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Subject: Looking for multiverse suggestions
Date Posted: 9/14/2010 1:21 PM ET
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So far in the SF Challenge I have read a few novels with a multiverse setting, but have counted them in other categories. 

  • The Female Man, by Joanna Russ
  • The End of Eternity, by Isaac Asimov
  • Brasyl, by Ian McDonald
  • Galileo's Dream, by Kim Stanley Robinson

None of the books remaining on my to-be-read shelf are multiverse stories, so I am looking for suggestions to fill challenge category 41.  Specifically, I am looking for stories not just set in an alternate universe, but that involve interactions of characters between universes.

-Tom Hl.

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Date Posted: 9/14/2010 5:18 PM ET
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How about:

Fritz Leiber?s The Big Time

Robert J. Sawyer's Hominids

S. M. Stirling's Conquistador

Subject: Charles Stross
Date Posted: 9/14/2010 9:27 PM ET
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I know you like him.  Try out The Family Trade.  I should warn you, it's a series that'll drag you in.

Date Posted: 9/17/2010 5:21 PM ET
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Well, Kay Kenyon's Bright of the Sky was a multiverse setting. I personally really disliked it, but other people (whose opinions I respect) found a lot to like in it, so maybe it was just me. ;)

Subject: any more?
Date Posted: 10/4/2010 1:16 PM ET
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Thanks all.  I have already read The Big Time, Hominids, and Conquistador, and they're good suggestions, but we're not counting re-reads in the challenge.  So that leaves two new:

  • The Family Trade, by Charles Stross
  • Kay Kenyon's Bright of the Sky

Both seem to be the launch of a lengthy series and while I'm not totally averse to that, I might prefer a stand-alone or mere trilogy at this point in time.

Any more ideas?

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Joseph C. (joec) - ,
Date Posted: 10/4/2010 1:39 PM ET
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Well, unfortunately the only one I know of is also the beginning of a series.  Have you heard of the Hell's Gate Series by David Weber?  There are two out currently, Hell's Gate and Hell Hath No Fury.  They are about a multiverse where the characters from the different universes interact and start a war. 

Date Posted: 10/15/2010 4:46 PM ET
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How about Rituals of Infinity or the Eternal Champion tales by Michael Moorcock?

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Date Posted: 10/15/2010 9:48 PM ET
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I was thinking of the Eternal Champion series as well...

Date Posted: 10/16/2010 9:19 AM ET
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Philip Jose Farmer's World of Tiers series (The Maker of Universes, etc.) is another fun read with a fair amount of multidimensional travel.

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 9:30 PM ET
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 Paul Melko's The Walls of the Universe is one I like

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 5:22 PM ET
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The Coming of the Quantum Cats by Frederik Pohl is a classic favorite of mine


Alternities by Michael Kube-McDowell is another good stand alone

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The Companions by Sherri S. Tepper