I want to see what happens: Do I build the time machine or do I just carry on without one, making this timeline we’re both in cease to exist?”

“But if you go back in time to prevent yourself from building a time machine, surely you would have already had an encounter with yourself telling you not to build the time machine?”

“No, because it hasn’t happened yet.”

“My head hurts. So there is a chance we won’t ever have this conversation?”

“Maybe. Wanna come with me?”

“Tempting. Are there any dangers with this?”

“Well time might just sort itself out, but there is a strong risk we’ll end up getting stuck in an infinite time-loop of building a time machine then going back in time to stop myself building a time machine, but then building a time-machine and then going back in time to stop myself building a time machine, and so on.”

“That doesn’t sound fun.”

“Don’t worry we probably won’t realise we’re in an infinite time-loop. There’s also a minuscule risk that if I go back in time to meet myself I could cause a rip in the space-time continuum and end the Universe as we know it.”

“Wonderful. Is it really worth that risk?”

“But it’s an experiment! Research is research after all. Admittedly I’ll probably never know the actual result…”

“Can we not do this, please?”

 

Joanne Fisher

 

Personally, aside from Doctor Who, I have a real dislike of time travel in stories. Often the paradoxes created can get really convoluted…

I used to have a list of stupid uses for a time machine. I’ve forgotten that list, but this series is about stupid or pointless things you could do if you actually built a time machine. I’ll keep adding to this series as ideas hit me. If anyone else has any ideas feel free to let me know, or write one yourself 🙂

Also, so far my WordPress editor hasn’t yet morphed into the new block editor (or maybe it has and I haven’t noticed). All is good.

 

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Uses of a Time Machine 1 (flash fiction)

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Uses of a Time Machine 1

 

 

“So you’ve built a time machine?”

“Yes. What do you think?”

“Impressed. What are you planning to use it for?”

“When I see pictures of people from the past and if they look too smug I then go back in time to smack them in the face.”

“I’m sorry? What?!”

“I go back in time to smack people in the face I don’t like the look of. Anyone who looks too smug or self-satisfied, in my opinion.”

“Yes we’ve established that. You’ve built this time machine, and this is what you choose to do with it? What about all the other things you could use it for?”

“Well that was the thing I was thinking of when I was building it. I’ve never considered anything else.”

“You’re joking aren’t you?”

“No. Okay smartarse, what would you use it for then?”

“Go back in time and see the dinosaurs or how life on this planet began, observe important moments in history, see what happens in the future, I mean the possibilities are endless.”

“All those ideas sound dumb.”

“So let me get this straight: you built a time machine, something no one else has done before, and was hitherto considered impossible, and you use it to go back in time to hit people.”

“Only if they deserve it.”

“Deserve it? Who deserves being randomly smacked in the face by you?”

“You’d be surprised.”

“I guess I would be. Violence is not a solution to anything.”

“But it is amusing.”

“Amusing?”

“The beauty of it is after I smack them in the face I then get back into my time machine and come back here. They’re left standing in the street totally confused and there’s nothing they can do about it muahahaha!”

“You built a time machine solely so you could do that? Are you insane?”

“Very probably.”

 

 

Joanne Fisher

 

 

Just a random thought I had…

 

 

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