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The World as Myth
aka: All Stories Are Real Somewhere
Robert A. Heinlein's The Number of the Beast introduces the concept of the "World as Myth" which supposes that all fictional universes are equally real and, moreover, are accessible to one another via interdimensional travel.

The act of authorship is what creates said universes, which leads to the interesting notion that the characters in any given universe may be controlled, at any given moment, by an Author from another. Characters could, in theory, meet their own Author. Conversely, each Author is a character in someone else's fiction.

The Number of the Beast and its two sequels make extensive use of the concept to permit a Massively Multiplayer Crossover between all the fictional universes that Heinlein wrote and those of several other authors of his era.

Heinlein novels explicitly set in the World as Myth:

Tropes embodied or directly implied by the World as Myth:

Win to ExitOtherworld TropesWorld Building
World of BadassSettingsWorld of Pun
Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate DestinyCrossover Index    

alternative title(s): All Stories Are Real Somewhere
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