Saturday, June 29, 2013

Afterword to "The Men Who Saved JFK"

For some reason or other, "The Men Who Saved JFK" is conspicuously the most-downloaded of the stories I have posted for download at Amazon and Google Books. My guess is that a lot of people are doing searches in which one of the terms is "JFK". I suppose what that means is that my next posted story should have been "Lincoln's Doctor's Dog" rather than "[Hansel] and [Gretel] Lost in the Bardo", but I have never been all that practical of a person. In the Fourth Grade, I had a friend who was a "good player", one who could get into character easily and play a role satisfactorily. One of his favorite subjects for play was the resurrection or rescue of President Kennedy through some exotic means. Fred Hatch, the hero of my story, is basically that boy grown up, and retaining that obsession. The title, though, and the tone and organization of my story, are taken rather directly from Alfred Bester's "The Men Who Murdered Mohammed". In that story, Bester invented a rather odd form of time travel in which altering the present is impossible, which inspired my own more conventional time travel format in which altering history is simply...difficult. That story also introduced me to the handy word "chronicide", although I have given it a different definition.

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