Review of I Have Seen Our Future by LJ Thomas

Short Story Reviews / Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

A reconnaissance mission goes horribly awry when the soldier is accidentally launched into the future. How far into the future is unknown, but it is a future that does not look hopeful. Before the main character can figure out what’s happened, so that it can be prevented, the error is corrected and she is transported back to her present time with nothing but the visions of what is to come.

I Have Seen Our Future is not long, and it’s plot line is simple and easy to enjoy. It’s the implications that hit you in the teeth. And as you reflect on the story you wind up with more questions than answers. At least I did.

As always, I want to know more! I want to know the background and the intention of time travel. Is it for military purposes? Economic? Political? All of them? Is it something that’s available to every person, or a service earmarked and priced for the elite? What is the nature of the society that uses this technology? And why couldn’t whatever cataclysm that has darkened the future be seen and prevented? This is not an exhaustive list.

I truly enjoyed this story. It’s thought provoking and engaging, and is a fun story to experience. That’s not to say I Have Seen Our Future is not without it’s faults. With so much potential in the story and in the world created, I found I was disappointed that I did not know more, and a little distracted by my questions. As with many short stories, the ending is unclear. At the very least, I would have liked some consequence for the inciting error.

Ms. Thomas includes an author’s note which I read prior to reading the story. Don’t do this. Go in blind (or as blind as you can after reading this review) and enjoy the discovery and freshness of the story. Read the note after. Each of the links provided in this review goes straight to the story, skipping the note.

Ms. Thomas has created an expansive and rich world, filled with problems that we are already familiar with as well as with challenges we have yet to conceive. I hope that this is the prelude to a much longer work, because this story has me thinking, and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with. Check out I Have Seen Our Future right here.

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