CHRONOVATOR

AUTHOR INTRODUCTION

The central premise fochronor time travel stories often times involves changing history, either intentionally or by accident, and how altering the past changes the future and creates an altered present or future for the time traveler when they return home. In fact, some time travel stories focus only on the paradoxes and alternate timelines that come with time travel, rather than time-traveling itself. These stories often provide some sort of social commentary as time travel provides a “necessary distancing effect” that allows science fiction to address contemporary issues in metaphorical ways. Time travel stories allow authors a way to look at history through a prism, to dissect, reshape it, point out an alternate history like The Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick, Sound Of Thunder by Ray Bradbury, two of my alternate views of time.
American poet Delmore Shwartz once wrote:


Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn.

The concept of time is illusive.

Your time may not be my time. Your truth may not be my truth. Even if we were to agree on what time is or what truth is, our agreement does not make it so. Others burn in their own fire. Time has long been a major subject of study in religion, philosophy, and science, but defining it in a manner applicable to all fields without circularity has consistently eluded scholars.

Two contrasting viewpoints on time divide many prominent philosophers. One view is that time is part of the fundamental structure of the universe—a dimension independent of events, in which events occur in sequence. Sir Isaac Newton subscribed to this realist view, and hence it is sometimes referred to as Newtonian time. The opposing view is that time does not refer to any kind of “container” that events and objects “move through”, nor to any entity that “flows”, but that it is instead part of a fundamental intellectual structure (together with space and number) within which humans sequence and compare events. This second view, in the tradition of Gottfried Leibniz and Immanuel Kant, holds that time is neither an event nor a thing, and thus is not itself measurable nor can it be traveled
Yet our time is the fire in which we all burn as quantitatively measured by a span of years. My time is 1956-2056. A block of time determined by events occurring to those years. Author H.G. Wells time was 1866 -1946 and author Edgar Rice Burroughs time was similarly 1875 – 1950. Despite the time-frame in which we live, certain themes, certain questions carry over from century to another, universal themes common to all races,creeds, color. The burning questions mankind has been seeking answers to from the day of creation. Since the dawn of time people have been interested in the age-old questions,  questions that have perplexed man for centuries. asked by many educated and uneducated people, questions that have boggled the minds of the human race for generations. Questions that have been in the minds of scientists and philosophers ever since the beginning of human life. The burning question is this: Are we alone in the Universe? “Is there anyone else out there? And since the dawn of time, mankind has failed to answer this question. Or perhaps, in the failing the question has been answered and mankind just can’t or won;t accept the answer. Which is why for 50-years now, Hollywood has given us a long litany of Sci Fi Movies so we won’t feel so helpless and alone. Unless alien Paul drops in soon to smoke a joint and say “hello”or the mother ships drops by to blow up the White House, the answer is yes, we are ultimately alone. If Earth once hosted a race of intelligent aliens, they have long since departed with the destruction of Atlantis. So long. Kumbayah, and thanks for all the fish.
Time travel stories by Michael Crichton, Ray Bradbury. Arthur Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Kilburn Hall and others are just an excercise in rearranging human affairs, examining it for alternative possibilities, a published jigsaw puzzle or Rubik’s cube. The alternate possibilities of history make us realize how close we were to a Fourth Reich ruling the war with a Sino-German, Japanese, Chinese, faction and what would that be like I wonder? Most likely it would not be as we imagine, it would be better or worse but never what we imagine. There’s always what the public forgets about, that which I have come to call THE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. (similar to Murphy’s Law)


Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The past is obdurate. Unwilling to change. Those who are not willing to learn from it and change will find it difficult to keep their sanity intact. Entire civilizations have been known to rip themselves apart, the French Revolution for example and one of the #1 settings for time travel stories. The BBC series Dr. Who uses the rime period of the French Revolution a lot over the course of 50-years for its plots. One might say the past is a “hard mother.”
Here then is Chronovator. I started out writing it in the tradition of Philip K. Dick,s, The Man In The High Castle only to have the story branch out to end up more of a journey like H.G. Well’s The Time Machine.

~KILBURN HALL