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Category Archives: Alternative history
Far from being a genre of pure imagination, Science Fiction is a category of writing insistently aware of the boundaries of reality. In The Paris Review, Ray Bradbury called it “the art of the possible, never the impossible.” Isaac Asimov characterized… Continue reading
Was it your choice to read this article? A single decision selected from an infinite pool of possibilities, placing you on a course completely dictated by your own conscious power of reason and choice? Or was this just another stepping stone in the endless stream of causality? An inevitable result of each and every event […] Continue reading
Death comes for all of us. It is the great equalizer across the human species, and life in general for that matter. All life must come to an end. But what if it did not have to be this way? What if humans could obtain biological immortality? What could we achieve if we could […] Continue reading
Dear Me, To ensure that this letter has the greatest effect, I ask that you just take a few things at face value, can your questions, and take heed of a few things here. This is coming from the future. I won’t tell you anything more than that. I hope that you should never live […] Continue reading
Kevin, It’s Kevin. No, not the redhead Kevin that lives next door, but you, ten years down the road. You want proof? Well oddly enough I remember where you were this week in 2002. You are currently in Glens Falls, New York visiting Mom’s family. But be careful, because you fall out of a bunk […] Continue reading
Dear skeptical Sean, I want you to know…no, more than merely know, but suspend all disbelief and wholeheartedly trust that this is indeed your older self writing to you from the future. Don’t ask why I’m doing this, and especially avoid asking how this letter arrived at your doorstep. Rather, just sit back and take […] Continue reading
“Of all the toys available, none is better designed than the owner himself. A large multipurpose plaything, its parts can be made to move in almost any direction. It comes completely assembled, and it makes a sound when you jump on it.” -Stephen Baker There could be several different outcomes if children could be […] Continue reading
I personally find the possibility of time travel, at least to the past, to be very unrealistic. As an aside, I do believe ‘time travel’, if it should be called that, is possible due to the principles of relativity. Just get in a spaceship (timeship?) traveling at the speed of light, and time will stop […] Continue reading
I’m exactly the kind of person that authorities shouldn’t allow anywhere near a time machine. For starters, I’m comically clumsy – I literally can’t be trusted not to “wander off the path” and ruin the present, Sound of Thunder style. I would be that girl who accidentally convinces Monet to abandon painting or Jefferson his […] Continue reading
I write this blog post with the sincerest hope that many of you have read at least one book from The Magic Treehouse Collection. If not, then I can’t quite say I would recommend doing it now as they are directed at elementary school students. Yet, if you have the pleasure of reading with the […] Continue reading