–It’s been suggested from time to time that there are multiple universes, and recently that there are infinite universes parallel to the glorious one we occupy. I heard an interview with Brian Greene, the primary posit-er of the multiverse theory, and shortly thereafter I thought about what would happen if all of the alternate versions of me in these alternate realities had found a way of getting in touch with one another… This mess, abandoned after just a few paragraphs, is what resulted. — DS
As someone said and another parodied, “in this, the best of all possible worlds.”
I’ve numbered them, the alternate me(s) that populate the uncountable universes. My role model me by far is AR371, with AR standing for alternate reality. It sounds much better to my ear than AM (alternate me), so until something better comes along, that’s the system I’m going with. Any questions?
He’s not necessarily the brightest or richest, but he’s accomplished what I’d have wished to accomplish for myself at this age. More about that me later. The honor of most compelling goes to AR2162, an adventurer who has been accompanied his entire life by a fist-sized invisible water-spitting dragon hovering just above his left shoulder recording the events of his life. 2162 only discovered this by inhaling the vapors of a vial of dark yellow fluid the creature placed where normally goes a beer. One whiff and 2162 watched from an odd camera angle a disturbing event starring himself at the summit of Devil’s Tower some 30 years ago.
But first, a little about the numbering system. Chronological based on the order in which I discovered these selves, or they discovered me. We all experienced a shock, a jolt, a trauma of some sort that stimulated a part of our brain that now acts as a bit of connective tissue across the many realities. Difficult to explain. It’s possible, ne likely, that we’re all insane or brain-damaged and all of these selves and worlds exist solely in the mind of one of us. But which one? No matter.