Category Archives: multiplicity

“All of Us Are Dying,” George Clayton Johnson, 1961

“All of Us Are Dying,” George Clayton Johnson, 1961 – A drifter who is able to assume the appearance of people from other people’s pasts makes his way through life by playing upon their desire for closure.  Some want to … Continue reading

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“–All You Zombies–,” Robert Heinlein, 1959

“–All You Zombies–,” Robert Heinlein, 1959 – A time traveler paradox in which an orphaned “intersexed” man (hermaphrodite) switches genders, travels back in time to impregnate a younger version of himself, and gives birth to himself.  He is thus his … Continue reading

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“Let’s Be Frank,” Brian W. Aldiss, 1957

“Let’s Be Frank,” Brian W. Aldiss, 1957 — “Four years after pretty little Anne Boleyn was executed in the Tower of London, a child was born into the Gladwebb family–an unusual child” to a young Sir Frank Gladwebb and unnamed … Continue reading

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“The Bomb in the Bathtub,” Thomas N. Scortia, 1957

“The Bomb in the Bathtub,” Thomas N. Scortia, 1957 — Caedman Wickes, an eccentric, somewhat abstracted private investigator Specializing in Odd Complaints is approached by Sidney Coleman.  Coleman has a problem: There’s a man in his bathroom who says the … Continue reading

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“Unit,” J. T. McIntosh, 1957

“Unit,” J. T. McIntosh, 1957 — Edgar agrees to become a Unit Father for a group of social misfits who wish to have their identities erased, such that they might be retrained as a new entity with no memory of … Continue reading

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“The Remorseful,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1953

“The Remorseful,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1953 – Humanity has destroyed itself through war.  A man wanders the world, apparently the last survivor.  An alien insect-composite being with no individual “self” arrives and tries to communicate with him. Comments: Read in … Continue reading

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“The Plutonian Drug,” Clark Ashton Smith, 1934

“The Plutonian Drug,” Clark Ashton Smith, 1934 – A scientist (Dr. Manners) and a sculptor (Melcoth) discuss the advances in narcotics since interstellar travel.  Among them, plutonium (from Pluto), a rare drug that allows the user to see a few … Continue reading

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“Rip Van Winkle,” Washington Irving, 1819

“Rip Van Winkle,” Washington Irving, 1819 — Rip Van Winkle, a habitually idle man in search of refuge from his wife’s nagging, falls asleep after accepting a drink from a mysterious man.  He sleeps twenty years and awakes to find … Continue reading

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