by Augustina Van Hoven –
The concept of time travel absolutely fascinates me. To be able to go to other points in time and witness historic events or to travel to the future to see what is coming, have always been fantasies of mine. In my new upcoming series, I will be exploring the different possibilities and consequences of time travel.
There is a lot of argument about whether time travel is possible or not. The hypothetical theory for it is an Einstein-Rosen Bridge, otherwise known as a wormhole. A wormhole is a short cut through the space-time continuum. It acts like a tunnel connecting two places in three-dimensional space, the present and the past or future, with time as the fourth dimensional element. We have seen this principal used in many television shows, movies, and novels. The triggering mechanism differs from story to story, but the end results is always the same, a person suddenly finds themselves in a time that is not their own.
One of the most popular television shows about time travel was ‘Quantum Leap’. The main character stepped into the lives of different people in the past and changed the outcome of events. This brings up a problem with traveling to the past, the possibility of significantly changing events to the point where the future is altered. The old “butterfly concept” where a time traveler stepping on a butterfly in 1583 could lead to his own grandfather never being born and, consequently, the traveler ceases to exist. Many stories and movies also deal with this. One of my favorite time travel movies is ‘Déjà Vu’ with Denzel Washington. The film tells the story of an ATF officer investigating a ferryboat explosion, who is introduced to new governmental technology that can look back in time and see the events. After a while, the main character realizes he can use this knowledge to save the lives of the people on the ferry and sends himself back in time.
Diana Gabaldon in her series, Outlander, tells the story of a time traveler who marries and has a child by a person in the past. The future is altered by the existence of someone who, without the time travel, would never have existed. What are the ultimate ramifications of this on the rest of the world?
It is also possible to alter events by going into the future. Someone traveling forward can bring back knowledge that allows the person to alter events because they know the original outcome, such as a winning lottery number or how to create a product that doesn’t exist yet.
A movie trilogy that explored a lot of these possibilities was the ‘Back to the Future’ series with Michael J. Fox. The main character traveled to both the future and the past and had to “fix” the historical events that were altered by his very presence in a time that was not his own.
These problems and the other consequences, such as how to survive in a different time, will be some of the things I will be exploring in the new series. I do not have a release date yet, but be looking for the announcements in my newsletter and other social media out lets.
What are your favorite time travel movies or stories?
THE KISS OF A ROSE
In 1882, Rose Van Buren loved the wrong man and paid for it with her life. Now, more than a century later, the angel Gabriel has granted her another shot at living. In exchange, she must convince a smart, handsome, up-and-coming lawyer to set aside his lofty ambitions.
A FUTURE PRESENT
Stephen Winship is headed straight for the governor’s chair. He has a brilliant career, solid allies, and a seemingly perfect girlfriend. But night after night he finds himself dreaming of a heavenly beauty, a luminous but long-dead girl. Like some altered Ghost of Christmas Past, she shows him her own tragic tale in order to “save him.” And he’s beginning to see Rose is risking her heart as much as baring her soul. Yet falling for her will cost him everything—and open him up to a happiness he never imagined.
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