Welcome to the Chubby Chatterbox Newsletter, where I’ll be posting favorites from the Chubby Chatterbox archives. In addition, my complete thriller Return of the Mary Celeste will soon be serialized here for those who have asked for something beyond a regular post.

My novel is based on a true event, arguably the greatest maritime mystery of all time. In 1872 the crew and passengers of Boston brigantine Mary Celeste abandoned their seaworthy ship and its valuable cargo, vanishing in the middle of the Atlantic. Speculation over their fate has never abated. History records that after the Mary Celeste tragedy no one from that fateful voyage was ever seen again. History is about to be rewritten…

Return of the Mary Celeste

Prologue

Tragedy struck the brigantine Mary Celeste on the morning of November 25, 1872. The hourly log was later recovered from the deserted vessel; At 8 a.m. the last notation was made. By 9 a.m. no one remained aboard to chalk the next entry.

Something had terrified Captain Benjamin Briggs and his crew, prompting the seasoned skipper to make a decision certain to affect not only himself, his ship and crew, but his family as well—his wife and two year old daughter were aboard Mary Celeste. Much ink has been spilled in fanciful and scientific attempts to explain the calamity that engulfed this perfectly seaworthy ship, yet all that is known for certain is this: in a matter of minutes Captain Briggs became convinced that the only way to save their lives was by ordering everyone into a hastily launched lifeboat. By giving the order to abandon ship, he also launched the greatest of all maritime mysteries.

On December 5, 1872, a month after leaving New York Harbor, Mary Celeste was found drifting on a calm and empty sea. The ship was in fine condition, perfectly intact with valuable cargo safely stored in her hold, but the crew and passengers had vanished. None were ever seen again.

Until now….

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Parallel Universes

July 11, 2016

 

 

Scientists tell us that our universe might be drastically different from what we think. The universe might be a holographic projection from billions of miles away. Astrophysicists tell us that time, speculated to be the result of a universe expanding due to the Big Bang, will eventually slow down as the universe reverses direction and contracts, causing time to run in reverse, which might currently be happening without our awareness. But the idea that captures my attention most is the idea of parallel universes.

 

 

 

 

 

Scientists have speculated that countless universes exist with infinite Earth variations; in some of these I might have red hair, be thin or even a professional athlete. It boggles the imagination to think of possibilities, such as:

 

A universe where erotic literature for women features foldouts of short chubby men.

 

Deep fried foods are healthy.

 

A world where buttered bread doesn’t fall to the floor butter-side down.

 

Where nearsightedness and bad skin indicate genius.

 

Where pot bellies and double chins are signs of beauty.

 

Imagine a world where laziness is a virtue.

 

Imagine a world where trees are spun from cotton candy and rivers run with lemonade.

 

Imagine a world where animals can talk and prove they’re smarter than humans.

 

Imagine a world where liquor actually makes you smarter instead of just making you think you’re smarter.

 

Where art and music are as important in school as sports and math.

 

Where politics is the art of the possible and not something to divide us.

 

Imagine a world where all children are wanted and cherished.

 

Imagine a place where there’s no poverty.

 

Imagine a place where there’s no religion, with everyone free to seek their own source of spirituality.

 

Imagine a world where dreamers are valued more than billionaires.

 

Imagine a world where everyone jettisons past hatreds and insecurities, living only for today.

 

Imagine a world without countries or borders, where everyone can live in peace.

 

Imagine…

 

Wait a minute; someone already did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What exists in the parallel universe of your imagination?

 

 

 

 

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Comments

18 Comments
Be nice if music and art were as important. On a serious note, I'll take one where there is no religion, only God. On a less serious note - pizzas grow on trees year-round...
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on July 11, 2016
I imagine a universe where beautiful slim young gay men are languishing in despair because there is no chubby aging half-Asian to make their lives happy. :) It's in that parallel universe where the pretty young women fantasize about the chubby short guys. Oh and there's no Donald Trump in either of these universes.
By: Michael Offutt on July 11, 2016
That's spooky. I only yesterday finished reading a novel by Iain M Banks based on that very "many worlds" idea. Mind bending stuff.
By: Botanist on July 11, 2016
A perfect song to go with a perfect post; it would be lovely to have a perfect world!!
By: fishducky on July 11, 2016
You've been dreaming of the "Big Rock Candy Mountain" again, eh? Good post and I'm with you about short round guys...
By: Sage on July 11, 2016
Bigger Girl says most of these alternatives would be pocket universes which the laws of physics would not support, so they would pop in and out of existence in the blink of an eye. In mine, everyone governs their actions by love and the Golden Rule.
By: messymimi on July 11, 2016
Synchronicity. The last blog I read featured John Lennon too, about three minutes ago. So now I am thinking about him all over again.
By: JA Woolf on July 11, 2016
Interesting question Stephen. I just recently read a novel,"Gingerbread Man" by Lee Strauss that explored the hypothesis of parallel universes, traveling between them. and how different the other us might be.. I would hope in the parallel world I would be in perfect health and drop dead gorgeous, But also I would love for us to be kind to one another. and that greed and hatred would be unheard of concepts .
By: Arkansas Patti on July 11, 2016
I'm sure that there are others out there. I'm sure that others may have these qualities. These qualities here? Dream on! However, I do like the list of qualities you have. They seem so obvious but we can't seem to get it.
By: red Kline on July 11, 2016
Your parallel universe sound pretty good to me....no changes. :)
By: scott park on July 11, 2016
Imagine a world where wars are fought with whipped cream pies and end when the first person laughs.
By: Tom Cochrun on July 11, 2016
The land would be flowing with Diet Coke and gas station chicken.
By: Val on July 11, 2016
The Matrix has nothing on you!
By: Daniel LaFrance on July 11, 2016
oh my- my favorite song- I was humming it while I read your words- long before you mentioned John's name. Ironic and sad isn't it how we aren't in his "imagined" world but rather a world with bullets flying....thanks for sending out John's message...we need it today even more than Yesterday
By: Kathe W. on July 11, 2016
I don't know if parallel universes are fundamentally different. rather a splitting at every crossroads. that road you didn't take, you did.
By: Ellen Abbott on July 12, 2016
Interesting theories. Now where's the space ship that will bring me to my chocolate universe?
By: Pixel Peeper on July 12, 2016
Beautiful sentiment, Stephen. Oh, and Pixel took my parallel universe, but surely there's another one.
By: Robyn Engel on July 12, 2016
A Universe where art and music are as important in school as sports and math. Man, what have you been smokin' ? Great post Stephen.
By: Rick Watson on July 14, 2016

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