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* CanonForeigner: Sir Henry Larnstein does not appear in the short story.


It has been adapted for the screen three times: as an episode of the BBC science fiction anthology series ''Series/OutOfTheUnknown'' in 1969 (now a MissingEpisode), the 1971 film ''Film/QuestForLove'', and a 2006 BBC television film.

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It has been adapted for the screen three times: as an episode of the BBC Creator/{{BBC}} science fiction anthology series ''Series/OutOfTheUnknown'' in 1969 (now a MissingEpisode), the 1971 film ''Film/QuestForLove'', and a 2006 BBC television film.



* EquivalentExchange: The failed experiment causes Colin to switch places with his counterpart in the parallel universe.



* AdaptationNameChange: In the film, Colin's friend is named Tom Lewis. In the short story, his name is Martin Falls.

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* AdaptationNameChange: In the film, AdaptationNameChange:
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Colin's friend is named Tom Lewis. In the short story, his name is Martin Falls.Falls.
** Ottilie's counterpart's name is Tracy Fletcher. In the short story, her name is Belinda Gale.
* AdaptedOut: Dr. Harshom is omitted from the film adaptation.


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* AdaptationNameChange:
** Ottilie's counterpart's name is Kate Gale as opposed to Belinda Gale.
** Dr. Harshom's son was named Matthew. In the short story, his name was Malcolm.


The story concerns a physicist named Colin Trafford who, as a result of a failed experiment, finds himself in an AlternateUniverse in which World War II never happened. He has switched bodies with his counterpart, a successful author and a thoroughly disreputable man who is neglectful and emotional abusive towards his beautiful wife Ottilie Harshom, flaunting his frequent adultery. Colin falls in love with Ottilie almost immediately. He does not tell her the truth about himself but he is nevertheless able to create a bond of trust between them. After he returns to his own universe just as suddenly as he arrived, Colin endeavours to find Ottilie's counterpart, something which proves very difficult.

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The story concerns a physicist named Colin Trafford who, as a result of a failed experiment, finds himself in an AlternateUniverse in which World War II UsefulNotes/WorldWarII never happened. He has switched bodies with his counterpart, a successful author and a thoroughly disreputable man who is neglectful and emotional abusive towards his beautiful wife Ottilie Harshom, flaunting his frequent adultery. Colin falls in love with Ottilie almost immediately. He does not tell her the truth about himself but he is nevertheless able to create a bond of trust between them. After he returns to his own universe just as suddenly as he arrived, Colin endeavours to find Ottilie's counterpart, something which proves very difficult.



* AlternateHistory:
** The parallel universe diverged from ours in late 1926 or early 1927. Colin is unable to identify the exact PointOfDivergence but he does determine that it had the effect of either preventing the Wall Street Crash or significantly lessening its impact. As a result, Hitler never rose to power and World War II never happened. From reading ''The Times'', Colin learns some of the consequences of this: India is still a British colony in 1954 and nuclear fission is nothing more than a theoretical possibility but the international scientific community considers the nuclear experiments being conducted in Germany to be reckless and wants the League of Nations (which was never dissolved in this universe) to intervene and assume control.
** Colin speculates on the existence of other parallel universes in which Alexander the Great was defeated by the Persians, Scipio was defeated by Hannibal and Julius Caesar did not cross the Rubicon.

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* AlternateHistory:
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AlternateHistory: The parallel universe diverged from ours in late 1926 or early 1927. Colin is unable to identify the exact PointOfDivergence but he does determine that it had the effect of either preventing the Wall Street Crash or significantly lessening its impact. As a result, Hitler UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler never rose to power and World War II never happened. From reading ''The Times'', Colin learns some of the consequences of this: this:
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India is still a British colony in 1954 and nuclear 1954. There are widespread demonstrations of civil disobedience in Delhi calling for the immediate release of Jawaharlal Nehru from prison.
** Nuclear
fission is nothing more than a theoretical possibility but the international scientific community considers the nuclear experiments being conducted in Germany to be reckless and wants the League of Nations (which was never dissolved in this universe) to intervene and assume control.
** Rab Butler is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1954. Butler never achieved the position in reality but was strongly considered for it on two occasions: after the resignation of Anthony Eden in 1957 (Harold Macmillan was chosen instead) and after the resignation of Macmillan in 1963 (Alec Douglas-Home was chosen instead).
** With no World War II, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill never became Prime Minister.
** The differing political situation in the parallel universe meant that Clement Attlee never became Prime Minister either. As Leader of the Opposition, he still advocates the nationalisations which the Labour government under his leadership carried out from 1945 to 1951 in Colin's universe.
** Colin speculates on the existence of other parallel universes in which Alexander the Great UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat was defeated by the Persians, Scipio was defeated by Hannibal and Julius Caesar UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar did not cross the Rubicon.



