The age-old struggle between fate and chance. The dreams and fantasies we cling to as testaments to all the versions of ourselves we could have been. We’re familiar with multiverse theory in science (and Doctor Strange), but does it hold any weight in fiction about the everyday, and do we need it? Four authors discuss the logic of creating alternate timelines, the recent interest in multiverse theory among fiction writers, and whether the multiverse provides us with answers about all the “what ifs” in our lives.
This is your road not taken.
Writers / Presenters
Meihan is the author of horror-comedy The Formidable Miss Cassidy (Epigram Books Fiction Prize Co-Winner 2021) and science-fiction novella The Messiah Virus. She is Vice-President of the Association of Comic Artists (Singapore), involved in projects like Supacross and The Once and Marvellous DKD. She has been trying to go Super Saiyan for 25 years.
Nuraliah’s writing has been published in a variety of publications including, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore (QLRS), Karyawan Magazine, Perempuan: Muslim Women in Singapore Speak Out, Mynah Magazine, and Granta.
Victor Fernando R Ocampo is the author of The Infinite Library and Other Stories (Math Paper Press, 2017) and Here Be Dragons (Canvas Press, 2015), which won the 2012 Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Award. He is a fellow at Milford Writers Conference and a Jalan Besar Writer-in-Residence at Sing Lit Station.
Jason Erik Lundberg was born in New York, grew up in North Carolina, and has lived in Singapore since 2007. He is the author and anthologist of over 25 books, including the critically-acclaimed novel, A Fickle and Restless Weapon (2020).