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Alt.History 101 (Future Chronicles Book 5) Kindle Edition
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In Alt.History 101, thirteen top speculative fiction authors re-imagine the world - as one where the inventor of the smallpox vaccine died before he'd created it, as one where the women's suffragist movement failed to win the right to vote, as one where the death penalty exists but where all forms of capital punishment are ruled inhumane - and ten other compelling stories charting the histories of these worlds.
Enter worlds so much like our own, yet so different - where everything you know... is history.
"The best place to discover new SF authors, I think, is any of the anthologies coming from Samuel Peralta"
-- Hugh Howey, NY Times bestselling author of Wool
"A powerful new voice in speculative fiction"
--Nick Webb, USA Today bestselling author of the Legacy Fleet trilogy
About the Author
Its unique take on major science fiction and fantasy themes - A.I., time travel, dragons, robots, aliens, zombies, immortality, galactic battles, cyborgs, doomsday - has made it one of the most acclaimed anthology series of the digital era.
- ASIN : B010965L6M
- Publisher : Windrift Books; 1st edition (July 31, 2015)
- Publication date : July 31, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 788 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 257 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #187,194 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If anyone has regrets in life -- and who doesn’t? -- the phrase “what if?” is a constant. As humans we look back at key moments and wonder what would have happened if we had done something differently. Inherently this is a major part of time travel stories, exploring revising the past to gain a better hand on the future.
But...what if something had actually been different? What if I had told Jessica I liked her when I was in the fifth grade? What if I had studied more for that important final exam in my college physics class? What if I had invested $100 in Google the first moment I’d ever heard their name?
That age old question is addressed in a historical context throughout the latest speculative fiction anthology ALT.HISTORY 101, curated by Samuel Peralta. The thirteen stories in the collection are all wonderful examples of what could have happened in history had something else transpired.
What if...the age of immunizations never happened? What if...Steve Wozniak didn’t found Apple, instead focusing his talents elsewhere? What if...the women’s suffrage movement wasn’t successful?
Answering these questions, along with dozens of others, the stories in ALT.HISTORY 101 showcase the incredible stories set in those alternate worlds where that “what if” situation occurred.
I really can’t say there is a bad story in the bunch, but the stories range from the good, to the great, to the important.
Important? Yes. Important. Take Pavarti Tyler’s story for example. Entitled “Concerns of the Second Sex,” her tale looks at a world where the 19th Amendment never came to be. In fact, with the absence of the women’s vote, the world has reverted to a place barely recognizable. Well, recognizable if you’ve read Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, but that’s about it. Tyler pays homage to Atwood with this story and takes it a step further with the treatment of other races, including race mixing. If we never respected the rights of half of the species, why would the race movement of the 50’s and 60’s be successful, either? The story is tragic, yet Tyler does give it a hopeful note. I found it poignant and an important story to read and understand where we’ve come from and where we are going.
I also really liked Tony Bertauski’s “108 Stitches.” One its face, Bertauski’s story is about baseball, but there is so much more to it. In a world where Steve Wozniak is thrust into the world of medical engineering, artificial stem cells are the norm. With this in mind, we’re given the story of Theo, a man whose entire life revolves around a white ball with red stitching. As one of the best baseball players on the planet, Theo wrestles with his own existence as a recipient (and maybe even victim) of said stem cells.
Another story I couldn’t stop thinking about was Michelle Browne’s “The Factory,” a world where slavery never ended. The world was portrayed well and showed how close we still are to the institution of forced labor we thought we’d left behind a century and a half ago.
All in all, there isn’t a dud to be found in the collection. Each author takes their own approach and I really enjoyed reading the vastly different writing styles as I went from a Victorian age story to a mid-19th century American tale to a futuristic telling of the dangers of unchecked disease. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the stories. As a high school history teacher in my day job, part of what I do is challenge my students to think about what would have happened if… With this collection, we get a small peek at those worlds and the fascinating characters alive in them.
I did receive an advanced reader copy, but have preordered my copy of ALT.HISTORY 101 for my own. I look forward to having this on my shelf and to more stories in the universe of alternative history dreamed up by Samuel Peralta and his cadre of excellent storytellers.
As a young teenager, I still remember meeting a young lady, a friend of my new brother-in-law who was in an iron lung ... very impressive. I was in college when JFK died in Dallas, my home town. As a fan of genealogy, I'm well aware of the large number of people who died from the flu in 1917/18 - although this is not directly addressed in any of the stories one comes close and it is a bit scary.
I'm glad these are just alternates and not really our histories. Now consider this - what if you don't buy a copy? You will be missing out on a set of enjoyable stories.
Please note that I was given an Advanced Readers Copy of this eBook. A favorable review was never expected or asked for.