The Timeship Aeon.
One of the more recurring themes in science fiction, particularly Star Trek, is that of time travel. In the distant future of this futuristic series, the human-created Federation Starfleet has evolved into something more. Instead of just exploring space with its Starfleet, the Federation now explores time as well as space with its Timefleet.
I love work, but with all the various pushes and pulls of life, I find like I’m sure many of you find, that there is just not enough time in the day to do ALL the things we want, or even need. I find myself craving more time to do everything! I find myself planning ahead, sometimes obsessively, so that I can maximize my time. How glorious would that be to use a timeship (like the Starfleet Epoch-class) to extend your day, and do a month’s worth of work in just 24 hours? Heck, why stop there, perhaps do a year’s worth of work in 1 hour! Or a lifetime in 1 second?
There I think is the danger in delving too deep thoughts of the future (ironic eh?) Occasional excursions are grand, frequent excursions just take away too much of the little time we do have in the here and now. Sometimes we just need to live in the here and now and do what we can. As my wise wife always says, “Live in the moment.”
A.K.A. The Jerk dad from That 70s Show.
The Krenim were featured in two Voyager episodes titled, “Year of Hell”. In particular, the shows focused on Annorax (see picture above), and his centuries long quest to restore his wife to life. As it turns out, Annorax has spent two centuries manipulating time, wiping out entire civilizations and species, all in an attempt to restore his wife to life (he accidentally wiped her out of existence before). I won’t spoil how it ends for you, though you can probably guess. Still, it’s an interesting dilemma many of us have faced in our lives. How many times have we wished we could go back in time and erase some mistake we have made, or how many times have we thought back, “What if I had chosen the other path?” While I don’t advocate a complete disregard of paths we may have chosen, I think it’s important to remember that all our experiences (both good and bad) have helped shape who we are now, and that by focusing on the here and now, on the present moment, we can make our lives better. Too often we, like Annorax, are stuck in the past, or are too caught up in what might happen in the future. In times like that, we end up not enjoying the life we have now, in this moment. All we have is the now, and we should live that present moment, for it will never come again.
Below is just one kind of starship used by the Krenim: