IN A (MANY) WORLD(S)… in which people can travel between universes – entering new bodies with entire in-universe identities gifted to them by a mysterious entity known as the Simulacrum – universe-spanning societies of interdimensional travelers have arisen over thousands of years. But this unchecked expansion has been curtailed in recent centuries as these societies encounter each other with greater frequency… and friction. Now they vie for power, knowledge, wealth, and control within their many worlds (actually many universes, but… that’s just not as poetic, is it?).
For fans of The Expanse Series by James S.A. Corey, The Hainish Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin, and the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer
Transmentation | Transience coming in 2024 from Blackstone.
Many Worlds, or The Simulacra is an anthology of reality-bending stories from a one-of-a-kind collective of authors building a shared multiverse. The stories in this anthology range from quietly strange to ambitiously speculative. Humans transform into cosmic energy or sentient algae. A man wakes up in a new body in a world with continents cut out, months absent from the calendar year, and souls misplaced. Students at a high school regularly vanish without a trace. A woman descends into the depths of the ocean and encounters all-knowing creatures who may have the answers to her deepest questions. Mech-suits and parallel selves, conspiracy forums and interstellar telepaths, and a mysterious cosmic force connecting it all; the stories in this collection are revelatory and offer a breathtaking portal into worlds far more mysterious than our own. Subversive, transgressive, and utterly original, this collection compels the reader to believe in the fantastical.
Darkly Lem is five authors in an impeccably-tailored trenchcoat (Josh Eure, Craig Lincoln, Ben Murphy, Cadwell Turnbull, and M. Darusha Wehm). They live in an Earth-type locality in the Central Cluster with their five kids, several spouses, and a modest menagerie, where they are at work on Many Worlds novels.