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Random Encounters
Random Encounters
#1
Just for fun, here's a place to list folks who could be dropped into (almost) any Step or Stagger. Bonus Points if Doug meets more than one at the same time Smile

To start off the thread... I was looking at recent edits on All The Tropes, and I noticed that the first example in the "Literature" section of "Love Transcends Spacetime" begins:

Quote:Near the end of E. E. "Doc" Smith's last Lensman novel Children of the Lens, Kimball Kinnison is thrown outside the space-time continuum.



And then there's Jenny Everywhere.


So that's two possible encounters... Any more?
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Rob Kelk

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- Michael Ignatieff, addressing Stanford University in 2012


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RE: Random Encounters
#2
Jenny Everywhere has been in my notes for years. I just haven't found the right point to slot her in.
-- Bob

I have been Roland, Beowulf, Achilles, Gilgamesh, Clark Kent, Mary Sue, DJ Croft, Skysaber.  I have been 
called a hundred names and will be called a thousand more before the sun grows dim and cold....

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#3
Corwin of Amber, or for that matter any of his brothers and sisters, any of his (only one that I know of) children or his nephews/nieces, his father....  They can shift themselves into other worlds simply by willpower, although it helps to be travelling when doing so.  Warning: several of Corwin's kin consider themselves as near to gods as the multiverse needs, and won't hesitate to kill people they see as getting in their way or disrespecting them – or if that person's death is merely convenient (Caine once murdered his own alternate self in order to have a corpse with which to frame Corwin for offing Caine).
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#4
Heh. I used to play in an Amber Diceless RPG campaign... jeeze, it must be close to twenty-five years ago now. I could always dig out my old PC from that...
-- Bob

I have been Roland, Beowulf, Achilles, Gilgamesh, Clark Kent, Mary Sue, DJ Croft, Skysaber.  I have been 
called a hundred names and will be called a thousand more before the sun grows dim and cold....

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#5
Reviewing the ATT entry for Jenny Everywhere, I was reminded that Christopher Stasheff wrote something similar about his character Rodney d'Armand a.k.a. Rod Gallowglass of The Warlock in Spite of Himself:  he seems to be a very high-probability person, and the version of him in the interstellar future that's the series' main setting is more-or-less identical to the one in a completely magical universe where "science never had a chance to grow."  Another character assesses that there probably isn't a variant of Rod in any world that never developed humans "—but I wouldn't want to guarantee it."  

Incidentally, Rod's alternate in that far-away universe had still scored a wife who was just as almost-identical to Rod's Gwendylon (no; I didn't misspell her name). 

Edit:  Another possibility is L. Sprague de Camp's Harold Shea, possibly accompanied by his wife and/or by some of his fellow psychologists, inserting into lots of fantasy tales.  Why shouldn't there be one in which Shea meets a strange fellow riding a weird motorcycle?

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#6
huh. way back when I was living in northern cali I had this idea I sat on. Involved (not quite) RL Me, Muck , and L T having to trek cross country to find Bob. Not quite what we are thinking about here though. Sad
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#7
The crew of the good vessel Gay Deceiver, from Heinlein's "The Number of the Beast-".
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#8
Rick and Morty, wandering the multiverse for shits and giggles?
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#9
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6628473/1/Letters-to-Pluto

I did write a short story that had doug show up.
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#10
Heh. That's one I didn't know about. Thanks for the link!
-- Bob

I have been Roland, Beowulf, Achilles, Gilgamesh, Clark Kent, Mary Sue, DJ Croft, Skysaber.  I have been 
called a hundred names and will be called a thousand more before the sun grows dim and cold....

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#11
A. Bertram Chandler's "Hornblower IN SPACE!" John Grimes met, in one book, not only his own alternate self, but Poul Anderson's Dominic Flandry, at a point where space-time was somewhat chaotic.  
Another tale had Grimes accidentally drop in at a social club for explicitly fictional naval officers ... such as Hornblower, of course, but also Captain Queeg and Commander Bond; they bent the rules a bit (as well as Queeg's arm) to let Captain Ahab in.  The major-domo there was Jeeves, who asked Grimes, "The question is, sir, are you an enduring creation?"  
Shortly afterward in the same book, Grimes found himself reading over Chandler's shoulder....  
So it wouldn't be all that shocking, including to Grimes himself, if he met the Loon.

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#12
One of the earlier world hoppers, and I think the first transliterary explorer, L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt's Harold Shea could easily be someone that Doug could run into. For added humor, Doug probably knows of Yngvi, and the fact that he is, as Harold knows, a louse.
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