Professor Heidelberg’s theories on breaching the fabric of time were published in 2320 and by 2350 the first working model of a time machine based on Heidelberg’s equations was perfected.
Soon after Heidelberg’s publication, a special committee of the World Council was convened to develop sound ethical guidelines in the use of time travel , and this gave rise to the ten commandments of time travel that were introduced into the public domain with great fanfare.
Due to evolutionary concerns, the first and immutable law of time travel was that limits were set on manufacturers to not manufacture a machine that could travel more than one million years into the past.
It was with mounting excitement that I adjusted the controls of the the time machine to propel me to 19th century London where I would perfect my research into the Victorian era for the new novel I was working on.
Adjusting my eyes to penetrate the fog clouding the busy streets of East London, I looked on in consternation at the strange apparition of Londoners with heads beaked like vultures, long reptilian tails and four arms hanging from their shoulders, only two in use.
I stood transfixed as I glanced at my reflection in a passing hansom cab and realized that the World Council’s first law of time travel had been broken.