Ruth Perlmutter requests:
> Would love to hear a recommended list from this group of films/books
> that are concerned with "parallel universes and possible worlds."
> Thanks, Ruth Perlmutter
In terms of fiction books, there's a huge number in the realm of SF,
from Harry Turtledove's series about a U.S. in which the Confederacy
won the Civil War to Norman Spinrad's ingenious THE IRON DREAM (a
presentation of LORD OF THE SWASTIKA, by a German/Austrian expatriate
named Adolph Hitler), to Joanne Russ's THE FEMALE MAN and so on. There
are also a number of anthologies along the lines of ALTERNATE KENNEDYS.
Any good SF bookstore would be able to steer you to a number of
For crit., see FEMINIST FUTURES: CONTEMPORARY WOMEN'S SPECULATIVE
FICTION by Natalie M. Rosinsky and several works by Marleen Barr, among
others. Also check back issues of SCIENCE FICTION STUDIES and
For films, see the BACK TO THE FUTURE series, Kathleen Turner in PEGGY
SUE GOT MARRIED and JULIA AND JULIA, RUN LOLA RUN, THE DOUBLE LIFE OF
VERONIQUE, PLEASANTVILLE, BEING JOHN MALKOVITCH, PASSION OF MIND (the
recent one with Demi Moore). The forthcoming THE FAMILY MAN, with
Nicolas Cage, looks to be an inversion of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. And,
of course, there are the various versions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Also,
Robert Enrico's short-film version of Ambrose Bierce's AN OCCURENCE AT
OWL CREEK BRIDGE
Then are politicized fantasies like RED NIGHTMARE! The Cuban film
LUCIA sort of fits too.
Also, several episodes in the various STAR TREK series have played
variations on these themes. Also see the TV series SLIDERS, which
presented a new alternate reality each week!
Films and stories dealing with doppelgangers (eg., THE STUDENT OF
PRAGUE, James' THE JOLLY CORNER, etc.) might also be relevant.
Donald F. Larsson
English Department, AH 230
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN 56001
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