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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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What is the first appearance of a dark alternate world in fiction?

In many works of fiction we have seen the presence of a dark, alternate, usually near mirrored version of a world. Examples of this would be in Zelda: A Link to the Past, and more recently My ...
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Can Marty McFly ever truly return home?

In the Back to the Future trilogy, the character Marty McFly travels back in time, and meets his own parents. In doing this, he directly changes the outcome of many things including the relationship ...
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Short story where a character moves through dimensions via mental exercises

It's been about 25 years since I read a story in an anthology. The only details I remember from it are that a guy is told that if, while walking down a road (or something similar), he mentally forces ...
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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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Story Identification: Novel about a girl and her mother who survive by walking through people's dreams

I read a book a little while ago and I am trying to figure out the name of it. It was fiction and that much I know. It was about a girl and her mother in the real world and unlike normal people they ...
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What novel has advanced alternate Earth humans trying to escape through portals from horrific inter-dimensional creatures?

I read this book while on vacation in Canada around 1985. The book seemed to be a recent release and consist of about 50/50 narrative and character action and was short, about 250 pages or so. The ...
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Im looking for a book about parallel worlds

So there is this book I read a while ago on Kindle unlimited and forgot about, and now cant find the name because KU doesn't store books that you have already read :( It is about this guy who gets ...
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Is there a concept of “parallel/alternate” universes/realities in Star Wars canon?

Star Trek franchise has concepts of parallel (or alternate) universes/realities. So does StarGate (in some SG1 episodes). Is there any mention of such a concept as parallel universes in Star Wars ...
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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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How come an older Jadzia Dax appears in DS9 ‘The Visitor’?

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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1960s era story about writer in parallel universe being stalked by predator

I am looking for the title of a novel about a writer approached to publish books in alternative universes. As he has no natural predators one always comes into existence in each universe visited.
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Is it possible to index an infinite number of timelines in a universe-agnostic manner?

One of the plot devices used in Rick and Morty is the concept of an infinite number of alternate (i.e. parallel) universes. The characters in the show seem to use some sort of multi-universal indexing ...
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What's special about the Mirror Universe?

The Mirror Universe is depicted in no fewer than eight Star Trek episodes. It's established that these take place in the same universe. In "Crossover", Mirror Kira recaps the TOS episode "Mirror, ...
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An old book series about stones, teenagers, and parallel worlds

There was this book series I used to read at Waldenbooks back when I was a kid. I have been looking for this series FOREVER and I am yet to find it. The only thing I remember about the book cover ...
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Book about a glass world behind a mirror

There was this book that I read when I was young, maybe like 11 years old. A girl went into the mirror in her bedroom and found this world made entirely of glass. There were glass butterflies and ...
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How were the parts of the machine placed in our universe?

If no one has ever came across into our universe then how have they placed parts of the device in our universe and they even know the co-ordinates of the device parts? The device is the one that Peter ...
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Our universe is stronger than alternate universe

In Fringe, It is showed that our universe is stronger than the alternate universe, because when ever some one go in to their universe from our universe it cause their universe geological membrane a ...
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Where do baby daemons come from?

In the His Dark Materials trilogy, each person in Lyra's world has a daemon, which seems to be a part of their soul. Where do these daemons come from? Are they birthed by other daemons or do they ...
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Book about a teenager who steps though a painting on to a ship

I don't have too much information but I'm looking to identify a series of books that I read back in the late 80's early 90s. The main character is a teenager who steps through a painting onto a ship, ...
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Help identifying a dystopian story with someone traveling to an alternate universe [duplicate]

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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Book about a boy who travels to a parallel universe to get a book

I can't remember the gender of the main character. I remember bits and pieces from different books, but I think they're all part of the same series. The pieces may not be in order or from multiple ...
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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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Is the Force (as some kind of fundamental physical interaction) unique to the Star Wars Galaxy?

As far as I understand, the galaxy of the Star Wars supposedly exists in our universe ("a galaxy far, far away"). So I have to wonder: is the Force (as a metaphysical and ubiquitous power or ...
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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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Story ID - Humans of various epochs are transported to a world

I woke up the other morning with this story on my mind. I've tried some googling, but my efforts are coming up with nothing useful. My memory of the specifics of the material is pretty pathetic, ...
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how to understand all multiverses in marvel universe?

