The Jurors

Three Time Travelers Walk Into...I wasn't involved in the conception of this anthology, but I thought it was a fun idea: Every story would involve three characters from history traveling through time together.

I honestly don't remember why, but I chose as my three chrononauts F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Tecumse Sherman, and Mary Wollstonecraft (not her daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley -- something a couple of people involved with the book kept getting wrong).

I thought I might change the list, but it just never happened, so then I had to come up with a story where those three people traveling together made sense -- so I did. A future society selected them for jury duty because they were all talented writers (yes, Sherman's memoirs demonstrate that) who had experience with rebellion: Mary Wollstonecraft, as well as being an ardent feminist, watched the French Revolution first-hand from Paris; William Sherman fought in the American Civil War; and F. Scott Fitzgerald was in the forefront of the social revolution of the 1920s.

I got to do lots of entertaining research -- did you know that the word "scientist" wasn't coined until about twenty years after Mary Wollstonecraft's death? I always enjoy learning things like that.

The story starts off as one thing, veers wildly into another path, and finally becomes yet something else. I'm pretty happy with it.


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