I'm hoping somebody might have an idea for an ending to a sci-fi novel I'm wanting to write. It's a time travel novel written from the standpoint of the person in the era visited. The story is that he is visited by scientists from the future who tell him that he and the girl he is dating will marry. He will become a great scientist, but his son will out strip his work, but his grandson does even more, developing time travel, which is used as a weapon, changing the past to change the future, leaving humanity with no history. The end result is that the man visited has to leave the field of science and remain celibate to prevent the development of time travel. The man agrees, ending his relationship with his girlfriend and going into another field altogether, deciding to remain alone romantically. Does anybody have any thoughts on how to end this? Thanks.
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Hey! I apologize for not responding sooner (computer problems). Thanks for your input. I think I've got it figured out how to handle the story I have in mind. In the end he follows his heart and risks all for love, realizing the future is in his hands as he follows Christ. It will end with him proposing to his lady love, promising 'great things' of their children and asking her to make the future possible (It's a lot more romantic in my head).
It also occurred to me to say that you might consider trying to write this as a short story. Novels are tricky things and required more than a good idea. You have to be willing to pour your heart into a novel. From what you wrote and where I can see it going this could make a great 3000 to 7000 word short story. Long enough to get into some details, but not so long that you have to worry about story arcs and multiple threads.
Sounds like you already have the end of the story, the man decides to belive and act on that belief.
As Brien said, the story is the path the man takes from takes from unbelief when some stranger come to him and say they are from the future to the point he decides to believe and change his life.
What might work is it being a series of visits form someone from the future. How their first visit has some impact, but doesn't change the final result. They could try different ways of convince him - telling him about something that will happen tomorrow, showing him something from the future, showing him something that the've brought back that he will create.
If you want to stretch your mind, you can tell the story chronologically from the mans point of view, but the visits from the future are not in order, so what they know and what he knows about there "past" interactions are different.
However, no matter how interesting the paradoxes are, the thing that will capture your readers will be how the man struggles to grow and reach his decision.
Another thing you'll have to make clear is why the people from the future don't just kill him. There are lots of good reasons, some of them time-paradox related, but you donned to make it clear because it would be the "easy" answer.
A short story can be a comment on a human quirk or foible of nature; a novel ideally is a long comment on the development of a human strength or weakness. The protagonist can be a rabbit(Watership down) or a hobbit(Lord of the Rings) and still the story is still about developing human strengths and/or weaknesses. Since you have a conflict and its resolution, now is a great time to think about what you want to say about the human condition, and that will determine the end of your book.