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Physicist Brian Greene's latest book, The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos, ponders the possibility of a multiverse, with multiple parallel universes existing alongside our own. He offers nine possible explanations for the existence of parallel universe.
But not everyone agrees. Some say the idea of parallel universes lacks evidence, and offers only an escapist distraction from issues the world is facing.
Do you think parallel universes exist? What possibilities might you imagine in another reality?Physicist Brian Greene's latest book, The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and... more
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A map with a moral compass. "A map is not the territory",....unless the territory IS Parageography,...in which case the map is an example which IS the territory,.....
Oh never mind. Enjoy the map. If you love maps of allegory, worlds of imagination, wit, and humor, this should satisfy.
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http://michaelhelgerson.com/2009/06/2-oh-the-humanity/A map with a moral compass. "A map is not the territory",....unless the... more
Books - io9
WWI fought with dragons? England as the land of Faerie? A space flight that runs on mummy dust? It was only a matter of time until fantasy figured out that everything's better with a little bit of magic, even history.
Susanna Clarke's fantastic Johnathan Strange & Mr. Norrell has probably done more to tie magic and England together in recent years than any book that doesn't have "Harry" or "Potter" in the title, and the book's references to George III as well as it's portrait of 19th century England make for an exciting alternate history tale.
Still, Norrell isn't the only book to theorize a magical Britain. Randal Garett's Lord Darcy stories, beginning with Too Many Magicians, are detective stories set in an England where magic has been formalized into a science with its own internally consistent laws and theories. Gail Carriger's Parisal Protectorate series has a Victorian London filled with vampires and werewolves with a dash of Steampunk thrown in, and the female heroine of the first book in the series, Soulless, has a single secret weapon. She literally lacks a soul allowing her to negate the supernatural abilities of her foes. Michael Moorcock even got in on the trope with Gloriana, a novel that re-imagines Elizabeth I as the titular Gloriana, ruler of the magical empire of Albion.
Though it certainly seems to help, you don't have to be British to have magic. Poul Anderson's Operation Chaos takes place in a world where magic is commonplace and is used to fight in an alternate second World War against a magical Islamic Caliphate. The sequel, Operation Luna, involves a magical space flight as well as a supernatural IRS. The Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card takes place in a 19th century America with supernatural "knacks" who have magical abilities. While the novels mainly center on Alvin Miller and his knack for making, various historical figures are mentioned as knacks such as Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon.
http://io9.com/5519726/great-moments-in-alternate-history-the-discovery-of-magic?skyline=true&s=iBooks - io9
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Science Fiction's Predictions for the Year 2010 - District 9 - io9
As we prepare to bid farewell to 2009, it's only natural to wonder what 2010 will hold. Will we see amazing technologies? Discover evidence of alien life? Or begin a slide into dystopia? We look at scifi's predictions for 2010.
Alien life will be discovered in our solar system (2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke): In 2010, the spaceship Leonov travels to Jupiter to learn the fate of the Discovery One. But perhaps more significant in the course of history is the ascended David Bowman's discovery of primitive life beneath the ice of Europa and on Jupiter — and the appearance of those alien monoliths signaling the next step in a species' development.
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There are 10^10^16 of them (but #1,000,443,163,313,125,343,132 is the evil one)
For some time, physicists have theorized about the existence of alternate universes. In fact, some models of physics require multiple universes, to explain some rarely observed phenomena. But, other than obvious ones like The Man In The High Castle Universe where the Nazis won WWII, the Earth-295 Age of Apocalypse Universe, and the Terran Empire "Mirror Mirror" Universe, just how many alternate universes are there? Well, some Stanford University physicists have answered that question, and the magic number is: 10^10^16 other realities.
The physicists, Andrei Linde and Vitaly Vanchurin, calculated the number by first going all the way back to the Big Bang. Linde and Vanchurin posit that the stellar organization and physics of our universe resulted from small perturbations in the otherwise uniform mass of matter and energy that existed milliseconds after the Big Bang. So, the number of possible variations of those perturbations represents the upper limit of possible alternate universes, or about 10^10^10^7 possible alternate universes.
However, because of the physical limits of the human brain, no individual could perceive more than 10^10^16 realities different from our own. And since the perspective of the viewer factors into the calculations (like time dilation in relativity), that's the number of possible alternate universes.
Of course, that's the total number of POSSIBLE alternate universes. The number of ACTUAL alternative universes actually depends on depends on how many boxes the Professor made.There are 10^10^16 of them (but #1,000,443,163,313,125,343,132 is the evil one)
This is kind of a cheap post, but I always like to include this when I blog. You’re looking at a world map presented in Jack Kirby’s Kamandi. It’s the kind of thing that as a reader, going back into the troves of past generations, I can’t get enough of. It’s a great tie in for me as a gamer, too. But really, at the end of the day, it’s a plug for my favorite comic podcast, Funnybook Babylon. I’ll let them take it from here.
--------Its been Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay tooooooo long for me to remember,...but this is still the D.C. universe,.......but something "REALLY BAD" happened to poor ol' Gea,...the eco system has dun gone "STRANGE"......"Damn filthy apes!" are the LEAST of the problems.This is kind of a cheap post, but I always like to include this when I blog.... more