A couple of weeks ago I saw a link somewhere to a “list of fictional something-or-others” at Wikipedia. Might have been fictional expletives or fictional gods (which by the way is far too long a list since it could have been summed up easily in a single word, I’ll let you guess what that word is); I can’t rightly remember. I got the bright idea though to do a broad search for “list of fictional” at Wikipedia, thinking the results might make for a nifty little post. The search turned up a whopping 2150 results! That’s a lot of fictional stuff. Too much in fact. I mean how do you choose between fictional chimpanzees, fictional drugs, fictional robots, fictional universes, fictional narcissists, fictional books, notable mustaches in fiction, etc, in order to craft a cogent post? You can’t. So I scrapped the idea.
I did, however, have a realization: these lists, taken as a whole, are nothing short of a map to the multiverse. If you subscribe to the theory of pantheistic solipsism that is.
If each fiction (or myth) created by a conscious mind represents an alternate universe then these lists are convenient run-downs of what to look for while traveling the multiverse. When inter-dimensional travel becomes common place these lists will be like a “hitchhikers guide to the multiverse.”
Then again, since the theory itself is fictional, created as it was by a science fiction author in his novels, it probably only holds sway in certain alternate dimensions. Which I guess is a good thing, since it means that the Fox network, the 80 hour work week, HMO’s, star fuckers, eating disorders, and every other unfathomable absurdity of modern life is likely not our fault at all, but the product of an overactive imagination in some other universe.
If we are, in fact, birthing alternate universes with our myths though I feel we ought to apologize. I’ll be happy to start. To begin with I’d like to apologize for Cthulu, Galactus, zombies, the Cylons, Sauron, and all of our brutal religions. So sorry!hide full text