6 April 2019 - 11:00 am

Time out of Mind: Prologue

Welcome to the Asylum. The doors are closing behind you, so settle in and make yourself at home; you’re going to be here a while. Or perhaps no time at all; it’s hard to say. Because today, we’re going to delve into time travel and see where – and when – it takes our minds. 

Some time in the future of Earth, wondrous human minds discover how to bend the fabric of time. At first, it was just about creating a window to the past, and it allowed a new rush of truth to obliterate the biased histories we’re all used to. But, inevitably, that was not enough. Seeing the past is not enough and it’s not the same as being there. So of course, the most brilliant of minds turned to making travelling through time a reality. 

No-one is quite sure when they succeeded, because once time travel has been invented, it has always existed. But succeed they did, and now, no-one can be truly sure what has been changed. The only people who can know are the time travellers themselves, as their disconnection from the time stream allows them to remember the original and the changed time streams. Which has a whole other set of implications for their poor, stuffed brains for you to keep in mind. 

There are a few truly decisive moments in history that caused ripples for years to come. The end of a particular war, perhaps. The detonation of the first atomic bomb. The discovery of a new technology, like the internet. A pandemic with an awful death toll. Moments that determined the path of the decades, even centuries that followed. 

Today, we’re going to start with such a decisive moment. One that changed something important in the way that we live, a change that spread out into the future and altered the path of humanity. What was that moment? Was it a new discovery? Was it something starting or ending? A revelation? A creation or a destruction?

What impact did it have? Was it the start of a downward spiral or ascension into the stars? Did it bring death that razed the planet, or did it allow humanity to transcend death entirely and enter a new state of being? How did the future unfold, following this moment? Good or ill, it’s up to you. 

Take a few minutes to decide what this pivotal moment in time is, and what followed. Our future historians are going to be very interested in it, so let’s give them something to work with.

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