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|Note: This work of mathematical fiction is recommended by Alex for hardcore fans of science fiction.|
Originally published in `Interzone #48', June 1991.
There are multiple realities. As the narrator puts it, `the number of
parallel worlds is uncountably infinite - infinite like the real numbers,
not merely like the integers.' The narrator has to kill a man across the
realities to prevent him from tearing the universe apart. He is `stable'
meaning there is little to no variation between all copies of him across
the realities. However, he is eventually put out of action by being blown
into `Cantor dust' (his selves are put, so to speak, in the cantor set
instead of the entire interval) making him ineffective, since his copies
are nowhere dense in the realities, so cannot really affect them
This story can be most easily found today in the collection
"Axiomatic" (see link).
BTW: Check out Egan's Home Page for more information about his fiction, his programming and the mathematics underlying them.
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