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"It seems you have acquired about you a field that affects the links between multiple parallel worlds, causing objects and individuals from these worlds to slip into yours . . . or you to slip into theirs . . ."

It was just an average day for tabloid reporter Max Parker when he arrived in Malibu for a demonstration of a brand new parallel-universe machine. But everything c
Mass Market Paperback, 314 pages
Published July 29th 1998 by Del Rey (first published 1995)
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The idea of the book was very clever, and the first half of the book was a lot of fun. About halfway through the book, that changed, and the second half was a total hash.
Maxwell Parker was a successful tabloid writer. He covered the science beat, which meant he did articles about goofy science tricks, mad scientists, and anything science-related that his boss came up with.
While interviewing an amateur scientist about his weird ideas, he got infused with a "charge" of some kind of energy which te
Steve Bouchard
Tabloid reporter Max Parker becomes the center of a parallel universe distortion as a result of a visit to purported "mad scientist" Barrington Boles. This book is fun, and everything I loved about reading Foster as a teen. But this is not one of his best works, even for the humorous, light-SF side of his writing.

The idea behind the book is great and has a lot of promise, and it's an enjoyable trip as Foster explores the different aspects of parallel universes (multiple versions of people showi
Ted Linhart
I loved it. I found the world's of the parallel universes fascinating and the story told with both logic and creativity. It also moved at a nice,fast pace and is a relatively easy read
Steven Davis
Interesting, but the whole story kind of meanders, then sputters out completly w/ an insultingly lame ending.
This was an okay read. Decent idea, just nothing really outstanding in its execution. Not a bad book by any means, just kind of.... meh. Finished it, didn't hate it, just didn't love it. I've read a lot of this writer's work, just didn't dig this one that much.
I enjoyed reading this book about a man, Max, that jumps between many parallel universes. He encounters many different versions of himself, female or old or even ghost versions. It is a fun book with lots of fantastic ideas.
I like it because the main character in one of the worlds he's part of is a reporter for The Weekly World News and works his way "up" to the National Enquirer
Enjoyed this book. Easy read and a tongue in check approach with the development of some interesting ideas.
Ronald Collins
Fun, quick scifi that may feel a bit dated now, it's nonetheless a dimension-hopping roller coaster ride.
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more
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