The Trouble With Time Travel – original short story

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Born in the freezing heart of upstate New York, raised in the searing heat of the Caribbean, then mellowed for several years in a fine oak barrel until he reached a perfect balance of snark and zen, Daniel is Fandible’s resident tech expert. Graduating at the top of his class in high school, and accepted to an Ivy League university, he instead chose to run away with the circus, where he learned valuable life lessons, and grew to hate clowns. He then travelled the globe for years in search of the six-fingered man, only to find the power was inside him all along. These days, he surrounds himself with glowing screens and wearable technology in an attempt to summon forth the Singularity by way of cargo cult. He is a Leo, and his favorite color cannot be seen by any but the pure of heart.

6 comments on “The Trouble With Time Travel – original short story

  1. JaredFromTacoma says:

    THIS! This I like. I’ve always been a fan of time-travel fiction, and I hope to see more like this and the universe you’re creating, either via more short stories, or the obvious “use it as a setting for a game.” request.

    Regardless, well done Daniel(sp?).

  2. Syren says:

    For any medium reason I was always enchanted with the Futurama effect of time travel, where time has enough presence to preserve itself that it will do some crazy ass shit in order to guarantee that everything goes as it already has. Even if you have to sleep with your own grandmother.

  3. Jake says:

    Past Nastification is only one aspect of the highly complicated reasoning involved in a stable time loop. Just make sure you have a backup universe to escape to when things go wrong.

    Also this guy deserved to have everything go wrong for failing to obey even basic stable time loop security precautions. Whenever he is due to receive a visitor he passes himself a note from the future via the incredibly convenient time door to let himself know whether or not that visitor is or is not going to be safe. Failure to receive a note should trigger an immediate lockdown and a re-shunting of the visitor into the heart of a star for safe decontamination.

    Ideally he spends his last few days writing down a complete list of noteworthy events that occurred to him during his residency, and then passes that back to his first day whereupon he reads it and is prepared for every possible catastrophe that could happen. Then on his last day he creates the report again, but copies it from the original to ensure that there aren’t any continuity issues.

    This is basic stuff people!

  4. Daniel says:

    Hah! Great stuff, Jake. I’m glad we have people on board who are ready to do things right if/when we invent time travel.

    “What do we want?”
    “When do we want it?”

  5. Jake says:

    I’ve put a lot of thought into this from the various RPGs I’ve played. And also because I’m incredibly pedantic. My friend and I have also come up with a pair of question and response phrases in case we are ever impersonated. We say the first set to each other in the event we are ever confronted with our own duplicate and one of us must decide who to shoot.

    We say the second pair in case our identical doppleganger is a mind reader and has stolen the first pair from my mind, in which case the second pair indicates that the entire security process is compromised and there’s no safe way to tell us apart.

  6. Syren says:

    I haven’t had many characters who’ve had to deal with time travel but I always enjoy the idea of an action scientist who is driven harshly to testing the limits of causality. And at the risk of having to build a new character would start by attempting to shoot himself in the pasthead, on the off chance that time would correct this mistake by making him secretly immortal. Or enter paradoxtown, which is also fine cause I’m probably dead in that Schrodinger fashion.

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