Library from the Future
The President’s Future or
Saving America or
Idea for a Sci-fi Film or a Play (one man
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Short Synopsis of Library from the Future or Kill that President
This idea came to me in a dream and I will develop
it further as I don’t remember much from it. What happened
in my dream (that could be used for the film adaptation but will
have to be trimmed down for the play) is that there was a locked
secret room that only a few people knew about. It was a small
library filled with books from the future. The Guardian of the
old building made of rocks and bricks told me that once in a while
a pile of books would arrive out of nowhere in the room. They
would be books written in the future and somehow shipped to the
past at that location. It was said that a man was doing this though
I don’t know why and how. The monk, or librarian, knew more
about that guy, I am not certain if he somehow communicated with
him or if he knew him.
I could walk in between the small shelves and
on top of them there were many books. I opened one and it looked
quite normal, it could have been printed a few years ago but it
was not. Now it seemed to me that I had to read them all and find
out why these books were sent into the past. Also I wanted to
research who is that man who sent those books and why he was doing
this. How was he able to send these books to the past and why
not something else, like computer disks, CDs, DVDs or any other
storage device containing thousands of books instead of a few
printed copies. I wanted to know what the librarian knew, why
he was keeping that room locked and never told a soul about it,
and why he was now telling me.
I felt I was some sort of investigator brought
there to find out these answers. I never had the time to go into
details in my dream, but now my assessment would be that in the
future they might have been using storage devices that were not
yet invented today. They certainly would not use CDs or DVDs,
as these storage media are not practical and cannot hold much
information. They would have moved to much better equipment, which
is why the man would be sending books, to be certain we can access
Moreover there is this possibility that in the
future the man is located where he does not have access to technology,
perhaps a state where books are now forbidden and he may be afraid
that all these fine writings would be destroyed. He ships them
into the past hoping that they will survive more easily the test
of time. Also if the end of humanity was imminent and no one else
in the future would survive, at least their stories would be known
to someone who cares, people in the past who could appreciate
It is possible that we can prevent that imminent
destruction of humanity or maybe not, in which case it would not
matter whether we change the future or not, the books are available
in the future, they only need to be known to everyone in the past
so they do not become useless. In that case the library needs
to be available to all. I feel though that there must be a better
reason why we need to have these books in the past other than
just making sure people read them. We probably must learn something
from them, something that may change the future.
There is also this possibility that something
horrible will happen in the future and the only way to warn us
is to send these books. I am not certain about the content, they
looked innocent to me, perhaps even normal stories not much different
from the books we have today. Maybe only some of the books were
of interest, maybe one per pile he sent would shed some lights
over the events of that future. Perhaps altogether all these books
draw a picture of the events to come and by reading them all,
we should be able to see all the elements in action, a puzzle
to be solved in order to understand fully all the events and people
that will lead to this state of affairs. And once we know all
that, we can perhaps prevent this unwanted future from ever happening.
It was definitely not meant for the masses, but
only for a few key people to have this knowledge in order to make
better decisions in their lives. In which case, who are these
people who need that knowledge so they can be warned about certain
situations and actions, and somehow stop them from happening?
Once I am fairly certain that I know who these
people are, I would need to contact them and give them a full
report about the future. I could try to tell them the truth and
realize after a while that they don’t believe me, and hence
they don’t change their actions and the future does not
change. I would have to use trickery to convince them to act differently.
I still don’t know how far in the future
these books are from, if anyone discussed in there are already
alive today. So these people who need that knowledge might only
be born in a few years, even centuries. I would guess that if
I could change the future, it must be from a very near future,
or else, how could I change events centuries apart?
In time I would find out all the answers and even
go to the future. It could be interesting if I were to find out
that these people have no literature, no publishers, no more books.
They could have been sending these books into the past in a specific
hidden room hoping that this room would be available to them in
the future. They needed to get these books out of where they were
or else they would have been found and destroyed, as the equipment
in the future to find anything hidden are highly effective. They
could find the room in the future with the books, at a more peaceful
time, but then the books could still have been found and destroyed.
They could have simply been hoping that someone would read them
all and come into the future to tell it all so the knowledge would
not be lost. The man who sent them may never had the time or chance
to read them, he would have had to send them in the past immediately
as they were getting into his hands. Or he would be dead with
all his knowledge at that point in time.
I think it might be better to simply believe that
these books were sent into the past so we can find out what is
to come in order to prevent it. In that case I will have to read
the books, contact certain people talked about in the books and
try to change the future. As I go along I would see that the content
of the books is changing, as future history changes. Until one
point when all the books disappear, or at least they were all
printed in the past and are no longer from the future.
I may then believe that the future is now OK,
but then I could be wrong. Simply the man who sent those books
might no longer be able to send them in the first place, with
all the changes that happened because of me. Then I would need
to find out how these books were sent into the past and perhaps
I should go to the future myself and find out once I know how.
In the future, for the play, I could simply be
confronted with the same room but much more futuristic. As it
is a one man show I would be confronted to a computer. He is the
one who would have sent those books into the past. The twist could
be that while I thought I was working at preventing something
horrible, I was in fact working towards building that horrible
situation. Perhaps the control of the world now in the hands of
that Artificial Intelligence, waiting for a fool like me to open
the remaining doors to his ultimate power.
The AI might take the time to tell me how I permitted
this to happen by preventing certain events from happening. I
should have realized that only a computer would have been able
to calculate all the variables in order for some key events to
change and finally produce some results, as nothing is really
certain when you start playing with changing the future. After
I realize that, the computer would kill me.
