Xnor by Anand Purohit


1759 was a defining year for the colonies that became Canada. It was also the year the British Empire rose to preeminence over other European nations and empires. All that changes when technology deployed in 2047 to shield Canadians from an escalating world conflict inadvertently teleports a group of scientists, engineers, teachers and medical people back to Nova Scotia, 1759.

Despite their technological superiority, they, like many new settlers, struggle to establish a homestead, feed their community and deal with the constant threat from a violent world. Established empires with their large populations are not about to let a small group of upstarts interfere in their lucrative slave trade and subjugation of whomever they please.



XNOR started as a fantasy while pondering the cultural and political divisions in Canada today. My research led me to believe
greed and expediency by European empires during the years 1759 to 1763 laid the foundation for Canadian law and cultural
precedents we still need to deal with 260 years later.
The story is very plot oriented with characters playing a supporting role. Time travel was a necessary part of the plot but I was
adverse to the magical mechanisms found in many time travel stories. Finding some magic stones that suddenly transported
people back in time, or similar themes, did not appeal to me. I wanted to find a scientifically plausible plot and spent
considerable effort to devise it.
My background in software development and AI led to the choice of XNOR as the title. XNOR is a logical function used in AI
and other scientific pursuits. It is known as the ‘Equivalence Function’. Other logical functions such as AND, OR, NAND and
NOR, etc. are well established in database technology and graphic software. XNOR and the expression of equivalence is
trickier both in AI and in normal life. We often must grapple with decisions where two or more paths are evaluated with
unknown factors overshadowing the process. How do we determine which path is better, especially when they seem
equivalent in their probable risk and reward?
Keeping with the desire for a plausible storyline, my biggest discovery was how large and diverse the community of intelligent
and skillful people would need to be to have any possible chance of forming an independent community in the violent era of
the mid-eighteenth-century. Again, wanting the story to be realistic, I was surprised at the amount of prep and supplies that
would be required for the time shifters to survive and thrive as a new colony with hostile empires wanting to conquer and
control them.
My personal preference for the colony to reflect Canada’s culture as a peaceful nation limited their ability to use their
advanced twenty-first-century technology to just blast their way into survival at others expense. It’s easy to imagine a
community with our technology could attain self-sufficiency and governance in an age of muskets and horsepower with little
effort or trouble. Hah! The British Empire had 12 million people. The French had 26 million. A small community with advanced
marvels would be a juicy target for pirates, privateers and military assaults. Machines and electronics break down. Spare parts
and the energy to power the technology are not readily available or easily created.
The end result, I hope, is a story that intrigues and entertains its readers in a unique way compared to other historical


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