A Sound of Thunder – Ray Bradbury
eyelids blink over a stare
$10,000 to shoot a dinosaur in the past.
A real life time machine – only used for safari.
Time was a film run backwards.
It’s purpose is to keep you from touching the world of the past in anyway…We don’t want the future to change.
..so that we meet the monster only 2minutes before he would have died anyway.
Time doesn’t permit that sort of a mess-a man meeting himself. When such occasions threaten, Time steps aside. Like an aeroplane hitting an airpocket. You felt the Machine jump just before we stopped? That was us passing ourselves on the way back to the future.
In fear ran of the path and… changed history? Forced to stay in past or forfeit by sticking hand into dinosaurs mouth!
We guarantee no one leaves the Path. He left it. Oh, the fool! I’ll have to report to the government. They might revoke our license to travel. Who knows what he’s done to Time, to History!
Not a little thing like that! Not a butterfly! cried Eckels. It fell to the floor and exquisite thing, a small thing that could upset balances and knock down a line of small dominoes and then big dominoes and the gigantic dominoes, all down the years across Time. Eckeles’ mind whirled. It couldn’t change things. Killing one butterfly couldn’t be that important! Could it?