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Questions tagged [parallel-universe]

A parallel universe or alternative reality is a hypothetical self-contained separate reality coexisting with one's own. A specific group of parallel universes is called a "multiverse", although this term can also be used to describe the possible parallel universes that constitute reality.

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Book where a group of teenagers travel to a fantasy world

15 to 20 years ago I read a book (a trilogy I think) about a group on teenagers from a world similar to ours, who traveled to a fantasy world. I don't remember much about these books, just some ...
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A man sent to a parallel Earth to save someone important

This is not a novel, but "longish" short fiction, novelette or novella. I read it around 1984, in an already used book containing half a dozen or so stories, in a cheap hotel in the US. There were ...
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SF book about people trapped in a series of worlds they imagine

I read this story a while ago, before 1990, probably quite a bit eartlier, and I suspect it is rather older than that (60s or 70s?). I think it was a short story, but I am not sure. It is set in the ...
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90's TV series where a boy goes to another dimension through portal near power lines

I am desperately trying to remember a name of a TV series probably from 90's. I remember these points: A boy goes to another dimension through a portal near a power lines. This dimension has a sort ...
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Man transported from Alternate World into ours by a Neutrino Detector

Probably read 15-20 years ago. English Paperback. Scientists running a deep underground Neutrino Detector [might have been cosmic rays]. It was a VERY Large tank of water with detectors built into ...
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Film, friends transferred to a parallel universe where being fat is forbidden, one of them meets his “alternate world” wife

The movie starts with a man in a basement with his dog, and then he transfers his dog to a parallel universe, and then the dog comes back. Then two friends come to visit him in the basement, and then ...
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Kids' book about a boy in parallel universes

Media: Children's book. Cover: It had a 2D drawing of the kid and maybe some planets on the cover. Year read: 2009-2012 (as a kid in kindergarten to second grade). Written sometime between 2000 and ...
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Late 70s/80s book about our Earth and a parallel Earth

I vaguely remember a book about parallel worlds, which only animals can see, however, as the story progresses children can see this world as well. I seem to remember people being able to cross over to ...
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Sci-Fi book revolving about a male character who traveled between dimensions and recorded his travels in logs he sent to his friends

I've been searching for this series for a while, the story revolved about a group of guardians of sort that travelled between parallel dimensions, through specifically hidden gateways in each ...
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Which dimensions from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse exist in other works?

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse features versions of Spider-Man from various parallel dimensions. Are all of these "new" dimensions, or are they intended to be existing-dimensions within the Marvel ...
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60's/70's Trio of books about being attacked by giant bats that take away your ability to think

I read the book trilogy in paperback and perhaps they only were available in “bulk” paperback. They were from the 60's or 70's. I remember one book cover - an older man dressed as a typical wizard - ...
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Children's fiction book about the multiverse

The book contains a multiverse which is explained as follows: The multiverse is infinite parallel realities almost in the shape of a sphere with layers closer to the center being better (more ...
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How many dimensions are there in the 1980's TMNT cartoon?

A common plot device in the 1980's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon is the Dimensional Portal, which operates in a similar manner to a Stargate, except for the fact that it links parallel ...
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Is there a depiction of Superman where he is an African American?

Is there a comic book, animation, or any other media where Superman is depicted as being an African American? I know that there are alternate universes where he is, for example, a Soviet, but I'm ...
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Book where a soldier is transported to an alternative Earth during the Battle of Verdun (WW1)

This is a long-shot as I remember very little about the book. It may not even have been written in English, but in Dutch. I read this in the first half of the 1980's. Got it from my school library. ...
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50's story: space travelers reach speed of light, universe implodes

It was probably a short story by one of the popular sci-fi writers of the 50s. As I remember it, the story unfolded in a space vehicle where two travelers had embarked on a mission to exceed the speed ...
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Which was the first story featuring merging of alternative/parallel universes?

In Orguss (1983), a space-time oscillation bomb explodes, and as a result, several dimensions are merged into one, having Earth inhabited by different races. Reading on the internet, I found about ...
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Why do the wormholes in Sliders always open in the same place

In Sliders, Quinn Malory creates an absurdly benign wormhole. On travelling through it the characters wind up at approximately the same location in the other universe. They always seem to land where ...
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Children’s book about a girl who’s pulled into another dimension through a pond?

I remember reading a book in middle school about a young girl (pretty sure her name was Mabel) who followed a cat to a pond out in the woods. Something (can’t remember what) pulled her into the lake ...
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Parallel world where everyone is selfish and mean to each other

I read a book about a parallel world. I remember a young, humanoid man who lived in a world where no one showed any warmth to anyone else, life was extremely cutthroat, and meanness was universally ...
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Looking for a short story title about a “weird house”

A man's house gets altered by some rat-like creatures, so it is somewhat bent in on itself. It has become a portal to another part of the universe. He pokes around on the "other side" because he is ...
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Name and author of Novel about Reptilian overlords

Novel about a parallel world where the dominant species is reptilian. Some humans (or a human?) are captured and their way of life is threatened. Very severe race with different clans at war with each ...
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YA Sci Fi Alternate universe/reality where all cars are black

I read this book between 2007-2012. I believe that the protagonist travels to an alternate universe where there are small differences between the two worlds. In particular, I remember that all of the ...
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Short story with travel between alternative realities through the London Underground

I think it's a story from the 60s or 70s, set in its present. A British SS from an alternative reality in which Nazi Germany has won the war arrives inadvertently to our reality's London. I remember ...
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Search: a childrens' book in the 60s about a young boy who can travel between dimensions

I read a childrens' scifi book in the 60s about a young boy whose parents (I think) were scientists. I think they were working on interdimensional travel before he is born, and when he is born he is ...
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Help! Book with Double Headed Character Called Neds

This is my first time posting here so please point out any etiquette mistakes I make :) I am looking for help finding a trilogy I read some time ago. I can't seem to remember enough search terms to ...
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Can anyone identify a story I read once, about a boy who communicates with creatures in another dimension?

