parallel universe

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parallel universe

n.
1. A universe, especially one of an infinite set of identical universes, hypothesized in some interpretations of quantum mechanics to exist along with our own universe, obeying the same physical laws, but each in a different quantum mechanical state with no possibility for the transfer of information between universes.
2. A universe hypothesized in some cosmological models to exist along with our own universe, possibly obeying different physical laws and having the potential for the transfer of information between universes.
3. A universe in a work of fiction that exists alongside another universe in the same work or series of works, with each universe often having the same characters living in different circumstances.
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The author's struggle to decide between realistic and alternate-universe fiction is evident, but for an adventure that will keep teens hooked until the finale, Damico's latest novel is the clear winner.
Animation--including the "Justice League" TV series --and returns to that niche in a dazzling way with "Justice League: Cods and Monsters," an original alternate-universe rewrite of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman's origins.
Many have also criticized the fact that Fifty Shades began as Twilight fanfictionan alternate-universe (AU) version of those novels-and-movies' characters Bella and Edward, in which clumsy high-schooler Bella has become awkward college-student Ana and sparkly bloodsucking Edward has become flogger-waving billionaire dickhead Christian.
The sisters are miraculously transported to an alternate-universe America, a suspicious, isolationist nation where flying cars and time travel are commonplace and where they meet four other survivors, each with a silver bracelet.
Created by Louise and Walt Simonson, the villain became a staple of the X-world, eventually leading to the famed alternate-universe storyline Age of Apocalypse.
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Since then she has produced a prolific body of work and has just completed a trilogy about life after World War II in an alternate-universe Britain which made peace with Hitler.
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Intended for readers age thirteen to adult, the sixth and final volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion Angelic Days concludes Fumino Hayashi's alternate-universe take on the popular Japanese animated show and its characters with an array of short stories set at varying times in the characters' lives.