A Time Traveler’s Nightmare (Some light fiction)

By Dr. John Reizer

January 6, 2120

It’s common knowledge in the year 2120 that in the early 2020s, the world’s population rapidly declined. It has been documented by mainstream historians that over seven billion people were living on Earth 100 years ago. How the population was reduced to 1.5 billion remains one of the biggest mysteries of modern-day history.

There are a plethora of explanations that have been floated around the Governet in an attempt to explain the mystery. But all legitimate fact-checking applications have dismissed most of them as conspiracy theories.

The 2021 Dream

I had a dream four months ago that absolutely altered my life. One of the many strange things about the hallucination is that I remember all the details. I never remember my dreams, but this one was different in that I have total recall of the false memory. I remember it as plain as the nose on my face. There’s a crystal-clear image that lingers at the forefront of my mind, yet much of what occurred in the dream obviously never took place outside the context of the fantasy.

It’s a personal dilemma that has driven me crazy for the last 136 days, but I can’t summon the strength or courage to confide in others about what I believe actually took place. There’s no doubt in my mind that what I remember about the nightmare actually happened, yet the more time that passes, the more self-doubt creeps into my mind.

In the dream, I remember living in the year 2021 and there being news stories that discussed everything in great detail, but I have only been able to verify limited amounts of that information in real life. In the dream, I scoured the Internet (that’s what they called computer access channels 100 years ago), and there’s little mention of what I still remember so vividly.

Here are the things that I can verify from the dream using real-world fact-checking along with the things I cannot:

People, in my fantasy, discussed an earlier simulation of some sort, a type of dress rehearsal. It was called Event 201 and considered by those in the know to be an indictment of wrongdoing. This information can be verified in the real world.

I remember there were daily press briefings given on something called television; the president of the country, in the place where I lived, presented the updates standing on a raised platform in front of people wearing facemasks. This information can be verified in the real world.

Everybody was placed under house arrest the prior year and confined to their properties. They were told that this was necessary to protect the lives of others. This information can be verified in the real world.

Citizens were reported to be sick and dying from a newly discovered virus according to official sources. I remember in the dream that medicine was created to treat the condition. A lot of people debated the product’s efficacy. There were riots and mayhem in the streets, and the military was called in to assist with public civil unrest. Most people in the world had figured out in late 2020 that the virus was a hoax perpetrated by a secret world government. I can’t find evidence of this happening in the real world.

A lot of people died after the medicine was forcibly administered to the citizenry in 2021. Then the different governments of the world held more press briefings; they reported the sickness had come back more robust, and people began to really drop like flies. I can’t find evidence of this happening in the real world.

Eventually, things calmed down, but the world’s population took a significant hit. Several billion died, and then a secondary problem was discovered. The illness left lots of women sterile. Earth was in big trouble, and recovery uncertain. I can’t find evidence of this happening in the real world.

A second medicine was developed shortly after that, and everybody was once again required to take the product. I can’t find evidence of this happening in the real world.

And then I awakened from the dream with a terrible headache. The vision was over, but the nightmare just beginning.

Upon awakening, I quickly discovered I was actually living in the year 2020, one hundred years removed from the time I previously lived in the year 2120. And I have been stuck in my new reality since January 6, 2020.

The question I am faced with presently; is it possible to change the future?