A reality different from that which is considered 'normal'. This normally occurs when timelines overlap and people/objects are transferred from one reality to another. E.G., consider the alternate reality in multiple Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, including the alternate timeline of the ...

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What would you do with a universal multi-verse transcription device in your hands? [closed]

So, basically, where would you go, who would you meet and what would you do, if you were given a handheld device that allowed whoever or whatever was touching you whilst you touched it to travel ...
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Story or movie about a man with 2 alternate lives (reality and in dreams)

I barely remember a story or movie about a man (or maybe woman) who had 2 lives: when he goes to sleep he wakes up in his dream, and when he falls asleep in his dream he wakes up in his real life. But ...
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DS9 future mistake?

A UK TV channel has been re-running this here and have just shown an episode, The Visitor, where Sisko meets a much-older Jake. Not the most gripping episode, but the future includes an older and ...
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Help identifying a dystopian story with someone traveling to an alternate universe

I read the beginning of this book, and I'd like to finish it. I think the story centered on a scientist, after a nuclear cataclysm, who had tried to help people but everything went wrong, and people ...
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Who replaced Worf Prime?

In "Parallels", our Worf finds himself uncontrollably shifting into alternate "quantum" realities, one after the other. Eventually, the crew of various alt-Enterprises succeed in locating the prime ...
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What “time travel” story required the traveller to mentally reconstruct his world in order to return to it?

Here's what I remember about it: The protagonist is sent a relatively short distance into the future (maybe a year? I've forgotten). When he arrives in this "future" he finds himself in a completely ...
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The Heechee Saga / Gateway - Does it occur in a parallel universe?

In Gateway, by Frederick Pohl, there is a line that has bothered me every time I've read the series. Except for it, there is nothing that I am aware of in the books to indicate that the events occur ...
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Looking for a novel I read about twenty years ago about a man who can change reality with his mind [duplicate]

This will probably be a long shot, but I read a novel about twenty years ago that I'm sure is from the late sixties. I can only really remember the main plot point: There's a man in it who can ...
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Is there any info on the plot for the upcoming 2016 film “Star Trek Beyond” besides what's in the wikia article? [closed]

There is info on the new Star Trek Film, "Star Trek Beyond" at the following Wikia link: http://en.memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Trek_Beyond Is there any info on any plot info other than what is ...
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What is known about “breeding season” in Love is All You Need?

In the short movie Love is All You Need?, we are presented with an alternate reality in which homosexuality is the norm, while heterosexuality is an aberration. In ...
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Does there exist an alternate history story not centered around a gimmick? [closed]

I'm not sure how to improve the title (gimmick doesn't feel quite like the right word) so suggestions more than welcome. What I'm asking is that it's always bothered me that alternate history / ...
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Trying to find an older book where the main character gets pulled into a parallel universe where people fight with powered armor and energy swords

From what I remember it was a book series and I picked it up from a 2nd hand store in the 1990s. Not sure when it was published. In the first book a cop? gets pulled into a parallel universe where ...
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Are all worlds at the same point in time?

In His Dark Materials, Lyra comes from a world where Catholicism and Protestantism apparently merged into one mega church that continues to exert great control over all aspects of life even into the ...
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Complicated story identification from book cover

I really want to find this book again. I had it back in the seventies, the story was complex, surreal, competing realities type. The cover showed one figure (I think), anyway, their neck was a ...
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What is the first instance of a portal to another world?

In ancient Greece, the gods lived up on a mountain, and Hades seems to have been a place that you could sail to. Personally, I think in modern times the concept of a portal or wormhole is so ...
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What story features the day electricity vanished?

I think this short story was written in 50's or 60's. The premise is that all of a sudden, all forms of electricity stopped working, and people had to revert to a simpler way of life.
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Teenage girl falls through portal into an alternate reality with only her backpack

Looking for a book I read as a kid, from the 80s/early 90s. Young teenage girl falls through portal of scientist she works for while cleaning up. Finds herself in alternate reality with only her ...
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Why isn't Zion broadcasting a movie like “The Matrix” inside the Matrix? [closed]

Is there a reason why inhabitants of Zion choose not to broadcast a documentary of their reality all over the Matrix either via hacked broadcasting channels or movie/internet outlets? A potential ...
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Short story about addictive games and virtual realities

This was a short story I read in the 80's but I think it was written earlier than this. It was about a man who was hit by a bus and thrown through a shop window. When he became aware he was in the ...
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Do alternate versions of Guinan's race exist, and how do they consider the state of their universe?

Guinan's race can see the 'correct' state of the universe. Succinctly, do others of Guinan's race race exist in alternate universes (such as the ones we see in Parallels), and do they hold that their ...
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In the Star Trek Episode “The Alternative Factor”, why did Lazarus have to be locked in the corridor between universes?

Wikipedia article on the episode. It is clear to me that the Lazarus from the normal universe wanted to meet the Lazarus from the anti-matter universe, and if that would happen both universes would be ...
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Novel in which the protagonist fades out is forgotten by, and can't interact with, the rest of the world

Trying to identify a novel I read years ago (probably in the '80s) in which the protagonist (late teens, early 20s?) is gradually forgotten by and ceases to be able to interact with the rest of the ...
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Title of a fantasy trilogy where a group of children is transported to different worlds?

In my early teens (in the late 90's) I borrowed a series of fantasy books from the public library. I remember getting annoyed when the next book in the series wasn't in, so this series has at least 3 ...
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Why would Quinn wait to Slide to a new reality?

In Sliders, the first trip they make they slide away from earth before their timer counts down. This means they can't get back to Earth-1 directly. Later in the series they're faced with many, many ...
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Why are the two universes in Fringe not more divergent?

related: Why are there only 2 universes that are visit-able? It seems that there are differences in the universes dating back to the 1930s Zeppelin flight was effectively finished in the USA by the ...
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Did our universe exist in supernatural, before the Winchester's arrived?

In The French Mistake, Season 6, Episode 15 of supernatural Sam and Dean are sent to an alternate reality where they are nothing more than actors; no magic, no angels, no hunting. Sound familiar? It's ...
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Have we seen all of those Hanks?

In Endangered Species Hank McCoy goes on a quest to discover a scientific 'cure' for the events of the House of M. He asks every hero and villain he thinks might help. He nearly loses himself to this ...