So a few years ago I had this idea for a book in which the premise is that scientists, through an accidental discovery, found a portal to the past using a particle accelerator. When the particles would collide it would allow radio waves, a short burst of microwaves, to pass through the resulting black hole that was formed for a millionth of a second. Messages sent back in time (i.e. Time Mail) are sent digitally to the recipient in the past, which causes the timeline to change. This means that significant care must be taken to ensure that it is not misused, and even resulted in legislation called the “Timeline Change Act.”
In my version of this story, 99.99% of the population does not notice when the timeline shifts, those that do simply experience slight headaches, or whatever. However, the constant changing of the timeline through the sending of messages is causing the timeline to become unstable, and random changes are occurring. However, since the majority do not notice, they do not believe it is real. A single mother’s son disappears one morning for no reason, no record of his life exists. She’s not sure where to turn, but she stumbles across an article about a researcher at the local university who indicated that the timeline fractures were real and they would get worse. She goes to see him, finds out he was one of the original researchers who discovered the ability to send messages back in time, until the Time Mail Corporation founder, his ex-partner, cut him out of the big plans. Together they take on the giant corporation in a desperate attempt to send one message back in time to prevent any of it from ever happening.
I began writing my version of this story a few months ago, and got a few workable chapters, but as with most things I get sidetracked by other priorities and now the story sits, unfinished. Doesn’t matter though, I have plenty more story ideas to work with.