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Old 10-08-2019, 03:47 PM
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Sci-fi short story about parallel universes ID


I've been trying to track down this short story I read some time ago, but have had no luck so far, so I'm hoping someone else might know it. I believe it was in an anthology, which I read sometime in the 2000's.

The premise is that the protagonist shares the experience of his alternate selves in parallel universes. One plot point I remember is that he makes a living selling pop songs from other universes. He witnesses a murder or a kidnapping occurring, and tries to save the victim, who I think is a girl or young woman. While doing so many of his alternate selves dies, and in the end he saves girl but there's only a few or one of him left.

Does that sound familiar to anyone?
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Old 10-08-2019, 04:52 PM
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I'm pretty sure I've read that. Let you know soon.
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Old 10-08-2019, 04:56 PM
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"Ten Sigmas" by Paul Melko http://www.johnjosephadams.com/other...by-paul-melko/

It was in Gardner Dozois' 22nd Best SF of the Year anthology (that's where I read it).

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Old 10-09-2019, 05:51 AM
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I was going to suggest Paul Melko also, but a 2006 Asimov's story called The Walls of the Universe, which appeared in his collection called Ten Sigmas (and was also the first section of a novel also called The Walls of the Universe.

I guess maybe he re-used some of the same ideas across different stories. iirc, his protagonist also tried to make money by importing pinball into a timeline where it didn't exist! But that was probably in the novel, not the orignal short story.
The novel also had a sequel called The Broken Universe.

edit to add: here's what I thought abou the novel when it came out

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Old 10-09-2019, 08:12 AM
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That's it exactly! Thanks so much.
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:18 AM
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That's it exactly! Thanks so much.
Glad to help.
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:36 AM
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:10 PM
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I was going to suggest Paul Melko also, but a 2006 Asimov's story called The Walls of the Universe, which appeared in his collection called Ten Sigmas (and was also the first section of a novel also called The Walls of the Universe.

I guess maybe he re-used some of the same ideas across different stories. iirc, his protagonist also tried to make money by importing pinball into a timeline where it didn't exist! But that was probably in the novel, not the orignal short story.
The novel also had a sequel called The Broken Universe.

edit to add: here's what I thought abou the novel when it came out
Yeah, I've read both those novels and Melko's other novel (Singularity's Ring) too - I'd like to see more from him. Your comparison with Steve Gould seems apt.
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