* DeadAlternateCounterpart: {{Inverted|Trope}} in several cases. Colin's wife Della Stevens, who died after a year of "satisfactory marriage" in 1951 in his universe, is still alive in the parallel universe in 1954. She does not recognise him. Ivor Novello is alive and well in the parallel universe. Dr. Harshom's daughter was killed in an air raid in London in 1941. Since World War II never took place, this wouldn't have happened but this point is never expressly made in the story. Of course, without the war, millions of others would have either died at a later date or would still be alive in 1954 as well. In a partial [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], one character is dead in both universes by 1954. Dr. Harshom's son Malcolm - who turns out to be Ottilie's father - was killed in a racing accident in 1927 in Colin's universe but lived until 1938, when he was killed in a plane crash, in the parallel universe. The only instance in the story of this trope being played straight is with respect to Noël Coward.

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* DeadAlternateCounterpart: DeadAlternateCounterpart:
** Creator/NoelCoward died in August 1953 and ''The Lady Loves'', the last of his many musical plays, is being staged in the Laughton Theatre in London in January 1954 in his memory. His daughter Amanda Coward plays the lead role. In Colin's universe, Coward, who was still alive when the story was written and lived until 1973, never had any children. Neither the play nor the theatre existed in Colin's universe either.
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{{Inverted|Trope}} in several cases. cases:
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Colin's wife Della Stevens, who died after a year of "satisfactory marriage" in 1951 in his universe, is still alive in the parallel universe in 1954. She does not recognise him.
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Ivor Novello is alive and well directed the production of Noël Coward's final play ''The Lady Loves'' in the parallel universe. universe 1954. In reality, Novello died in 1951.
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Dr. Harshom's daughter was killed in an air raid in London in 1941. Since World War II never took place, this wouldn't have happened but this point is never expressly made in the story. Of course, without the war, millions of others would have either died at a later date or would still be alive in 1954 as well. In a partial [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], one character is dead in both universes by 1954.
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Dr. Harshom's son Malcolm - who turns out to be Ottilie's father - is dead in both universes by 1954 but lived longer in the parallel universe. He was killed in a racing accident in 1927 in Colin's universe but lived until 1938, when he was killed in a plane crash, in the parallel universe. The only instance in universe.
* DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: J.B. Priestley, Creator/CSLewis, Creator/BertrandRussell and T.S. Eliot all wrote different books, for
the story of this trope being played straight is with respect to Noël Coward. most part, as Colin comments that there was scarcely a title that he recognised.



* InSpiteOfANail: Throughout his search for Ottilie in his own universe, Colin is convinced that she will be essentially the same person as he met in the parallel universe in spite of the fact that he and his counterpart were very different people. After finding her counterpart Belinda (who had an entirely different upbringing and consequently life experience than Ottilie), he is adamant that the two of them are soulmates. He even intimates that Dr. Harshom that if Belinda had been married, he would have broken up her marriage to be with her.

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* InSpiteOfANail: Throughout his search for Ottilie in his own universe, Colin is convinced that she will be essentially the same person as he met in the parallel universe in spite of the fact that he and his counterpart were very different people. After finding her counterpart Belinda (who had an entirely different upbringing and consequently life experience than Ottilie), he is adamant that the two of them are soulmates.soul mates. He even intimates that Dr. Harshom that if Belinda had been married, he would have broken up her marriage to be with her.



* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman:
** Rab Butler is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1954. Butler never achieved the position in reality but was strongly considered for it on two occasions: after the resignation of Anthony Eden in 1957 (Harold Macmillan was chosen instead) and after the resignation of Macmillan in 1963 (Alec Douglas-Home was chosen instead).
** There are widespread demonstrations of civil disobedience in Delhi calling for the immediate release of Jawaharlal Nehru from prison.
** With no World War II, Winston Churchill never became Prime Minister.
** The differing political situation in the parallel universe meant that Clement Attlee never became Prime Minister either. As Leader of the Opposition, he still advocates the nationalisations which the Labour government under his leadership carried out from 1945 to 1951 in Colin's universe.
** Noël Coward died in August 1953 and ''The Lady Loves'', the last of his many musical plays, is being staged in the Laughton Theatre in London in January 1954 in his memory. His daughter Amanda Coward plays the lead role. In Colin's universe, Coward, who was still alive when the story was written and lived until 1973, never had any children. Neither the play nor the theatre existed in Colin's universe either.
** Ivor Novello directed the aforementioned production of ''The Lady Loves'' in 1954. In reality, Novello died in 1951.
** J.B. Priestley, C.S. Lewis, Bertrand Russell and T.S. Eliot were likewise writers in the parallel universe but they all wrote different books, for the most part, as Colin comments that there was scarcely a title that he recognised.



* AlternateHistory: As in the short story, World War II never happened in the parallel universe. However, the two universes diverged in 1938 rather than 1926/7. The exact nature and cause of the divergence is not specified. Again as was the case with the short story, the League of Nations still exists and nuclear fission is still no more than a theoretical possibility. Other differences include the Vietnam War having never happened either, no one having managed to reach the summit of Mount Everest by 1971 (a book entitled ''Everest: The Unconquered'' was published in that year), the first human spaceflight having not yet taken place, heart transplants being unknown to medical science, televisions being more primitive, abortion still being illegal throughout the UK, ''The News Chronicle'' (which merged with ''The Daily Mail'' in 1960) still being published in 1971 and the building of blocks of flats being banned in Pimlico (which did not suffer the same devastation during the Blitz in Colin's universe without World War II).

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* AlternateHistory: As in the short story, World War II never happened in the parallel universe. However, the two universes diverged in 1938 rather than 1926/7. The exact nature and cause of the divergence is not specified. Again as was the case with the short story, the League of Nations still exists and nuclear fission is still no more than a theoretical possibility. Other differences include the include:
** The
Vietnam War having never happened either, no either.
** No
one having has managed to reach the summit of Mount Everest by 1971 (a 1971. A book entitled ''Everest: The Unconquered'' was published in that year), the year.
** The
first human spaceflight having has not yet taken place, heart place.
** Heart
transplants being are unknown to medical science, televisions being science.
** Televisions are
more primitive, abortion primitive.
** Abortion is
still being illegal throughout the UK, UK.
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''The News Chronicle'' (which merged with ''The Daily Mail'' in 1960) still is being published in 1971 and the 1971.
** The
building of blocks of flats being banned in Pimlico (which did not suffer the same devastation during the Blitz in Colin's universe without World War II).



* DeadAlternateCounterpart: {{Inverted|Trope}} in two cases:
** UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy is still alive in 1971 and has recently been appointed Secretary-General of the League of Nations.
** Creator/LeslieHoward, whose plane was shot down during World War II in 1943 in Colin's universe, is still alive and still acting in 1971.



* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman:
** John F. Kennedy is still alive in 1971 and has recently been appointed Secretary-General of the League of Nations.
** Leslie Howard, whose plane was shot down during World War II in 1943 in Colin's universe, is still alive and still acting in 1971.

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* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman:
** John F. Kennedy is still alive in 1971 and has recently been appointed Secretary-General of the League of Nations.
** Leslie Howard, whose plane was shot down during World War II in 1943 in Colin's universe, is still alive and still acting in 1971.



** Tony Blair is a relatively low level Cabinet minister, having recently been appointed Drought Secretary. In Colin's universe, Blair succeeded Smith as Labour leader in 1994.

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** Tony Blair UsefulNotes/TonyBlair is a relatively low level Cabinet minister, having recently been appointed Drought Secretary. In Colin's universe, Blair succeeded Smith as Labour leader in 1994.


