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  •  Remember "A Sound of Thunder" (0+ / 0-)

    by Ray Bradbury? A time travel tale in which an accident in the primordial past reverses the political reality of the present with catastrophic consequences?

    I've often wondered if that story was an inspiration for Chaos Theory. The death of a butterfly causes the death of a world. Bradbury was very cagey in structuring the story, neatly eliding any detailed explanation of the chain of consequences that led to the disastrous outcome.

    I'm with you though, on the question of plausibility when it comes to alt history. Some authors imagine that it permits them to ignore history altogether rather than extrapolating.

    I think I will re-read Moon of Ice and see how it stands up.

    Any nominations for worst alt history evah?

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 07:30:36 PM PST

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    •  Hm. That's a good question (1+ / 0-)
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      Maybe The Alteration, Kingsley Amis's odd little "the Reformation never happened and Martin Luther became Pope" novel.  There are so many, many, many things wrong with this in terms of cultural history that I simply could not read it.

      •  Gad! (0+ / 0-)

        Why not have John Calvin become Pope? After all, he was down with the whole burning heretics thing.

        For myself I avoid alt histories where the South wins the Civil War. Lost cause and American Exceptionalist mythology substituted for a critical reading of history.

        Nothing human is alien to me.

        by WB Reeves on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 08:44:23 PM PST

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