With the help of the eager Bill Turcotte, Jake continues to monitor and gather evidence on Lee Harvey Oswald, at the same time holding down his teaching job in nearby Jodie and falling hard for colleague Sadie Dunhill. But Miss Mimi from school has rumbled Jake’s real identity, Sadie’s estranged husband turns up and Bill starts to become emotionally involved with Oswald’s wife, making this double life increasingly complicated. Is Jake becoming too involved with the history he’s trying to change? (more…)
Lee Harvey Oswald
Jake brings Bill Turcotte into his confidence and enlists his help with the mission at hand, and the duo head to Dallas to prepare for the arrival of Lee Harvey Oswald. With three years until Kennedy’s assassination, Jake takes a job at a local high school where he meets beautiful librarian Sadie Dunhill. Thoroughly enjoying his 1960’s life in Smalltown USA, can he remain focused to the task in hand and save Kennedy? (more…)
With three years and plenty of time to track and investigate Lee Harvey Oswald, Jake decides to see if he really can make major changes to the past. Tracking down Frank Dunning, father of his janitor friend Harry from 2016, Jake resolves to stop him butchering Harry’s entire family in a drunken rage on Halloween, an event that completely changed the course of Harry’s life. But will the past continue to keep pushing back? And who else wants Frank dead? (more…)
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