In Alt. History 102 – the follow-up to the bestselling Alt. History 101 – twelve top speculative fiction authors re-imagine the world – as one where a beautiful actress becomes a spy for the Allied forces, as one where the Internet is tightly held only by an elite few, as one where the Native American population is resistant to European diseases – and nine other compelling stories charting the histories of our world.
Enter worlds so much like our own, yet so different – where everything you know… is history. – Goodreads.com
The concept of alternate history is fascinating when you think about it. But setting history aside for a moment – just the fact that so many things could have changed on a personal level if you’d answered the phone, gone left instead of right, left 5 minutes earlier, agreed to go out on that first date, majored in something different – a person could spends countless hours just thinking about it. But with history – there are endless possibilities and directions these authors could have taken – and it’s a fascinating collection of stories. All of them will get your mind churning, thinking about what if? A few that stuck with me are:
The Blackbird Sings by Therin Knite – This story gives us a glimpse into what could have happened if the Cold War had ended differently. Knite always creates some powerful, kick-ass female characters and Kara is no exception. With cybernetically enhanced agents chasing an assassin, The Blackbird Sings moves along at a brisk pace and comes to a rewarding conclusion.
The Tesla Gate by Drew Avera – Nikola Tesla is attempting to build the Tesla Gate that will traverse time and space, but he stands to lose a part of himself. I’ve always been intrigued by anything having to do with Tesla and Samuel Clemens being in this story was just a bonus. I enjoyed the dialogue between Tesla and his other personality and would like to see this story continue.
The Black Network by Adam Venezia – In this story, computers exist, but only a select group are given the means to access information – something that’s just downright scary to me. This was an admirable portrayal of how far some people will go to gain information and better their lives.
Requiem by Will Swardstrom – What if Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Marie Antoinette had fallen in love as children, that love carried into adulthood, and Mozart attempted to save the French queen? Excellent writing and an engrossing, bittersweet story.
With such a variety of imaginative, thought-provoking stories, there’s something here for everyone.
I received a copy of this book from one of the authors in exchange for an honest review.