Parallel Universes and Alternative History Are Alive and Well
by Cherie Reich
The anthology Parallels: Felix Was Here resides in the speculative fiction genre’s subcategory alternate history. TV, movies, and books have handled the subject of alternate history as well as parallel universes. My story “Folds in Life and Death” posits the question: If the Curse of Tippecanoe is true and President Reagan had died in 1981, what does that mean for the President elected in 2000?
Today I have listed a few of my favorite TV shows and books that are alternate history or have parallel universes.
1. The Flash (TV show) – It’s official. Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash is my new favorite superhero. This CW TV show includes some great parallel universes, such as Earth 2 and the Earth with Supergirl on it.
2. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (TV show) – Can these heroes become legends by changing history to stop Vandal Savage from destroying the future? This show, also on CW, pulls characters from The Flash and Arrow. Leonard Snart a.k.a. Captain Cold is one of my favs on this show, but all the characters are fantastic.
3. Timeline by Michael Crichton (the book) – Yes, there is a movie too, but I haven’t seen it yet. I loved the book. Then again, I am a huge Crichton fan. This book made me love quantum physics and the theory of multiverses.
4. Oath of Empire series by Thomas Harlan (books) – Although I haven’t read all the series yet, I thoroughly enjoyed Harlan’s take on alternate history where the Roman Empire did not fall.
What’s your favorite example of parallel universes or alternate history?
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Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. You can find more information about her on her website.