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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What it's about: In an alternate world, the aftermath of the First World War only fanned the flames of hatred, three nations prepare themselves for another War to End All Wars.
The game's story takes place in an alternate World War 2 reality where the nazi are winning and it is up to you to take them down.
The final series (shudder) of the amazing and life-changing television show -- pitiful words that don't do justice to the fantastical, alternate world of profound violence, drama and horror -- is about to drop later this month.
Power struggles, sorcery, threats to destroy rulers and lands, and soldiers facing calls to duty beyond battle make for a fast-paced alternate world that is thoroughly engrossing, exciting, and tests the historical acuity of readers who will find plenty of old and new history to enjoy.
Cynical about love, an architect is knocked unconscious and wakes up in an alternate world.
In Alderman's alternate world, women have recently gained the ability to release waves of electricity through their fingertips --and the jolts can kill.
In an alternate world, we'd craft our Advent calendars and hand-knit our tree skirts.
The book includes speculation about how American television might have looked without anti-Communist censorship, depicting a fascinating alternate world stripped of a steady fare of westerns, cop shows, and Ozzie and Harrieta"style sitcoms.
Tomorrowland, the last bastion of hopes and dreams, the only chance at a future, is an alternate world that was created by certain scientists who have come together to work as a unified front for the betterment of the world.
Watch them try to outwit the evil wizard who seems determined to keep them in this alternate world. The battle scenes are vividly drawn and charged with suspense.
Using fantastical creatures (goblins, changelings, and Lorelei), the author creates an alternate world that functions beyond the perceived barriers of reality; however, multiple underdeveloped subplots rely heavily on inference, making the plot feel disjointed and confusing.
Welcome to Canada in the near future but in an alternate world where the British Empire still rules.