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13,700,000,000 years ago

January 2nd, 2011 at 16:11

That’s the amount of time that has passed since the big bang, which, if you sign up to the idea of a big bang, was when the universe we live in started.

Cosmos is often used as a synonym for universe. But I have since learned the word cosmos in it’s simplest definition describes any orderly and harmonious system and can also be described as a space-time continuum within the multiverse.

Do you believe in the concept of a multiverse and the idea of parallel universes? I like the idea of parallel universes. One of my favorite books are the three books of the Dark Matter Trilogy by Philip Pulman. I’d like to believe there is more than one universe.

In 2009 I took part in the NaNoWriMo challenge for the first time. My unfinished novel from 2009 explores this idea. It’s a book about a scientist who invents time travel. She travels into the past and when she gets to 2008 (that’s when the book is set) she realizes she didn’t just travel back in time but split herself and the world around her into a parallel universe. There are nearly no humans in this world except for a few individuals one of them the main character, the scientist who travels into the past.

Here and excerpt from the book:

As human mental energy was no longer part of this working world humanity had simply started to faded away. Time had stopped, not for the planet, but for the people in it.

There was an eerie silence about the place. It wasn’t quiet. Nature was continuing around everything that had stopped. But anything human had stopped and started to fad. Humans had stopped where there were, in the streets, sitting down, lying, standing. Time seem to have simply stood still for humanity. As time went on humanity started to fade. At first all color went and things became transparent as if the particles and elements were washed away by some magic current or bleached out by the light and carried away by the wind. And it wasn’t just the people who faded away but anything that was created by man, all the cars, telegraph posts, park benches, houses, letterboxes, teddy bears. The more mental energy had been put into anything the quicker it went. It was as if the mental idea was like an energy fueling the fadeout. So anything man made dissolved along with the humans who made it. Refined products faded quicker than things made from organic matter. This was most obvious in peoples clothes, synthetics went before natural fabrics, so a synthetic fleece faded away before a cotton shirt or a woolen jumper. The closer anything had stayed to it’s original natural state the longer it took to dissolve. Things which were made from other organic matter which maintained it’s non-human structure, such as the wood in a chair held together and if it was simply woven together or connected by interlocking wooden joints it held up. But screws and nails fell out and faded as did anything plastic such as pipes and gutters. Paint was bleached off and seem to evaporate like water drops on a stone. Glass became first permeable like a curtain then simply vanished with time. Though natural stone stayed as it was, the mortar holding it together faded and dissolved which caused houses made from cement bricks and mortar to collapse into dust dunes or bridges to crumble into rubble if they were made from things like granite blocks.
Nature thrived on the other hand. In cities the fadeout caused an explosion of natural life. It was like some magic shift. Anything that had been human was now being returned to the natural environment and nature was nurtured most where it had been suppressed for years or centuries. The mental energy contained in all human workings was now like a fertilizer causing extra exuberant growth in nature instead.


There you go, an idea of a parallel universe caused by time travel. Now that I read these words I want to start writing again and finish this novel. This could be a good project for 2011 :-)


2 Responses to “13,700,000,000 years ago”

  1. Amy Says:

    What an interesting idea…. and probably some truth to it as well. Happy 2011 crafting and writing!

  2. slee Says:

    WOW! that is an awesome visual! Great writing Ines. It’s like a film of a painting, in my mind.
    So great to pop in here! I hope that you are well and that you are off to a great new year!

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