July 25

“Okay,” I say, “but stopping the Holocaust would be an unequivocally good thing.”
“Agreed, and I certainly wish we could,” Peter says. “But, well, you’ve seen what happens when two time travelers start working at cross purposes. For everyone who’d be in the 1930s to stop Nazi Germany from ever happening, there’d be someone else there to ensure that the Third Reich never ended. That’s why the period from 1901 to 1948 is listed as a no-travel zone.”
This is the first I’ve heard of this. “What do you mean?”
“From about June of 1901 through until the end of 1948, time travel is prohibited,” he says. “Nobody is supposed to be able to go in to those time periods, because to do so would radically alter the course of history, sufficient to produce a dangerous number of paradoxes. There are a few of our agents in the area in order to enforce it from the shadows. Most of the reports of UFOs over Europe at the time are our men and women.”
“All right,” I say, “so you’re telling me that 2001 starts another one of these no-travel zones?”
“Not exactly,” Peter says. “See, the no-travel zone around the first two World Wars is due to the ambiguity and poor record keeping of the times. Here in the early twenty-first century, it’s far easier to track movements and chart out someone’s motivations. This is one of the latest no-travel zones that’s broader than about six weeks. In hindsight, Watergate was the best thing that could have happened to this country. You guys really went all-out on surveillance after that.”

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