Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Right the Wrong


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 ;)

Undoubtedly you've seen some iteration of the person-goes-back-in-time-to-right-a wrong story. Sometimes, they try to eliminate some evil person from the past before that person can do the very bad thing. So, let's play with that idea...

What if someone has come to our time from the future with the mission of "neutralizing" you?

17 comments:

  1. I'd wonder where I went horribly wrong.
    Actually, I would view that person as evil and I am destined to make a difference for good in the future. So he'd be toast.

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  2. I'd serve him a cup of very hot coffee, with a piece of homemade pie. We'd sit and talk, and then he would decide I am not so bad after all.

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    1. He's coming from the future, so it's your future self that's the problem. From his perspective.

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  3. I don't think one would ever be sent my way. But maybe I am just too naïve!!

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    1. I don't think so either. But what if...?

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  4. Neutralize me?! Well, I hope I don't do something that makes someone from the future want to kill me unless what I did was pretty amazing kinda like you in the Terminator movies. Will one of my children be a leader to the resistance? Who knows anything is possible and if things keep going as they are in this crazy world of ours then socialist will have complete control and I certainly can see civil unrest developing. That is, if there are enough people left who give a hoot. Oh well...interesting question!

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  5. An interesting thought. I wonder what I did that made me have to be neutralized? Well, maybe not wonder that hard. I'm assuming I become some kind of tyrannical overlord.

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  6. Am I going to be THAT influential?

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  7. I'd try to talk them out of it (assuming they'd give me the chance), and promise not to turn to evil...ooh, but wait. What if they weren't trying to eliminate me because of something bad I'm going to do, but rather because of something good I'm going to do - something that might thwart the the real evil overlord of the future? How would I get out of that? Hmm...

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  8. I'd try to keep notes so that someone could find me, might make a good plot for a book or movie of the week.

    betty

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    1. It's been done, although not necessarily from this perspective.

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  9. Since I'm in menopause I won't be able to bear the child who will become the person to save....oh, wait, that's the plot of The Terminator (a movie I loved). I enjoy science fiction and many time travel stories deal with time travel paradoxes. The consensus is, such a thing could not happen. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. We all know it couldn't happen, but it's fun to play with the possibilities anyway.

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  10. I would do my utmost to neutralize him or her. Wait...I am not that strong so maybe I would just try talking them to death or pretend I am not the person they are looking for

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  11. I'd want to know why and then I'd promise not to do it.

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    1. Ah, but could you be sure you wouldn't?

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