probability world n.
an alternate universe, viewed as one of many such which have differing probabilities of existing
He lived in this probability world of his own until his death in 2874.
Search in Astounding Science-Fiction Jan. 53/2
She had the ability to project herself to other probability worlds.
Time Trap in Astounding Science Fiction August 21/2
You and I may be no more than puppets in some probability world that will pinch out tomorrow.
Time Quarry in Galaxy Science Fiction Dec. 118/2
He had suspected that the probability world his apparatus could most easily adjust him for would be one in which Germany had lost the war.
Never Meet Again in Infinity Science Fiction Mar. 33/2
I’d say this probability world, if that is what it is, is several degrees from ours. Even the names of the places we’ve been given are entirely foreign.
Report on Probability A in New Worlds SF Mar. 76
This started off as a story by Jack called ‘The Alpha Tree’, about a boy who could see into alternate universes…. I skewed Jack’s idea somewhat, building the story instead around a concept that had long fascinated me—an intuition of how easy it would be to become lost among the billions of probability-worlds that are born and die around us every second of every day.
Playing the Game in Slow Dancing Through Time (Afterword) 159
[T]hese semi-scanners worked on broken frequencies, on quantum probability pocket worlds not seen or even remembered by any but the oldest of antiquarians. Like those tripod machines. This, the observer felt, could not go on. There were rules or, if not exactly rules, there was such a thing as decorum. Which meant those probability world incursions had to stop. The observer felt quite cheerful now. Soon it would be all over and he’d be back where he belonged.
Great Game xlii. 306
A. E. van Vogt, in Astounding
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from Clifford D. Simak's "Time Quarry".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1958 cite from Algis Budrys's 'Never Meet Again'.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1991 reprint of Poul Anderson's 1951 story "Earthman, Beware!
Mike Christie submitted a reference to a cite from the August 1948 Astounding, 21/2; Jesse Sheidlower verified it in the original.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1943 cite from A. E. van Vogt in Astounding.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2012 cite from Lavie Tidhar.
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