I read this in the 70s, I think it was in a collection although it might have been in a pulp mag like Analog. This was a short story about a boy who lives in a rural area, (possibly Maine?) who when ...
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What is the difference between a dimension and a universe [closed]

I don't know what different between a dimension and a universe,is a dimension a type of reality or the universe is a type of reality too.
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radio play about crosstime-traveling bidet advertiser

Thirty-odd years ago I heard a radio play about someone finding himself in a parallel world, very similar to his own, except that no one has ever heard of his fabulously successful advertising ...
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Super Town, USA, Superman Comic

Once upon a time I read a comic from the 1990s, I think, that had Superman waking up in a little town and having a look around. He'd been chasing Lex Luthor's thugs into another dimension. In this ...
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Name a book of the 80s about a group of scientist/students being transported to a parallel universe

Can you help me identify this book? I read it in the 80s. What I can remember: It was about a group of people who get sucked into a parallel universe / another world after a device malfunctions and ...
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Identify Children's parallel universe story from mid 2000s?

I keep thinking about this book that I read in the early to mid 2000s. It was a children's book about a couple of kids- boy and girl? Sister and brother maybe?- who somehow get into a parallel fantasy ...
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Club footed man needs testosterone for sons, kills

Looking for a story Where anthropologists study a primitive society, (modeled on New Guinea?) They are befriended by a club footed native with two sons. The native then murders one of his new friends. ...
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Sci-fi/Fantasy movie which identifies the Cow as the ugliest creature in the universe

I am looking for a fantasy/science fiction movie which has galaxy cops coming to Earth. The scene that I remember is one of the characters identifying a cow as the ugliest creature in the universe. ...
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Short story involving preventing disaster by keeping one key man from doing/not doing something

Read this story 20-30 years ago but it was probably old then. A team of operatives (from the future?) tries to influence the actions of one key man to prevent devastation of earth. In one world this ...
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Short story where time travelers are surprised to see black people

In one of Gardner Dozois anthologies in the last few years had a short story about an alternate time line where the travelers were surprised to see black people as their reality had none. Can anyone ...
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Alternative History - Alchemy, crystal faxes, and Jesus Shoes

I recall reading a book that was newly or recently released in the mid-to-late 90s which featured an alternative history where alchemy, not science, was discovered. Many of the prominant characters ...
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Need the name and author of a Sci-fi novel involving luminescent creatures that live in another dimension

I remember reading this novel in late 80s or early 90s. So, it's gotta be written before this time-frame. In this novel, humans were travelling in a space cruise liner to visit a unique planet so as ...
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Missing Robots in Asimov's Foundation Series

It's been years since I read Asimov, but I seem to remember that when he decided to merge his Robots and his Foundation and Empire universes, he explained the relative lack of robots in the Foundation ...
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Book about interdimensional travel by use of a hallway

I vaguely remember details about the book. I remember that travel between dimensions was regulated by either a company or government entity, and they used a box shaped hallway, basically a tesseract ...
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Looking for 1960s YA book about portal to parallel universe [duplicate]

I read a 1960s YA/Juvenile novel about a team of scientists working on a portal to another dimension/universe, looking through the portal drives anyone insane. Can't recall author or title, read it in ...
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Sci-Fi book about traveling to another dimension where people (at a certain age) get put into a room and never come out

There was a 1950 sci-fi story in which a man travels to another dimension where, at a certain age, people get put into a room with a video screen and never come out. He has a love affair with a girl ...
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There was a Sci-Fi book in which a man travel to another dimension by staring at a spinning top

I'm trying to find a story from the '50's about a man who travels to another dimension by staring at a spinning top. In this dimension, at a certain age, people get put into a room with a TV and never ...
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Looking for short story about a scarf

... bought by a space traveler visiting an unfamiliar planet. The scarf pulls him into another dimension/realm/universe. Very spooky tone. Read it decades ago in an anthology. Any clues? Thanks.
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Time-travelling/parallel-universe Subway; Protagonist a James-Bond-like Agent

The setting had Earth under a centralized administration whose orientation was toward finding the causes of and preventing a near-future 'doomsday'. There were several parallel/historical worlds, two ...
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Book series about an orphan befriending a dragon and traveling between stars

In my early years, I read a book about a orphan boy with strange colored eyes found on a off-planet world and raised, for some reason, I keep thinking his name is Fix although this may be incorrect. ...
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Name of comic book about steam punk-ish parallel universe

I want to find the name of a comic I read in 1990-ies- it begins with a man piloting his spaceship, he crashes and wakes up in a different world- it's set somewhere between Victorian and 1930-ies, but ...
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When was the concept of multiverse used in comics for the first time?

The concept of multiverse, sharing different universes and characters travelling in other alternate dimensions, when was the first time this happened in comic books ?
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Boy meets female version of self from alternate dimension after his mother dies

When I was young I read a book about a teenage boy whose life was very miserable because his mother had died. He then finds a girl in his house and she thinks she is in her house. They share about ...
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Where exactly is the Forbidding?

In The Elfstones of Shannara, the demons emerge from some point beyond the west boundary of the Westland, which is claimed by Allanon to be 'the weakest point in the Forbidding'. In Jarka Ruus, it is ...