Quantum Leap is probably my favorite time travel show. Some dude randomly goes back in time to correct ‘wrongs’ in history. Through his hologram pal, he has access to a supercomputer named Ziggy that makes all of the probability calculations to determine the outcome of his actions on the future. He even gets to experience others’ lives by hijacking their body while their soul hangs out in some waiting room in the future. Now that I think about this time traveling bodysnatcher, it sounds kinda creepy. To complicate matters, there was an evil leaper who went back in time to undo favorable moments in history.
Multiply that by a million. If time travel is ever achieved, the technology will eventually be affordable enough for Mr. Average Joe to have his very own time machine. A million potential time travelers is a reasonable number given that there are what, seven billion people on the planet? A million people traipsing through time, crushing colorful butterflies with their muddy boots, and essentially bungling history.
Either our lives will become a series of Billy Pilgrimesque flashbacks, or there are infinite timelines. For a universe that is finite, I find it hard to believe that anything infinite can come from it. Besides, having a fractured lifetime could be somewhat interesting if you aren’t driven insane.
This could be a brave new world where not only is anything possible in the future, everything is possible in the past.
Perhaps the best place (or time) to go for the time traveler would be the future. I would choose a method where you don’t even need a fancy phone booth. I would choose to make the Rip Van Winkle Caper a reality. I mean, who doesn’t like a good caper?
To mastermind a gold heist and to enjoy it after a hundred year slumber, you would have to be pretty fit. One, because gold is really heavy. Two, I don’t know if I would want to be riddled with arthritis in a future where everyone is a muscular android lizard person. Actually, you might want to make a lizard person suit out of a set of footie-pajamas so you can blend in.
If you arise in the future and gold is worthless, oh well. Just wait. There are a million jokers traveling through time and they are bound to change your future.