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Authors of science fiction have used themes involving both quantum suicide and immortality. The basic idea is that a person who dies on one world may survive in another world or parallel universe.

Quantum suicide

Quantum suicide themes have been explored in the following works:

Quantum immortality

Quantum immortality themes have been explored in several works:


TV and film

  • The episode Perfect Circles in the third season of Six Feet Under contains references and allusions to quantum immortality, as a major character observes several possible outcomes of his life.
  • In David Lindsay-Abaire's play Rabbit Hole, a grieving mother takes solace in the possibility that her dead son may enjoy quantum immortality. She comes to prefer to believe that this world in which she lives may simply be a "sadder version" of other co-existing, parallel universes. Rabbit Hole won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
  • In The Prestige, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) repeatedly duplicates himself and kills his previous copy; his continued belief in the survival of his consciousness in the new (living) copy mirrors the principles of quantum immortality without utilizing parallel universes.

Video games

  • In the video game Alan Wake (Remedy Entertainment, 2010), an in-game TV series called "Night Springs" has a demonstration of quantum immortality, in which a scientist demonstrates that a gun he is holding can't fire. However, the device used to maintain this quantum immortality is accidentally unplugged and the scientist dies.
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