The Future is Fixed.

Photo copyright: Enisa.

Photo copyright: Enisa.

Thomas wondered when time travel was first discovered, he thought it was 2028. The year he turned seventy nine. However once the ability to travel backwards in time was discovered, being old wasn’t a problem. For you dialled up any of the years after your sixteenth birthday, then back you went to your chosen year.

The downside was that you had no control over which country you arrived in or even who you were. You could find yourself in a jail, down a mine. Or you might be on the high sea in the middle of a hurricane. You took pot luck. It was better than being dead in 2032. For that was the year that the world leaders turned on each other. The resulting chemical warfare had delivered something much worse than wherever one might arrive. Or so he thought. Until he found himself in a submarine that had just hit the sea bed after an internal explosion… How he wanted to return to his job monitoring post war camera images. Even if everyone had died.

Footnote: Word count 175.


Mike prior to his visit to the barbers.

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. neeltheauthor- author of WHEN LIFE THROWS THOSE CURVE BALLS

    Loved this sci fi tale, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Neel.

  2. Reena Saxena

    Superb piece!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Reena, for such a lovely comment.

  3. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

    Fantastic story. How spooky to be returned to an event that you had monitored at the time and so you knew what the outcome was going to be. Hope he works out how to time travel out of there quickly.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Irene, I think that he made it out of the sub. He decided that time travel was to risky. So all has gone quiet on his story.

      1. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist


  4. yarnspinnerr

    Surreal sci fi. Great write.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Your comment is really appreciated: Thank you so much yarnspinnerr.

  5. Iain Kelly

    There’s a flaw in this time travel! Quite a risky proposition. Good story Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is a dangerous thing this time travel, I will have to leave it alone. Or I may tie myself up in knots.

  6. shivamt25

    Its just amazing how you imagined a whole new universe! Seems like a pretty good plot for a movie.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for such a lovely comment. If only a movie was in the offering.

  7. goroyboy

    I truly enjoyed this engaging tale Michael! Well done!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, I really appreciated this feedback.

  8. James

    Be careful what you wish for.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So true James, so true.

  9. Bladud Fleas

    I’ve always got time for time travel. Superb.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Time travel is a fascinating subject, Thank you for your feedback.

  10. Priceless Joy

    Wonderful story! Very creative! Sounds like he wants to travel to the future to see the post war images. Great story Mike!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you PJ, I am now rather cautious about time travel, as it seems there are many risks.

      1. Priceless Joy

        LOL! I would think there would be!

  11. anuragbakhshi

    This time travel seems to be dangerous business Michael, remind me not to enroll for it when the time comes 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am smiling at this comment, but I suspect far to many people would enroll despite the dangers.

  12. athling2001

    AS cautionary tale, indeed. Be careful what you wish for! Well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you athling. Indeed one should always be careful in what one wishes for.

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