If you could travel back in time 127 years Today, would you kill Hitler as he was born?
Yep. It’s that day. Hitler’s birthday. Of all days, this is the one where people who speculate about time travel say they would go: 20 April 1889.
It’s also the last day Hitler went to the surface in Berlin, 20 April 1945.
Of course, you don’t have to go back to his birth to wipe him out. You could stop him from being conceived. You could kill him later in life. Kate Atkinson’s brilliant book, Life After Life, has this in it and is also a ‘time travel’ book, although more of a loop book. Highly recommended. The reviews are interesting as a lot of people didn’t like the book. And a lot raved about it. I’m a raver.
But here’s something to ponder. There were 35 attempts on Hitler’s life up until he did it himself. THIRTY-FIVE.
When I write my Time Patrol books, I pick a day, then find six events on that day. And inside a 24 hour bubble in that day, in six different years, the Time Patrol agent must keep our timeline intact. My wife is pushing me to do 20 April, but after we talked about it, we thought we will do something completely different from a normal TP book for it. It’s still in the thinking stage, and if the Shadow doesn’t send a Valkyrie to kill us here at Write on the River, we’ll put it out there.
Do you know what else happened on 20 April? The Bay of Pigs failed. Columbine. Actually, every day of the year has many significant historical events.
Here’s something to ponder. If you could go back in time, is there an event you would change?
If you could go back 127 years, would you kill Hitler?
With this caveat: one of the tests the Nightstalkers had to go through to become Time Patrol agents was they were each given a choice: they were told that the most important day in their life, where something happened that didn’t turn out well, they could go back and change it. If they say yes, they’ll go and change it, then they can’t be an agent. So it’s something outside of your personal life.
If you could travel back in time, outside of something personal, what would you change?
Or would you change nothing?
We could also go down an even deeper rabbit hole: even if I changed something in history, would it really change anything?
Originally published at www.writeitforward.com on April 20, 2016.