Time travel has been on my mind lately--and it's not simply because Doctor Who is back! *squeee*--but as a way to stop an impending apocalypse. To offer a shock look at what could be and driving people to act. Yes, it's not practical to rest our future on something quite so nebulous, but I'm going for it.
Time travel can give us those useful glimpses we get into future events. Using one idea of the universe, you could desperately try to change events to avoid the disaster, or by these actions, create a parallel world. The disaster still happens, but not in the world you live in. Or it fails and you take on the role of Oedipus by actually bringing about the disaster you were trying to avoid. Or in trying to prevent the end, you witness, helplessly, its beginning... Twelve Monkeys, anyone?
And have I mentioned how much I love the fact that time travel can corkscrew your mind?
The most obvious example of time travel trying to ward off a dark future is the film, Terminator. Reese's bleak description of a destroyed world, coupled with Sarah Connor's vivid dream of nuclear annihilation, act as motivation to change the future. As does Arnie trying to obliterate them, naturally. I like how a boink for the future saves the human race. Though that angle was never emphasised enough for me. I may have a smut-factor bias.
I think it would be...prudent to have a time machine handy to ensure the future safety of our civilisation. So if anyone spies the Doctor around, especially if he's still in his 'skinny boy in a suit' incarnation, grab him. Oh and his TARDIS.
Kim Knox brews sex, magic, darkness and technology in a little corner of North West England. She writes erotic science fiction and fantasy romance for Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Cleis Press and others.
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