Mathematician Kurt Godel
Legendary mathematicians Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing will meet for the very first time, in any history, and debate the nature of intelligence at the 2013 All Worlds Fair.
Gödel is renowned across the multiverse for proving that no logical system can be simultaneously complete and consistent, thus frustrating every effort to understand reality without paradox.
Turning is considered the grand-father of artificial intelligence – his name encoded in the atomic circuits processors of hundreds of computationally-based societies across multiple universes. Continue reading
Activists protest the All Worlds Fair allowing every universe to participate.
The scene at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco last night appeared festive. Some 200 activists from a variety of organizations, including ANSWER, Not in Our Name, and Occupy Wall Street, sang protest songs, handed out leaflets, and engaged passers-by.
But their message was deeply earnest. “The All Worlds Fair,” said a Black Bloc activists who only gave his name as “Winston,” “Needs to divest itself from every universe in which South Africa is still under the rule of apartheid.”
If the hierophants of the 3,000 Discontinuous Histories do not meet this demand, said Winston, “we’ll shut it down. No justice, no peace!” Continue reading
The Ministry of Administration released a statement today proclaiming that Emperor Norton bonds have been named the official currency of the All Worlds Fair.
The decision, according to the Administration’s spokesmind, was made in honor of the local culture of San Francisco, which is hosting this universe’s 2013 All World’s Fair.
“We only wish to bring honor upon this beautiful city,” said the spokesmind, “and then devour it.”
The Norton bonds will be provided on-site by the Cult of Emperor Norton in a variety of denominations, and will be utilized in multiple (but not all) showcases. They will not be redeemable for any other currency from this space-time. Continue reading
One of artist Ai WeiWei’s recent four dimensional sculptures
Until this week, legendary Chinese artist Ai WeiWei had said he would not be attending the All Worlds Fair in San Francisco.
Now, according to communications with the All Worlds Fair Ministry of Artist Envoys, he will not only be attending but will present what he calls “the pinnacle of my recent work in four-dimensional sculpture.”
The artist has been circumspect about the exact nature of the piece, only confirming that it will utilize non-Euclidean convex regular 4-polytopes in an interactive installation, and that it will be called “Confucius in The Cave of Shadows.” Continue reading
The following history of the All Worlds Fair dress code is taken from Malcolm Gladwell’s article “All Worlds, All’s Fair” in the New Amsterdam Magazine, Oct. 22, 2017.
It began on one of the quark-forward worlds of the 3,000 discontinuous histories, when the painter Truman Capote was made the official portrait artist of his universe’s turn to host the All Worlds Fair.
The organizers, in particular the American Chairman Frederick Douglass, said they weren’t looking for a controversy, but it’s difficult to take them at their word. Capote’s reputation had been nothing but controversial after his painting series “In Cold Blood,” in which he composed portraits of convicted murderers thinking about their victims. It was eerie, uncanny, art, and viewings often drove the victims’ families to tears. Capote was accused of glorifying evil – of making it sexy the way Milton had Satan in Paradise Lost. Washington Post columnist Joseph Alsop publicly predicted Capote would use the All World’s Fair as an opportunity for further scandal, which he called “Capote’s only real art.”
Copote had never cared for Alsop, once saying he was “a priest’s idea of a politician’s idea of a journalist who knows his place,” but this time he proved Alsop right. Continue reading
Breaking with tradition, the Chemical Emperor of the Orion Cluster today announced that he would honor a United Nation’s request that he not destroy earth’s moon to celebrate the opening of the All Worlds Fair.
His Majestor the Chemical Emperor has attended every All Worlds Fair since the event was held in the primordial soup of a lifeless cosmos nearly 300 of our years ago. Since that time, he has donated the resources needed to demolish the nearest orbiting satellite to the Fair in a spectacular show of light and sound as a gesture of goodwill to the Fair’s’ hosts.
This year, according to the Imperial Seneschal, the Chemical Emperor was prepared to go “all out” in a show that would have involved his elite Death Head Marines enveloping earth’s only satellite in neon acid to the accompaniment live music by the infamous slave choir of Tethus Prime, followed by fireworks and a fly-over by the Regal Armada. Continue reading
The Dalai Lama of an earth which orbits the sun at a 90 degree angle to our own announced today that upon his death he will reincarnate as the emergent consciousness of IBM’s next chess playing mainframe computer, which he believes will be called “Deep Mind.”
Stating that network processing technology will shortly advance to the point where it is capable of housing an advanced consciousness, His Holiness emphasized that according to Buddhism’s “anatta” doctrine, there is no actual “self” which will transfer from his current body into the next generation computational mechanism, but rather merely a continuation of cause and effect that includes “mental events.”
“This is merely the karmic continuation of action and reaction, cause and effect,” His Holiness said during the announcement from the Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala, India. “With significant breakthroughs in computational processing on the horizon, sufficient complexity has been achieved so that there is no reason my consciousness cannot experience rebirth within the data stream generated by this remarkable machine.” Continue reading
The pendant had belonged first to Lord Byron, who had given it as a gift to his half-sister Augusta Lee; it is described in a section of the first edition of Manfred the Magician which was removed from subsequent drafts, according to records on file at the Oxford Library. It was “silver dull with ruby eye, affixed like fire atop night’s sky, the heart of angels so it’s told, who upon falling grew stiff and cold. Yet base metal their protests cry, can love no less than flesh that dies.”
According to the diary of a friend who mentioned the incident, Augusta-Leigh in turn gave it to a dealer in fabric and opium upon her brother’s death.
We can trace it from there because of the records of a pawn shop which were taken in to evidence by police as part of a murder investigation in 1906 and preserved in the Kings Crossing Station until its demolition in the blitz and subsequent move, at which time the records were kept in vault 665 of the Museum of the Royal London Historical Society. Continue reading
The last Ravi Shankar performs at the Sea of Tranquility amphitheater
When legendary Indian classical musician Ravi Shankar died on Dec. 11, 2012, it was widely recognized as a tragic loss for our world and music.
But what few people appreciated at the time was that he was one of the last Ravi Shankar’s left in any universe. Throughout the 3,000 discontinuous histories – and farther into the vast multiverse itself – there is, so far as we can tell, only one Ravi Shankar left anywhere.
It is rare for the multiverse to entirely lose a single individual this way – a phenomenon called “Identity Extinction.” It is even rarer in the case of famous and cherished personalities. But it is widely known that once the existence of an individual drops below 20% of the discontinuous histories, a spiral of events tend to follow in which the remaining instances of the individual are eradicated. Continue reading
Not everyone who has entered the All Worlds Fair has come out. Without proper documentation it is possible to get disoriented in the infinite horizons of the All World’s Fair and be stolen away by lost cultures.
To prevent this from happening again, Travelers seeking entry to and from the Fair are issued an All Worlds Passport. Since its debut this document, containing nanite encrypted alchemical sigils indicating one’s reality of origin, has so far enabled every All Worlds Traveler to explore the wonders of the multiverse and still return to approximately the same time and place they came from. (Generally within three Dyson Gradients.)
All Worlds Passports are obtained by ticket holders from the Passport Office at the entrance to the Fair. No one without a valid passport will be admitted, and All Worlds Travelers can only stay for as long as their passport indicates. Continue reading