This is what the Guardian of Forever replied in response to Captain Kirk’s question,”What is it?”
I have been a time travel buff for most of my life and I, too, have awaited a question–or many. In 2013, I wrote “A Brief History of Time Travel”, so people could learn of all the great time travel stories that have been written, made into movies and TV shows, and other media of the 21st century. For me, this was a labor of love–even though we all know that time travel is impossible in our universe. Time is a measurement of duration, and it’s relative to its observers and non-observers–relative meaning that it’s not always perceived the same. We can all time travel forward quite easily, simply by being asleep during the journey. A long flight can be especially arduous, but if you can sleep through it, it’s a piece of cake. A good book or movie seems to fly by simply because you don’t want it to end.
There are other ways we, can simulate time travel, through media that can show us the past, or a representation of it. But is a moment in time a physical thing? Since we can’t go there, there’s no way of knowing if “what was” lingers in anything but memories, both physical and mental. So, the reason we cannot actually travel in time is most likely because that day long ago doesn’t actually exist anywhere.
But the concept of time travel is quite fascinating, so we write about it. Some stories–such as the one I opened this post with–are quite brilliant. Harlan Ellison’s “City on the Edge of Forever” is a time travel classic, and one of the very best of the genre. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to write a great time travel story, and I’m on the verge of doing just that. The book itself has been finished for some time, but I will soon publish and then we’ll see how well I’ve done. I’m quite proud of “Déjà Voodoo”, and it will be a distinct pleasure to share it with the world.
The concept is simple. A man finds, as he grows up, that he’s been here before and remembers most of it. He often knows exactly what’s going to happen before it happens, and is able to change things without consequence–he thinks. But as he takes his ability to higher levels, he encounters resistance from the universe, when he changes what he perceives to be the natural order of things. This also changes how he looks at the world, both physically and spiritually. Ben Collins must now set aside his previous perceptions of God and the universe, and rethink things without any concrete knowledge to guide him. He must weigh his special ability and apply it for the greater good, despite the consequences he knows will come when he meddles with what is supposed to be. He has affected many changes, and has paid dearly at times. Now 53 years old, can he somehow stop the events of 9/11/2001? Only time will tell…