by Robert Silverberg

Short story

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Picture if you will a society where multiple personality disorder is regarded, at least in some quarters, as not a disorder at all (to be cured or treated), but an interesting lifestyle, to be respected and nurtured. Of course San Francisco is the center of this new, enlightened attitude, and it is to San Francisco that Cleo comes in search of the company of multiples. Cleo herself is an ordinary singleton, but she is fascinated, even obsessed, by the rich variety and excitement in the multiple community, so she poses as a multiple, inventing alter personalities and acting out their lives. But can she pass among the real multiples? And how will they treat her if she is found out?

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