I am new to Marvel Comics. I know there is a universe in which Yggdrasill connects 9 Realms. So is that it? Are there only 9 Realms in this universe? Or is Yggdrasill just a portion of this ...
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When did the Humans discover Kalimdor and Northrend?

The continents of Kalimdor and Northrend were first introduced in Warcraft III. However, did the Humans know about them before that? We know that they had boats in the time of Warcraft I and Warcraft ...
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How many “universes” are there in Star Trek canon?

I just finished watching Star Trek:TOS. There were at least two episodes dealing with other dimensions, the mirror universe and the anti-matter universe. How many "universes" are there in Star Trek ...
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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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Do parallel realities take precedence over time travel in the Star Trek Universe?

The 2009 Star Trek movie and its pending sequels are based on the concept of parallel realities introduced in the season 7 Next Generation episode "Parallels," laying out that anything that could ...
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How can everyone have doubles if some people were never born?

I just finished watching Season 3 Episode 14, where an elderly man and woman had their respective spouses die in each Universe. Their elevated emotions created what was described as quantum ...
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Short story about a hole to another universe that pulls in metal

This question reminded me of a story I read in the 90s. A woman is caught shoplifting a bunch of metal items by throwing them into her purse. She has no memory, and the purse is empty. Anything metal ...
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Identifying a story about a boy who travels to a mirrored universe with ketchup that makes you intoxicated [duplicate]

There was a novel I read back in the day about a boy who travels back and forth between a mirror-image of our universe. I am afraid I cannot recall much about the plot, except that mirrored food is ...
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Shared world where our earth is invaded by a parallel universe

I have never read these. I remember being told about them a few years ago. These are a series of shared world stories where our earth is invaded by a parallel universe. The parallel universe has ...
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Are there only one septuplet of Endless that oversee all DC continuities?

Or are there, for instance, Qward-Dream and Qward-Death who are not the ones we read about in Sandman?
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A (G-rated) graphic novel with a picture of purple tentacles coming out of a door on the cover

I'm trying to find a graphic novel about two kids, a boy and a girl, who moved to an old family house because they couldn't afford where they were living anymore. In the house, they discovered a ...
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A novel with 3 parallel universes and human sized Praying Mantises

Back around the mid-1980s to 1990s, I read a novel of the future when man was traveling the stars. The main character of the novel was a crewman aboard a starship. Other characters on board the ship ...
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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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Help ID Australian novel. Sci Fi (soft) / Magical Realist / Slipstream. Published 1976 – circa late 1980s [duplicate]

Asking for a friend. Length; Novel (possibly novella or novelette) Publication Notes; Australian/Melbourne author (likely but not certain. It shows a lot of familiarity with Melbourne). Australian ...
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Secret agent working for lizard overlords travels through parallel universes

The universe is made up a infinite parallel timelines where there are small differences between adjacent timelines but the differences get larger the farther from the base time line you travel. The ...
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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 ...
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Help Identifying an Alternative History Novel

I read a novel when I was 12 or 13 (late 80's, early 90's) about two timelines combining on Earth. It was a full length novel for adults that I swiped from my mom (she doesn't rememeber it at all.) ...
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Looking for title of TV series about boy and an alternative world

In the middle of 2000 - 2010 I saw a TV series about a boy, who after school went to work for an old man at a shop. I don't remember clearly but shop sells old artifacts, books, suchlike. This boy ...
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Why are the two universes in Fringe not more divergent?

related: Why are there only 2 universes that are visitable? 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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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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90s book, may have “Sleeping Dragon” in title

The book is about random people being transported to an alternate world. In the instance of the book its a neighborhood that is transported. When the people come outside after they realize they been ...
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Girl that can take shortcut through space by taking a 1/2 turn as she steps up

This was a pre-1970s YA book. I cannot recall much about the plot, but I was impressed by her entering an alternate universe where three parallel lines intersected to form a right angle. I think her ...
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What book has a man in a world on the brink of an ice age with a wizard mentor?

I'm trying to find the title of an old fantasy book I read at least 20 years ago, but I have very little to help identify it. Obviously I don't remember the author name, I think it was written in the ...
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Help Identify Youth novel about higher dimensions [duplicate]

I read this book about 10 years ago I think. It was probably published in the 90s but quite possibly the 80s. The main plot as I remember involved a high school girl who falls for the new student. He ...
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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.