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Vox 144: Area of inquiry?
Hartdegen: Do you know anything about physics?
Vox 144: Ah! [opens a file] Accessing physics.
Hartdegen: Mechanical engineering? Dimensional optics? Chronography? [Vox 144 opens files for each] Temporal causality? Temporal paradox?
Vox 144: Time travel?
Hartdegen: Yes.
Vox 144: [sighs, looking annoyed] Accessing science fiction--
Hartdegen: No, no, practical application! My question is, why can't one change the past?
Vox 144: Because one cannot travel into the past.
Hartdegen: What if one could?
Vox 144: One cannot.
Hartdegen: Excuse me, this... this is something you should trust me on!
Vox 144: [opens more files, still annoyed] Accessing the writings of Isaac Asimov, H. G. Wells, Harlan Ellison, Alexander Hartdegen--
Hartdegen: Oh! Tell me about him.
Vox 144: Alexander Hartdegen, 1869 to 1903. American scientist given to eccentric postulation. Found writings include treatise on the creation of a time machine.
Hartdegen: Tell me about the time machine.
Vox 144: The Time Machine was written by H. G. Wells in 1894. It was later adapted to a motion picture by George Pal and a stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber...
Hartdegen: [as Vox continues] No, no, that's not what I mean--
Vox 144: Would you like to hear a selection from the score?
Hartdegen: No!
Vox 144: [singing to music] "There's a place called tomorrow! A place of joy, not of sorrow! Can't you see, it's a place for you and--"
Hartdegen: Thank you, that's quite enough. [turns to leave the library]
Vox 144: Will there be anything else?
Hartdegen: Uh, no, no, I... I think I'll have better luck in a few hundred years.
Vox 144: [sarcastically giving a Vulcan salute] Live long and prosper!

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