Alternative reality stories are set, as the name would suggest in an alternative dimension or reality, essentially a parallel universe where a self contained reality exist's outside of our own. In many cases the characters originate in our own reality and use a device such as a "portal" to travel to these other realities.
Wonder has no opposite; it springs up already doubled in itself, compounded of dread and desire at once, attraction and recoil, producing a thrill, the shudder of pleasure and fear.
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