My son’s dream

My son just stuck his head in the door and told me about his curious dream.

In his dream, everyone in the world woke up to find themselves two years in the past (in their 2-years’ younger bodies) with all the memories of the subsequent 2 years intact.

What my son found most amusing was that peoples’ biggest concern was that their MySpace profiles didn’t exist yet.

I don’t know if anyone has actually used this specific concept as a story plot (MySpace aside). But it would make for interesting reading.


  • People who knew they were going to die (do they remember any afterlife?)
  • Natural disasters to come (inevitable but now you can plan)
  • Commercial and business ideas, resource discoveries etc…. pre-empting future patents. (Who’d get a YouTube into production first?!)
  • Relationship failures.
  • Unborn children
  • The War in Iraq.

So, who’s used this one in print already? And … any more interesting suggestions for areas you could explore as consequences?


2 Responses to “My son’s dream”

  1. 1 Doug March 26, 2007 at 9:55 am

    There was a novel I loved as a teenager (and, unfortunately, I’ve forgotten the title, and none of my blog readers were able to figure it out, either). In it, a 40-year-old man wakes up in his 15-year-old body, adult memories intact. It was a lot of fun, particularly when his 17-year-old cousin shows up. He remembers that she used to flirt mercilessly with him when he was that age, and he was too shy and flustered to do anything about it. But now . . . you can guess the rest.

    As for a novel or story in which EVERYONE has the clock turned back, no, I’m not familiar with anything like that. It’s an intriguing idea, though.

  2. 2 microsoar March 26, 2007 at 11:05 am

    As an aside: there’s a book I read as a kid (in the 60’s, but the book was probably 25 to 40 years old) that I’ve never been able to track down. It was told from the point of view of a boy who accidentally becomes a cabin boy on a top secret “flying ship”. By that I mean that the ship, disguised as a tramp steamer, was made of a super light metal and had compartments into which a bouyant gas could be pumped to make it lighter than air. A copy, slightly inferior made from stolen plans, had been made by bad guys, and these flying ships ended up having a running airborne/sea battle…. Ring any bells, anyone?

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