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Saturday, June 8, 2013

"Multiples" by Robert Silverberg

Originally appeared in Omni.  Reprinted in Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction.  Collected in Silverberg's collection, Multiples.

Cleo goes to a Multiples' bar to pick up a Multiple, a person uncontrollably changes from one personality/person to another.  Multiple persons can even be present in one body at one time.  She, however, is only a Singleton--like you or I.  She pretends that she, too, contains multiple people, but eventually she's caught.  In fact,  She returns to "singleton" life, but it's not the same.

Possible, intriguing metaphor for the attraction between complex and simple personalities.

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