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Was there an original &and definitive use of alternate dimensions/realities in fiction?

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What's the Was there an original/definitive & definitive use of alternate dimensions/realities in fiction?

The fictional device or premise of alternate dimensions or realities seems so common today that it requires almost no explanation when used in stories. But despite how common this is now, it must have some point of origin in fiction.

The earliest example I can think of personally is probably DC's "Crisis on Infinite Earths". An earlier example might be the story with the "evil" James T. Kirk in Star Trek (TOS). But I'd guess these are still fairly contemporary examples.

What was the earliest fictional example of "alternate dimensions"? Or maybe another way to think about the question is was there a definitive early example which definedestablished and popularized the concept in fiction as we understand it today?

(I'm asking about the origin of other "dimensions" in the context of fiction, not as used in actual real-world human belief systems.)

What's the original/definitive use of alternate dimensions/realities in fiction?

The fictional device or premise of alternate dimensions or realities seems so common today that it requires almost no explanation when used in stories. But despite how common this is now, it must have some point of origin in fiction.

The earliest example I can think of personally is probably DC's "Crisis on Infinite Earths". An earlier example might be the story with the "evil" James T. Kirk in Star Trek (TOS). But I'd guess these are still fairly contemporary examples.

What was the earliest example of "alternate dimensions"? Or maybe another way to think about the question is was there a definitive early example which defined and popularized the concept?

(I'm asking about the origin of other "dimensions" in the context of fiction, not as used in actual real-world human belief systems.)

Was there an original & definitive use of alternate dimensions/realities in fiction?

The fictional device or premise of alternate dimensions or realities seems so common today that it requires almost no explanation when used in stories. But despite how common this is now, it must have some point of origin in fiction.

The earliest example I can think of personally is probably DC's "Crisis on Infinite Earths". An earlier example might be the story with the "evil" James T. Kirk in Star Trek (TOS). But I'd guess these are still fairly contemporary examples.

What was the earliest fictional example of "alternate dimensions"? Or maybe another way to think about the question is was there a definitive early example which established and popularized the concept in fiction as we understand it today?

(I'm asking about the origin of other "dimensions" in the context of fiction, not as used in actual real-world human belief systems.)

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