Travel in the 21st Century
From a historical perspective, the liberalization of the rules governing personal time travel was a mistake.
Looking back, it’s easy to understand why this form of travel had such a social impact.
Invented some time between 2035 and 2037, by an unknown inventor, the company behind it’s commercialisation was quick to exploit the perceived gap in the travel industry.
Initially, it was, of course, a pursuit for the seriously rich, but within a relatively short space of time, some 10 years or so, advances in technology and manufacturing brought time travel to the masses.
The social impact was monumental. Within a year the spread of it’s uncontrolled casual use, led to collosal fractures in family and occupational life.
It was no longer a question of whether someone was here or there but also of when they were at any particular moment. Even though safeguards were in place to prevent any interaction between the traveller and his timeline, the overall effect was disastrous, both psychologically and of course financially.
It was only in June 2051, with the introduction of the Scarecrow Clause, that Time Travel was finally regulated, permitting us to move to the next phase.
Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, a flash fiction weekly challenge from Priceless Joy, is an excellent weekly challenge to create a work of flash fiction (100-175 words or so) prompted by an image. This weeks photo is from Louise with © The Storyteller’s Abode. Thanks Louise!
I’m sorry if the link between my story and the image is somewhat tenuous 🙂