Every now and then I get on a creative bent. Sometimes I will see something that just starts the mental machine moving. In this case it was an image posted on Facebook of a faux Penguin book titled “How to live in an Unusual World”, or something similar, I’ll need to go back and check.
At any rate, it got me thinking that it would be a book that I really wanted to read, so I started writing it. I only got as far as the introduction. Here it is:
Who hasn’t run into one of these situations: You walk into a room and suddenly forget why you are there. You’re looking for something that you are absolutely certain was there a moment ago but has disappeared, only to return later to the exact spot you thought you left it. Or perhaps a close friend is recalling an event that is well-established in your mind but some of the details seem off. These are not random failures of memory or odd happenstance. No, these are the effects of slipping from one timeline to another and back again. It happens suddenly and without warning and its effects are usually mostly harmless. But what happens when you slip into an alternate timeline and fail to return? The information in this book will help explain what is happening and how to deal with it.
WHAT IS IT
The concept of alternate existences, call them timelines or universes or multiverses, is by now fairly well established. There are countless books on the subject, some based in science, such as string theory in theoretical physics, some more metaphysical and fantastic. The concept goes by several names, multiverse, timelines, realities, planes, but whatever you call it, the fact of the matter is that the walls between these timelines, as we will call them in this book, is thin. So thin that at times cracks form and items can pass through. Usually there are so many similarities on what exists on either side of the wall that this transition is seamless and occurs without any indication that it happens at all.
Each timeline resonates with its own frequency. It is this frequency that maintains a timelines cohesion. It might be helpful to think of existence as a guitar. There are many strings, each tuned to its own note. On a string there are many notes that can be generated by placing your finger on a fret. The note may change but the underlying vibration exists throughout the entire string. Now, were there only one string, there could only be one note at a time and thus, one timeline at a time. But, in the case of existence, there are an infinite number of strings and sometimes this results in one of two things happening. The first is that two strings can be tuned so closely that items on one string crosses over to the other almost effortlessly. The second is that a string can be vibrating at a harmonic of another and causes a resonance so strong, that items can bounce, or “slide” between the two. This second one is the tricky one and the one this book will spend most of its focus on.
You see, when we slide between timelines there is a tendency to slide back as soon as possible. This is because we are naturally attracted things vibrating at the same frequency. This explains how the pen you are sure was sitting on the coffee table five minutes ago is no longer there when you need to write something down. You will tend to find it ten minutes later after the need for a pen has passed. Or, and this seems to happen more often these days, you type in the same password four times only to have it accepted on the final try. You aren’t going crazy, you’ve just momentarily jumped strings and there is a pretty good chance some alternate you just had a similar experience. The exchange is usually 1:1 with only minor, subtle changes in each timeline. Now, when you hit a resonant frequency, all manner of hell can break loose. Items can be thrown off of a timeline and not return. The typical 1:1 exchange doesn’t occur and you can find yourself in a world that is similar in some ways but drastically different in others. It can also result in a timeline where both you and your alterniyou exist on the same string. This will be covered in Chapter 4: Do I Drink with my Doppelganger?