Friday, April 9, 2010
Posted by Liane Gentry Skye
I'm a nerd. Yeah, physics turns me on in a serious kind of way. Sick, right? But also exciting for those of us who yearn to hop dimensions and explore alternate universes.
Some scientists--quantum physicists, to be specific--out in California accidentally proved that parallel universes *do* exist and that time travel is theoretically possible. Not just to the future, as Einstein posited, but to the past as well. Not only that, but yes, Virginia, you really can be in two places at once.
Seriously, just wow.
I have to tell you, the implications of this experiment make me quiver--in a good way. It also makes me wonder if this new knowledge will stimulate sales of time travel romances and alternate histories. I certainly hope so. I cut my romance loving teeth on Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Nothing fascinates me quite so much as the idea that we could travel back in time, or into alternate versions of both past and present times.
But it also opens up some interesting questions. Regret is a powerful emotion. So is the thirst for control over our own destinies.
If you could travel back into time and tweak your life, would you? What would you change? Do you really believe it would lead you to a different, better outcome?
What if the new outcome wasn't so rosy as you anticipated. Then what? Go back and try again? Venture to the future to fix the damagge? Hmmm...what of the impact on the lives of those around you? Seriously, who's to say that people from our future aren't already hopping timelines in an effort to control their own reality?
Then there are the alternate versions of our current reality to consider. Dude. If there's a world where I'm Keanu Reeves' babe, I'm so there. But maybe the price I'd pay for mastering my own destiny would be high. After all, for every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Seems to me every leap would bring a price with it. The dystopian possibilities of such an idea are endless. Secrets society theories abound. And yes, my muse is on fire.
Or maybe that's just the toast.
**some of you may have noticed I've been absent from blogging for a while. A family crisis of epic proportions kept me away from both my blogs and my writing. I appreciate your support for Writers Gone Wild, and just wanted to say how much I've missed each and every one of you! Let the ribaldry resume!