An overview of the Arkwright cosmology

by James Brunton


"There is not one infinite universe, instead there are an infinite number of universes: a multiverse."

Those were Karl Marx's first words to the Scientific Assembly of Munich in 1882. I think that the media described the implications as "far-reaching".

My father told me that some people panicked, thinking that we were about to be invaded at any moment. On the whole, the entire world was stunned. I don't think that many people had more than a shakey idea of what Marx meant by "probability valency", "shell perception" and all the rest. There was a lot of speculation and debate. I remember my grandmother insisting that it was all a hoax, especially after what Orson Welles did...

Mind you, that all changed when the final proofs came through. By the end of 1888, at the World Fair in Paris, we all had to accept that ours was but one of an infinity of Earths.

Yet what did they hold? What were they like? Were there Earths where the dinosaurs still ruled, where the Holy Roman Empire still held sway? Others where life had never evolved?

The truth of it, when we were at last able to perceive it, was beyond out wildest imaginings and our darkest nightmares.

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