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I know this may sound weird...
....but I'd like to talk to Lee Harvey Oswald and find out what really happened.
Another interesting choice might be Jesus. Getting the straight story from him might ruffle a few billion feathers though.
What really happened.
He shot the President from a building. No mystery. I sure wouldn't waste a visit to the past on the likes of him.
Washington or Jefferson perhaps. Or maybe Lincoln.
Or Catherine the Great.
Too many historical people to name. Can we speak their language when we go back? I'd hate to meet DaVinci and not be able to understand what he says.
"Say, have you done any time travel?"
"No, I read the book."
The late Alfred Bester wrote a short story
about time travel. Very sensible it was, too. Think twice about going, if offered.
Do you mean...
Do you mean "The Men Who Murdered Mohammed"? He got a Hugo award for it.
No, I think that was had some humor, and
involved the well-known paradoxes.
This one was serious and very perceptive about the problems, which are quite ordinary:
'I'd like to go back to the Renaissance and mingle with Elizabeth and her court. I could amaze them with my knowledge.'
'No, you'd likely be executed for witchcraft. And how could you talk to Shakespeare when his dialect is all but unintelligible to you?'
And so on.
A fun book dealing with time travel problems but not paradoxes was Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague De Camp. The main character goes back to Roman empire times. One of his money making ideas is to introduce the printing press but one of Murphy's Laws takes over - the one that goes roughly for my major project, first another project must be completed, equal to or greater than the original project.
Twilight Zone episode
I believe a similar premise was done along those lines. A guy got back to buy property because he knew it would be valuable later. Then started to contact local blacksmiths and craftsman to make this or that, but had no idea how to. It was too early yet because they all relied on one invention after another in order to get a place in time where they become possible. Of course, the guy fails and becomes a janitor though with smart ideas but no way to flesh them out. -----Willy
One like that with a happy ending is the guy
who invested a few pennies in a concern that he knew would be around centuries later. (Rothschilds banking or some such.) When he 'got back' he was a gazillionaire.
I just remembered another point Bester made: We're almost always happier in our own times, the "devil we know". A recurring character in the story was a man who wandered in and out, asking in broken English for "help to go home" - to Hiroshima in 1945!
Exactly. Bester's man hadn't thought of that either.
well....if you do manage to go back
on the way you might change the name of the Dead sea to the Red sea