omniverse n.

all universes collectively; cf. multiverse n. 1


  • 1948 ‘R. Phillips’ Cube Root of Conquest in Amazing Stories Oct. 17/2 page image Rog Phillips bibliography

    Blend or multiply the two together and you get unity, which is reality in our plane of the omniverse.

  • 1950 ‘C. Ames’ Victims of Vortex in Amazing Stories July 33/2 page image Rog Phillips bibliography

    He was getting the whole picture. The grand overall scheme of the omniverse.

  • 1979 A. Cole Ocean of Souls in Fantasy Crossroads (#15) Jan. 17/1 page image Adrian Cole bibliography

    It is a dream region, briefly glimpsed by the souls as they enter and depart on their short voyage back to the reality of a new incarnation in one of the dimensions that interweave the omniverse.

  • 1983 R. Sheckley Dramocles (1984) 138 Robert Sheckley

    In the totality of the universes, the omniverse, every possibility on every level, whether subatomic, molecular, or psychic, generates its own worlds of possibility, its own universe, its own particular reality stratum.

  • 1990 J. Haldeman Hemingway Hoax in Asimov’s Science Fiction Apr. 156 page image Joe Haldeman bibliography

    They die all up and down the Omniverse, every timespace.

  • 2020 G. Jen Resisters iii. 137 Gish Jen bibliography

    ‘It’s really lucky you have that special arm and can go to school here,’ said Sylvie. ‘So at least you can become a lawyer like your mom, if you want.’ ‘Or never go back,’ said Pink. ‘Because, like, in what omniverse would anyone go back? It’s bad enough you were born there.’

Research requirements

antedating 1948

Earliest cite

Rog Phillips, in Amazing Stories

Research History
Fred Galvin located a reference to the story "The Man Who Saw the Omniverse" by Tom Cron (Nova Science Fiction #3, 2000).
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2020 cite from Gish Jen.

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