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July 3, 2017

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Eternalism vs. Presentism: How Soon is Now?

by Jazzi Ryan Ranes

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“Yes, and imagine a world where there were no hypothetical situations” ― Jasper Fforde, First Among Sequels

time_travel I’m ready to march.

I have a bone to pick with the science fiction genre.  Well, two bones really.  The first is that they cancelled Farscape and Firefly.  The second is that the entire oeuvre makes us believe anything is possible, and we are sadly disappointed when this turns out to be existentially untrue.  For generations we have been steeped in the notion that time travel is possible.  It’s a trope that has spawned many a popular book or movie and has led the rest of us to presume that it’s just a matter of applying enough brain power to the problem, and eventually we’ll be vacationing on dinosaur safaris or having Christmas dinner with Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

One of my favorite pastimes is envisioning worst-case scenarios, which makes…

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  1. Sep 9 2017

    Finding your blog fascinating… thank you for visiting mine, best wishes, valerie

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    • I’m glad that you are finding some interesting things. There is more to come and I will be adding some more of my own writing soon. 🙂 I will definitely be back to read more from you!

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