Many Mansions by Robert Silverberg

"Many Mansions"

by Robert Silverberg

Form: Novelette

Year: 1973

ID: 727

Publication history:


This is a mixture of contradictory tableaux centered around Ted, Alice, and Martin Porter. Ted and Alice have been married eleven years and pretty much detest each other. Ted contemplates suicide every night; Alice plans Ted's murder. Martin is Ted's grandfather, an old man in a nursing home who likes to fantasize about Alice. Into the situation comes the advent of time travel, and they confront the grandfather paradox in a literal way when Alice thinks, What if I travel back and kill Martin before Ted's mother was conceived? That would make it so Ted was never born, wouldn't it? Different possible scenarios from all three characters are presented.

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