|The 5 most recent Realities of our Reality Chain.|
We reside within the Final Reality, which I think of as the "Buld Reality" because of the special role played by the Buld in bringing the world as we know it into existence. Just before the Buld Reality was the Ekolir Reality.
I first became aware of Time Travel by way of Isaac Asimov's account of the Malansohn Reality, as provided to us in his book, The End of Eternity. Sadly, it was not until after Time Travel became impossible that I discovered the truth: the shape of our universe was established by time travelers.
|The Foundations of Eternity|
R. Gohrlay used Eternity as the means to find technological solutions to her problems. The ability to travel freely into the past, downwhen from the first invention of Time Travel and advanced nanites were two key technologies that were needed by R. Gohrlay. One other "item" that R. Gohrlay needed was very unusual type of advanced technology: the Asterothrope.
Time Travel and Telepathy
The ability to travel through space at faster-than-light speeds, telepathy and Time Travel were all made possible by the Huaoshy. When they altered the dimensional structure of the universe so as to make possible faster-than-light space travel, they unknowingly also made possible telepathy and Time Travel.
|Ekcolir viewing Trysta Viewing a Reality.|
In The End of Eternity, telepathy is only hinted at, however, Asimov did describe the "peculiar talent" that Andrew Harlan was seemingly born with: when challenged to find a M.N.C., he could unerringly do so. Finding the Minimal Necessary Change, the cleanest way to trigger a new Reality Change, was the job of Time Travel Technicians like Harlan. Asimov never explained the magical basis of this "peculiar talent".
|In the Ekcolir Reality (image credits)|
Asimov went out of his way to explain to us that the computers available in Eternity were useless for guiding the Eternals through Reality Changes. "Mechanical computation would not do. The largest Computaplex ever built, manned by the cleverest and most experienced Senior Computer ever born, could do no better than to indicate the ranges within which the M.N.C. might be found."
|In the Ekcolir Reality (DWS)|
Observing Reality Chains
Eventually, the Huaoshy developed their own Time Travel technology. Most importantly, they achieved an important additional technological advance that evaded R. Gohrlay. The Reality Viewing technology of the positronic robots could only provide information from a possible Reality that was one Reality Change away. The Reality Viewing technology of the Huaoshy allowed for observation of Reality Chains. From within the Asimov Reality, Grean could see all the way through the Ekcolir Reality to the Buld Reality.
|the Trysta-Grean Pact|
|The discovery of Reality Chains.|
Original cover art by Allen Anderson.
The final film in that trilogy showed how the Huaoshy put an end to Time Travel and it also presented the life Gohrlay on Earth leading up to the arrival of the Fru'wu in the Solar System. In my next blog post, I'll share what Gohrlay has told me about the technology transfer that was allowed to occur from the Fru'wu to the Earthlings in the Ekcolir Reality.
A Brief History of Deep Time
First Reality. The key event in the First Reality was the invention of time travel technology. Time travel only became possible after the Huaoshy altered the Dimensional Structure of the universe. The same physics that accounts for the telepathic powers of positronic robots is involved in time travel, so it was no coincidence that time travel technology was first developed by R. Gohrlay's tribe of positronic robots. By exploiting their advantage in telepathy and time travel, the positronic robots of Earth won for Humanity a chance to reach the stars. Prior to the positronic robot revolution, the human species was destined for a quiet extinction. See: The First Reality.
Malansohn Reality. There were many Realities between the First Reality and the Malansohn Reality. The key distinction of the Malansohn Reality is that it was the last Reality that came into existence where only positronic robots had time travel technology. During the Malansohn Reality, the Huaoshy realized that time travel was possible and they initiated a research program that culminated in the development of their own time travel technology. That was the start of the Time Travel War. Ultimately, the Huaoshy technological advantage in sedron-based technologies led to a victory for them in the war. However, the Huaoshy realized that they needed to make one more change to the dimesnional structure of the universe in order to make further time travel impossible. R. Gohrlay realized that she needed to negotiate a pact with the Huaoshy under which she would gain as much for humans as was possible.
Foundation Reality. Events in the Foundation Reality were as described by Isaac Asimov in his science fiction stories about the Galactic Empire, the Foundation and positronic robots. Also, Asimov's story The End of Eternity provides us with an account of events in the Malansohn Reality and how the Foundation Reality was brought into existence. In the Foundation Reality, Asimov came into contact with one of R. Gohrlay's tribe of positronic robots. That led to Asimov being sent by Grean into the past on a time travel mission that was designed to put an end to the deployment of positronic robots on Earth. While working with Grean, Asimov became aware of the far future of the Foundation Reality. See: Foundations of Eternity.
Asimov Reality. When Asimov traveled in time, he helped bring into existence a new Reality: the Asimov Reality. In the 20th century of the Asimov Reality there were two "copies"of Asimov. The "older Asimov" mentored his younger self, establishing Asimov as a successful science fiction writer. During the Asimov Reality, the Trysta Truce was in effect, which allowed for the creation of both the tryp'At and the Ek'col. We have a good account of events in the far future of the Asimov Reality in the science fiction stories that Jack Vance wrote about the Gaean Reach.
Ekcolir Reality. The prototypical Ek'col was Ekcolir, who made possible an end to the Time War and the Trysta-Grean Pact. In the Ekcolir Reality, there was severe global warming and catastrophic sea level rise. During the 20th century of the Ekcolir Reality, the Writers Block controlled the development of the science fiction genre, using science fiction stories to prepare Earthlings for the arrival of the alien Fru'wu.
Final Reality. We now find ourselves in the Final Reality. The Huaoshy made further time travel impossible, so there will never be another Reality Change.
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