Of course you know what time is, since you’ve read From Eternity to Here and you don’t buy into the mysterianist gobbledygook that often accrues to the subject. But not everyone is so fortunate. (Or my sales would have been a lot better.) So Alan Alda has laid down the gauntlet: explain time to an 11-year-old.
This is the second iteration of the Flame Challenge, so named because the first question asked was “What is a flame?” The level of abstraction is a bit higher here, and the challenge correspondingly greater.
The deadline is March 1, so plenty of time to come up with a compelling story for those of you who are tempted to rise to the challenge. There are two categories, “Written” and “Visual,” so don’t think that you necessarily have to produce a little movie to be the winner. I might enter myself, although frankly I don’t think it’s possible to do a good job in less than four hundred pages.