Saturday, 5 August 2017
"Man From Tomorrow"
Time Patrolman Manson Everard claims to be a visitor with news that will interest the great wizard:
"'Tell him, "Man from tomorrow." 'Tis a password. Got it?'
"'It makes not sense,' complained the guard.
"'Passwords need not make sense,' said Everard with hauteur.
"The Jute clanked off, shaking his head dolefully. All these newfangled notions!"
-Poul Anderson, "Time Patrol" IN Anderson, Time Patrol (Riverdale, NY, 2006), pp. 1-53 AT p. 36.
The Jute does not know the half of it! But, whether or not there are time travellers around, we are always surrounded by newfangled ideas. Ideas being thought now will shape the future. Ideas implicit in current thought will be articulated later. People will look back and say, "This started back then although no one living then knew the implications."