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    sending message back in time

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by glennmid101, Aug 14, 2011.

    It is credible to send messages back in time, by morse code.

    The whole idea of time travel is great, but a twist is to communicate through time.

    My idea is for a physicist to receive messages via morse code. These message warn him that an individual is in trouble, and that he has to act, in order to save that person's life.
     
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    Sending messages back in time is subject to the same paradoxes as physical time travel. I recommend James P Hogan's novel Thrice Upon a Time for an interesting analysis of time theories. The novel itself involves communications through time.
     
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    So what's your question...? :confused:
     
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    Also check out the movie Frequency for inspiration.
     
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    Sorry

    Sorry, I had phrased the question badly.

    Is it credible to have a story, which involves messages being sent back in time.

    The messages are transmitted in morse code, but condensed in such a way, as to arouse suspicion.
     
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    It's no less credible than any other method of time travel.
     
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    Why morse code though? I doubt it could be an accidental message since we don't use morse code any more (well much anyway). On the other hand morse code would be a great choice if you had limited bandwidth and you were targetting the 1950's say.

    If it's going to arouse suspicion then it's going to have to stand out in some way. A bit like the Aztec images that the foil hat brigade believe depict a spaceman - if it became part of an image that was created before morse code was invented, then clearly it was a message sent back in time.
     
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    It's plausible, but I wouldn't recommend it fore three reasons:

    1. A morse code is just sound, so don't they have to be in the correct place at the correct time to hear it?

    2. If the morse code is in code, how do they decipher it?

    3. If you are technologically advanced enough to travel in time, why stick to the old morse code? Don't they have as more advanced way to send a message?
     
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    I suggest you look up tachyons and their use in popular media. Aside from Watchmen, many authors use them to explain the ability to send messages back in time.
     

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