Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Alternate Histories that I'd Like to See

I'm a big fan of the alternate history genre. Even mediocre authors, such as Turtledove and Harrison, can produce compelling works. I would estimate that about 50% deal with the American Civil War, which gets tired after a while. Here are a few senarios that I would like to see written:

1. June, 1945: war breaks out between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in Germany.

2. 1492: Horses came over the Bering Strait ice bridge when the Native Americans arrived thousands of years before. Consequence: Mesoamerican civilizations are very technologically advanced, on par with the late Roman Empire.

3. 1863: In the midst of the Civil War, Utah Mormons successfully fight for independence.

4 comments:

Quotidian Grace said...

4. Texas remained an independent republic and never joined the US
5. Alternatively, Texas divides into 5 states (as permitted by the legislation annexing it), thereby gaining 8 more Senators and 4 more governors.

John said...

Ooh! Good ones!

Cogit8tor said...

1. June, 1945: war breaks out between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in Germany.

This was handled quite nicely in A Damned Fine War by William Yenne (Paperback -- August 3, 2004)

John said...

Thanks! I'll read it.