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All the Myriad Ways

Some were penniless this night, and they had not come out to watch the dawn. This short story and essay collection contains some of my favorite stories of all time. That gun, too, was endlessly repeated on endless desks. The final three stories are all unique and exciting.

Deutsch’s multiverse model has some attractive features. I got the chance to meet him, along with Jerry Pournelle’s son, when working in the late s. Trimble thought of another man, a nonentity, passing a firearms store. Why would a man like Ambrose Harmon go off a building? Not only does our improbable world exist, there are even greater improbabilities–worlds inven monkeys type the text of Shakespeare. David Deutsch has written a book called The Fabric of Reality which constructs a unified theory of reality out of quantum physics, evolution, epistemology, and information theory.


Larry Niven’s story “All the Myriad Ways” features police detective Gene Trimble sitting at his desk and considering the implications of an escalating wave of senseless crimes and suicides that started soon after the Crosstime ships started traveling to alternate parallel worlds.

There is a sword and sorcery story which foretells his series that begins with The Magic Goes Away.

The oft-discussed essay ” Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex ” is a humorous discussion of the difficulties Superman might encounter in trying to conceive a child with Lois Lane.

Some were already on their way down. I lost faith when he was writing his fascist military books together with Jerry Pournelle but I got this from a friend and it was worth a few hours reading. Thanks to my older brother, I developed a taste for Larry Niven shortly after exhausting my middle school library’s collection of Hienlien. Was neat to think about and to try to get into Niven’s head a little but if you’re not looking for technical writings, just skip them.

From that point on, Crosstime travel had more than financed itself.

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The law of averages is a fraud. It was an okay yarn, though the idea was clearly of more importance to Niven than the characters or the story.

He’d neglected to open his parachute. The incredible suicide rate among Crosstime pilots could not be coincidence. But if he left now, he’d only have to take it up again tomorrow. Open Preview See a Problem?


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As physics goes, Deutsch’s theory is mostly nicen. They were all like that. Return to Book Page. On a world line very close to this one Ambrose Harmon, watching the slow dawn, remembering a two-thousand-dollar pot. And that had given Trimble the shivers. Is a free decision only pure chance and nothing more?

A few brilliant short stories and a few cute premises for essays. Yet I don’t see it catching on with the general public. Some were bleeding and cursing as men run into the alrry following the sound of the gunshot.

Nobody dies for a philosophical point! This book isn’t really one of them. Was there a bullet in there? He had invested tremendous sums to back harebrained quixotic causes.

The gun was empty. And the time will go fast.

All the Myriad Ways Overview

In those first months the vehicles had gone off practically at random. What are their value? All the Myriad Ways refers to the theory of the multiverse in which every decision everyone faces spawns a new universe. Strolling down a street, mtriad thinks of world lines and infinite branchings, of alter egos already dead, or jailed, or president.

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