Tuesday, 4 October 2016
All The Time In The World II
Having all the time in the world has paradoxical implications, e.g.:
from 2016, some Patrolmen exile an opponent to a remote past when he will be able to survive but will have no means to return to the present;
in 2026, or at any other time, they can:
retrieve him from the past exactly ten years after they left him then;
retrieve him from the moment after they left him;
retrieve him from any other period after time after they left him;
decide not to retrieve him - and, if they never do this, he died back then.
If he is to be retrieved, then there is no necessity to retrieve him exactly ten years after he arrived in the past - a mistake that seems to be made in Robert Silverberg's Hawksbill Station.