Simeon’s craft screamed past Mach twenty-one without breaking up from heat and friction. Time-leap theorists claimed Mach twenty-one would propel you forward in time. Things were dire on Earth with widespread famine and viral epidemics. He was missioned forward to see if things were better. Target, 2112.
He landed in San Diego bay and shuttled toward shore. The heat hit him with oppressive fury. 130 degrees. On shore he approached a lone woman.
What year it is?” he said.
“It’s 2112, of course.”
“Where is everyone?”
They’re all heading North, to that rocket back to 2050 they’re building in LA”