Thursday, 6 October 2016
The History Of The Time Patrol
There is another difference. In the History of the Patrol, Patrol members would recount not only their observations of and interventions in historical events but also their memories of events that did not happen in this timeline. Thus, the History of the Patrol would:
be long and complex;
move backwards and forwards within conventional linear history;
be discontinuous, e.g., would not recount Carthaginian victory in the Second Roman War but would recount Patrolmen's memories of such a victory and also how those memories had affected their later practice.
Wanda Tamberly is shown records:
"'Consequences of time gone awry." (The Shield Of Time, p. 253)
We know of the Carthaginian timeline, the alpha and beta timelines and a history with Keith Denison playing the role of Cyrus the Great. Were there also pre-Patrol timelines when the Nine, the foolish, the greedy and the mad turned history inside out? The single multi-volume History of the Time Patrol would have to be followed by several volumes of Appendices recording innumerable alternative histories known only by the testimony of those who remembered having seen them. Further, any Patrolman would read the History would know that it might be invalidated by his own future experiences.