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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Book with parallel universes being taken over by an evil presence

It would have been published around 2012. It's about a guy taking a girl with him to parallel universes. The universes are empty/dangerous because there is an evil presence there; something like big ...
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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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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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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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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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How many parallel universes exist in Futurama?

In the first season, Fry is taken to and shown the edge of the universe, which looks onto a parallel universe. Fry turns to the Professor and asks, "Is there an infinite number of universes?," and the ...
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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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Book: Gen-manipulated intelligent squids explore space/planet

I'm looking for the author and title of a book. I believe it's (supposed to be) the first in a trilogy, all using the same characters, but taking place in different universes - with only humans, with ...
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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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Story identification - possible series, alternate universes, maybe some kind of police force?

I'm looking for some help please; I'm trying to find out the title(s?) of a book(s?) I read over 20 years ago. I can't remember much about them — may have been a series (I think there was more than ...
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What is the meaning to the ending of Another Earth?

At the very end of the movie Another Earth (2011), Rhoda What is the meaning of this? Did John I don't understand the meaning of the end at all.
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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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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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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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90s fantasy book: man can access a parallel medieval world while 'dreaming'

I read a book in my high school library back in the late 90s and pretty sure it was written in the mid 90s. I can't remember the author or title. The setting is current to the 90s mid-west. But it ...
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In the Reckoners alternate universe, why did David’s father kill him?

In the book Calamity, David (the books narrator and protagonist) goes to a universe where Calamity has vanished, and some of the epics are good, some are bad. The first person he meets there is ...
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Young adult book about a girl pulled through a mirror by her soulmate

My daughter is looking for a young adult, or maybe kids, book that she read about a normal girl who one day notices a boy looking back at her through a mirror. Then he pulls her through into another ...
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Looking for a book featuring a soldier/marine travelling to a different time/universe

I picked up a book a year ago and read the summary at the back(part of a series maybe?) at a airport bookshop but had to stop because of my flight was about to depart. I can't remember the author or ...
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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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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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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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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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Does Doc Notice His Past/Future Self?

In Back To The Future Part 2, when Doc Brown is riding a bike and ends up coming upon himself (in the past) working on his "weather experiment" to get the old Marty back to 1985, is there any proof ...
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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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Story or movie about a man with 2 alternate lives (reality and in dreams)

I barely remember a story or movie about a man (or maybe woman) who had 2 lives: when he goes to sleep he wakes up in his dream, and when he falls asleep in his dream he wakes up in his real life. But ...
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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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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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TV show - prisoners get lethal injection but end up elsewhere afterwards

All I remember is in the show prisoners were given a lethal injection, then find themselves in a strange world, hell or an alien planet. Possibly part of an experiment? Further detail: It was on tv ...
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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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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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Children's book with “square triangles” in parallel universe?

In the 1960s I read book--an older children's book, I think--which I loved, and still remember, roughly. I have no idea what the title is or who the author is, and I'm wondering if anyone knows this ...
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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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What is the actual time relationship between the Land and our Earth realities?

In the book series The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, there is a clear time discrepancy between the Land's time and our Earth time. Roughly, between the first and second time Covenant ...
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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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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. ...