Alyssa N. Vaughn’s story “Five Star Review” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 11 January 2019.
Part of this story came from my annual fury with ThinkGeek for offering products that aren’t real every April Fools’ Day. I wanted to imagine a scenario where they were offering a product that sounded fake but was actually ready to ship, 100% functional. But instead of thinking about what chaos would happen when ThinkGeek started selling time machines and all the temporal paradox stuff that would go with it, I got really stuck on what a person would have to go through to actually travel through time with the intention of changing something about their past.
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