Open Lines: “BerenstEin”

By on July 5, 2015 // Entertainment, Parallel Universes // 2 Comments

Image: NASA/Hubble via CC by 2.0
Image: NASA/Hubble via CC by 2.0

So, parallel universes. Outside of time travel, I can’t think of anything that grabs my imagination in quite the same way.

Bizarre accounts of people visiting from other worlds. John Titor and his worldline divergence. That little phenomenon we’ve dubbed the Berenst#in Bears problem.

It’s wild stuff, let me tell you.

That’s probably why I got a kick out of “BerenstEin,” a short story written by author Michael Scanlon. He recently shared it with me by email, and I thought you might like to check it out, as well.

Inspired by the aforementioned Berenst#in Bears problem — the strange fact that so many people seem to incorrectly remember the name of The Berenstain Bears — “BerenstEin” takes all those ideas about altered universes, the Mandela Effect, and quantum suicide and mixes them into an intriguing short story, which Scanlon says he’s hoping to turn into a full-length novel.

In fact, he’s currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise $500 for marketing, though he intends to write the book whether he reaches that goal or not.

As Michael told me in his email, “According to one theory of Quantum Physics, there exists a universe where you ignore this, and at least one other where you don’t ignore this, so it’s all good either way.”

Well, at least in this universe, I definitely enjoy sharing stuff like this – especially if it’s something made by a reader. So if you have anything you’d like to share, feel free to send it in. Or don’t. It’s your call.

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About the Author

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.

  • Jesse Aquard

    Who can i talk to about this? I believe im a resident of that parallel universe. I have other inconsistencies i would like to share. Its hard to cope and im baffled that i landed in this universe.

  • Kayla

    Love this!!