In the year 2100, Craig Bennett Stiles looks out across the world from the terrace of his spacious manor as reporter Roger Shumway arrives by helicopter. Roger checks with the camera crew that has already gathered outside Stiles' home and then calls his network station. They are running footage of Roger's documentary talking of how 100 years ago, the world was overrun with war and overpopulation and doomed to extinction. Stiles used a time machine to travel 100 years into the future and then returned with information that saved the world...Read the full recap
Roger Shumway: Mr. Stiles, how do you think you will react when just moments from now, you watch yourself, in effect, flash across the sky in your trip through time.
Craig Bennett Stiles: Gratitude. And love. It is me, isn't it?
Craig Bennett Stiles: It was Toynbee who said, if a people, a civilization, does not rush to meet the future, the future will plow them under. Kill and bury them. Well, I saw the future rushing at me. And it entered my heart and seized my soul. It didn't frighten me, it obsessed me. I had to conquer time, save Mankind.
Roger Shumway: A Golden Age... built on a lie.
Craig Bennett Stiles: You don't understand, do you, son? Every one of us lives our life lying to ourselves. We weave dreams, and then put brains and ideas and flesh and reality beneath the dreams. And what seemed at first to be a lie, it's just a need wishing to be born.
Changes from the short story:
* In the episode, Stiles explains that he made the Convector (somehow) disappear through a stage illusion to convince the gathered reporters and scientists.
* The story notes that the Convector has been sealed away under government guard for the last 100 years, to prevent errant time traveling. No such mention is made of security in the episode, and Stiles appears to simply be keeping it in his warehouse.
* In the episode, Roger goes further to maintain Stiles' deceit, using a projection device that Stiles had created to show an image of the Convector passing overhead as the world looks on.
* In the story, Roger burns Stiles' evidence. In the episode, he throws it into the ocean, paralleling the destruction of Dudley Stone's works in "The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone