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Marcus’ Letter – TRANSCRIPT
11 July 1963
If you are reading this then I fear the worst. What you decide to do with the enclosed information is up to you – but I would urge utmost caution. I’m absolutely sure that my telephone has been bugged and I am being watched. I have received several warnings to drop this story – always by mouth. They are careful to leave nothing that can be traced.
I am enclosing the last few items that I have left – all of my other research papers were stolen, and it is only pure luck that I had these pieces with me at the time. I shall leave this letter, and the remaining items with my solicitor and request that on the event of my death or disappearance they be forwarded to yourself. I know by rights they should be forwarded to my editor, but my editor is a hack and not to be trusted.
I am absolutely convinced that Annie J_______ was either successful in replicating the 1936 experiments or very close. What I don’t know for sure is if she was stopped before she could actually run the final test. Reading her diary does suggest that she may have succeeded – but I cannot be sure that the diary is not a fake (and indeed I frequently veer between being convinced it is authentic and convinced that it isn’t). During my research, I have come across numerous bits of misinformation that I am sure were planted by the British or Soviet security services.
Of particular note amongst my stolen papers, was a transcript of a May, 1936 meeting between a senior British official and a prominent Cambridge-based scientist turned businessman – Mr R. H______. The name of the British official had been blacked out by the censors. H______ claimed that, for the right price, he would be able to provide the government with concrete proof that manipulating time is entirely possible. Furthermore, he agreed to furnish a device capable of such manipulations. A postscript note on the transcript suggests that H______ made the same offer to the Germans, probably in an attempt to drive up the price. I cannot find any further information on H______ – he dropped off the radar completely in late 1936. As you know, the late 1930’s were a tumultuous time, so research has proven tricky, to say the least.
I have received contradictory reports that Annie J_______ is alive and well and living in Southern France with ‘an English scientist’. I have also heard rumour that she was snatched by the Russians. To confuse matters further, I have also been told that she is working at Porton Down along with the two scientists who originally developed the technology (Stephen and Conrad, I assume). The fourth possibility is of course, that the diary is not a fake.
I imagine you are asking yourself, with so much misinformation, what makes me think I have finally found the story to break my career? The only answer I have, is that the warnings I receive have become more frequent and I firmly believe this is because I am close to finding out the truth about Project Chronos. If you are reading this, then someone has stopped me.
I would pass no judgement on you, should you decide to destroy the contents of this package.
Warmest wishes, dear friend.
p.s. I am enclosing a photograph from, I think, 1911. It’s little more of a curio (although I would dearly love to believe it is true). It belonged to Arnold S______, who I met once just before he died. He was quite decrepit at the time, but swore blind that the woman in the photograph was Annie J______. Annie wasn’t born until 1913.
This is a transcript of the first entry in Annie’s Diary – I will upload a scan of the entry as well. I probably won’t scan all the pages of the diary as it takes ages!
After all these years, why would I finally feel the need to put pen to paper and keep a diary? Surely this is more the territory of a teenage girl then (although I seldom feel it) a grown woman. It smacks of vanity to imagine that my words would perhaps be of interest to others.
It comes in part at the urging of my assistant and friend Vasi. Over long days in the lab and the occasional gin and tonic at The Eagle we have talked about everything under the sun – and plenty that happened under the moon. I see a lot of the younger version of myself in her and perhaps that is why I’ve found my mind turning back to my student days… I think it’s more than that though. As my own work reaches a conclusion, I want to document my experiences – both then and now. It feels important that my experiences and memories of Stephen and Conrad are recorded for others to share, should they so desire. Finally I suppose I am hoping that my words will help explain the actions and choices I have made in my life.
If you are reading this, then I am gone.
This is a transcript of the newspaper article (I’ve scanned the article and will upload it). I’ve tried to trace the source, but had no luck. If anyone can shed any light on it, please do. I’ve redacted the names in the article – just in case.
HUNT FOR MISSING CAMBRIDGE PHYSICIST
The British intelligence service has been brought into the hunt for the missing physicist Annie J_______. Miss J_______, who is well respected for her work in the field of quantum mechanics, was last seen ten days ago, at her Cambridge University laboratory.
A former pupil of Dr. Arnold S________, Miss J_______ is no stranger to controversy. As a young student at the university she was said to have been linked to a private entity involved in research into the time-travel. Her contemporaries ridiculed the line of research as fictional and Miss J_______ came close to expulsion from the university.
Throughout her career as both a lecturer and researcher, she is rumoured to have continued along these lines of research under the guise of ‘dimensional theory’. On several occasions other faculty members have called upon the university to cut off her funding, however the highly respected Dr. S_______ is an ardent supporter and has so far managed to derail these attempts. There has been some speculation that perhaps the British Government have had an interest in her work, and possibly aided in keeping funding avenues open for her.
The story takes an unusual twist in that her laboratory assistant, Miss Vasilisa A, a former student of Moscow University and a citizen of the U.S.S.R., disappeared three days after Miss J_______.
Security officers have screened Miss J_______ several times in the last few years, yet rumours still abound. The possibility of her defection to the U.S.S.R. is a common topic currently on the Cambridge campuses; however there have also been suggestions that MI5 themselves may be directly involved with the disappearance of both women.
An unnamed University official has suggested a further possibility as to the whereabouts of Miss J_______. He claims that Miss J_______ was prone to ‘flights of fancy’, was rumoured to have been addicted to drugs and is simply ‘meandering the streets in a haze’.
In the shoebox was an packet, labelled Donald Maclean, 1962, that contained a small bit of 1/4 inch tape. I’ve had a friend make an mp3 from it and beep out Annie’s surname in the recording (thanks Roddy!). I know I might be being over cautious, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. I will also paste a transcript of the tape and scan the envelope.
