Orphans of Space-Time
Some people have the gift of time perception. They can remember things that would have happened, had a time traveller not gone back and altered the past. Having that gift is also a sign that you are also a time traveller.
Drake Jonston wonders why he remembers a "best friend" who never existed, The more he searches, the more he's aware of a sinister twist More
Some people can remember things that would have happened, had someone not altered the past. It's the gift of time perception. They can also time-jump once they learn how.
At 9 years old, Drake was sure he had a best friend named Timmy Browning, but it turns out, Timmy never existed.
Later, at age 16, he realises he also knows things that he shouldn’t, such as the interior of the actual house that Timmy would have lived in, and Timmy’s mum (now the mother of Drake’s girlfriend, Jeanette); and weirder still: the name of a mysterious assassin.
In the sequel, Saving the Time-line: Timmy Browning and his younger sister, Jessica have been saved from non-existence, but now the world has been plunged into a nightmarish alternative history of international proportions.
By now, we’ve already met Johann, a member of “The Order”. They have the task of streamlining history, and helping humanity avoid nasty things like nuclear war and mass genocide. They’ve been working overtime to keep the USSR and Argentina from a devastating war. They’ve run out of options, except for one, that Drake, Timmy, Jeanette and Jessica can help them with.
The Murder Victim Who Was Still Alive is a stand-alone short story, set in the same universe, same premise, but different characters. Police Inspector Dylan Murphy is working on a weird case: the body of a six-year-old boy was found buried under a pavement that hadn’t been been dug up in fifty years. But the time of death was only two hours ago. What’s even more strange: the boy, Mickey Stewart, is still very much alive.
The Great Time Shift (What would happen if Hannibal didn’t defeat Rome?) – How “The Order” was founded; Thoma tells the story. It was a time-line in which Rome never rose to be a great empire. First century Judea was under the Parthian Empire, so Christianity spread Eastward instead of Westward. India and China have been Christianised and Yoga is a Christian discipline. Thoma and his fellow monk Yoseph discover time-travel, and how to do it safely, avoiding the dangers of becoming embedded in the earth or dropping from the sky (because of the spin and orbit of the earth).
This novella answers the questions: how did history shift from the Parthian to the Roman time line; and how could the Incarnation and the rise of Christianity have possibly occurred in such a barbaric civilisation as the Roman Empire?
The newest additions to this collection:
A Couple of Years in the Early Life of a Time Traveller - Even though the nuclear war sparked by the Cuban Missile Crises was stopped from happening, thanks to resourceful time travellers, the memory can be quite traumatic for an 8-year-old with the gift of time perception. The Kennedy assassination a year later, also complicates things.
The Lives of Eoin Murray: In the beginning, there was only one Eoin Murray. He lived quite happily with his single mother up to the age of 4, when his future self arrived and murdered his mother. So, now there are two Eoin Murrays, one evil one (who has changed the spelling of his name to Owen), and the good one, who was raised in an orphanage run by the able and wise Father Edmund. The evil Owen Murray thinks he can eventually merge back into the other Eoin, so as to provide the perfect alibi for a murder he plans to commit. He thinks his evil nature will be stronger, and he will easily overpower the weak religious Eoin. But is that the way it works?
Going back to stop the murder of his mum, a third Eoin Murray is created, who remembered too much about the Kennedy assassination, and – well?