Monday, April 9, 2012

Echoes - Part 1 of 1

© 2009 by Henry Melton

Unclear translation of stream 802 follows:
Aristotle invented the first time machine, after the battle of Issus when the famed theoretical physicist, Xerdeles was captured by Alexander and sent to his old instructor as a gift.  The insight of his new Persian slave matched so well with Aristotle's own work on the nature of space and time that he shelved his promised work on extracting energy from the binding energies of atoms to develop a prototype of the time travel device.
Alexander was disappointed at the delays in the promised 'Atomic Bomb', but he lusted over the promise of changing history.  A chronic thorn in Greek cultural identity had been their disastrous defeat in the Trojan war, and Alexander jumped at the chance to not only avenge the disgrace of his ancestor Achilles, but to remove it altogether.  Alexander knew exactly where to strike, to change the fate of that entire war.  Hephaestion, Alexander's favorite agent, was sent back 900 years to assassinate Aponnen while he was a simple instructor in King Priam's household using the entire electric output of the Greek empire, channeled through Aristotle's device.
The young princess Cassandra, daughter of King Priam, was witness as the stranger materialized in Aponnen's quarters and grabbed the startled man by the throat and raised his knife.  Hephaestion gloated for an instant as he held the the life of the man who would have invented the steam catapult that would have destroyed the Greek fleet at Troy.  
The knife had barely plunged into Aponnen's chest when the ripple started.  Of course, the entire industrial  and scientific revolution started by Aponnen was wiped out in that instant, destroying the advances on which time travel itself was built.  
Before Cassandra's horrified eyes, the stranger vanished, pulled into the time singularity his own knife stroke had created.  She was never able to get anyone to understand what she had seen.
The industrial revolution happened for the first time again, in the Fifth Century, during the global expansion of the Holy Roman Empire. Besa, working in the Justinian University on Elephantine Island, just below the great Nile Dam of St. Mark, gathered the greatest intellects of Egypt in one place with the goal of creating the first Sahidic language encyclopedia. 
In the great exchange of ideas that followed, a group of a dozen students of space and time hit upon the time travel technology, and nothing could stop them from appealing to Besa for access to the electrical power from the great dam to activate it.  Besa gave his permission, enchanted with the idea of sending a historian to record the exact words of Christ when he gave his blessing to the Blacksmith of Bethany, one of the most revered scriptures in the scientific world.  
The historian was carefully trained, and sent back to join the group of disciples following Jesus.  Keeping a low profile, the only change he made was to convince Peter to rest, while he would assist Jesus in the errand to the blacksmith.  But at that instant, the entire account vanished from the gospels of Mark and Luke, and the scientific advances of five centuries -- and the historian -- collapsed into another time singularity.
Albert Einstein was the first man to discover the variation on space and time that allowed practical time travel while working at ETH Zurich in his position as a technical advisor for the Swiss army. 
In 1913, in the midst of the World War, as Kaiser Fredrich IV was marching the combined German-Russian army from Prague to Budapest in retaliation for the deaths of his father Wilhelm II and his own wife Cecilie, the Defense Department of the Confederation of Helvetica ordered an attempt to change twenty six years of bloody history.  
Of course, no sooner had the Swiss temporal agent in 1887 alerted the Czar's guards to the assasination attempt by Aleksandr Ulyanov, then the years of war and millions of deaths and the world wide fear that had driven Einstein to join the Swiss army in the first place, vanished into a time singularity.  The new civilian version of Einstein took a different career path, and never discovered the time modification equation.  
Alexsandr Ulyanov's brother was deeply affected by his execution, and later took the name Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
Vincent Jackson was the first man to discover the time travel possibilities, in the year 2038.   He was a quiet and methodical worker, content to develop the ideas in private while his more public, and published works on space-time geodesic measurements won his professional reputation and a tenured position at the Harvard School of Mathematics.  Jackson worked out the potential for time singularities and with the resources at his disposal, managed to detect the residual effects of several time singularities in the past.  He understood what this kind of ripple was, the scar of a past time paradox, a virtual echo of a reality that had been, but was now gone.  If these had happened in the past, it implied that because of his discovery, his own existence was already on tenuous ground.  
He began a quiet, but ruthless policy of destroying the professional chances of anyone in his field whose work was heading in the direction of time travel.  He died of old age, well respected in his field, with only hints surviving of the dark side of his work.  
But survive it did, in the journals of one of his victims, an Edgar Lynn Dewar.  His grandson, Horace Fielding, son of Barbara Dewar, discovered the journals of his grandfather after that bitter old man died of alcoholism.  Working back from his grandfather's notes, and using the work of the despised eminence Jackson, Horace was the first man to create a time machine.  He went back 95 years and poisoned young Vincent the day before he was to graduate from high school.  
Barely had the poison begun to dissolve in the glass when Horace vanished into a time singularity.  On a brighter note,  Edgar Lynn Dewar had a long and fruitful life working in astrophysics.  Of his five children, there was no daughter Barbara.
The last known invention of the time machine was by Hu Lin in 2228.  Space-time metrics had advanced sufficiently that the dangers of time singularities were instantly obvious, and the Lin family successfully developed the time travel technology for five generations, using exhaustively pre-calculated, miniscule changes in the past to advance the Lin family's fortune and prestige.  
It was the youngest son of the Lin heritage who circumvented the protocols.  Devistated by the loss of his wife to an unpredicted effect of her genetic enhancements, he sent 23rd century knowledge of genetics back to a researcher in 2078.  
This radical advance of genetics and nano-biology completely derailed the advance of physics in the late 21st century, as the suddenly lengthened lifespans and enormous expansion of available resources turned the human collective to the neo-life sciences and its accompanying philosophical shift.  The time singularity this time swallowed up not only the Lin family history, but also all of the advanced study of space and time.  For all of time the human race never discovered the relatively obvious technology of time travel.
Of course, humans weren't the only intelligent life in the universe.  We might make that claim, if we can only avoid getting our tails caught in our own time singularity.  I urge you, members of the Chorus: Stop development now!  If we don't, then happenstance or tomorrow's eggs will do it for us.  A million triumphs fall to one mistake.
End of decrypted 802 time singularity stream

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