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Thao 3

‘At this instant, time has stopped for you, and you could remain here 

twenty or fifty of your Earthly years and then return as if you hadn’t left. Your 

physical body would remain absolutely unchanged.’

‘But what are these people doing?’

‘They exist as well as can be expected and, as you will learn later, the population 
density is very low. Death only occurs by suicide or accident. Time is suspended. 

There are men and women, as well as some animals who are 30 000, 50 000 or 

even many more Earth years old.’

‘But why are they here and how did they come to be here? Where were they 


‘On Earth. . . they are all here by accident.’

‘By accident? What do you mean?’

‘It’s very simple. You have heard of the Bermuda Triangle?’ I nodded. ‘Well,

quite simply, in this spot and in others less well known, this parallel universe 
becomes confused with your universe so that there exists between them a natural 


‘People, animals or even objects finding themselves in the immediate vicinity of 

a warp are literally sucked into it. Thus, you can have, for example, an entire fleet 

of boats disappear in several seconds. Sometimes a person, or persons, can pass 

back into your universe after several hours, several days or several years. More 

often, however, they never return.

‘When a man does return and relates his experience, the vast majority of people 

don’t believe him - and if he persists, he is assumed ‘crazy’. Most of the time, 

such a person recounts nothing at all, realising how he will appear in the eyes of 
his peers. Sometimes too, he returns amnesic, and if he recovers some memory, it 

is not of what happened in the parallel universe, and therefore sheds no light on 

the subject.

‘There was,’ Thao continued, ‘a typical case of this passage into a parallel 

universe in North America, where a young man literally vanished while going to 

fetch water from a well which was situated several hundred metres from his 

house. About an hour later, family and friends set out in search of him and, as 

there had been a fresh snowfall of about 20 centimetres, it should have been 

quite simple - they had only to follow the footprints left by the young man. But, 
right in the middle of the field - the footprints stopped.

‘There were no trees around, no rocks on to which he could have jumped - 

nothing strange or unusual - the footprints just stopped. Some people believed 

that he had been taken by a spacecraft, but that could not have been, as you will 

see later. This poor man had quite simply been sucked into the parallel universe.’

‘I remember’, I said, ‘I did hear of that particular case, but how do you know all 

about it?’

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