One hundred years from now time travel is little more than an illegal sport to bet on. The athletes who travel, known as Fluxers, try to change as little as possible in their present by spending two hours in a past century, but, as our protagonist discovers when he visits the year 2015, it is a dangerous and volatile sport. This satirical dystopian short story explores themes of gambling, addiction and alcoholism, and how these themes transcend the different centuries portrayed as lessons are not learned, regardless of how primitive people of the past may seem.
Daniel Steeden is a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham, having studied English and Creative Writing and completed his dissertation in comedic ekphrasis poetry. ‘Magister in Posterum’ is Steeden’s first published work, and provides an insight into the snarky satire that embodies most of his work. Outside of writing short stories and absurdist poetry, Steeden is an avid Wigan Athletic fan and lover of football in general, especially the Premier League.