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(io9)   Remember back in 1773 when British troops barricaded Boston Harbor against the Beast from the Unknown? No? Well, maybe you just need to update your library a bit   ( io9.com) divider line
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2014-02-08 12:14:49 PM  
3 votes:
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List fails without Kim Stanley Robinson's "The Years of Rice and Salt"
2014-02-08 12:15:33 PM  
2 votes:
This list is Fail without any mention of Boilerplate the robot.

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2014-02-08 10:59:28 AM  
2 votes:
No Guy Gavriel Kay?
2014-02-09 05:02:14 AM  
1 vote:
I'm a big believer in a form of historical inevitability. If the root causes, and certain various things are in place- popular opinions, beliefs, weather, demographics, etc., then things are going to essentially work out the same way in the long run and the deaths- or not- of key people might have sped things up a bit or slowed things down but in the end would have little if no effect. Had, for instance, Henry V of England not been killed by dysentery, he may have lived another thirty years- but instead of being remembered as the victor of Agincourt he might just be remembered now as Henry Half-Kingdom- because their was no way, given the respective populations, England could maintain hold of France and so a different Henry would have lost the Hundred Years War.
2014-02-08 07:09:37 PM  
1 vote:
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I rather enjoyed it I hear they are turning it into a BBC1 series.
2014-02-08 01:55:04 PM  
1 vote:

iron_city_ap: I can easily see some of these being adapted to film. Especially the G.R.R. Martin one. Somebody will try to ride the coattails of ASOIAF. Might not be that well done, but, its logical that someone will see dollar signs and want to go for it.

If they want to adapt a GRRM property, Fevre Dream would make an amazing vampire movie.
2014-02-08 01:08:55 PM  
1 vote:
He does.

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//Abbie Mills for the win.
2014-02-08 01:05:27 PM  
1 vote:
If you want stories of monsters in MA, just read Lovecraft.
2014-02-08 01:01:00 PM  
1 vote:

Slaxl: gfid: alt history


Alt history where something happens that affects the US Civil War or WW2 is overdone, like the article says, but Godzilla attacking Boston in 1773 is an interesting twist. One that i'm sure ends in the British subjects in the American colonies realising, finally, just how much Britain does for them, and the lengths and sacrifices it makes to guarantee the safety of the colonies. Realising this they agree a small tax on tea isn't too much to ask and everyone lives happily ever after.

That's even worse than alt history.  That's alt fantasy.

What if Godzilla attacked Boston in 1773 instead of attacking Tokyo in whatever 20th century year Godzilla attacked Tokyo?  Spare me.

Alt history actually could be quite interesting.  In this case it makes me wonder if there is any policy England could have enacted which would placate the US colonies and make them remain loyal - or at least loyal enough to follow a path like Australia or Canada.

An alt "history" where Godzilla attacks Boston in the 18th century?  Okay, if they make a movie out of it I'll watch it when it hits Netflix knowing that it will probably suck.

But isn't Godzilla the result of nuclear fallout or some shiat?  Imagine if the US had nukes back in the 18th century.  Oh man, we would have nuked everything.  The Trail of Tears?  That sounds bad, maybe we should just use a nuke!

What, they burned the White House?  Oh hell no, Canada is now a glass parking lot.

The Alamo probably would have turned out differently too.

And just think, we would have shared that technology with France.  Now Imagine the French Revolution.....with nuclear weapons.  Awesome.

Pax Nucleareum....or whatever the latin for nuclear weapons is.
2014-02-08 12:58:28 PM  
1 vote:
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Here's the one which still makes me cry years later, Terry Bisson's Fire on the Mountain
2014-02-08 12:39:01 PM  
1 vote:
Darwinia was written by Robert Charles Wilson, not Robert Charles.
2014-02-08 12:31:06 PM  
1 vote:
What if the world was run by women and rulers decided by naked jello wrestling?
2014-02-08 12:18:45 PM  
1 vote:
This was good, too, but it's alternate history essays, not fiction.
2014-02-08 12:16:11 PM  
1 vote:
I have that book, Alternative Histories of the World, by Matthew Buchholz.

It is a sort of artistic mash-up of photographs, maps, lithographs and other art work based on the premise that various monsters of horror and science fiction are real. It's quite clever and funny and nice to look at.


Only one of the artworks is seemingly not altered. It is a Japanese print of Tokyo and Mount Fiji. Alone of all the places in the world, not irradiated monsters or freaks have ever attacked Toyko. It is an island of sanity, calm and normalcy in a sea of weirdness.

That should give you an idea of what the book is like. I recommend it.
2014-02-08 12:14:10 PM  
1 vote:
The 1632 series was good for the first few books (the ones written by Flint and Weber), but it really bogged down after a while; a lot of the authors he brought in were nowhere near as good. A very interesting premise, though.
2014-02-08 11:57:35 AM  
1 vote:
The problem is, most alt history has to revolve around changing a single point in history; that's how most people view history. A truly different history would require several events to have a different outcome, but that's less dramatic and only really appeals to a very narrow niche.
2014-02-08 11:37:23 AM  
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What if Prince Albert's typhoid had killed him and left him unable to diffuse the Trent Affair, leading a depressed and widowed Queen Victoria to carry out an attack on the U.S. on the eve of the Civil War?
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