Did anyone else think of things like this?
OK I know this is long and rambling, but do me a favor of reading it and telling me what you think
I just finished Rant, and while browsing the forums I didn't notice anyone looking at the Green/Chet/Rant connection the same way that I did.
Everyone seems to think that all three of them are the same person, or at least that Chet and Rant are. The way I took it, is that by going back and tampering with the timeline to create a superpowered version of himself, Green created Chet, who was not only his physical superior but his moral superior. This allows Chet to follow a completely different path then Green followed, up until the point that he Reverse Pioneered. The way I see it, Green Taylor Simms was the one of the engineers who discovered time travel, and used this knowledge to create a better version of himself (in the process killing Echo's parents and crippling her). By fathering generations of his own family, he created a completely different version of himself (Chet) who grew up without a father. Chet has the same encounters with his "father" (Green) that Rant did allowing him to find the coins, move to the city and become a Nighttimer where he meets Green and Echo. He falls in love with Echo, but after he finds out that Green is an alternate version of him, decides he wants to go back and stop Green from raping his mother. He fails, but in the process gives himself the opportunity to rise the child, creating a third version of himself (Rant). By raising Rant, but allowing certain events to occur that would lead to Rant moving to the city he gave Rant a better opportunity to save his mother. Rant then takes goes to the city as the most superior version of the three, because he is the only one with the super powers, the superior moral code, and to be raised by a father. This will allow him to go back and save his mother, becoming the only historian/immortal of the three by preventing his birth. He will then go back to the city, find Echo, and remove her from the timeline, which explains her absence at the end of the book.