5 Reasons why Time Travel Novels are so popular – Gary Throws Light on this !

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Within the genre of Science Fiction (as opposed to Science Fantasy) stories about time travel are arguably the most popular for several reasons.

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   1…Everyone at various times reminisces about their earlier life and we can’t help wondering…what if?

   What if a particular event had turned out differently? What if I had made this choice rather than the one I did make? What if a freak life changing accident had never happened? What if I had never contracted some debilitating illness? Time travel novels attempt to address all these issues.

   2…Time travel stories always involve some kind of logical paradox and these appeal to our intelligence and our problem solving techniques. What if I go back in time and prevent some event from happening; how will this affect the present?

   3…Many people probably don’t give a lot of thought as to how the universe began or where it is heading. However readers of Science Fiction do give this matter a lot of thought and as a consequence the ramifications of time and time travel always come up.

   4…I believe that students of history are really frustrated time travelers. These people spend hours immersing themselves in the past through reading the written word but how much better would it be if it were possible to go back in time and witness actual people and events?

   5…Speculation about where the human race is heading concerns some people but it should be a concern for everyone. Stories about traveling into the future allow our minds to run free and consider the many possible futures that are possible. Everything from the dark oppressed world painted by George Orwell in his novel ‘1984’ to the bright future envisioned by Gene Roddenberry in the ‘Star Trek’ franchise is possible along with everything in between.

Gary J McCleary.

 

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The World of Everlasting Life – Is Their Life After Death For Real?

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Banner   A scientific team of expert doctors based in the UK has studied over 2000 cardiac arrest patients who were subsequently revived, across 15 hospitals and have found that in forty percent of the cases the patients could remember a ‘near death experience’ from a time when the heart had stopped beating and the brain had therefore ceased to function. They recounted actual events which had happened in the operating room and one man said that he had heard two separate beeps from a machine that goes off at three minute intervals which accurately measured the time of the experience.

   It’s pretty clear from these and other studies that consciousness doesn’t need the brain to be able to function. The brain and indeed the whole body would appear to be just the mechanism by which consciousness interacts with the material world.

   So if consciousness is external to the body and is eternal we need to start thinking about what it means to have everlasting life. None of the world’s religions have anything beyond superficial statements to say about this.

   To my mind there has to be purpose and direction to everything that we do which means that I can’t see us all sitting around in one spot playing harps for all of eternity. This present life is one big learning experience and that is how I see life after death. We may be reborn into other physical worlds across of the universe including having other lives on Earth. We may also exist in any number of spiritual levels which seem as solid as our world now seems to us.

   I have written eight novels on this subject which explores many questions relating to what would motivate and interest people who never die. God is infinite and we are little pieces of that infinity who will eventually make our way back home.