Talebones, Winter 2005
Available online (Baen)
Meriwether Lewis is sent to the Pacific, not only to find a way west and map it, but also to investigate a note that has a picture of Andrew Jackson twenty years older, and on a twenty-dollar bill is his picture.
Out west, Lewis discovers an old man named John Fitzgerald Kennedy who will translate for Lewis an exchange with The-Man-from-the-River, who decorates his dirt floor lean-to with thousands of dollars bills from the future.The-Man-from-the-River talks Lewis into swimming the dream waters.
They use the bills to smoke herbs that allows Lewis to see the future, but Lewis' deepest question remains.
A creative play with history, if not resonant, quite moving.