by Greg Stolze
Terry is planning his classes and the cosmos splits in two.
Terry is a short, portly guy attending a small liberal arts college in the American Midwest. He’s average, handsome in a certain light, homely from an unflattering angle. He’s a sophomore and hasn’t had an opportunity to develop confident opinions about beer brands or a sophisticated understanding of wine. But in the course of making one simple decision, he divides everything there is.
This is a science fiction story, but it doesn’t have aliens or ray guns or time travel. It’s science fiction because it’s based on an unproven possibility arising from observations of subatomic particles. The math and thinking are hard to understand, and anyhow they’re irrelevant. What matters is the conclusion. What matters is the idea that the universe splits with every decision.