Questions tagged [parallel-universe]

For questions about a parallel universe or alternative reality, 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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A universe not quite like ours

Okay this is a story someone else was telling me about. I wanted to read it but he didn't remember the title. This was in the mid-eighties; the story itself must be at least that old. The protagonist ...
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Looking for YA short story about boy who finds family living in cave from alternate world

I’m looking for the name of a YA short story that I read in middle school back in the late 70’s. I believe it was part of a Science Fiction short story collection. My recollection is that it had “Key” ...
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Is there such a being as 'Dark Multiverse' Darkseid?

I've recently been reading DC Comic's Dark Multiverse and I have been wondering just how the Dark Universe interacts with the Fourth World. In Dark Knights Metal We know that version differs from ...
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Is there any evidence that Whiterose's machine was real?

In Mr. Robot, Chinese Minister Zhang, aka Whiterose, has at great expense and effort over the course of decades constructed some sort of machine in New Jersey. The interior looks science-fiction-y the ...
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A sci-fi movie from 80's or eary 90's about a drug named “blue”

I don't remember much, mostly the ending, but the movie has to do with an alternate place or reality from earth. There is a drug of some sort called "blue" that is used recreational and also when ...
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Did Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie take place in an alternate timeline?

The 1995 film Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie plays out like an extended special episode, giving the Rangers new "Ninjetti" powers and Zords based not around the Dinosaurs, but modern day ...
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Book involving children traveling between alternate worlds via switches

I know I read this after 2012, I think as an ebook. The cover depicted a knife switch by itself, I think closed with the handle up. At the beginning of the story, the protagonist, a boy, is told by ...
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Parallel universe where an engineered bacterium consumes all petroleum

I kinda of remember a sci fi tv show where the group traveled between parallel earths. The one episode I remember is where they ended up on an Earth where a scientist created a bacterium that consumed ...
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Parallel universe horror story where apparently normal people are ravenous monsters

I am looking for a short story. The plot is as follows: Scientists or mathematicians find a way to peer into an alternate dimension. In the alternate dimension the inhabitants appear to be living a ...
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Movies Where Reality Changes at Night and People Wake Up to a Different World Every Day [duplicate]

I am looking to identify a movie where the world is changed every night and people wake up in a different world. The only scene I can remember is of a City (vaguely 'Gotham' in muted colors) being ...
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Was there an original and 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 ...
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Alt-reality film. Being hetero is taboo. People forced to be gay

This was a really bizarre film. I'm not sure if it was a movie, a mockumentary, or a "what if" alternate reality think piece. The premise was that straight people are shunned from society, while being ...
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Looking for a recent Sci-Fi anthology. (I had a copy and lost it)

Around two years ago I purchased a relatively new Sci-Fi anthology (it would have been published in 2016 or 2017,) and then lost the copy. I forgot the title, but I remember a couple of the stories ...
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YA SF novel with a remote control for parallel universe jumping

When I was a kid I read a sci-fi novel for children, the full name of which is unfortunately not coming back to me. Here's what (I think) I remember: the story features a handheld device that allows ...
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Parallel universe 80s movie

All I remember is a woman in a convertible coming through a portal to a parallel universe. Lots of sand/desert. Running into a Conan/Beastmaster mostly loincloth outfitted guy.
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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 ...