Editorial

Jeroen Oskam
2015 Journal of Tourism Futures  
In all fictional works, each time a man is confronted with several alternatives, he chooses one and eliminates the others; in the fiction of Ts'ui Pê n, he chooses -simultaneously -all of them. He creates, in this way, diverse futures, diverse times which themselves also proliferate and fork. Here, then, is the explanation of the novel's contradictions. Fang, let us say, has a secret; a stranger calls at his door; Fang resolves to kill him. Naturally, there are several possible outcomes: Fang
more » ... le outcomes: Fang can kill the intruder, the intruder can kill Fang, they both can escape, they both can die, and so forth. In the work of Ts'ui Pê n, all possible outcomes occur; each one is the point of departure for other forkings. Sometimes, the paths of this labyrinth converge: for example, you arrive at this house, but in one of the possible pasts you are my enemy, in another, my friend. (Jorge Luis Borges, "The garden of forking paths", Fictions).
doi:10.1108/jtf-01-2015-0002 fatcat:fgyzvwbyrngzvelq2yfwxn5axy