Billy looked at the clock on the gas stove. He had an hour to kill before the saucer came. He went into the living room, swinging the bottle like a dinner bell, turned on the television.
Earthlings are the great explainers, explaining why this event is structured as it is, telling how other events may be achieved or avoided.
All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is.
Popular pages: Slaughterhouse-Five