One-Way Time Travel

I’m currently revising my novel, Wrinkleto submit to literary agents. The crux of the novel rests on the idea of one-way time travel: You can travel forward in time but not backwards. It’s a one-way ticket to the future.

Would you do it?

If there were a proven way to safely travel to the future in this manner, would you sign up? How deep into the future would you go?

In the book it makes sense–there’s a reason people are motivated to travel forward in time. I’ve wondered quite a bit if I would do it. I’m prematurely in awe of the future. I don’t think we can even start to imagine the advances in technology and science we’ll experience over the next 1,000 years, much less the next 100 or even 25 years.

At the same time, I have serious concerns about the future. Global warming, crime/poverty, biological warfare, the economy…I don’t think things are going to be terrible, but I also think there are too many people in the world for everyone to have a great life.

That said, I think I would do it. I’m just so curious about what the world will be like in the future, especially the deep future. Will we travel to other planets? Will we meet aliens? Will there be jetpacks? Will all Starbursts be pink and red? I must know!

I don’t know if I’d go right away…in fact, I don’t know when it would feel right to leave. There’s too much to leave behind (can cats time travel?). But if I eventually left, I would travel 500 years into the future. 2513. I figure that’s long enough that I would see some truly incredible advances in technology, but not so long that I wouldn’t recognize anything.

What about you?