Time Travel - Phil's Rambling Rants — LiveJournal
|Date:||April 26th, 2004 12:03 am (UTC)|| |
something is wrong with the present, so we'll go back in time to change the cause, and come back to an altered present that we like better
Agreed. I hate that premise; it's stupid.
If the characters view it as "I want to go live in a timeline where this didn't happen, abandoning everything and everyone in my own world," then it can work logically, as long as they can deal with living in a timeline where either they never existed in the first place, or else there are other copies of themselves already there (in either case, as you say, there is "not a slot" for them). However, that issue is virtually never addressed and it's very annoying. The notion of "fixing reality" in this way is completely absurd.
Yes, that kind of alternate-world 'time travel' is no harder to swallow than alternate-history stories, which I often enjoy. But I can't offhand think of a story that uses it -- which isn't to say I haven't read any :-)