Mindy Newell: The Grandfather Paradox Gives Me A Headache

Mindy Newell

These days Mindy Newell knows that if she could do it all over again she’d have gone to college for screenwriting and film editing. Instead she became a nurse to please her parents and pleasing your parents was what it was all about for nice Jewish girls who graduated from high school in 1971. But the creative larva was in her soul, and when the cocoon broke and the butterfly emerged, it flew to DC’s New Talent Showcase program. Under the auspices of legendary editors Karen Berger, Len Wein, Julius Schwartz, Paul Levitz, and ComicMix’s own Robert Greenberger, Mindy learned the craft and art of writing comics, including Tales Of The Legion, V, Legionnaires 3, Amethyst, Lois Lane: When It Rains God Is Crying, and numerous other comics, including a Superman story based on a dream Mindy had as a child. She also worked on Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! and other independent comics. All this time Mindy continued to work as a nurse while being a single mom to her daughter Alixandra, until the late and dear Mark Gruenwald hired her as an assistant editor at Marvel, while writing stories of the Black Widow and Daredevil. She edited NFL Pro Action, a licensed kid’s magazine about football with the NFL until Marvel imploded in 1996. Returning to full-time nursing, she she also co-wrote a story for 2000 A.D. with her then-husband, British artist John Higgins. A few years ago Mike Gold called and asked her to join the team of columnists here at ComicMix, where her topics freely range from comics to pop culture to politics; she even wrote a piece about the great American thoroughbred Secretariat, which caused editor Mike to tell her that she had won the prize for the most off-topic column ever written ComicMix.

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6 Responses

  1. The best part of that episode of Quantum Leap is when just as Al is leaping, he hears Moe reading a letter from young Sammy Beckett, asking how time travel works, and Moe explains the theory right back to him, giving young Sam the inspiration for the theory in the first place.

    There’s a spinoff series of stories from the Doctor Who novels called Faction Paradox. The leader of the group bears the title “Grandfather Paradox”.

    The basic conceit of changing history, and then having to go back and fix what you did wrong, is a classic. The eternal argument over whether you can or can’t change things, or simply shouldn’t, is one of the most fascinating debates in Science Fiction.

    The Blinovitch limitation effect is quoted a lot, especially on Doctor Who, as the law that specifically forbids one from interacting with their own timeline, but the real rule of thumb seems to be “If the plot demands it, go ahead.”

  2. Mindy Newell says:

    Yeah, I love that episode, too, Vinnie. And it also “proves” the Novikov Self-Consistency principle!

  3. mike weber says:

    Heinlein’s “By His Bootstraps”, from 1941, turns on what i’d have to call an inversion of the Grandfather Paradox – the protagonist being kidnapped in time by himself is a precondition of his being able to kidnap himself…

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