Michael Sherrin’s story “One Day in Space Too Many” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 5 July 2019.
I’ve found a lot of inspiration from books on cosmology and physics. This story came after reading “Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe” by J. Richard Gott, where he explained how a Groundhog Day-like time loop might occur. He showed this phenomenon would actually duplicate the person looping, and this stuck with me as a fascinating twist on the oft-repeated formula.
The rest of the story evolved organically where one person would have to deal with thousands of copies of themself over an extended period of time. The intention wasn’t to ground the narrative in hard science, but rather to explore the science of such a time loop. That is, how would an individual deal with having his space and self invaded in such an extreme way? Thus, Gerry exists alone on a large ship that can conveniently accommodate thousands of people, but all he wants is to be alone.
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