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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Sci Fi book about a man travelling through portals from one dimension to another through who ends up in a place where mind control is prevalent

I read a book in the late 80s about a man travelling from one dimension to another through portals that are "right around the corner". He ends up in a place where mind control is prevalent ...
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Children’s story about siblings who travel to an alternate universe where time runs slower

Ok so I remember reading this story in the early 2000’s, but it probably came out before then. Basically what I can recall is that it focuses on a brother and sister who found the entrance to another ...
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Book about a girl searching for her father in a world Roma came from

My friend read this book and can’t remember the name and I’ve been trying to find it too with no luck and I was hoping you lovely people might be able to help. Here’s what I know: It was clearly ...
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A book about a boy who traveled to a D&D-style planet

There’s a book I read as a middle-schooler about a boy who used to play this game with his friends. It turned out the avatars they created from the game all exist in a different universe or planet. It ...
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Sci-fi novel involving parallel universes and possible time travel

I'm trying to identify a science fiction novel I read many years ago but whose title and author escape me. I think it was borrowed because I went through all my books, but I couldn't find that one. ...
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Movie about a woman in an alternate universe who gets to have the life she thought she wanted, but she still isn't happy with it

I saw this movie almost 20 years ago. There was a woman who thinks her life might be better if she were with someone else. She has a boyfriend or husband already, but she thinks she would be happy if ...
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Sci Fi short story about characters exploring an alternate pocket universe [duplicate]

Sci Fi short story I found in an anthology. I think the story dates back to at least the 1990's. I believe the characters are exploring an alternate pocket universe. They require special suits to ...
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Identify movie or TV-series about a portal to a parallel medieval world

Apologies for the very vague points. Looking for the movie or tv-series. The movie or series is likely at least 10 years old. Possibly NOT in English. I am asking for a friend who watches dubbed ...
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First instance of a universe being "close enough"

My favorite Simpsons episode is the 1994 Halloween episode in which Homer Simpson repeatedly travels back in time and makes changes in the past, resulting in bizarre alterations to the present. ...
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Looking for a short story about a parallel world with apparently ordinary humans but savage and carnivorous [duplicate]

I read this a long time ago, and thought it was Larry Niven but maybe not. A bunch of scientists build a gate to a parallel world and initially observe the inhabitants on the other side. They seem to ...
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Book about a character born in-between time on some sort of timeship

I can't find the name of this book! I believe it's YA. I read it at least 5 years ago, probably more. The main character was born in between time on some sort of timeship. His mother had gotten ...
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Short story, stunt double confronts actor who is his alternate self

The new "Fall Guy" movie reminds me of a short story I read within the last three years or so, probably online, about a stunt double who confronts the actor he has been working with, in the ...
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Book about a young man in high school who is approached by a warrior woman and travels to alternate dimensions

I need to figure what early 2000s book this is!! This book details a young man in high school who seemed to have a talent for everything, especially basketball. One day, he's approached by some ...
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Young adult book about a boy who becomes a part of a dimension-hopping secret organization

I read this in the late 2000s or early 2010s (2009-2013). It was a young adult novel about a boy who who receives a mysterious letter from a secret organization and if he burns the letter they will ...
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Guy trapped in a multi-dimensional world with his best friend can't get home, friend becomes a villain

I'm looking for a book I read as a young adult. My Dad loved it and he recently passed away. It was kind of comedic/irreverent (Terry Pratchett-like). It was told in first person about this guy ...
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Movie from 2005-2014 about a girl student who travels to alternate universes for a relationship

I'm looking for а film, watched in 2016, where a boy dumps his girlfriend and she -- in a university with a spinning top (spinning, twisting and falling asleep or faiting) and a dark-skinned professor ...
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1980s or 90s story about inadvertent travel to alternate universes - and ritual urination

I read this story in a digest magazine (Asimov's, F&SF or Amazing) in the 80s or 90s. The protagonist somehow starts to drift into increasingly unfamiliar alternative universes, where people act ...
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Book where Earth is invaded by a future, parallel-universe Earth

