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Eleven months ago an experimental vehicle had touched one of the worlds of the Confederate States of America and returned.
Another classic parallel-worlds story. But the new stuff was great as usual. This book isn’t really one of them.
But—suppose someone walked into the office right now, thd it was Gene Trimble? Trimble had tried to call the other Gary Wilcox. The classic essay “Man of steel, Woman of Kleenex” alone is worth the price of admission. In those first months the vehicles had gone off practically at random. If it is physically possible, Deutsch says it exists.
The latest vehicles could reach worlds so like this one that it took a week of research to a,l the difference. Sooner or later—” “Maybe, maybe.
Not being a dummy Niven saves the best for last. I lost faith when he was writing his fascist military books together with Jerry Pournelle but I got this from largy friend and it was worth a few hours reading. They therefore kill themselves or commit the crime, because they abandon the sense of choice. The one with the Black Plague mutation, and no penicillin until Crosstirne came along. Vehicles could select any branch they preferred. Even among this past year’s epidemic of suicides, Ambrose Harmon’s death would stand out like Lyndon Johnson in a lineup.
Good collection of stories”,” many from the Known Space sequence. Sunday, February 15, All the Myrizd Ways. Unlike many reviewers, I think the essays on teleportation and time travel are some of the best parts Return to Book Page.
Larry Niven’s story “All the Myriad Ways” features police detective Gene Trimble sitting at his desk and considering the implications of an escalating njven of senseless crimes and suicides that started soon after the Crosstime ships started traveling to apl parallel worlds.
Somerville View my complete profile. All the Myriad Ways refers to the theory of the multiverse in which every decision everyone faces spawns a new universe. And since the pilot himself had a choice, he naturally returned to them all. In the second place, Harmon had no business worries. And Crosstime held all the patents.
From these worlds Crosstime pilots brought strange and beautiful works of art, which had to be stored behind leaded glass. Usually there was no note. The gun was old myyriad serviceable. Every choice made by every man, woman, and child on Earth was reversed in the universe next door.
And he ran out of the office shouting, “Bentley, listen.
It’s one of Niven’s collections of mixed fiction and commentary, science larty, and basically “wild ideas” that he has either come up with or is happy to pass along to others. It was enough to confuse any citizen, let alone Detective-Lieutenant Gene Trimble, who had other problems to worry about.
He’d neglected to open his parachute.
To Trimble, cleaning his gun was like knitting, a way to keep his hands busy while his mind wandered off. He spent most of the day studying Crosstime, Inc. Lists with This Book. On a world line very close to this larryy Even the day’s murders had not distracted him. Thanks for telling us about the problem.