May 03, 2005

The Time Traveler Convention. Just because it needs as much publicity as it can get (and is extraordinarily funny). Be there, or be square!

See the Metafilter link for some great comments. Time travel makes my head hurt, but I love it anyway.

  • It would be really really cool if some time travellers did actually show up. Unfortunately I think this would break the laws of causality and cause a cosmic catastrophe.
    I foresee two possibilities. One: coming face-to-face with herself 30 years older would put her into shock, and she'd simply pass out. Or, two: the encounter could create a time paradox, the result of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the entire universe! Granted that's a worst case scenario. The destruction might in fact be very localized, limited to merely our own galaxy. -- The Doc
    Sooo... anyone gonna show up posed as a time traveller?
  • If I could be in Boston on that date, I would totally go dressed up as a time traveler. Of course, maybe my future self will show up. Who knows? I ask my husband to build me a time machine several times a term, and he always says he'll make it later. If everyone keeps up that attitude, we're never gonna have time travel...
  • Hopefully someone will bring a Phased-plasma rifle in the forty watt range. I've been looking for one.
  • Only what you see on the shelf, Grover.
  • My CPU is a neural net processor; a learning computer. But Skynet pre-sets the switch to read-only when we're sent out alone...errrrr ahhhhh nevermind.
  • I'd go, but my Time Travel Agent tells me all the hotels were booked solid in 1980.
  • Of course, I could use, but I might get stuck with a layover in the 16th century.
  • I hear rumors that Apple's gonna be there doing a new product introduction. The bad news: it's the Lisa.
  • I might get stuck with a layover in the 16th century. That would literally stink.
  • Be there, or be square! Shouldn't that be, "Be there or be square?"
  • I'm just hoping the future me has the sense to bring a Sports Almanac.
  • I'd go but i'm prebooked on another gig. Going with some friends on an Eloi hunt.
  • I can't make it that weekend, but maybe I'll attend later. ???
  • What a great idea! Too bad time doesn't exist.
  • I already went. It was crap.
  • oh, i definitely wioll haven be there...
  • I went to the 200th Annual Time Traveller Convention in 2205. It was in Vegas. I almost lost my time machine in a blackjack game, but you can guess the outcome.
  • I'd love some deranged GM or Ford technician appearing there, leave a cardboard box with one of those car engines that run on water (you know, the ones they have ready for rollout the day the last drop of oil is used... Ah, this tinfoil hat, it itches) and leave. That would be nice...
  • You were arrested for violating Time Treaty 755.3 (travelling without a Temporal Passport) and sent back here?
  • The Temporal Passport only applies from March 17th, 1762 to Jan 1, 2000. The Y2K bug sort of screwed up their records, so the Time Travel Documentation and General Busywork Bureau gave up. I wonder if John Titor will attend?
  • I am going to show up at the May 7th, 2005 convention claiming to be a time traveller from May 5, 2005. I will pretend to have absolutely no knowledge of the events which took place between the two dates.
  • i just got back from the 1968 time travelers' convention. it was one big yawn.
  • i'm pretty sure i time traveled last night, cause i don't remember a thing. Hopefully i wagered a bundle on the 2004 red sox.
  • I'm going to post this again yesterday.
  • pre-double-post-post!
  • The treatment of time travel in SF has always been essentially static, and the better tales involving it seem to have a small rather than a broad scope. (Thinking in particular here of the many none-too-interesting alternate universe/parallel time-lines tales.) I'm now close to the point of thinking of time travellers as plot killers, though every so often some author such as a Connie Willis or a Swanwick can make it fresh again for a brief and shining moment.