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mark211Best hidden and alternative realities?2017-01-08 13:08:14
mark211Thanks, as always, to everyone who contributes to these discussions - and regarding last week, especially to Michele for her contribution which threw out the suggestion that "Perhaps war is a way to disperse a drug exchange program. Armies bring their drug of choice with them and the conquered use it to drown their sorrows" which I think Rick Tornello also found very interesting, for one.2017-01-08 13:10:39
mark211Perhaps because it's January, or perhaps for other reasons, I'm still thinking about drugs and reality - just the other day I saw part of an interview with David Icke arguing that all reality is an illusion (I should point out Icke is somewhat ... outre, let us say), and then just the other day, a friend of mine reminded me of Philip K. Dick's superlative novella The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Stigmata_of_Palmer_Eldritch).2017-01-08 13:13:45
mark211Hidden and alternative realities behind the so-called 'illusion' of daily life has been an enduring theme in science fiction, and even long before that - Shakespeare is full of references to the illusory nature of reality e.g. Prosperous closing speech in The Tempest: Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits, and Are melted into air, into thin air: And like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on; and our little life Is rounded with a sleep." Famously, there is The Matrix, probably the most famous example.2017-01-08 13:25:45
mark211So what about you? Do you have a favourite hidden or alternate reality from Science or Fantasy fiction? You know, the kind where the protagonist discovers everything that he thought was real was all an elaborate - as well as perhaps fiendish - reality? Why do you think such stories are so popular with so many readers? Be sure to let us know below ...2017-01-08 13:27:32
RTPlato's The Cave2017-01-09 08:14:49
GordonRowlinsonMy favorite alternative reality would be the short story Sundance by Robert Silverberg. In this story, the main character is mentally ill and reality shifts back and forth. The reader cannot tell what is reality. I liked the story so much that I attempted to experiment and write a story with a character going insane and the reader cannot discern reality. Unfortunately no one liked my story -- including the QM-- so my experiment failed. Star Trek and Star Trek NG used hidden alternative reality plotlines a lot and I enjoyed those clever plotlines.2017-01-09 09:45:13
micheledutcherOne story that comes to mind is Total Recall. Even redoing the movie could not destroy the plot. Another is Red Dwarf's episode where the crew finds out they were part of a video game ... And they lost. 2017-01-10 02:38:54
micheledutcherAnd Buffy the Vampire Slayer where she finds out she has been in a mental hospital the whole time. 2017-01-10 02:40:24
micheledutcherPPlato's The Cave is a great example RAT. 2017-01-10 02:41:45
micheledutcherI typed in RT and spell check made it rat...silly really. 2017-01-10 02:42:58
micheledutcherMy story OZ has a really nice alternative reality aspect to it. It is in the QMuse archives. 2017-01-10 02:49:03
r.tornelloI have an alternative reality in my mind all the time. Sometimes I let it out when I write. See stories in our Flash and other locations. Then of course I live in yet another alternative reality where total idiots are elected to important executive and legislative offices. 2017-01-10 05:25:07
GordonRowlinsonHow do we know if we are living in an alternative reality right now? Maybe real reality is that we are living in a utopian era of peace, equality for all and increadable prosperity. We just fell of the tracks somewhere...Alas.2017-01-13 09:47:11
rt13th floor?2017-01-13 10:27:41





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