Short Synopsis of Library from the Future or Kill that President
(the play version)
A woman comes into a small library and starts
her recorder. She says that for the purpose of her investigation
she will record everything. So she explains that she has been
asked to investigate a weird phenomena about books appearing in
a library out of nowhere, all published in the future. No one
has been told yet and she needs to understand why and how this
She gets to it, looks at the books, opens one
and realizes that nothing of importance is in the content of the
books, they could have been published in the past for all she
knows. She does see some weird apparatus in one corner of the
room and she suspects that this is how the books arrived here.
There is a computer in the middle of the room with the archives
of the monastery on it and she is pleased to see that the whole
history of the place is there. She also notes that she has access
to the Internet.
She talks about all the different possibilities
to explain how and why these books have been sent into the past.
She talks about everything mention above as possible reasons for
this to be. She talks to her recorder, while looking around and
at the machine that could be responsible for transporting these
books into the past.
Then she starts looking at all the books one by
one, not one of them appear interesting until she finds a book
about history, the history of what is to come. In there she reads
the kind of military state the world has become at the hands of
some tyrant that took power over America, and how it has affected
the whole world. No one can eat, speak or even live. She gets
to understand how this monster came into power and she now wonders
if she can change that future. She reads about the key people
who helped that tyrant to get where he is and via the Internet
she finds a way to contact five persons that could change history.
She starts calling these people on her mobile.
The first call is a disaster as she told the truth and the man
who first accepted the nomination of the tyrant for a local election
did not believe her. Convince she has not changed history in the
slightest, she decides to call the second one and this time she
pretends to be a medium who knows the future.
As much as she tries to convince the man that
she has never been wrong before, she is still not believed and
that man will still invest millions of dollars into the elections
of the tyrant to become President of the United States. She is
now very depressed. One thing though attracts her attention in
the history book. Even though she has not changed anything according
to history, she could swear that the book has changed slightly.
The man still strikes a deal with the monster, but a few days
later than initially planned. So she decides to call the third
person on her list.
That third person is a religious leader that endorsed
the tyrant, and by doing so convinced millions of voters to vote
for him. She invents a very elaborate story that somehow she has
proof that the tyrant did terrible things that go against his
religion’s principles, in order to convince the religious
leader that he should not endorse the tyrant. He wants to see
the proof as everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately
she cannot produce the proof and again it fails. She is happy
to read in the history book that the religious man never supported
the tyrant but he still managed to win his elections. Kind of
encouraged by these events, she calls the fourth person on the
This time the monster is in power, it is difficult
to explain to that journalist who does not even know the tyrant
yet that he will win his elections and she needs not do such a
great television series about how great the President is. The
journalist, being an inquisitive mind, wants to know everything
about who is the person speaking at the other end of the phone
and how she knows all that. As that journalist is well known and
that there are details in the history book about her, our investigator
goes on to tell the journalist past stories about her that no
one knows, as this is taken from her late life story. The medium
idea is working fine here. The journalist promises that whatever
she does about the supposed tyrant, she will try to dig as much
dirt as she can, as perhaps the guy is bad after all.
After the phone call, our woman reads the history
book and she can see that the television series had a terrible
impact on the life of the President. She is pleased as she reads,
but realizes that he is still in power and appeared unaffected
by so much bad publicity. By then he was already too powerful
and controlled the world by fear. Millions of people had been
killed and no one would dare to move against him.
So she calls the fifth person on the list. A “to
be terrorist” that will miss his shot when he tries to kill
the President (how incapable can someone be!!!). She tells him
that, even if this is hard to believe, he will eventually try
to kill the President of the United States and this is how he
will fail. To succeed he needs to do much more than that and involve
some other people. As the guy is already dodgy today and is afraid
of everything, she cannot be certain if she has reached to him
After the phone call she looks at the book but
realizes that it is no longer from the future. It is a simple
history book from the past, and not a very good one at that. She
looks at all the books in the library and they are all from the
past. She is unsure if she has succeeded as obviously the mysterious
man from the future was incapable of sending the books into the
past. The machine is still there though, and now she wants to
figure out how it works.
She accesses the archives and understands that
a genius monk built it. He built it without ever knowing if it
would work but his theories were that if we ever wanted to move
objects and people to and from the future, we needed to have the
machine already built now and have another one in the future.
So she surmises that the other man in the future must have the
second machine that communicates with this one. She learns how
it works and decides to try to go to the future herself to verify
if everything is OK, and perhaps learn about what the President
did that was so horrible. Then lights go black and we need to
change the room as to pretend we are now in the future.
Once in the future our investigator sees no one
except a much more powerful and futuristic computer in the place
of the one she used in the past. The computer is a Quantum Computer
and is virtually an Artificial Intelligence. It speaks, thinks
and shows intelligence. So she starts asking him if she has been
successful in changing history, to which the AI answers that yes,
she was quite successful, it could not be better. So she asks
what it is that she helped prevent.
The AI tells her that what she was successful
in preventing was the rise in power of the only man who could
have stopped him from taking control over the world, the President
of the United States. He thanks her for helping him to be the
first ever AI elected as President in America and that now he
can do as he wishes: exterminate every living thing in the world.
And as he says that he kills her.
Short Synopsis of Library from the Future or Kill that President
(the film version)
No long synopsis at this time for the film version.
Please contact me if you wish to read it. It will be very different
from the play version. The five persons who can change history
will be visited instead of called, and we will see the events
before and after our investigator talked to these people, so we
can witness the changes in history as they happen.
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