The flip comment “If Time Travel was possible we’d be up our ears in time travelers telling us all about it!” misses a key point. We *are* up to our ears in time travelers, except they wouldn’t think of themselves as tourists. They think of themselves as refugees.
So see, there is a lot of future out there, not all of it good. Sometimes the only way out is a lateral movie through the 4th dimension, dig? Actually doing it is hard enough, and the side-effects can be dangerous, deadly even. It takes years to master effective time-travel and the cost of getting it *wrong* are high enough to discourage only the most talented, brave, stupid, or desperate.
A lot of these temporal flotsam dudes are pretty addled to begin with, even if they established a sold identity in their chosen time-line, suddenly being jerked into a bold new frame of reference is confusing at best. Getting into a new time doesn’t guarantee success in it, as the deeply-confusing modern human bones that pop in paleontology can attest.
Not surprisingly, the successful ones tended to work in the creative fields. A lot of their works were called fantasy or science fiction or horror. Fiction, in other words …but that’s the thing, the thing everyone is missing, they’re not stories.
They’re *dairies.* Half-faded memories of the future.
So, hold on. The 21st Century is about to play out, and we’ve already know some of the notes.” —A MetaFilter comment, made all the less eerie for the typo at the end.
- me: aw man eff lou dobbs
- me: i mean...obviously
- justin: haha, giant boy detective of a man