A couple mornings ago I finally finished reading 11/22/63, the new Stephen King novel. I’m going to try and avoid spoilers, but I’m sorry if I slip. Reader beware.
The basic premise of the book is, “If you could go back in history and change one pivotal event, would you?” In this case, that event is the assassination of John Kennedy.
I have always had a sort of fascination with time travel, parallel universes, and the like. I’m not sure why, but I think the fundamental question of “what if” occurs to us all from time to time. How would my life be different if I was a better student as a child? in college? If I had told my Mom the truth? I’m not saying I regret my choices, but sometimes I wonder.
But there’s the butterfly effect to consider. If I had never done x, would y have happened? If I hadn’t been in the place I was at in 2007 would I have met the Midget? Would we have met at a different time and place and still found each other? Does the smallest change fundamentally alter everything to come? Could I really be my own grandpa? This is only considering a unified timestream. I haven’t even begun to talk about the multiverse (and I’m not going to, cuz my brain hurts already).
The protagonist of the book struggles with all these issues, and many others, including whether to go back from whence he came, and the book throws several curveballs along the way, such as introducing the concept that time doesn’t want to be altered and that the amount of resistance offered by time is proportional to the impact the change will have on the future.
It’s a good read and I highly recommend it to anyone who might want a book that’ll keep you engaged and give you a few abstract things to consider, not to mention yanking you around from time to time.