Published: 2013 in Fiction River: Time Streams
Genre: time travel
Length: 10 pages
Setting: near future, somewhere on Earth
Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology
Summary: Keiko’s grandfather, Sufo, has decided he wants to participate in an experimental lightpulse jump that has the ability to send him into the future. Keiko is sure he’s jumping to his death, but since he only has six months to live, she’s willing to support his decision. Sufo makes three jumps. In the first two, he comes back immediately because of problems. However, he brings back fascinating data for the scientists. It’s only on the last jump, 1000 years in the future, that he finds a time to stay.
Final thoughts: I found this story enchanting. It’s told from Keiko’s point of view, so we see her concern for her elderly grandfather and confusion at his choice to jump to the future. She doesn’t agree with his decision, but she respects him enough to abide by it. We never see the future, only Sufo’s reaction to it. We also see the scientists’ glee at the data Sufo brings back about the future, which is totally what how a scientist would react. It’s time travel, although the methodology is basically a handwave, but focused more on the emotions than the actions.
Title comes from: The first time Sufo jumps, the dust he brings back is significant to the scientist. The second time he jumps, he’s stung by bees.
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