I’ve created a time machine.
Yes, I know, it’s impossible, requires infinite energy, blah, blah, blah. If you’re saying that, then you have not been keeping up with the research. Not only is time travel possible, it is inevitable! There are some caveats: You can’t go back farther than when you turned on the machine, it requires twisting space/time and compressing it over a period, and the channel to the future and present is a millimeter in diameter. So all you can send is information, not people or things. And once you send information from one point in time to another, that “channel” and those points are unreachable. The channel becomes confused and you can’t reuse it. So, there you go, no paradox!
Sorry, I now know that the latter is not true. Oh God, how I know that now.
I was working on my thesis project, replicating the research made by Dr. Ron Mallet. He proposed that you could use a laser to “frame drag” space/time and create a closed time-like loop. So far his experiments have come to naught. I think. If he found what I’ve found, then I expect that he’s hiding his results as well. He’s trying to create a “time tunnel”, a tube of circulating laser beams, dragging space/time and forming a time-loop. I couldn’t replicate some of his early results, but then I realized that he was making a series of rings, not a spiral. Also his tube is 2 centimeters across. That’s too wide.
I created a cylinder 20 cm long, 1 mm in diameter and lined it with carefully aligned laser mirrors. The laser beam enters it and travels in a tight spiral down the tube. It took months to get the tiny mirrors aligned in the correct angles for form the exact spiral needed. But a month ago, I succeeded. I formed a closed time-like loop!
I used another laser to receive and send messages down the tube. Every other time I’ve turned it on, nothing. But this last time… I turned it on and then I heard my voice come out of the speaker.
“Jackie, it’s me.” I said to myself. “I’m an hour in the future and I wanted you know that it worked. Hopefully I’m saying everything I heard myself say, including this. Anyway, we did it! Wait until I tell Professor Partridge.”
“That’s great,” I replied. “So, what’s it like in the future?”
“Beautiful! We have flying cars, jetpacks and food pills! Ha ha ha ha!” I-her, we laughed. Then I heard the door to the lab open.
“Ah, Miss Santiago,” I heard Professor Partridge say, “how goes your, he-he, ‘time machine’?”
“It works! I’m talking to myself in the past!”
Absolute silence followed that statement. Then screams and the sound of things breaking.
“No! No! It’s impossible for you to create such a thing! A mere woman!”
Then I heard myself croak out, “Jackie! Turn it off! Stop him! Stop him!”
So I shut off the machine. I shouldn’t have been able to do that, but I did. I was no longer connected to that future. It’s been interesting ever since…
So, what’s Jackie been up to? Why did Professor Partridge go off the deep end? Is it more than simple misogyny? And what of Dr. Mallet and his time machine? And what did she mean when she said “that future?” Are we talking an alternate world or as Yoda would say, “In flux the future is”?