I read this young-adult science-fiction book about 10 years ago, I believe I may have picked it up through an advance reader copy program. If it was an ARC, details may have been changed before ...
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Trying to find a series I read in the 90s about a boy who finds other world and overhears plot

He’s visiting a house, I think his uncle's, for the summer. He finds a way to another world in a chest? He finds himself in a room. While there he finds other world creatures and overhears them ...
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Alternate Worlds Fantasy with Kendo in Ours and Feudal World in Other

I read this many years ago (probably in the 1980s or 1990s and I’m trying to find it again: A woman is in a mental institution in California (?) for killing a man with a samurai sword except she was ...
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Movie from the '90s about a girl who wishes for her life to be perfect and wakes up in a parallel world

I remember growing up I watched a movie about a girl tired of being poor, her life and her boyfriend; she fantasized about a football star. One December 25th, she wished her life was perfect and she ...
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Sci-fi story (or novel?) written in the '60s-'70s about man who wakes up in a parallel reality where WWII never happened

A male protagonist wakes up in a parallel reality where he is married. His alternate self is not a very nice person. WWII never happened and the society is behind in technological progress compared to ...
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Comic book story from 1960s: Man repairs door and is transported to another dimension?

Cliched henpecked husband bugged by wife to fix door in basement (iirc, maybe not basement) and he finds, no kidding, that the door leads to another world where, with the hammer, he defends a princess ...
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Can Motherboxes Open Boomtubes to Different Universes?

Someone recently made the assertion to me that Motherboxes in the DC Universe can open Boomtubes into different universes. This was the first time that I had heard this claim. I had always thought ...
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Book title request. (Magical worlds, unicorns, and androids) [Strong content] [duplicate]

This book is one I have yet to be able to splice together enough to locate, I was 10-12 (Currently 48) The issue is that I read so many books of similar genres, that the stories jumble in recollection,...
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First occurrence of a character being philosophically overwhelmed by the multiverse

Quite often a character in stories (comics, movies, books, etc) that discuss parallel worlds and the multiverse is overwhelmed mentally and philosophically. The concept that pops their mental fuse is ...
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Manga about a female lead who is reincarnated into her own book

It’s about a girl who got sucked or reincarnated into the book she wrote. The world is dying and she’s there to help it. She has a spirt guide to help her. The male lead, who I think was the villain ...
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Sci-fi novella about a group of people and a giant pendulum that swung, slowly coming to a halt

I am trying to figure out a sci-fi novella I read maybe 30 years ago. It was about a group of people and a giant pendulum that swung from side to side, but slowly coming to a halt. For every swing, it ...
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Book where people are continually slipping between "close" parallel alternate worlds/paratime without realizing it?

Only clear recollection from the book is an example along the lines of: Experience: I know I put my keys on the table next to the door, but when I went back they weren't there. Looked all around the ...
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Horror/Fantasy novel set in the UK town of Grimsby

I am looking for a novel, which I believe ultimately ended in a trilogy that is set within the town of Grimsby in the UK. I believe that the story was written in the last 7 years and was a horror/...
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Short story involving parallel universes and a war between humanity and some dark version of humanity

In this story, as humans travel through closely linked universes, they eventually become distorted and changed. The twist at the end, I believe, was that humans were fighting vastly distorted versions ...
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Manga about a boy with the power to grow plants

The story is about a boy with magical powers related to growing and reviving plants. One day, another boy appears in his home. The stranger is from another world, where there are no plants because ...
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Cartoon about 3, maybe 4 kids that use a portal to travel to another world and fight evil with these weird animals

I remember watching a show during my childhood, maybe when I was 12-13. There were 3-4 kids who were the main characters. I think the main boys name was hiro/hero. He found a portal or some sort of ...
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Trying to find fantasy book about teen girl who is taking care of a little boy from an alternate/overlapping world. May have been a YA novel