** In this version, the PointOfDivergence between the two universes comes much later as the Berlin Wall did not fall on November 9, 1989 due to the fact that there was no ''glasnost'' and ''perestroika'', which implies that Mikhail Gorbachev never became the leader of the Soviet Union. As a result, the Cold War continued to intensify until the United States and the Soviet Union's power dwindled and both were eclipsed by the People's Republic of China.

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** In this version, the PointOfDivergence between the two universes comes much later as the Berlin Wall did not fall on November 9, 1989 due to the fact that because there was no ''glasnost'' and ''perestroika'', which implies that Mikhail Gorbachev never became the leader of the Soviet Union. As a result, the Cold War continued to intensify until the United States and the Soviet Union's power dwindled and both were eclipsed by the People's Republic of China.


* AdaptationNameChange: In the film, Colin's friend is named Tom Lewis. In the short story, his name is Martin Fells.

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* AdaptationNameChange: In the film, Colin's friend is named Tom Lewis. In the short story, his name is Martin Fells.Falls.


** The Western world is experiencing a severe fertility crisis which is expected to worsen over the course of the next ten years. Consequently, the United Nations Security Council has lifted its ban on human cloning and the first viable human clone has been already been born to a couple in San Francisco.

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** The Western world is experiencing a severe fertility crisis which is expected to worsen over the course of the next ten years. Consequently, the United Nations Security Council has lifted its ban on human cloning and the first viable human clone has been already been born to a couple in San Francisco.


* AdaptationNameChange: In the film, Colin's friend is named Tom Lewis. In the short story, his name is Martin Fells.



* AlternateHistory: As in the short story, World War II never happened in the parallel universe. However, the two universes diverged in 1938 rather than 1926/7. The exact nature and cause of the divergence is not specified. Again as was the case with the short story, the League of Nations still exists and nuclear fission is still no more than a theoretical possibility. Other differences include the Vietnam War having never happened either, no one having managed to reach the summit of Mount Everest by 1971 (a book entitled "Everest: The Unconquered" was published in that year), the first human spaceflight having not yet taken place, heart transplants being unknown to medical science, televisions being more primitive, abortion still being illegal throughout the UK, the News Chronicle (which merged with the Daily Mail in 1960) still being published in 1971 and the building of blocks of flats being banned in Pimlico (which did not suffer the same devastation during the Blitz in Colin's universe without World War II).
* AlternateSelf: In Colin's universe, his friend Tom Lewis is a BBC science correspondent (and former war correspondent) who lost his right arm while covering the Vietnam War. In the parallel universe, Tom is the film critic for ''The Times'' who still has both arms since, as mentioned earlier, the Vietnam War never took place.

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* AlternateHistory: As in the short story, World War II never happened in the parallel universe. However, the two universes diverged in 1938 rather than 1926/7. The exact nature and cause of the divergence is not specified. Again as was the case with the short story, the League of Nations still exists and nuclear fission is still no more than a theoretical possibility. Other differences include the Vietnam War having never happened either, no one having managed to reach the summit of Mount Everest by 1971 (a book entitled "Everest: ''Everest: The Unconquered" Unconquered'' was published in that year), the first human spaceflight having not yet taken place, heart transplants being unknown to medical science, televisions being more primitive, abortion still being illegal throughout the UK, the ''The News Chronicle Chronicle'' (which merged with the ''The Daily Mail Mail'' in 1960) still being published in 1971 and the building of blocks of flats being banned in Pimlico (which did not suffer the same devastation during the Blitz in Colin's universe without World War II).
* AlternateSelf: In Colin's universe, his friend Tom Lewis is a BBC science correspondent (and former war correspondent) who lost his right arm while covering the Vietnam War. In the parallel universe, Tom is the film critic for ''The Times'' who still has both arms since, as mentioned earlier, since the Vietnam War never took place.


"Random Quest" is an AlternateHistory {{Romance}} ShortStory written by Creator/JohnWyndham, first published in his 1961 collection ''Literature/ConsiderHerWays''.

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"Random Quest" is an AlternateHistory {{Romance}} ShortStory {{Novelette}} written by Creator/JohnWyndham, first published in his 1961 collection ''Literature/ConsiderHerWays''.



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!!The short story !!This work provides examples of:


!!This work provides examples of:

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!!This work !!The short story provides examples of:


"Random Quest" is an AlternateHistory {{Romance}} {{Novelette}} written by Creator/JohnWyndham, first published in his 1961 collection ''Literature/ConsiderHerWays''.

