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I entered each one truth in my bed room and started to note differences—some refined, others shockingly drastic—but in each string i used to be regularly a author. among visits to my a number of realities, Chuck yanked me again to the lab on his techno-leash and recorded my physique temperature, blood strain, and pulse price. He made a DNA scraping for later research. He withdrew blood, checked my listening to, imaginative and prescient, reflexes, and application. every little thing verified general. We agreed that i may stay within the bucket for longer sessions, so long as there have been no actual alterations. whereas Chuck ran his clinical checks, I revised the tale in line with what I’d discovered. each one fact provided a special starting, however the rewriting was once so overall that i may by no means particularly whole the tale. After numerous tours into the bucket, it turned transparent that not one of the parallel realities incorporated completing the tale. It was once endlessly snared within the technique of revision. Chuck speculated that I had entered a Möbius time loop that introduced me complete circle it doesn't matter what my embarking aspect, just like the intercoastal waterways that often led small craft to the ocean. ultimately I gave up at the tale and targeting comprehending the whole scope of my existence in each one fact string. With perform, I realized to recollect extra. I directed my awareness nearer and toward my dozing shape within the condominium, ultimately summoning the power to go into my very own head and immediately comprehend each aspect of my existence, either earlier and destiny. Chuck was once supremely attracted to this, theorizing that I had realized to straddle time. Upon every one go back I speedily transcribed a synopsis of that express fact right into a lab ebook. they're as follows: as a result of power joint soreness because of time shuttle, I stopover at a Reiki grasp, which results in a macrobiotic nutrition, yoga periods, meditation, and a pilgrimage to Tibet, the place I write a shuttle e-book that will get banned in China. My father and Harlan Ellison coedit an anthology of brief tales referred to as extra risky Visions and inquire from me to put in writing the preface detailing their feud and next peace, a job i can not whole. I remarry and father dual daughters who die in a automobile spoil, prompting me to alter my identify, circulation to Las Vegas, and paintings as a blackjack broker, marry a former prostitute, and open a used book shop in Lake Tahoe. I post a piece of writing approximately my stories touring in time, turn into the laughingstock of either technological know-how and literature, and drink myself right into a midway condo, the place i'm stabbed thrice by way of a schizophrenic lady. My spouse and that i reconcile and circulate to the East Coast for a tenure-track activity with a excessive wage at a prestigious college that gives the kids of its professors unfastened college at various top-notch schools. I post a quick tale approximately time trip, extend the tale to a unique that's made right into a profitable movie, which results in marrying Jodie Foster, with whom I basically converse French round the condominium, and hobnobbing with Bob Dylan, Jim Jarmusch, and Julian Schnabel. I devote suicide in melancholy over my failed marriage, the rejection of my most modern publication, and an lack of ability to discover a instructing task.