sci-fi or consequences?

‘Scop’ by Barry N. Malzberg (1976)

“we live in a time stream based upon astonishment and disaster, created by a series of accidents, based upon pain and brutality which sends us lurching inch by inch in pain toward a future we cannot divine” (p. 13)

“our world is based upon murder…how can an evolution predicated upon murder of saints lead to anything but barbarism?” (p. 14)

“you can’t change things by retracing the past over and over again, we are living in a future which will be the product of the past no matter what we do; the future is immutable” (p. 80)

“the miracle of art is that it can transform the hurried and aimless, give it a sense of purpose which it could not possibly have had without the framing of the artist” (p. 88)

Scop, short for Scopolamine the so-called “truth” serum, is a renegade time traveler from the year 2040 who repeatedly tries to prevent the assassinations of JFK, Malcolm X, MLK and RFK in an attempt to change the truth of the future he lives in. Always unsuccessful, in the end the only truth Scop can change is his own.


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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