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"Random Quest" is an AlternateHistory {{Romance}} {{Novelette}} ShortStory written by Creator/JohnWyndham, first published in his 1961 collection ''Literature/ConsiderHerWays''.


* GoodHairEvilHair: The alternate Colin has a more elaborate version of the moustache that the Colin of our universe shaved off years earlier. Interestingly, this example of an alternate universe counterpart having facial hair predates the appearance of the {{Mirror Universe}} Spock's goatee in the ''{{Series/Star Trek The Original Series}}'' episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E4MirrorMirror}} Mirror, Mirror]]" by six years.

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* GoodHairEvilHair: The alternate Colin has a more elaborate version of the moustache that the Colin of our universe shaved off years earlier. Interestingly, this example of an alternate universe counterpart having facial hair predates the appearance of the {{Mirror Universe}} Spock's goatee in the ''{{Series/Star Trek The Original Series}}'' ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E4MirrorMirror}} Mirror, Mirror]]" by six years.


* FrameStory: Colin visits Dr. Harshom trying to find out anything that he can about Ottilie and tells him the story of his visit to the parallel universe.

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* FrameStory: FramingDevice: Colin visits Dr. Harshom trying to find out anything that he can about Ottilie and tells him the story of his visit to the parallel universe.



* FrameStory: Unlike the 1971 version, the 2006 version included the short story's framework involving Dr. Harshom. Unlike the short story, however, Colin met Dr. Harshom's counterpart in the parallel universe.

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* FrameStory: FramingDevice: Unlike the 1971 version, the 2006 version included the short story's framework involving Dr. Harshom. Unlike the short story, however, Colin met Dr. Harshom's counterpart in the parallel universe.


''Random Quest'' is an AlternateHistory {{Romance}} {{Novelette}} written by Creator/JohnWyndham, first published in his 1961 collection ''Literature/ConsiderHerWays''.

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''Random Quest'' "Random Quest" is an AlternateHistory {{Romance}} {{Novelette}} written by Creator/JohnWyndham, first published in his 1961 collection ''Literature/ConsiderHerWays''.


It has been adapted for the screen three times; an episode of the BBC science fiction anthology series ''Series/OutOfTheUnknown'' in 1969 (now a MissingEpisode), the 1971 film ''Film/QuestForLove'', and as a 2006 BBC television film.

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It has been adapted for the screen three times; times: as an episode of the BBC science fiction anthology series ''Series/OutOfTheUnknown'' in 1969 (now a MissingEpisode), the 1971 film ''Film/QuestForLove'', and as a 2006 BBC television film.


''Random Quest'' is an AlternateHistory {{Romance}} short story written by Creator/JohnWyndham which was first published in his 1961 collection ''Consider Her Ways''.

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''Random Quest'' is an AlternateHistory {{Romance}} short story {{Novelette}} written by Creator/JohnWyndham which was Creator/JohnWyndham, first published in his 1961 collection ''Consider Her Ways''.
''Literature/ConsiderHerWays''.



It has been adapted for the screen three times, twice under its original title: as an episode of the BBC science fiction anthology series ''Out of the Unknown'' in 1969 (now a MissingEpisode), as the 1971 film ''Quest for Love'' and as a 2006 BBC television film. Generally speaking, the 2006 adaptation hued closer to the short story than the 1971 adaptation.

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It has been adapted for the screen three times, twice under its original title: as times; an episode of the BBC science fiction anthology series ''Out of the Unknown'' ''Series/OutOfTheUnknown'' in 1969 (now a MissingEpisode), as the 1971 film ''Quest for Love'' ''Film/QuestForLove'', and as a 2006 BBC television film. Generally speaking, the 2006 adaptation hued closer to the short story than the 1971 adaptation.



!!The short story provides examples of:

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!!The short story !!This work provides examples of:



** Tony Blair is a relatively low level Cabinet minister, having recently been appointed Drought Secretary. In Colin's universe, Blair succeeded Smith as Labour leader in 1994.

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** Tony Blair is a relatively low level Cabinet minister, having recently been appointed Drought Secretary. In Colin's universe, Blair succeeded Smith as Labour leader in 1994.1994.
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