Creating alternate timelines is weird

Like, narratively weird.  As a sci-fi writer, the thing that gets into my head is… where does the energy come from?  A fair number of sci-fi stories – and this has been brought on by me (trying) to read William Gibson’s Agency – a future alternate timeline has a bit of a cottage industry of going back in time and messing stuff up to “see what happens.”  It is established that these alternate timelines are physically real and distinct.

So, every time some hobbyist gets an inch, they can go and create – materially, physically create – an alternate timeline?

WHERE DOES THE ENERGY COME FROM?!   How is all the free energy not the biggest point of all of this?!

Ahem.  That is all.

2 thoughts on “Creating alternate timelines is weird”

  1. Well, most sci fi that does this, I feel, is pretty light in terms of the depth of their science. So, the rules are indistinguishable from fantasy/magic. And not super well developed/ruled fantasy/magic at that. I’m not saying this is a problem, simply that the author isn’t trying to write a science-y book and so is only considering things in the realm of what they want to focus on. Which is alternate timelines.

    Alternate timelines are the easy fix for the paradox problem of what happens when you go back in time and change something. Otherwise you have to make rules for how things you do in the past can have affected the things you did that led you to go back to the past and what not. But yeah, creating a bunch of matter and time and universe should probably take a lot of energy.

    If it did generate this energy for free, one might even consider a story about an entity that makes alternate timelines purely to harvest them for their infinite energy.

    1. If the story were about the consequences of endless realities, that would be better sci-fi. Creating worlds to suck them of their energy is an f’n statement, man.

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