Full record for parallel world n.

Definition A world like our own, but which has diffeences in history or physical laws to our won.
OED requirements antedating 1931
Earliest cite Benson Herbert, The World Within
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1964 cite from Robert Heinlein's "Farnham's Freehold". James A. Landau submitted a 1955 cite (probably by John W. Campbell) from a synopsis prefacing a serialized version of H. Beam Piper's "Time Crime". Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1932 cite from Jack Williamson's "The Wolves of Darkness". Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1931 cite from Benson Herbert's "The World Within". Jeff Prucher submitted a 1971 cite from Sam Lundwall's "Science Fiction: What It's All About". (Earliest cite in the OED: 1968)
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Citations for parallel world n.

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1931 B. Herbert in Wonder Stories Aug. 313/1 The disconcerting change of direction of gravity, catching him unawares while passing along the fourth dimension from that tri-dimensional parallel world so near to ours, together with the sudden enormous increase of his weight, proved too much for his weakened condition.
1932 J. Williamson Wolves of Darkness in W. H. Desmond Strange Tales (1976) 37/2 My father had studied the evidence upon the existence of such worlds invisible to us, more deeply than any other man, had published his findings, with complete mathematical proof, in his startling work, ‘Interlocking Universes’. If those parallel worlds were to be discovered, he was the logical man to make the discovery.
1932 J. Williamson in Strange Tales Mystery & Terror Jan. 347/2 My father had studied the evidence upon the existence of such worlds invisible to us, more deeply than any other man, had published his findings, with complete mathematical proof, in his startling work, ‘Interlocking Universes.’ If those parallel worlds were to be discovered, he was the logical man to make the discovery.
1952 R. A. Heinlein Let. 16 July in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 224 I do have about three cops-and-robbers jobs which I can do, one a parallel-worlds yarn and the other two conventional space opera.
1952 R. A. Heinlein Let. 16 July in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 224 I do have about three cops-and-robbers jobs which I can do, one a parallel-worlds yarn and the other two conventional space opera.
1971 S. J. Lundwall Sci. Fiction 127 Next step is the big-brother of the time machine, the machine that enables one to go from one parallel world to another. It might seem like just a variation on the old journey-to-other-worlds story, but it is not. There is a whole brand-new set of paradoxes in the parallel-world theme.
1971 S. J. Lundwall Sci. Fiction 127 Next step is the big-brother of the time machine, the machine that enables one to go from one parallel world to another. It might seem like just a variation on the old journey-to-other-worlds story, but it is not. There is a whole brand-new set of paradoxes in the parallel-world theme.
1987 J. J. Pierce Great Themes Sci. Fiction ix. 183 Uchronia (1875), in which Charles Renouvier has an alternate Roman Empire suppress Christianity so that the West comes to be a stoic rationalistic culture, gave its name to a whole school of parallel worlds sf that developed in France.
1990 Thrust Winter 7/3 However, Card's tornado of magic is a far cry from‥Unicorn Mountain , where unicorns suffer from swamp fever and TV programs originate from a parallel world.
1990 Thrust Winter 7/3 Kube-McDowell offers a fast-paced thriller about a version of modern America attempting to revive its economy by covert borrowings and thefts of better technology from sister realities. Unfortunately, President Robinson views each of these parallel worlds as a convenient ‘rathole’ in the event that his own brinkmanship triggers a nuclear war.
1992 L. Tuttle Lost Futures 92 To call them ‘parallel worlds’ isn't really accurate; it makes more sense to visualize these universes as splitting off at right angles.
1993 Sci. Fiction Stud. Nov. 475 Puschmann-Nalenz's commentaries on the creation of parallel worlds, simulacra, manipulated realities.
1994 Analog Science Fiction & Fact Jan. 128/1 Our world is just one of an infinite family of ‘parallel worlds’ in which every combination of possibilities occurs.
1994 Interzone June 44/3, I think I have solved this problem in Timeswitch‥ the new novel about parallel worlds. Timeswitch is really not set in our reality. It is set on Earth, in the 20th century, but it is not our 20th century.