A space-cruiser holds its position outside a wormhole. Debating what to do from inside the ship are the pilots, rebellious young fraternal twins exploring dangerous anomalies at the outer edge of the galaxy.
"I have a crazy idea!"
"You always have crazy ideas."
"Whatever, just check this out: If we fly the ship close enough to the wormhole without actually going through it, we can use the ship's antimatter compensators to stabilize us until the wormhole's space-time distortion field makes a copy of ourselves and the ship. We then send our doubles through the wormhole and wait for them to return and tell us what's on the other side. If they don't come back then we can assume it's too dangerous to go through."
"No way. Even if we could duplicate the ship, how would we know which is the copy and which is us? How would we convince them to put their lives at risk?"
"That's the brilliant bit. We can use the wormhole's event horizon to create a time shift that generates our duplicates from a moment in time just before having this conversation. We'll just tell them we're from the future and that we already know they'll be fine."
"But wouldn't that mean that our clones would shortly thereafter discuss this very idea?"
"It's possible, but that won't matter since--"
Just then two voices from a ship off the starboard bow speak over the comm simultaneously: "Hey guys!" The twins gulp as they recognize the voices as theirs. "We have a very special mission for you!"Continue reading