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Lost Futures

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When her brother dies tragically, Clare suddenly finds herself living several different lives--in a mental ward in one, doomed to a failed relationship in another, and with her dead brother in a third.
Mass Market Paperback, 351 pages
Published April 5th 1992 by Dell (first published January 1st 1992)
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Ryan Lieske
One of the most ingenious, haunting, and (strangely) uplifting novels I have ever read. Life is a series of decisions, and each decision made or not made creates a parallel life. Imagine if you could know all your parallel lives ...

That is the premise of Tuttle's stunning novel. What unfolds on the page is a meditation on past mistakes and future promises. But what happens when you find you're having trouble telling them apart? I wouldn't go so far as to label this a "horror novel," despite it
Lisa Tuttle's Lost Futures is the story of Clare Beckett, who finds herself jumping from one alternate reality to the next through a whirlwind of different lives she could have led. The alternate realities are also, in a sense, dreams in which Clare cannot tell if the current life she is leading is a dream or reality.

Lost Futures is extremely well written, and isn't so much part of the horror genre as one would expect picking up this novel. The book reads more as suspense fiction or literature.

Randolph Carter
Not a horror story at all, but a science fiction story about alternate universes, alternate realities, and dream states. Philip K. Dick does it better.

Amongst all the endless blather and meditation on dream psychology and the mathematical basis for alternate universes, there is a plot that is as thin as tissue paper about a dead brother that Clare/Lucy/Luz wished hadn't died when she was a teenager. Is Clare/Lucy/Luz's jumping between personal realities/universes a type of wish fulfillment or ju
Stephen King endorsed the entire Dell Abyss Horror line. Here is his blurb:

"Thank you for introducing me to the remarkable line of novels currently being issued under Dell's Abyss imprint. I have given a great many blurbs over the last twelve years or so, but this one marks two firsts: first unsolicited blurb (I called you) and the first time I have blurbed a whole line of books. In terms of quality, production, and plain old story-telling reliability (that's the bottom line, isn't it), Dell's
Clare Beckett finds herself flipping back and forth between alternate lives. One of the most original and interesting books I've read in a very long time.
Hate the cover, but the book was quite well done and thought provoking.
One of the most confusing, disjointed books i've ever suffered through. Very little of this book made sense, and it ended up frustrating me to no end.
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(Wife of Colin Murray) aka Maria Palmer (house pseudonym).

Lisa Tuttle taught a science fiction course at the City Lit College, part of London University, and has tutored on the Arvon courses. She was residential tutor at the Clarion West SF writing workshop in Seattle, USA. She has published six novels and two short story collections. Many of her books have been translated into French and German e
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