With the invention of Time-travel in the early 3000s, there were many physicists who warned of what they called “Chaotic Meta-Mindscape Syndrome” or CMS. It was basically the theory that time-travel to the past would essentially destroy the time-traveler and his or her compatriots, either mentally or physically. By changing the past events that created and shaped those minds or people, the time-traveler would erase or forever change those people irrevocably. It was, in essence, the “Back to the Future” theory of time-travel. Change the past even a little and you just might destroy the present and the future!
Most physicists reasonably feared at first that opening up the past to manipulation through itinerant time-travelers could very well be a recipe for present-day and future chaos. What if someone did change something in the past? Would we notice the change here in the present? Would we survive it? Would the circumstances simply shift underneath us? Would they render some people into neverborn oblivion and totally forgotten? Would some be born yesterday with full memories of their lives? And if so, would the memories of those that remain simply adjust to the changed circumstances without any brain trauma whatsoever? These were questions nobody knew the answer to. There were only untested theories. A few of the more cautious voices had even warned that we would all mentally or physically unravel after the very first instance of past-meddling by a time-traveler. The “first instance” concept, of course, really has no meaning when we are talking about time-travel. If time-travel exists now, it has always existed, right? So what came first? Time? or Time-travel? Don’t hurt your brain on that one.
The more ardent supporters of the new time-travel technology argued that such questions only rested on faulty assumption, assumptions that simply violated the laws of physics. “Ridiculous! Matter cannot act on other matter faster than the speed of light and across time! It’s preposterous!” was the oft-heard refrain. A kind of pig-headedness about this particular view of time-travel had captured virtually ALL of the most educated scientists of the pre-philanthropic wars. Some chrono-historians today argue that all the scientists by that time had been bought off by special interests. But I don’t buy this at all. Their conviction was far to strong. It was madness to side with the alarmists like Logan Wade Seixx. The great physicist was actually committed to an institution for a time for voicing his dire warnings in every public forum he could find. He was charged with incitement and arrested on numerous occasions as well. But we will get to his story in good time.
As expected, the view that ultimately carried the day was the one that satisfied the industry’s greed. The chrono-industry was all too eager to market true, corporeal time-travel capabilities to wealthy consumers. “Let the money flow. Let the consequences come later.” That exact quote came from the great Corporate windbag, Wilhelm Rehuuzen. And it had by then become the principal by-law of all corporate charters. Up till that time, the chrono-industry had only offered consumers a remote view of the past. Each viewer-unit was locked in onto a particular historical event which the consumer could view from many different angles. They could watch it unfold just as it really did back then. The first chrono-models only looked back a decade or so. But soon, there were chronoscope units that could view back to biblical times. That’s right, they could watch the Crucifixion. In fact, the chon-edition with a remote view of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount had become a fixture in most well-to-do religious households by the 3020’s. Schools began to buy these unit for the obvious educational value they offered. And religious institutions were completely transformed by the tech. In other words, these chronoscopes were a smashing economic success. And the king of that mountain was Ren Marcus, Head of the Chrono-Leap Industries. After a few years, they made Apple look small.
Needless to say, a chrono-transport device, ie, an actual time-machine would be THE hot item on the market for many many years. But then the suicides started happening…
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