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mark211Best alternative reality in fiction?2014-10-05 04:33:44
mark211Exploring 'What if …?' questions in history have created a rich genre in alternative reality fiction - some key examples are Michael Chabon's 'The Yiddish Policemen's Union' which presents an alternative reality in which Israel does not exist, but where a Jewish homeland is established in Alaska; also related to WW II is Robert Harris's 'Fatherland' which considered Europe after the Nazis have succeeded; and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's influential graphic novel, 'Watchmen', which considered a world in which Superman was real.2014-10-05 04:37:27
mark211So what are the best alternative reality fictions in your view? Which alternative realities do you think would you like to be explored in future? 2014-10-05 04:37:47
mark211Sorry, Which alternative realities do you think *you would* like to be explored in future? 2014-10-05 04:38:57
r.tornelloI mention it again the best collection I have ever read has been THE BEST ALTERNATIVE HISTORY STORIES OF THE 29TH CENTURY, Edited by Harry Turtledove and within that anthology LUCKY STRIKE is still my number one pick.2014-10-06 08:10:48
mark211Never heard of that one, but thanks for the tip! For anyone else who's interested, here's the link http://www.amazon.com/Best-Alternate-History-Stories-Century/dp/03454399022014-10-06 09:36:44
mark211In answer to one of the questions, I like the idea of an alternate history in which Neanderthals and Homo Floresiensis made it through to the present day, alongside Homo Sapiens. I like the idea of an alternate history that would be about the alternate humanities that we could have become ... on the other hand, it's hard to concieve of as a story that doesn't basically follow 'The Planet of Apes' movie franchise (the ones made recently that is, not the 1960s/1970s ones)2014-10-06 09:41:10
mark211On a less successful note, I picked up an alternate history book called 'Romanitas' (by Sophie McDougall). I was excited about the idea, which is that the Roman Empire never fell but, instead, discovered the secret of Gun Powder and so just kept plowing on. I was captivated by the idea but the results were ... well, just a bit silly to be honest.2014-10-06 09:44:10
esullivan240Last one I really got into was The Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia2014-10-06 12:04:33
mark211What did you like about it?2014-10-06 15:50:49
esullivan240I like his writing style it draws me in. I started with the Monster Hunter books but those aren't really alt reality just our reality plus monsters. The Grimnoirs are old timey Detective novels early mid 1900's if magic was real and random people developed different magic talents. I get the benefit of detective lit along with some fantasy and it goes all steampunk kinda too. You get your fill of multiple genres in one series and he is a good writer. The storyline is top notch. I hope yeah does more out side the one series that is out there.2014-10-06 16:07:09
cuchulainmark211 wrote: “I like the idea of an alternate history in which Neanderthals and Homo Floresiensis made it through to the present day, alongside Homo Sapiens.“ May I suggest you, and other QM readers, check out Harry Turtledove’s “A Different Flesh”. It postulates an alternate history in which European explorers to the New World encounter _Homo erectus_ instead of Native American (First Nation) humans. The book is a series of short stories showing the interaction of the two sub-species and the familiar, yet curiously skewed, society created. Turtledove’s time period ranges from 1610 to 1988 (year of publication in our un-alternate history).2014-10-07 01:50:24
cuchulainI think my favorite alternate history is Orson Scott Card’s “Tales of Alvin Maker” series. The temporal diversion point is the end of Cromwellian reign and the royal Restoration in England. The Puritans continue to rule and exile people with “knacks”, simple magical talents or psychic abilities, to the colonies. The story is set in an Nineteenth Century with Puritan New England, an English king in exile in the South, a Quaker/Native American Pennsylvania, and a central United States, still Manifest Destinying westward. The series chronicles the life of a Maker with the most powerful of knacks, as he tries to build the Utopian Crystal City he has had visions of. Along the way, Alvin opposes the Unmaker, a satanic presence in the world. What I like best about these books is the retelling of actual historical events with real people from our history: like Tippecanoe with William Henry Harrison and Tecumseh; and young Abraham Lincoln’s trip along the Mississippi to (Spanish) New Orleans.2014-10-07 02:22:27





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