Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Remarkable Resemblance


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

What if that guy that looks exactly like that old friend of yours (not a doppelganger, but the resemblance is remarkable) is another version of your friend? 

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28 comments:

  1. I hear we all have a twin out there somewhere. In high school, there was a girl who looked so much like me, people confused us! Side by side, we didn't look that much alike, but when you saw us separately if you didn't know us well, you could easily mix us up.

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    1. That was the original genesis of this question.

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  2. What would be very strange is if the other version of you is living the life that resulted if you made opposite choices in life. Then there could be hundreds or thousands of alternate versions and they would overtake the world. So it is hard to think of just one alternate version...

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  3. Maybe one of them has accidentally slipped across from a parallel universe. They're not exactly the same as they've had different experiences and environments - but their DNA is the same. Oo, oo - DNA the same? I feel a mystery thriller coming on with an innocent man accused of murder!

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  4. Wow! This is about as bad as the reincarnation question. Is there or isn't there? And Donna poses a question to ponder. What if your "double" made all the opposite choices in life than what you've made.

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yep, the parallel universe question.

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  5. I have often wondered why there is always someone who looks like someone. I would love to find another version of people whom I have lost!

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    1. Oh, but then would there be another version of you in their life?

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  6. Interesting. But even if they're like my friend, they're really someone else. Different thoughts, different experiences, just plain different. But maybe we could be friends, too.

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  7. I resemble that remark. Nyuk nyuk nyuk.

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Co-host
    R is for Reincarnation

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  8. Wow. This is too freaky to contemplate!! Maybe time travel is involved?

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  9. I see them all the time... weird eh?!

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  10. If things did not end well with your old friend, maybe this would offer a chance to put things right. You would have a fresh start but the original friend is still out there somewhere, or are they?

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  11. Wow, another version of the same person. Hopefully a better version. Not sure how I'd react, though.

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    1. Depends on how the first person was, I suppose.

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  12. I have wondered about people that look a lot alike. It's genetics popping out of families miles apart. Do they have the same personality traits or talents?

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    ClarabelleRant

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    1. Interesting questions. I have no idea, but that would be an interesting thing to explore.

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  13. I've come across people who look so similar to someone I grew up with or a close friend. I always love a good "what if" question in fiction.

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    1. Were they similar in temperament, too?

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  14. Well, as long as he is a kinder version or the same version as my friend, that would be okay; but I wouldn't like it if he was a meaner version.

    betty

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  15. That would be weird, but I'd hope this guy is the better version/side to my old friend.

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  16. Oh I am so tired and this made my head explode:) Well I would welcome that friend too and then try to get both together for some wine:)

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