Lowenstein-Wagner Anomaly

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By: Kevin Alder Rux

Prior to the revelation of time travel, a popular theory held that were it possible to change the past, then the only stable timelines would be those in which time travel was never discovered. This theory was correct, as far as it went, and it was only after taking this fully into account that a practical time machine could be developed: such a machine needed to actively protect its own existence.

The means by which the first practical time machine accomplishes this end is by opening temporal rifts. Many of these rifts are tiny, even microscopic, sending a few molecules here or there onto a new path to start a cascade of interactions that may, say, redirect a lightning strike or cause a roulette ball to fall in black 31 rather than red 18, as in the case of Frank Zappa's only recorded loss at Thirty-Seven. These microrifts are the means by which the Heisenberg's Irony Principle influences events.

In some cases, though, the threat to the timeline leading up to the invention of time travel is highly unsubtle, and thus requires an unsubtle response, in the form of a large rift known as a Lowenstein-Wagner Anomaly. (Records indicate that neither Tomiko Lowenstein nor Andreyko Wagner will be born until sometime in the 23rd century, but the two have taken measures to ensure credit for their discoveries regardless.) Speculation is, of course, rampant as to what possible obstacle to the discovery of time travel The Carnegie Hall Incident derailed, with most observers pointing to the potential international incident between Canada and Objectivist Russia that might have ensued had Jean-Luc Letterman went with the originally scheduled "Top Ten reasons we should return Alaska" list on the day of Friar D'Angelini's awakening.

See:The Carnegie Hall Incident, Friar D'Angelini, Heisenberg's Irony Principle, Objectivist Russia, Thirty-Seven, Zappa, Frank