| || “Uncertainty” |
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
First publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction, Feb 2013
For me, the main story of time-travel agent Leah wandering from one World War II encounter with Heisenberg to another did not have a clear notion of time travel, and the ties to the uncertainty principle were not germaine to the story. The exposition of the uncertainty principle itself was also confused, conflating it with the observer effect and not correctly representing the fact that a particle cannot simultaneously possess both a sharply localized position and a sharply localized momentum. On the other hand, I did enjoy the opening scene with Moe Berg, and the mix-ups are partly from his layman’s point-of-view.
Werner Heisenberg’s controversial uncertainty principle was one of the cornerstones of quantum physics. Heisenberg postulated that it was possible to know a particle’s position or that it was possible to know how fast the particle moved, but no one could know both the position and movement of the particle at the same time. Berg had spent quite a bit of time in Oxford, talking with leading scientists as he prepared for this job, and one of them used a description that moved away from particles into theory, which Berg appreciated. That scientist had told Berg that at its core, Heisenberg’s principle meant this: The act of observing changes the thing being observed.
| || Star Trek: Into Darkness |
by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof (J.J. Abrams, director)
First release: 17 May 2013
Tim denies it, but there’s a little-known rule that says that any time Spock Prime gets to talk to new Spock, the movie is counted as possessing time travel under a grandfather clause, even if said movie contained no actual new time travel.
For me, the dark aspects of the movie were nothing but forced melodrama, although it did have great special effects, terrific casting of the principles, and fun trekkie jokes. Those positives, though, weren’t enough to cover up the plot holes and Kirk’s questionabe decisions. Good grief, just blast the bad guy with a photon torpedo rather than blasting your way through a bunch of Klingons (who never harmed you) to give the guy a fair trial. And if you don’t do that, at least blast him to bits on the bridge of that dreadnaught.
As you know, I have made a vow never to give you information that could potentially alter your destiny. Your path is yours to walk and yours alone.
|The story also appeared in this 2015 anthology.|| || “Jinki and the Paradox” |
by Sathya Stone
First publication: Strange Horizons, 3 Jun 2013
Mathematical beings called the Rathki set up three experimental human colonies, one of which includes Jinki, a child made of light, and Mr. Quest, a trickster whose job is to generate random errors. Jinki would rather talk with Mr. Quest than anyone else, because he talks of interesting things such as Alice in Wonderland, the dangers of recursive wishes on falling stars, walking through Time, and (most importantly) avoiding pa-ra-dox!
There’s many a reason a light baby mustn’t walk through Time. You shouldn’t, Jinki, because you’re tied with the human timeline, you’d cause a thing, a great big knot of a thing like a briar-rose patch, called a paradox. A pa-ra-dox!