Hello, friends! Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge! For this year’s challenge, I’m telling you more about the universe of Tomorrow News Network, my upcoming Sci-Fi adventure series. In today’s post, V is for:
Imagine yourself in the distant future, living on some far flung colony world. You’ve completed your work shift for today. You’re sitting in your prefab housing unit, watching the news on the viewlink, when you see this:
But before the anchor-bot can say anything, the viewlink cuts to static.
The Tomorrow News Network is a news organization run by time travelers. Their slogan is “Bringing you tomorrow’s news today since the year twenty billion.” And that is precisely what they do. It’s the reason Tomorrow News Network is the galaxy’s #1 news source: they’re always a day ahead of the competition.
At some point, you may have wondered how the Tomorrow News Network can do what it does. What about the laws of physics? What about causality? But ever since the discovery of inverted space, people have known that time travel is possible. As for causality, the Tomorrow News Network has a self-censorship policy.
If a news report from the future is about you, or if it involves you in any way, then you won’t be able to watch. Tomorrow News Network’s signal will be scrambled. If there’s any possibility that knowledge of the future could allow you to change future events, then the viewlink will cut to static.
So all across the galaxy, people are watching Tomorrow News Network. People are seeing your future. People are finding out what is going to happen to you and the colony where you live. But none of those people can help. None of those people can change the future they’re witnessing.
As for you, all you can do is sit there in your prefab housing unit, staring at the static on the viewlink.
Next time on Tomorrow News Network: A to Z, who won the Battle of Waterloo?