It seems that nearly all of us have imagined traveling in time, either forward or backward, and even if you haven’t, you must have read or seen fictional tales of time travel. The first for me, even before I formed my own thoughts, was the great novel by Wells…The Time Machine. There have been many novels and movies, even radio productions, about time travel. It catches our imagination like nearly no other subject. For me, the lure is the past, not the future. The future is unknown, unknowable and, for that reason, frightening. No, I like the past, where I feel comfortable, even masterful, about where things are headed. Even Mark Twain wrote a captivating tale about time travel, or was it only an unconscious dream, and he also ventured backwards.
I actually did visit Fermilab years ago, because my daughter was there doing research at the time and had access. It was an unforgettable experience for me, and I just had to resurrect the sensation I experienced of being overwhelmed by the scale and the science of the place. It was a key to presenting my version of time travel in a more or less believable way, or at least as plausible as any other so far.
So, prior to beginning my book, Revenge of Jesus, I had to read nearly everything out there about time travel, all fiction of course. In addition, my novel required a solid working knowledge of the ancient world about the time of Christ, geography and history as well. Any one of these areas would take a lifetime of study to prepare, but more importantly, there are large gaps of knowledge making a fiction out of anything but a presentation of superficial facts. In other words, I had to make an educated guess, using scant facts, as to how the area would look to us if we were to travel back in time. The religious aspects are in some ways even more difficult, not only because little hard information is available, but because adherents to the faiths hold their views sacred and in their hearts, whatever the facts. I had to be careful not to offend the religious, the historians or even science fiction buffs. And likely others who would find issue with unexpected portions of my book.
Not everyone will agree on the way I presented this story, but I am personally satisfied that I gave it my best try, and so far I have gotten positive feedback from everyone who has read this work.
One concept that returns again and again about time travel to the past is the issue about changing things and the unknown effect of doing so. As an author, you can’t ignore what has come to be common wisdom about such things. That is, if the past is altered, the future will be different. Agreeing with that view always makes the storyline more difficult yet more exciting as well as full of possibilities. My studied view, and the one that I took in the book, does agree that changes in the past will alter the future. But…only significant ones. I took the tack that much of what we would do back in the past will make no difference that you could detect. Another way of viewing it is to decide that something that happened in the past is still part of history. After reading Revenge of Jesus, you can decide for yourself if I managed the subject successfully.
Revenge of Jesus isn’t just about religious issues or time travel. It is more fundamentally a story of three people who grow to love and depend on each other. Revenge of Jesus is, at heart, a love story. At the end, you will realize that one of my characters has become immortal, but I’m not about to tell you which one. Read and discover!
In a future blog, I will share with you interesting facts I discovered while preparing to write Revenge of Jesus.