Paradox pitfalls are not exclusive to travel through time. Any knowledge of the future can be paralyzing.
“7:54” was first published in OnSpec Magazine Issue #89, Summer, 2012.
SF Crowsnest (September, 2012)
“7:54″ by Susan Forest tackles the big question: fatalism. Winnie works with streamsight, a method of checking the data stream to predict the future. How this functions exactly is carefully vague but that’s okay in Science Fiction. The story point is that she sees a road accident in the near future in which her colleague Henri gets killed. She likes Henri and sets out to prevent this happening. Telling it in the first person, from Winnie’s point of view, allows the author to give us lots of her speculations about what will happen next. However, the issue is a key one for humans and for science. Is the future fixed and immutable, or do we change it as we go along?