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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In the second alternate universe, Damon and Elena have a daughter, and it sounds like they named her after Stefan.
The teens who worked on "Alternate Universe: A Rescue Mission," came from all over the suburbs, including students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elgin, Triple Threat Mentoring in Aurora and City of Hope in Bolingbrook.
While readers looking for fast-paced action will be disappointed as Maxwell takes her time setting up this complicated series opener, avid readers of fantasy and alternate universe fiction will likely enjoy the rich world and complex cast.--Johanna Nation-Vallee.
Set in an alternate universe ruled by a corrupt Superman, Batman is trying to restore order.
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The multiple timelines become a tangled, knotty mess before the two hours are up, making us wish that Skynet had, in an alternate universe, infected the scriptwriters' computers with a virus and wiped this film from their hard drives.
Each time the scene backs up for a replay, the two characters are transported to an alternate universe and given another chance.
But the ogre is put under a spell that transfers him to an alternate universe instead.
The Human League are at Newcastle City Hall on Tuesday as part of their Alternate Universe tour and Phil can't wait to be back in the Toon.
Summary: In comics, superheroes are often forced to fight themselves, perhaps in the form of a clone, an alternate universe doppelganger or perhaps a Life Model ...
Book One in The Many-Worids Trilogy artfully introduces the reader to the theory of parallel universes and analogs; a physical replica of a person living in an alternate universe.
The first novel of the 'Raven's Shadow' series created a strong alternate universe filled with different characters and social and religious settings, introducing one Vaelin Al Sorna, an abandoned child trained to be a Warrior of the Faith.

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