Sally's prospective Triumph

Mary Ann Dimand amaebi at iwon.com
Fri Jul 28 20:36:23 EDT 2000


I had suspected
>
> that a lot of readers just don't enjoy tricky time structures.

I think it's just a Grown-Up thing, Sally, and I have faith that your work
will go gangbusters. :)


Sally remarked, among other interestin' things:
>
> I *really* distrust the kind of t-t where 20 y-o Z goes into
> the past for 3 years and comes home again still 20.

Oh, me too. :)

> Now, given the above, how do you all feel about the chance
> that A might meet herself? i'm inclined to think it couldn't
> happen because it didn't...

Ah, that is one of the eternal twists upon which time travel stories often
explicitly depend-- and one which I suspect always has to be dealt with by
the author anyway. I'd say that IF the time stream the (older) character
does the time travel in is the same as the one sie enters when going
backwards, sie can't meet hirself because she didn't. But unless the story
turns on this, we just don't know. It's also possible to treat the past as
more or less in amber from the point of view of the traveller. Lewis Carroll
does something like this with the Outlandish Watch in Sylvia and Bruno
(perhaps Concluded).

Mary Ann


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