Story Research: Tree Rings and Daughter Universes

Every day, we decide on a course of action. Get out of bed. Take a shower. Go to work. Or maybe not.

Some decisions we may even wonder if we made the right choice. Especially when those decisions change our life or the life of someone we love.

But have you ever wondered if there is a version of yourself in a parallel world who made a different choice?

This is the essence of Hugh Everett’s Daughter Universes Theory. He proposed that every situation with multiple outcomes creates a copy of the universe where the other outcomes play out. Imagine spacetime as a tree branching into an alternate dimensions.

My story worlds are based on Hugh Everett’s theory, and I wondered, imagining spacetime as an endless tree, could remnants of the past surround us like the rings on a tree?

I’ve been exploring this question while writing the second book in my middle grade series, Snow Globe Travelers: Salvaged Time. It has led me to create a few tech devices for the story. (If you’re interested, I’ve pinned a handful of articles from my research on the Salvaged Time Pinterest board.)

What do you think—do remnants of the past surround us like the rings on a tree? If we created a device to view these remnants of time, what would they tell us?

Published by K.A. Cummins

K.A. Cummins is an award-winning author and artist. Her publications include Havok Publishing, Rattle, Blue Mesa Review, and her middle-grade series, Snow Globe Travelers.

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