Pavel Amnuel. White Curtain. (Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2014)

fsf040506Translated by Anatoly Belilovsky, following it’s original appearance in 2007 in Realnost Fantastiki.

A bereaved theoretical physicist tracks down an old colleague and ex-rival for the love of his now year-long dead wife. He is desperate for his ex-colleague to disprove his own principle, that there is a finite range of possibilities in the branching multiverse. This isn’t a purely academic issue, as he wants his theory disproven to bring his wife back.

Is there a way of tying different branches together to achieve this? His colleague thinks not.

There will be some branches of reality where the reader of the story will be surprised by the ending, and some branches where they will not.

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