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"At its best, SF is the medium in which our miserable certainty that tomorrow will be different from today in ways we can't predict, can be transmuted to a sense of excitement and anticipation, occasionally evolving into awe."
- John Brunner

Time-Warping Construct  
  A device that appears to cause alternate worlds or paraworld.  

Rachmael... fingered relentlessly the meager flat tin, the container in his trouser pocket; this was the wep-x that the Advance-weapons archive had at last provide him - radically disguised as well as radically beyond anything in the standard arsenals of the UN. The camouflage of the hyper-miniaturized time-warping construct had seemed to him, when he first viewed it, the sine quo non of misleading packages; the weapon appeared to be a bootlegged tin of prophoz...

"But I know what's behind all this damn paraworld stuff; the UN invented that time-warping device recently..."

From Lies, Inc., by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Fantastic in 1964
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There is a lot of discussion in the novel about the existence of alternate realities and whether or not a "time-warping device" could create "paraworlds" for individuals.

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