I launched a new YouTube channel this week. It’s called Temporal Ideas. It’s where I’m going to publish video essays about science fiction series, movies, books, et cetera, and themes. The first video is up and it’s about the Marvel series Loki.
When I was making that video, a few ideas came to me for future content. And one of those ideas has to do with a similarity in the outlook about the future in the works of Isaac Asimov and some stuff that is also in Christopher Nolan’s work, which is doubly interesting because Christopher Nolan’s brother I’m forgetting his name.
(Note: It’s Jonathan Nolan)
He’s making a series based on Asimov’s foundation series of books for apple TV. Which basically means that I’m not going to be able to watch it when it comes out and I’ll have to figure something out. But the point is that I’m going to make a video about invisible descendants in the future sometime soon and put it up on the new channel.
But before I do that, I had a couple of book recommendations because that is where primarily a lot of the material that I’m going to put in the video essays. And those books are books that if you loved the, if you like the low-key series, then you also are going to like these books because they have to do with the things that make low-key and credibly interesting, which is the idea of multiple universes, the same person having multiple versions in different universes, those persons meeting, and then chaos, ensuing and stuff.
So the book that I want to recommend with respect to that aspect of Loki is called Interworld is actually it’s it’s a novel for teens and one of the writers is actually Neil Gaiman, the sequel to Interworld. I don’t think it ever came out, but essentially it is about a boy called Joey and his ability to travel between dimensions. He can do it as easily as you and I walk across the room. He can just walk into another dimension and there are Joeys in every universe that he visits and they’re all versions of him. And the interesting thing about this multiverse is that it’s a series of earth spanning the universe spanning the multiverse and on this end, There is the scientific Earth and on the other end, there is the magical earth. And Joey is from the earth, which is ours, which is smack in the middle. So the influence of science and magic, both affect it but not to the extent that the other worlds on the spectrum. So as you move towards this end, you have earths, which are increasingly scientific.
And as you move towards this end, you have worlds which are increasingly magical so the Joey of this world is a magical creature and the Joey of this world is a cyborg. So it’s very interesting. And I’m sad that the sequel to the story never came out, but the book itself is quite entertaining and you should try it.
It’s called Interworld, by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves. The other book I wanted to recommend has to do with the other aspect of Loki the series, the Marvel series, where there’s an agency called the TVA which oversees time and takes care of history. So that theme is also present in a book by Asimov. It’s called the end of eternity. Eternity is the name of the agency that oversees time in this story. And the specific character that the book focuses on is called Andrew Harlan. And his job is he’s a technician. His job is to tinker with history in order to keep it from going bad. So apparently in this world that Asimov has created mankind and earth in general ends in multiple ways over the course of the next few centuries.
The job of eternity and the people who work there is to prevent that from happening. So they keep history on a largely peaceable timeline, so that things don’t go out of hand and in doing so they guide the course of human civilisation so that is the other book and it’s, if you liked the TVA, the idea of an agency working outside time to keep an eye on how history unfolds, then you’ll like this.
So again, these two books are Interworld and End of Eternity. Yeah. And I will at some point of time in the coming couple of months, make a video essay about the thing that I was speaking about, where you know where I find parallels in a theme that is quite interesting to me, which is about the future of humanity and the descendants that we all are going to eventually bring into existence and their relationship with us.
Yeah, if you want to watch that one, you should subscribe to the channel. And the link I will leave in the description. It’s called temporal ideas.