In my Shift Happens series the infinite came into play in a different way, however, and it opened a whole new perspective on too much of a good thing. I deal with multiple dimensions in the books, and along with that, multiple parallels or versions of my characters. So where my protagonist in her home universe is a rather ordinary girl, in any number of other dimensions, she might be a star, a criminal, a lunatic, or a sea slug.
Yes, I tried the sea slug. To be fair, it was a giant, Lemurian sea slug, and quite lovely.
So after the initial excitement of infinite parallel characters wore off a little, I got to thinking about reactions, and relationships. Theoretically, in the Shift universe, one cannot come into contact with their own parallels. It’s a natural law more than a social one, and works like gravity, or magnetism in reverse. You just can’t go there. Still, the idea of infinite versions of “you” running around will have an effect on a person. My job, as I saw it, was to sort out what that effect was for each character.
I’ve read that the things we hate most about others are the traits that remind us of our own flaws. Imagine then, a universe full of different versions of yourself. Would you despise them all? Envy them? Fear them? What if they were better off–famous, rich, talented? On a more positive note, what if they were in danger and you knew it? What if you could help?
I found quite rapidly that each of my characters reacted differently to the idea. Of course, for seasoned dimensional veterans, the idea of parallels ranged from a rather Zen, “just don’t think about it too much,” to the cocky, “I bet they’re all as hot as I am.” But for my poor newbies to the concept of multiple selves, the idea proved distracting, terrifying, and fascinating alternately.
Having infinite parallels is not without its risks, either. Could you be blamed for the criminal acts of one of your doubles? I should think they’d at least try it. What if one of your parallels lost their marbles, say, and tried to kill off or collect all of their doubles? Can a person become so “aspect obsessed,” or addicted to seeking information on their own parallels, that it turns into an addiction? Oh yes. I have a whole, Betty Ford style treatment center for just that affliction.
What if someone could contact their aspects? I mean most natural laws can be circumventing eventually, possibly… Then of course, as a romance author, I have to think, what if you fell in love with—for lack of a better term—yourself?
Now, that, I haven’t tried yet. Don’t tempt me. There are more books to come.
But it’s an intriguing thought, isn’t it? What do you suppose your reaction would be to an alternate gender version of yourself? Love or murder? I wonder if I could pull off both.
Thanks so much for having me on the blog!
Chloe Watson is just starting to get used to her inter-dimensional career, her covert relationship with the boss and her life as a cross dimensional traveler. Then a last minute promotion, a galaxy wide tournament and an unexpected stow-away manage to throw a wrench in her status quo.
Now she’s left to sort out a string of parallel abductions, deal with an infestation of Lemurian bedbugs and get her local pet store associate back home before the woman blows the whistle on everything Chloe had going for her.
Just for fun, her relationship starts looking more than a little rocky, her job is on the line and her boyfriend/boss is keeping secrets that could cost them both a lot more than just their salaries.
Frances Pauli writes Speculative Fiction with romantic tendencies. Her Urban Fantasy trilogy, The Changeling Race is published through Mundania Press LLC and the Shift Happens science fiction series is available through their Awe-Struck imprint. She publishes romance stories through Devine Destinies and has recently released book one of her Space Slugs serial on Amazon and Smashwords.