Friday, March 30, 2012

packed in a metal crate

What would happen if an engineer decided to write a children's book?

She would probably start it something like this:
On a foggy Monday in 1986, the universe suddenly, without warning, bifurcated.

Regarding Ducks and Universes by engineer-turned-writer Neve Maslakovic is a fun book with great characters. The universe splits in two: Universe A and Universe B. Anyone born before the bifurcation has an alter identity in the other universe.

This book asks a lot of "what ifs".
What if you could travel to an alternate universe. 
What if you could meet your alternate self.
Would you?

I read this book a while ago, but it came back into my mind after traveling internationally. I remembered when Felix, the main character, travels to Universe B from Universe A. Travelers go through a vortex together... packed in a metal crate. Crossing (from one universe to another) was like unraveling a sweater and then re-knitting it elsewhere. Luckily for Felix time doesn't run inside the vortex. He closed his eyes when he heard the loud speaker announce, "Citizens, we have commenced the crossing procedure. Enjoy your stay in San Francisco B." Then he opened his eyes to find that he had arrived.

What if you could 'cross' through a vortex in no time.
Would you? 
What if your molecules were unravelled and then knitted back together elsewhere.
After traveling this spring break... it's a great question to consider.

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