How to survive a time travel accident, part 3

Tonight we come to the third part of our advice on how to survive a time travel accident; while our first two parts focused on how to survive a time travel accident that strands you in the past, tonight I will try to give you advice on surviving being stranded in the future.

Many of you are no doubt wondering why you would have any trouble surviving in the future, distant or near. As a quick answer I advise you to read or watch The Time Machine, that should answer your questions. However there are other reasons that you might have trouble, reasons I shall outline for you here:


  1. An EMP decimated all electronics and plunged humanity into chaos.
  2. An alien invasion has wiped out most humans and made any survivors leery of strangers.
  3. A plague wiped out all of humanity and another race is now ruling earth.
  4. A massive war, say WWIII, has raged so long that humans are reduced to swinging swords at one another as all other technology has been lost.
  5. Massive changes to both Earth and human society have created small enclaves of tightly controlled humans that cannot accept a stranger into their world.
  6. Humans have evolved into non corporeal beings that you cannot communicate with.


While there are doubtlessly other situations that you might encounter, these are enough to tackle for tonight.

We’ll focus on the EMP option first. EMP stands for Electromagnetic pulse, you can read more about them on Wikipedia:

An EMP could happen several ways, a high altitude nuclear explosion, a specially designed weapon or simply a solar flare are the two most people well versed on the subject fear. Basically what happens is that all electronics in the affected area are destroyed… you can just imagine the chaos that would follow such an event, especially if it’s a global event, all refrigeration would cease, everyone would lose all their money as banks would be destroyed in seconds, ect.

If you find yourself in such a world, the best you can hope for is an old west experience, a civilization trying to grow back too where it once was, law trying to restore itself and outlaws who think killing is fun and their right.

In such a world you must make yourself so valuable to both the lawless and the law itself that they cannot live without you, you might consider become a blacksmith or a gunsmith. No matter what you choose, you’ll be faced with a hard life.


In the case of an alien invasion, your best bet is to head for the hills and become a hermit or trapper, live off the land and interact with people as seldom as possible, it won’t be a comfortable life, but you’ll have a good chance to survive… unless the aliens have left behind animals from their own world that kill you first.

Should you instead try to help the humans that are left, you should be prepared to die, as it’s doubtful that you’ll succeed.


If you arrive in a world that has been decimated by an advanced plague, it’s doubtful that you’ll survive long enough to do anything, I’m sorry to tell you this, but it’s true.


If on the other hand you’re in a world reduced to medieval weapons, refer to the first part of this series as thing will be close enough not to make much difference, you should manage to live out a nice life, one filled with excitement and action if nothing else.


If you find yourself in a world of tightly knitted enclaves of humans that won’t accept a stranger in their midst, you do have a few options:

  1. Become a hermit, a simple option that is by far the least involved and safest.
  2. Keep watch over the enclave for a time, with luck you’ll find something attacking it, say a bear, if you drive the bear off or kill it, you’ll have a slight chance to be accepted in the enclave.
  3. search out another enclave, there are bound to be multiple enclaves, plus every now and then an enclave is bound to split in two, at which time you can try to gain access to one.
  4. Determine the leave of weapon technology the enclave has, then build something stronger, challenge the leader to a duel and take over the enclave. Note, this has the greatest risk of death and the shortest time of survival.


If you find yourself alone in the future as the populace has become non corporeal beings, I have nothing to offer you. The future non corporeal humans may look out for you, they may try to help you evolve yourself, or they may kill you with a thought, I don’t know enough to offer any advice in such a situation, only that once again, becoming a hermit might save your life.


I hope that this has given you a few things to think about. Please feel free to comment and thanks for reading!


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