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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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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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Please help identify parallel universe novel

Years ago (late 70's/early 80's) I read a science fiction story which I think was a novel, though I'm not sure. In the story, there was a secret group that had developed technology for travelling ...
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What was this (novel or short) story about travel between parallel/multiple universes by tuning into them like a radio?

Many years ago I read a story about multiple universes splitting apart, and the possibility to trade between them using a radio like scanner to find where you left from. It may be a short story or a ...
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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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Identifying fantasy story about a knight in another world

A knight wakes on a hill surrounded by the detritus of battle. He walks to a nearby city, where he finds employment selling 'hands of glory' in the market. A horribly scarred and mad princess meets ...
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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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Looking for a science fiction book: single novel, slow rotation alt earth. Protagonist travels between clans/groups to unite them

Read/published in late 70s or into 80s. The hero is thrown into the story, which begins in a grassland setting where the people are nomadic because of the slow planet rotation with grass fires ...
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When and why did the Marvel Universe start to have alternative Universes?

The Original universe of each character could stand on their own as good/great stories, so why make alternate universes with different stories that couldn't cross (in most cases) with the same ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Looking for the name of the book where a character enters another world in where he is part of a prophecy

I read this book in elementary school but don't remember the title, author or anything aside from a few vivid points. The story starts in the real world (I believe it's around WW2) where a boy ...
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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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Looking for a book about a drug that causes habitual users to cross to another world that has an extra color

I've been trying to find a book that I read in the early 90's, but that judging from the cover was published in the late 60's/early 70's about a drug epidemic that was actually backed by the UN ...
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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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Story Identification: Fantasy world that is “the one true world”

Sometime in the early 90's, I borrowed an audio book from a local library. I would be interested in reading it in full, but I don't remember the author or title. Given that it was an audio book in a ...
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Female protagonist that is sick in one reality and well in another

I read a few books in a series of novels with a female protagonist. She was either severely injured or very ill in 'our world', but she was able to travel to another dimension. They referred to the ...
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Looking for a sci-fi book series that starts with a girl who tries to commit suicide and is pulled into an alternate universe

The series starts out with a girl who doesn't think life is worth living any more. When she tries to commit suicide she is pulled into an alternate universe. This only able to happen because she is a ...
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A book about a girl waking up to a 'same but different' life after having a bad fight with her boyfriend by the water

Looking for the title of this book (10+ years back). A girl wakes up to what seems like her life but there are discrepancies that can't be explained. She and her boyfriend had fought the night before, ...
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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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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 ...
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Looking for a book with parallel universes like pages, possibly with “maze” in title, and a black Jewish female character

Looking for a book. A series, actually. The main characters were a Jewish man and a black woman who was his wife. There was a running gag when she would tell people her last name and they thought it ...
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Looking for a sci-fi collection book 2000 to 2010 containing two specific stories

First, the cover has a purple alien riding a motorbike down a road at night. As I recall it's sort of squid like, and wearing biker clothes. The two stories are: Three friends discover a device ...
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Would it have made any difference if Harry Potter didn't wear glasses?

From this interesting question and with its even more interesting answers, I deduce following: Poor eyesight cannot be healed by even Magic Harry had already been in trouble numerous times due to his ...
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Why has the government collapsed in the Reckoners alternative reality?

In the Reckoners' universe, the government collapses because the epics are too powerful to be controlled, except by other, more powerful, epics. However, because all epics are evil, the epics all work ...
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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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Can anyone help identify a book about a group of outsider teens sucked into another universe?

I have been trying to find a book I read as a teenager for many years. I swear it was called The Outsiders with a black skull on a plain white cover, but the only book that comes up when I search is ...
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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 familiar,...
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Looking for name and author of a science fiction book about alternate worlds or timelines [duplicate]

I read this book a couple of years ago and can't remember the name or the author (also not sure if it was just one book or series - if it was more than one book then it would be 2 or at most 3 books) ...
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Book - Man returns from Vietnam and opens portal to another world with his ham radio

If I remember correctly, a guy comes home from Vietnam and starts playing with his ham radio and somehow creates a portal to another Earth. Then I remember a jump in time. Now, it's our time and ...
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Anime with boy who can see fighting mecha robots in parallel world

I think this anime aired on the Catalan public TV some years ago, maybe around 2005. I only remember watching the first episode, but probably it was a TV series. Or maybe it was just an one-shot with ...
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What was the earliest SF work that used the idea of the “Multiverse”?

The discussion below this question leads me to ask: What was the earliest SF work that used the idea of the Multiverse (parallel universes or alternate worlds)? I'm looking for fairly hard SF ...
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Fantasy novel, magic sword and different worlds

I am looking for some help remembering this book series I listened to on audiobook many years ago. It was a good story I just for the life of me can't remember the name, author or any of the character ...
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Story about machines generating energy with parallel universes, endangering ours

I suppose I read this story in a book in the nineties but I have no memory of actually reading it or the cover, I just remember a lot of the plot. Scientists find out they are being contacted by the ...
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Is there any evidence of alternate-reality Time Lords?

In his answer to this question, Thaddeus states that we have never seen any evidence of Time Lords from alternate dimensions. While I trust Thaddeus's judgement, the answer is from 2012. Additionally,...
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Children's book from the 90s early 00s about kids discovering a parallel town. Green book cover

I read a book in the late 90s or very early 00s, and I know it had a green cover, crazy green colour with a lot of activity on it too. It was about some kids who discovered this other parallel town or ...
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Is the Concept of the Multiverse Unique to Superhero Comic Books? [closed]

I'm doing some research into the concept of the multiverse, and I was wondering: Is the concept of the multiverse unique to the genre of superhero literature? Obviously the occasional book or tv show ...
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fantasy kids book series where 3 main characters are from different worlds, have powers, and are fighting a bad guy

If said bad guy uses/finds out their real names he gets control over them. It starts off with a young male protagonist that is from a version of "our world" he discovers he can transform any matter ...
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What was a scifi short story where the universe became more complicated the more we learnt about it.

I think it was in an anthology edited by Gardner Dozois from the 90s, but I might be wrong. It's a wispy memory, it might have been in a novel by Jane Jensen.
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What's the most recent specific historical element that is common between Star Trek and the real world?

It is well known that there appears to be some divergence between the events of the Star Trek universe and ours (in particular, the Augments and Khan Singh, etc.) Related: Has Star Trek ever ...
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A audio book about two children and an apprentice wizard?

I remember back when I was a child (late nineties), I listened to some audiotapes. One of them was story about two children, and a wizard who accidentally teleports into them when he is trying to pass ...
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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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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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Is there a difference between a parallel universe and an alternate universe?

This was prompted by a previous question I had here, but I decided it was a good stand-alone question. This is a general science fiction question and not specific to any particular world. Is there a ...
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Trying to find out the name/episode of b&w tv episode--1950's or 1960's science fiction/horror genre maybe

Three obese women are used for breeding while served and catered to by several little people, midgets, while a young, pretty, feminist career woman looks on in horror, soon to share same fate. Maybe ...