When I started writing Goodbye, My Love, I had no plan of messing with the chronology of time. What fascinated me was parallel stories within a story. But as the story unfolded, time bent by itself. And it works. It's only now, with hindsight, that I question what time-travel and time-bending actually is.
When either concepts are mentioned, sci-fi movies immediately come to mind. In these, use is made of fantastic contraptions to travel through time in, from a telephone booth in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, to a Delorean in Back to the Future.
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In reality, no such equipment is needed as time is relative. We all know the three dimensions of space: length, width and depth, but what we seem to forget is that time is the forth dimension. Time has no meaning without space and the two act together as the space-time continuum. Whatever happens, it involves both space and time.
Here is a wonderful article I found that explains it far better and in greater depth than I ever can: http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/time-travel.htm
I have often wondered about people disappearing without a trace. Could it be possible that they got lost in time without intending to?
But what about time bending to take a person from now to an alternative now in the past or the future? This is not the same as time-travel. I found this article on how to bend time: http://www.mindpowernews.com/BendTime.htm What do you make of that?
The next question I ask myself, is whether it is possible to be in the same place but at a different time - sort of in a different level or dimension? Here is but one article - and there are many - on research findings into the levels of time: http://fqxi.org/community/articles/display/139
So...is it possible to be in one place at two or more different times? Is it possible to move backward and forward in time when space remains constant? I would say that if one accepts that time isn't flat (linear), then anything is possible.
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