Tuesday, June 28, 2016

On the Other Side


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

What if you found a portal that took you somewhere (somewhen?) else? Would you go through it? (You have no idea if you can come back.)

(Apologies for the weak question. I had a really good one, but I forgot to write it down and have since forgotten it entirely.)

31 comments:

  1. In reality, probably not. But if I had any hopes of winding up in Narnia, yes.

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  2. No, not if I didn't have an absolute guarantee of being able to come back.

    betty

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  3. I'm not that adventurous. I think I'd stay put and let someone else have a chance at fame and fortune.

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  4. This one seems like one you asked a while ago.

    If I didn't know where it would go or if I could get back, I wouldn't go through it. I'd want a guarantee that I wouldn't be stuck in a horrible place.

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    1. I don't think I've asked this one specifically, but after a while, I do start to repeat themes.

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  5. I'm not a risk taker, at all! So I probably wouldn't go. But wouldn't it be a shame if I missed out on something really great??

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    1. It would be a shame. But you'd miss your family, so there is that.

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  6. No probably not. If I could come back, sure! It'd be fun! But not knowing is too much of a risk. I like my life, my family, and my friends too much for that.

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    1. It would have to be someone who didn't have anyone to leave behind.

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  7. I'm not sure. The not coming back thing isn't a deal breaker for me, but I'd have to make sure it was a good place I was going. I'd hate to walk through it and then end up in the nineteenth century or something.

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  8. I'm not so adventurous that I would go somewhere without knowing where, and without being able to leave if I didn't like it. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. I think the not being able to get back is the sticking point here.

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  9. I'd say no, since I wouldn't know where it lead to. My luck it would lead to somewhere I can't breathe or set me on fire haha

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    1. Ah yes, I didn't specify, it could totally be someplace dangerous. Hmmm...

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  10. No way. I'm too smart to fall for this one, Liz! ;)

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  11. If I knew where/when it would come out and I thought it might be better than yes :)
    Debbie

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    1. Oh, one for! Everyone seems to be against...

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  12. When I was young I would. But now since I have a family of my own I would have to think twice.
    If my entire imitated family and we was all in agreement I would go...Coffee is on

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    1. I think I should have allowed for families when I posed the question. I don't see why you all couldn't go.

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  13. Let's see, we don't know where we are going or if we can get back...then no. I would not. If we knew where we were going I "might" go through if the destination was intriguing enough.
    Barbara from Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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  14. Oh gosh....I would be so tempted u less I end up on the Titanic...that would not be good. Knowing my responsibilities here and people I love, I probably wouldn't go but if I was on my own without loved ones...I may give it a chance especially if Hugh Jackman dressed as an19th century gentleman meets me. On. The other side:)

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  15. No. I'd miss my kids and dogs too much. But if I knew I could return I'd definitely do it. Especially if it was Narnia.

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    1. Everyone wants to go to Narnia, it seems.

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  16. Teenage me would hop grab my best friend and hop through. Adult me would hover at the brink and imagine while hugging my family.

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  17. Some days I would take that leap, for sure. It would depend upon how dissatisfied I felt with my comfortable, mundane life at the time the portal appeared. For that matter I would prefer if I could see what awaited me, at least to a degree.

    And I think it's a fine question to pose. Hopefully you will remember your forgotten one, though. Be well!

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    1. I actually did remember it! And it morphed into something different when I wrote the post for next Tuesday. I have a different one for the week after that, so check back on July 19th...

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    1. That seems to be the consensus.

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