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[terms] (index of indexes)
There are several problems in terminology:
Alternate time streams/histories: Change one thing in the past...
Get a new present/future.
"Man in The High Castle"
"Ground Hog Day"
Alternate/Parallel Realities: Parallel Worlds.
"All the Myriad Things"
"Dimension of Miracles"
False Realities/Hidden Truths: What we think is true isn't.
"Men In Black"
All other things are (sort of) sf, fantasy, or trad lit.
"All the Myriad Things" by Larry Niven.
In this short story, Niven (trained in maths) creates
our reality in which (somehow) knowlege of the various
alternate realities occur. Basically, the idea is that
everytime we make a decision, reality splices off. The
plot expands greatly on the outline of Borges'
"The Garden of Infinitly Forking Paths" -- note that
the two short stories share only the "plot model".
** need to watch ***
"Dimension of Miracles" by Robert Sheckly.
After winning the Galactic Sweepstakes Carmody,
(he didn't even know that he was entered) is
tranported to Galactic Centre. Unfortunately,
after he collects his prize no one there knows
WHICH "Earth" he's from. He (along with the
prize) must flick from Earth to Earth to find
his own one. One of the Earth's is where the
dinosaurs didn't die out -- they evolved and
have a civilisation.
"Ground Hog Day". [Fim].
After dissing THE groundhog (who has the same
name), "Phil Collins" (played by Bill Murray)
is forced to live and re-live the same day
(February 2nd; Ground Hog's Day) over and over.
Even though he can change anything in that day,
the next morning he wakes up in bed, and the
day starts all over again.
"Man in The High Castle" by Philip K. Dick.
In an alternate present, the United
States is occupied by the Germans in
Japanese as a result of sucessful assasination
of FDR and their consequent winning of World
War II. At one point one the characters
??name?? "sees" our reality, but for all of
characters in the book: There's IS the reality.
In their reality our's is the plot outline of
a book called "" -- the author divined
our reality by consulting the taoist "I Ching".
"The Matrix". [Film].
Residual self image.
"Men in Black". [Film].
A New York city cop, "??name??" (played by
Will Smith) finds out that the Earth is
actually inhabited by extraterrestrials
who live here to escape political (etc)
problems. The problem of managing the ET
problem (as well as Earth's place in the
Galaxy) so that normal people don't have
worry/adjust is a group of people called
"The Men in Black". ??name?? is given the
choice of "going back" (memory erasure) or
"getting in the game" -- which he chooses,
and thus becomes the anonymous Man in Black
now refered to as "J".
A man, "" (played by ??name??) suffers
from a memory problem: He can't form new
memories. Unfortunately, he is trying to track
down the man who murdered his wife (possibly
reason he suffered the brain disorder). To
keep track of things he takes poloroid photos,
writing notes on them, as well as having
FACTS that he's sure of tatooed onto his
chest. Every fifteen minutes or so, he "wakes"
up to an ever-present "now" -- often finding
himself somewhere and in some situtation that
he has no idea as to how he got there, or what
is going on.
"Sliding Doors". [Film].
** need to watch **