Wednesday, 23 March 2016
one Chereionite telepath works for the Merseians;
a dying Marine says, "'...don't eat me, mother...'" (Captain Flandry, p. 306);
the Ardazirho remind Flandry of wolves;
he interrogates one by sensory deprivation.
In Jerry Pournelle's and SM Stirling's "The Asteroid Queen":
the kzinti are feline;
a few are telepathic;
Harold interrogates one by sensory deprivation;
when allowed to speak, the interrogated kzin says, "'DON'T EAT ME MOTHER...'" (Man-Kzin Wars III, p. 133).
Thus, a few parallels between two future histories. If we assume parallel universes, whether as a fictional premise or as a scientific theory, then there must be some laws governing the parallels. L Sprague de Camp suggested that periods when many world-lines intersect might be periods when it is easier to be transported into the past. Similarly, parallel events might occur at moments when it is easier to travel between universes.
Inter-universal travelers will expect other worlds to be like theirs. A DC Comics super-villain, when told that there was one Earth where no one had acquired any superpowers, thus that in that world the only place to read about superheroes or super-villains was in comic books, not in newspapers, remarked, "Seems unlikely..."