Today we’ve learned what scares Stephen King, author and horror story extraordinaire. And I’m gonna bet it’s not what you’d expect, nothing ghoulish or “pop out of the dark”-frightening, but rather time travel. Or more specifically, traveling back in time and destroying the future through your actions. And when you put it that way, it is terrifying. Like, what if you became your own grandfather!
King’s newest novel, 11/22/63 deals with time travel and directly with the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The book follows a man who travels back in time to stop Lee Harvey Oswald but finds it quite difficult to change history. Promoting this book allowed King the chance to discuss his thoughts on time travel with Wired,
There’s a kind of a rule that you’d express as a ratio: The more potential a given event has to change the future, the more difficult that event would be to change. If you wanted to go back and speak to somebody on a street corner so that they were five minutes late to an appointment—that might not be too hard. But if you wanted to stop the assassination of a president, that would be really difficult. The past would try to protect itself.
The further back you go, the more precautions you have to take. It would go right to the language—you’d have to be careful about the way you speak; the accents would be different. If you were to return to, say, 1858, you’d really have to prepare ahead of time.
So, there are some moments which are fixed in time. Uh-huh, got it. Somehow I feel like David Tennant explained this to me once.
But where does the fear come from? When asked if he would choose to time travel were the opportunity to present itself, King said, “I guess the urge would be there, but no, I don’t think I would. I’d be afraid that the past really was a house of cards and that I might knock it down. I’d be scared.”
Does King have the right of it? Are his theories the closest thing to the truth of time travel? Is he some crazy horror guy who was allowed to open his mouth for too long?
Source: The Mary Sue
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