Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I can't help being a time-travel fan.

So I got another story idea. As evidenced by the title, it has to do with time travel. Anyway, I guess it boils down to 'Time Traveling Detectives". It'd only be a short story, cause hey, I found a nifty Twilight Zone style ending for it. Anyway, in the future, a couple of detectives get an idea in their heads that, in their time, it's just too easy to solve cases (they are more than a bit arrogant). They steal an experimental time machine, because they figure, they can return it seconds after they steal it, and no one will be the wiser.

They then travel to various points in the past, attempting to solve mysteries that have confounded society throughout the ages. As they travel, they attempt to discover who Jack the Ripper really was, if there truly was a conspiracy to murder JFK, whether or not aliens truly landed in Roswell, NM in 1947, that sort of thing. They do all this stuff, and are pretty smug about it, so smug in fact, that instead of taking this information back to their own time, they publish the results of their work in each respective time period.

Unfortunately for them, this wreaks total havoc on the timestream, because they altered societal evolution in detrimental ways, and on their trip back home, they are encountered by 'The Voice' who tells them their hubris has pretty much doomed creation, and there is only one way it can be righted, so the story ends with someone from their future picking up a newspaper with the headline "Detectives Murdered At History Museum By Person Or Persons Unknown". That's the gist of it, and I can flesh it out easily, but pretty neat, eh?

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