I am trying to find the name of a fantasy novel I read as a teenager. It was about a little boy, around 4 or 5, from another dimension who is hidden in the main character's dimension to protect him. ...
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Book involving a metaverse of many parallel worlds, a section of which is known as "The Blight"

I am trying to find a book I read maybe 40 years ago, but which has stuck with me. There were many "parallel" worlds, each only slightly different (as usual). Most of the worldlines adjacent ...
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Pre-1980 story about man who can access alternate universes. References to a girl with a scar on her face, and Mithras [duplicate]

Some years ago, I read on rec.arts.sf.written about a story (I think by Lafferty or Davidson) about a man who could access alternate universes - he can, for example, pick up a quarter from the return ...
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Series about four high school students getting trapped in another dimension

I'm searching for a series that I want to watch again, but can't find. It's about four high school students who get sucked into a tornado (that someone in their group accidentally summoned with magic),...
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Fantasy book where two boys swap places from different worlds

I am looking for a book I read when I was younger. It involves 2 boys from different world swapping places and pretending to be each other. They are identical except that one is white and the other is ...
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Novel about an alternate dimension where human perception is warped

I'm looking for a novel series, probably for teens, published in 80's-90's, which has a spaceship traveling to an alternate dimension. One distinguishing feature is that human senses stop behaving ...
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Movie with two parallel universes, each of which is a television show in the other's universe

I didn't expect this to be so difficult to find since it was relatively recent, but my Google searches are turning up nothing but listicles. Details: Most likely made sometime between 2005 and 2015 ...
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Where is Marty from the alternate timeline Where George McFly is an author that Marty makes at the end of Part 1?

Think about it: Marty goes back to 1955 in Part 1 and helps his parents fall in love again. Well, when Marty went back to 1985 he created an alternate timeline where his parents are rich. There are ...
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A novel about a group of scientists who think they've invented a teleporter

I read this a few years ago, around 2015/16 I think and I cannot for the life of me remember the title of it and googling isn't helping at all. It was about a group of scientists who are working on ...
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Was the "Reverse Universe" ever returned to?

In the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "The Counter-Clock Incident", the Enterprise discovers and travels to a parallel dimension in which time flows in reverse. Supernovas represent ...
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Are superbeings a reality in 2022's "The Batman" universe?

Basically what it says on the tin. The (currently) new film, The Batman offers a modern take on the caped crusader, with Robert Pattinson playing a much younger, still learning hero. He has not even ...
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2018-2019 short Netflix series about a world that splits into two identical halves

Trying to remember a short Netflix series about a world that experiences a catastrophic event where it splits into two separate but identical halves. Each half is a whole image of the original world, ...
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Story about imposter son from another dimension visiting scientist father and mother; needing women to save his species

I'm trying to find the original source story from which an episode of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater was adapted. The episode is entitled "The Intruder," written by James Agate, Jr., and was ...
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Old SF story, similar to "Sliders", involving a group who've been sliding through alternate Earths, and have gotten lost

Spoilers, BTW. The story concerns a group who have been sliding through alternate Earths, and are lost. They're terrified of being identified as some Earths are aware of sliders and don't approve. ...
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In the comics is Spider-Man special in that there is always a different version of him across realities?

I'm only asking about the comics, but I distinctly remember from watching Spider-Man: The Animated Series growing up, that Spider-Man was somehow special in that there were alternate versions ...
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Story about a hungry alien who eats the universe and accidentally creates multiple universes when he poops

Time: Early 2000's or maybe earlier Genre: Sci-fi/Comedy/Dark Narrative work: A novelette or a story book Language: Might be in another language than English. Possibly French Plot: There is a ...
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TV Series about boy who Travels to Parallel World [duplicate]

School trip goes to mountains to watch full solar eclipse. Group of friends, 2 boys and a girl goes to mountains at night. Boys want to play prank on girl and hang steel cable across rock face. At ...
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