I’m the guy that which does Love and Capes.
And nobody ever talks about those poor heroes immune to alcohol. Them and thier headaches over convoluted causalities and timelines.
The problem with having to deal with post-time-travel causal confusion is that a single psych counselor won’t be much help. In cases like that you really need a pair o’docs.
Amazonia obviously speaks from experience. 😀
Tsk. Oh, Rens. Dealing with an inveterate punster is a fate worse than deaf.
The following has will have been taken from The Hitchhiker’s Guide; Restaurant at the End of the Universe, which was will be printed in the future:
“The major problem [with time travel] is simply one of grammar, and the main work to consult in this matter is Dr. Dan Streetmentioner’s ‘Time Traveler’s Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations’. It will tell you, for instance, how to describe something that was about to happen to you in the past before you avoided it by time-jumping forward two days in order to avoid it. … Most readers get as far as the Future Semiconditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional before giving up. … The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy skips lightly over this tangle of academic abstraction, pausing only to note that the term “Future Perfect” has been abandoned since it was discovered not to be.”
This is why in my gaming group anything dealing with time travel is listed under a single keyword: Headache.
“We’ll be able to stop the villain’s plan tomorrow, though it’ll technically be yesterday”
How did he obtain such a huge army in just a few days?”
It works surprisingly well.
Ah, time travel. Remember Captain Janeway’s charming attitude towards the wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey? (Hm. Perhaps in the LNC universe, there’s a Scottish physicist with what looks suspiciously like a ‘fro who has become a popular writer/commentator regarding such things).
Whether or not alcohol makes the subject easier or harder to handle, though…all depends if you’re trying to put it into practice or not…
A paradox can be par’a’doctored?
That wasn’t Janeway. That was The Doctor.
Nope it was Janeway who had trouble with Temporal Mechanics:
In comparsion Seven of Nine dealt a lot better with the whole thing and had no qualms asking: “Seven of Nine [future] to Seven of Nine[past], what is your status?”
I’m just surprised no one jumped on me for suggesting Steven Mofat wears a ‘fro…
Heh, the talk about tense reminds me of a segment I wrote dealing with competing time travelers. The narration brought up a third organization that the other two had teamed up to prevent its ever forming. The section talking about that was written in perfect progressive conditional (i.e. “would have been”), and was quite fun to write.
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