EXCERPT: A Practical Mechanism for Overcoming the Directionality of Temporal Flow by David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of more than fifty published science fiction and fantasy stories. His work has appeared in John Joseph Adams’s anthologies The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination and Armored as well as F&SF, Asimov’s, Analog, and many others, and he’s won or been nominated for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Campbell. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Kate Yule, with whom he co-edits the fanzine Bento. See his website at daviddlevine.com for more information and free fiction.

A Practical Mechanism for Overcoming the Directionality of Temporal Flow


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Time travel is one of humanity’s greatest dreams. Help me to develop my theoretical concept into a practical device!

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The forward flow of time is simultaneously one of the most basic and one of the least understood forces in physics. Everyone understands that time marches on, at an inexorable rate of one second per second, but the fact is that the equations work just as well if it goes in the other direction from the one we’re used to. Why? Nobody knows. But in my graduate work at Simon Keele I stumbled onto an interesting interaction between a couple of subatomic forces that could reverse this flow, or even disconnect an object from it completely. My initial experimentations with the available hardware were promising, but with the additional $17,000 we’re looking to raise, we could purchase the necessary equipment that would allow me to develop it into a practical mechanism.

Consider the implications. If this demonstration technology—which as the video above shows is already capable of moving small objects backward in time by up to eight seconds—could be scaled up, it could prevent automobile accidents, avoid personal tragedies, and keep bad decisions from having been made in the first place! I know that $50,000 is a lot to ask, but if we can achieve this initial goal it would just be the first step in an entirely new technology that could improve everyone’s life.

We have already achieved so much. This promising new technology has already been hailed as the scientific discovery of the century, but with your help it could be so much more. Kickstarter has over five million members. If even 1% of you supported us with just $10 each, that would meet our $500,000 goal and more, permitting us to improve the mass, volume, and temporal range limits of the device and make possible truly significant changes in the state of the world.

I understand that many of you are skeptical about why a large, successful institution like the Templeton Institute for Temporal Research at Simon Keele University would need Kickstarter to fund its activities. But we feel that, just as everyone travels forward in time every day, time travel should belong to everyone. And with the $8 million we’re requesting here, we hope to decrease the transition cost per kilogram-minute to the point that every nation, no matter how impoverished, can afford a temporal exploration program of its own. Perhaps someday even ordinary citizens will be able to rent time on a time-traveling micro-drone.

 


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