1Q84 by Haruki MurakamiThe year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.
A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.
As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.
A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s — 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.
The Mysterious Tale of the Man from Taured – Evidence for Parallel Universes? Or an Embellishment?
Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in eastern Tennessee have built a piece of equipment that may offer mankind a glimpse of a parallel universe. The scientists will be testing the machine this summer and it is rumoured that the parallel dimension will be much like ours, with similar particles, planets, and even lives. Leah Broussard, the physicist who ideated the project, defined it as their attempt at uncovering a shadow world that might exist. According to a report by The Independent , though this whole idea of a mirror world sounds like science fiction, a probability of such a paradigm has repeatedly been suggested by physicists. In the case of anomalies in experiments, several scientists have raked up the possibilities of the existence of a parallel world to explain the results. However, so far, no hard evidence of such a realm has been found to manifest itself. The first anomaly that inspired researchers to hunt for a parallel realm dates back to the 90s.
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Jayant Narlikar. Vandana Singh. Photograph: ASU. When I finally got around to reading it, I was amazed to spot a page-turner rooted in Indian culture, history and landscape with a genuine scientific spirit at its core. Plus it was interesting to note the parallels between the imaginary worlds of Jayant Narlikar and Vandana Singh.
Lerina Garcia Gordo: The Woman From A Parallel Universe
Based in Brooklyn, NY, I write about all things creepy and strange. My book based on the real haunting of Doris Bither The Entity movie will be released soon. Got a question? Drop me a line. How different would it be if you would have taken that out-of-state job offer that one time? What about those few seconds that delayed you that morning of that horrible accident? An accident you narrowly avoided being part of.
April was a good month for me. The writing process itself had been relatively short, just twelve months from the idea to a manuscript I was comfortable submitting to publishers. In November I took it to an Australian Society of Authors Literary Speed Dating event in Sydney, where I pitched to various agents and editors, and five months later one of those contacts bore fruit. What followed was a stripping away of any illusions I might have had about the traditional publishing industry. I thought publishers were in the business of marketing books — because they presumably want them to sell. Once upon a time they were, but those days are long gone. But getting lucky is far more likely to happen in some genres than in others — romance and crime, for instance, have hugely dedicated readerships.