Episode 41: The Multiverse Problem!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse  has one of the coolest multiverses of all timelines

Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse has one of the coolest multiverses of all timelines

Multiverses are everywhere lately, from superheroes to fantasy novels. But there’s one huge downside to multiple realities: you can’t change the past, and if you try, you just create a new universe. Also, we talk about The Future of Another Timeline, Annalee’s brand new time-travel novel, in which there’s only ONE universe, and everyone plays for keeps.

Notes, citations, etc!

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz (novel)

Multiverses (Wikipedia entry)

Into the Spider-Verse (movie)

Spider-Man (character)

Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (movie)

What If? (TV show)

What If? (comic book)

Sliders (TV show)

Saladin Ahmed (writer)

Exiles (comic book)

Mirror Universe (Star Trek setting)

Crisis on Infinite Earths (TV crossover)

Crisis on Infinite Earths (comic book)

io9 (website)

Transformers (series)

Transition by Iain M. Banks (novel)

With "Transition," Iain M. Banks Reinvents the Multiverse Novel (io9) 

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (novel)

Dark Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer character)

Dark Phoenix (X-Men character)

Community (TV series)

Dan Harmon (writer)

Rick and Morty (TV series)

Star Trek Discovery (TV series)

Manichean dualism (philosophy)

Fate vs. free will 

Nature vs. nurture

The Walls of the Universe by Paul Melko (novel)

Yesterday (movie)

The Merchant Princes (book series by Charles Stross)

Captain & Tenille (group)

Simon & Garfunkel (group)

Dungeons and Dragons (game)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (novel)

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (novel)

Version Control by Dexter Palmer (novel)

Female Nobel prize winner deemed not important enough for Wikipedia entry (Guardian)

Sappho (poet)

Homer (poet)

Beyonce (singer)

Bob Dylan (singer)

Back to the Future (movie)

The Terminator (movie)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (TV series)

The Peripheral by William Gibson (book)

Agency by William Gibson (book)

Terra Nova (TV series)

"Parallels" (Star Trek: The Next Generation episode)

Geek Girl Strong (website)

Veronica Mars (TV series)

Batwoman (TV series)

Greg Rucka (writer)

Ruby Rose (actor)

Charlie Jane Anders