Thursday, May 29, 2014

Alternate Timeline

It's Thursday, so it's time for my my weekly random question...

Here's another one I don't know how to explain other than to just ask the question. I'm assuming you've heard of the alternate history genre in fiction...

What if our timeline is the one that was altered? What if someone wanted to go back and put us back on track?

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  1. Interesting thought; I think it would be natural for someone to go back and get us back on track. Haven't we all lived over and over again a bad decision we made and wished we could go back and undue it?

    betty

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  2. Wow-that would be scary in some ways. I like my life and how many times does one go back to change something-how many different parallel universes would there be? I feel like I am on track-oh oh:)

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  3. Hmm.. Could be interesting. I think there was a movie like this. It was probably a TV movie. But there was an alternate reality and somehow the main character stumbled into it. One thing I remembered about it was that nobody had their own cars. When you were ready to go somewhere, you just walked out and hopped in whatever car you wanted.

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    1. It seems like each sci-fi show does a version of it, but they're always trying to get back to our timeline.

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  4. But wouldn't the "true" reality be the alternate to us?

    This makes me think that any history would be right or wrong depending on who's viewing it. No matter how wrong something might seem, there would be people who didn't want to risk changing things.

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  5. And what if you didn't want them to alter it back?

    Say someone's husband died, and she goes back in time to change it, so he stays alive... causing you to lose your fortune and become a penniless pauper -- so you go back in time to stop her from going back in time, only she's going to go... you get the picture.

    I love these questions.

    JE's answer is a good one. If your history was altered you'd never know it, right? Not unless you were the one who altered it. Or would we know it? If someone went back in time and shot Hitler before he rose to power, so WWII never happened, then my grandpa would never go to war and never get PTSD. Maybe he's more successful, then, so my mom doesn't need to go to work at the bakery where she met my dad, and suddenly I am 45 years old and my mom has still passed away but now my dad is no longer my dad... and yet I remember a timeline where he WAS my dad, and I don't remember the timeline where this new guy is now my dad. And how much of my life has changed, also? Did I even grow up in Wisconsin?

    This is fascinating.

    AND ALL GOOD IDEAS FOR PEOPLE TO WRITE IN FOR TIME TRAVEL STORIES FOR OUR ANTHOLOGY.

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    1. Which I would link to, but I can't find the link at the moment.

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  6. Have you read the book "Replay", Liz? It's wonderful.

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    1. No, I'll have to check that one out.

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  7. Fringe shows an alternate timeline in an interesting way - and I think JE made a good point. The 'true' timeline would depend on who you're asking in which alternate universe...right?

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  8. Maybe someone has! We don't know it...

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    1. True. But what if alternate us came through to try to change things?

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