Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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.
I saw this article on io9 a few weeks back. Apparently, there's this theory banging about that Pope Sylvester II and Holy Roman Emperor Otto III decided they wanted to be remembered or something, so they wanted to be around in the year 1000. Only they weren't, so they moved up the calendar. Because they were powerful enough to do that or something.
(This theory is well-known enough to have its own Wikipedia page.)
Which just boggles the mind. Whether it's true or not, it makes for an interesting story.
Where do I go with this?
What if you could initiate a hoax? Would you? Would you use it for good or evil?