A parallel worlds short story that took my breath away

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A parallel worlds short story that took my breath away

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1AviDardik
Aug 30, 2006, 6:21pm

A few good years ago (exactly 15 years ago actually) I stumbled, by pure chance, on an Amazing Stories Magazine short story - The Drifter by Lawrence Watt-Evans.
In a nutshell it's about a guy helplessly drifting through parallel worlds.

It took my breath away. I was a teenager then, and wasn't as familiar with the whole concept of the Parallel Worlds genre, and this introduction to the genre obviously shook me enough to remember that story so well after all these years.
This story, as well as others, is collected in Crosstime Traffic, a collection of short stories by the author.

Does anyone else here remembers that story? Was anyone else so impressed by it? Do you have any other such similar stories/books to recommend?

2richardderus
Sep 26, 2006, 2:33pm

Although I wasn't a teen 15 years, or even 25 years, ago, I too was breathtook (a Texas-ism) by "The Drifter" when I read it. Amazing, moving stuff for me even then.

Have you read "The Wheels of If" by L. Sprague de Camp? Harry Turtledove wrote a sequel to that story, and both are in a book called Down in the Bottomlands that I'd recommend highly. The de Camp story, written in the 1940s, is about a minor politial operator ad ladies' man from our own timeline who wakes up, on succeeding mornings, as different, similar men in different, similar apartments in different, similar "New York City"s. His bewildering journey stops when he comes awake in a Norse-colonized America...as a Bishop! The story is excellent, and Turtledove's sequel is fascinating.

3AviDardik
Oct 1, 2006, 5:01am

Hi,
Thanks for the recommendation, I've added the book to my Amazon wishlist.
;-)

4redthaws
Oct 27, 2006, 7:25pm

I had not read the story, but added it to my Amazon wish list.

Then I read rechardderus, and added that to Amazon wish list, too.

(This is starting to get out of hand.)

Thanks for the recommendations.