February 11th 2042,
By Joshua Swainston
Portable, personal, and legal time distortion devices will be available soon. The Federal Collective today, in their great wisdom, decided that anachronis technology should be made available to everyone.
In a statement made after the Federal Collective’s ruling, Spokesperson Heinrick stated, “For too long has the common person been forced to live with their crappy decisions. Who has not regretted ordering the wrong item at a restaurant? Or called their teacher dad? Or slept with someone they shouldn’t? Well no more. We are the Federation and we are not meant to suffer such indecencies. Therefore, we have put into motion the full legalization of short term time distortion.”
The definition of “short term” has not been specified at this time.
Dr. Fang Lihzi, the godfather of anachronis technologies, devised the tempo theorem after his brother died in the Tianjin, China explosions of 2015. His goal was to create a time bubble around himself the morning of the explosion, and advise his bother to stay home that day. The application of the theorem did not come to fruition until after Dr. Lihzi’s death in 2020. Even then, the technology only allowed for time bubbles of less then ten days.
Anachronis science has been used by the Federation since 2022 to avert catastrophic events such as terrorist attacks, environmental and natural disasters. Originally, the practice was only administered by specialized Federation operatives. Later, the practice became more commonplace to alter the outcome of armed conflict. Time distortion became socially taboo when it was found that the government of Southern Republic of New India had used it to alter the 2032 Olympic Games.
The reaction on the streets of San Raffle Platform have been mixed.
Cliff Martinez, a stagnation worker with SFP Services, would use time distortion for personal matters. “It would be great to go back to December 20th 2034. That was the day that my dad died.”
On the other hand, Rita Felner, a freelance hypno-typist, thinks the new freedoms will lead to all sorts of issues with the time-space continuum. “If Back to the Future 2 has taught us anything it’s that any change in time, in the linear sense, has repercussions.”
Time distortion has been sold on the black market since the theory became reality. Crude homemade devices leave residual time trails, and are not sanctioned. Many blame the growing memory loss epidemic to back alley time play.
The Federal Collective has yet to outline time distortion rules for the soon to be legal version, but it does seem there will be a lot of to contemplate prior to public use. Some critics have pointed to the Coen incident of 2031, where Max Coen used a black market military grade device to alter the outcome of a high profile court cases in exchange for money and favors. Upon discovering the inconsistencies in the time stream, a Federal team remedied the issue. Mr. Coen was publicly executed in 2033, after several botched attempts at a fair trial.
Apple, Switchblade, Google and Breakfast have all stated that they will have working models of personal time distortion devices by the end of the year.
Joshua Swainston has worked as a mechanic, merchant sailor, courier, loan shark, club promoter, Ryder truck rental agent, McDonald's grill cook, taxi driver, valet, coffee roaster, wine distributor, psychologist assistant, UPS man, Disney Store stock boy, and played Santa Claus. His first novel, The Tacoma Pill Junkies, was released in February of 2013 and can be found at tacomapilljunkies.com. He also acts as consigliere and sometimes editor of the Tacoma literary magazine, Creative Colloquy.