multiverse n. 1

a space or realm of being consisting of a number of universes, of which our own universe is only one

SF Encyclopedia


  • 1963 M. Moorcock Blood Red Game in Science Fiction Adventures May 2 Michael Moorcock bibliography

    And, it must be remembered, that in the great multiverse they were a mere scattering of seeds; seeds that must survive many elements if they were to grow.

  • 1963 M. Moorcock Blood Red Game in Science Fiction Adventures May 3 Michael Moorcock bibliography

    Yet within it there were many things, many intelligences who did not realise they dwelt in a multiverse since, within itself, it was comprised of many universes, each one separated from the other by dimensions, like leaves between the layers.

  • 1975 M. Moorcock Count Brass in Fantastic Stories Aug. 86/2 page image Michael Moorcock bibliography

    There are certain devices we invented when we were learning to shift our city through the dimensions—sensors and the like which can probe the various layers of the multiverse.

  • 1991 Locus Nov. 63/1

    ‘Numbers’…has parallels to the multiverse of Stranger Suns.

  • 1991 Locus May 17/3

    Add in the slippery concept of the Multiverse, and all Moorcock’s works could considered as parts of one vast opus.

  • 1993 Locus Oct. iv. 4/1,

    I had the feeling I had given birth to something that was almost beyond my own power, bigger than anything I could ever have imagined or created from scratch. Partly that’s the detail of it—you've got a very detailed multiverse.

  • 1994 Interzone Sept. 27/2

    Suddenly there was insight. He could treat it as a single object existing simultaneously at all levels in a multiverse.

  • 1996 Interzone Mar. 44/1,

    I used to be a citizen of the world, but now I'm a citizen of the multiverse.

  • 1997 J. Noon Nymphomation (1998) 31

    Everyday life is an infinite branching mazeway set in the multiverse.

  • 2001 Dreamwatch Mar. 90/4

    A battle below threatens the fabric of the multiverse, a battle directed by Gaynor and at the very heart of his family’s destiny.

  • 2003 Dreamwatch Aug. 16/1

    Heath Ledger is already rumoured for Luther, the white-haired, psi-powered hero who leaps parallel universes to stop the evil Disruptors from causing chaos and destroying the fabric of the multiverse.

Research requirements

antedating 1963

Earliest cite

M. Moorcock in Science Fiction Adventures

Research History
Separate SF meaning added to OED3 in March 2003.

Last modified 2021-01-27 12:56:54
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