T. S. ELIOT didn't know it at the time, but in his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915) he anticipated the underlying theme of today's story by well over a century, in which what is meant to be a well-intentioned murder unexpectedly leads to an opportunity to create . . . what?
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.
There could also be "time for you and me" if only someone could tame . . .
"The Oh My God Particle."
By Ian Stewart (born 1945).
Illustration by Jacey (Jason Cook; HERE).
First appearance: Nature/Futures, 17 June 2020.
Short short short story (2 pages).
Online (HERE; PDF).
"'You murdered him!' the Medical Man cried, aghast."
They don't call them "mad scientists" for nothing: "There is only one universe. But it
is . . . mutable."
- "I call it a chronon.": "A chronon is a proposed quantum of time, that is, a discrete
and indivisible 'unit' of time as part of a hypothesis that proposes that time is not continuous." (Wikipedia HERE).
HERE), the SFE (HERE), and the ISFDb (HERE).