First though, here is the diary entry from the 28th April, 1953. Annie mentions an ‘envelope’ – which is one of the items in the shoebox. I will share the contents of the envelope with you later – it sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it.
I had a particularly busy day today, with a full schedule of meetings and lectures to teach so didn’t get back to the lab until gone 4 p.m. Vasi and I checked in with the experiment and everything is running on course. I shall tell more about that side of things later, but now, refreshed with a cup of tea, I want to tell you a little bit about my early days at Cambridge.
I arrived here, a fresh-faced 18-year-old in 1931. It all seems like such a terribly long time ago now, but I still imagine myself to be 18 and am always shocked when I see my reflection. In many ways I was naïve, I had never had a ‘proper’ boyfriend, and certainly wasn’t prepared for the pressures of being the only female in a large class of physicists. The common caricature of a bumbling physicist is a bit misleading, as some of my classmates were quite charming – attractive, even. I, however, was much more interested in the athletes and would spend an inordinate amount of time watching the rowers train along the river. I think a fair assessment of my undergraduate studies would be ‘lacklustre’ – I enjoyed the course, but enjoyed watching the rowers more. It wasn’t until my final year that I met Dr. S______, a man who has been both an inspiration and a friend throughout my academic life, that I regained focus on my studies. Dr. S______ had worked briefly with Niels Bohr, a hero of mine, back in 1911 and it was during a conversation about Bohr that my passion for physics was reignited and I decided to stay on at Cambridge and pursue a Master’s degree. Of course, the envelope (which I shall write more about later) played a large part in my decision.
Dr. S______ wasn’t the first person to mention a rather odd pair of physicists that were working somewhat under the radar. Rumours of Stephen and Conrad’s unorthodox lines of research were legendary amongst young Cambridge scientists, but S______ was the first to suggest that they might actually be on to something. He was an ardent supporter of what was (and is) regarded by many as a ridiculous concept and believed, quite rightly, that Stephen was/is and always will be a genius.
(note: I have had Annie’s surname removed from the recording)
Marcus: I’m interested in the rumours that the Cambridge five, were actually six. Would you care to comment?
Donald Maclean: I don’t really feel that this is what I agreed to talk to you about.
Marcus: Could you confirm, whether or not you knew Annie J______ whilst you studied at Cambridge?
Donald Maclean: I did know Annie, yes.
Marcus: It has been suggested that whilst working on top-secret research into the possibility of manipulating time, Annie J______ was passing her findings on to the Soviet Union.
Donald Maclean: I don’t know anything about that, I’m afraid.
Marcus: And do you have any idea of Annie J______’s whereabouts?
Donald Maclean: I’m afraid I can’t possibly comment.
Marcus: Is she currently in the Soviet Union?
Donald Maclean: No comment.
Marcus: Mr Maclean, have you ever heard of Project Chronos?
Donald Maclean: Project Chronos…I’m sorry, I really must go.
I was pretty terrible at physics at school (and chemistry and maths!), but did talk to a friend about this. I didn’t really understand the explanations, but he said that an American called Hugh Everett became known for similar ideas to Stephen’s. According to wikipedia (I’ll add a link) Everett believed in quantum immortality – I’m not really sure what that means, but it’s pretty out there.
I’m just going to post the transcripts/pages from Annie’s diary from now on and take a back seat while her story unfolds. See you on the other side.
My current working conditions far exceed what was available to Stephen and Conrad during the early days. I have access to the university facilities (although a continuous political battle storms as to whether or not I should) and can get most of the equipment required to carry on my work. As I look around my lab, I can’t help but wonder at how far science has come in the last two decades, but also dismay at how little progress has been made in mainstream scientific attitudes. In all honesty, when I first heard of Stephen’s theories (via Dr. S______), I found them hard to believe and initially dismissed them as pseudo-science. It did, however, pique my interest enough to attend a guest lecture given by Stephen – however, I think that story is for another day. In this entry, I shall attempt to do justice to some of Stephen’s theories – concepts that have become the backbone of my own research. Before you dismiss these ideas as ridiculous, I would argue that a growing amount of scientific weight supports them, and I suspect over time they will become mainstream. After all, not so long ago the concept of a globed-earth was found ludicrous – every thinking person knew our planet was flat.
I shall attempt to explain as succinctly as possible…
The universe that we know and are part of, is not the only universe. In actuality there are an infinite number of universes, existing in parallel. In each of these universes, history has unfolded in a different way. The laws of nature are the same throughout this ‘multi-verse’; however, the outcomes are very different. Some of these universes will be almost identical – save for a few (or single) detail; others will be radically different, and unrecognisable to us. It was Stephen’s (and is my) belief that every possible combination of events, every possible history and every possible future, exists amongst this infinite collection of universes.
In this universe, I am wearing a skirt with a rather beautiful flower print. In another universe, I will be wearing a skirt with a tartan print. In another, I will have the flower print skirt, but a single fibre (perhaps even just an atom) will be in a different place. In more radically distant universes, I might be sitting in a desert, flying an aeroplane or perhaps not even me. Every possibility exists somewhere.
“Everett, who believed in quantum immortality, died suddenly at home on his bed in the night of July 18/19, 1982, of heart failure at the age of 51. Everett’s obesity, frequent chain-smoking and alcohol drinking almost certainly contributed to this, although he seemed healthy at the time. A committed atheist, he had asked that his remains be disposed with the trash after his death. His wife kept his ashes in an urn for a few years, before complying with his wishes…
…Everett’s daughter, Elizabeth, suffered from manic depression and committed suicide in 1996 (saying in her suicide note that she wished her ashes to be thrown out with the garbage so that she might “end up in the correct parallel universe to meet up w[ith] Daddy”),…”