First documented account of ‘Parallel Universe Fantasies’

Before you go ahead and accredit the first written account of parallel universes to some modern-day movie maker, let me tell you that this concept goes way back. In fact this goes really back into the past that you can seldom imagine. Yes, we are talking about the ancient Greeks, and it was Plato who first spoke of this sci-fi fantasy. Only thing, it wasn’t known as sci-fi back then, but simply termed as philosophical musings of a multi-faceted thinker, scholar and visionary. And he brought forth this concept in the spiritual teachings of Platonism as well. In fact, he spoke of the earth and earthly beings as a lowly parallel universe that coexists with heaven and heavenly beings. Just that in this case, it is the earth that is a ‘poor version’ or ‘downgraded reflection of heaven.

Here’s a dummy guide to parallel universes.

Time Travel: Eluding Mankind since forever!

Mankind has always fantasized about time travel in various modes. Some have written books about it, while others have sung folklores and put together stories in this realm. But the inclusion of time travel fantasies as a legitimate genre of science fiction happened with the HG Well’s hugely successful novel ‘The Time Machine’ which was published in 1895. Let me tell you that prior to this, time travel was also a theme that was taken up by Mark Twain in his book ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ but in this novel, the concept of time travel actually ended up being a figment of imagination of the lead protagonist, and turned out to be a fantasy and not real even in the story. On the contrary, in case of HG Well’s book, he spoke of an actual time machine that possessed the requisite technology to take people back and forth in time. And with the coming of this book, the floodgates of sci-fi geek’s imagination opened up completely. We were subject to scores of movies, television shows and various other novels and short stories, presenting their own take on time travel.