Let's Play "Name That Book!"
February 14, 2014 11:18 PM Subscribe
Back in the early-mid 90s, preteen me read a surreal science fiction book that I checked out from my local library. I remember a few tantalizing details, and I'm curious to find it and find out if it was any good. The basics: Many-worlds, and characters move between them unknowingly whenever they talk on the newfangled quantum telephone. Something bad happened to the US in most/all universes, but nobody in the multiverse knows what. It Gets Weird.
posted by Alterscape to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Nobody can get into the USA (it's there, but walled off/inaccessible); someone is trying to organize an expedition into the US from Mexico to discover what happened. Part of this plan involves getting the right versions of the right people all in one instance of the universe by getting them to make phone calls, then convincing them not to make or accept any more calls once they're in the "right" universe. One of the POV characters is not a secret agent, but many of his alternate-universe selves are (leading to confusion when he ends up in a universe where his girlfriend is a secret agent, and the version-of-him who just swapped out is, but he is not). I remember the group crossed over the border into the US and then things got really weird, to the point where young-me lost interest and put down the book.
It seems like it should be google-able, but it's not... any ideas what this is?