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by Julie E. Czerneda

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Some of today's top science fiction writers explore the futures that might have been, including original stories from Julie E. Czerneda and other great names in the genre.


Some of today's top science fiction writers explore the futures that might have been, including original stories from Julie E. Czerneda and other great names in the genre.

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Fans of alternate history will undoubtedly enjoy ReVisions, an anthology of 15 never-before-published stories that explore slightly amended scientific discoveries and their effects on civilization. What would happen if the AIDS epidemic had erupted a century earlier? What if humankind looked to the depths of the ocean instead of the stars? What if the Black Death had been averted? Those questions and more are answered within.

Noteworthy stories include "Unwirer," by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, a chilling look at a near-future America where the Motion Picture Association of America won its 1995 bid at the National Information Infrastructure hearings to redesign the Internet and turned it into a centralized, regulated, user-unfriendly nightmare. "Swimming Upstream in the Wells of the Desert," by Mike Resnick and Susan R. Matthews, takes place in a future where cold fusion energy has irrevocably changed the worldwide economy; and "The Resonance of Light," by Geoffrey Landis, speculates about how the Serbian inventor Nicola Tesla could have stopped WWI with an auspicious scientific discovery. Doranna Durgin's "A Call to the Wild" follows a shepherd named Neil, as he tries to do his job in a world where dogs were never domesticated; and "Silent Leonardo," by Kage Baker, takes a look at a 16th-century Europe where Leonardo da Vinci's numerous notes and sketches are developed for military use.

Historic revisionists everywhere will delight in these scientifically and technologically based literary speculations. For readers that frequently ask, "What if?" -- this collection is definitely for you. Paul Goat Allen

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Biologist Julie E. Czerneda's science fiction has received international acclaim, awards, and best-selling status. She is the author of the popular "Species Imperative" trilogy, the "Web Shifters" series, the "Trade Pact Universe" trilogy and her new "Stratification" novels. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stand-alone novel, In the Company of Others, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished SF. Julie lives with her husband and two children in the lake country of central Ontario, under skies so clear they could take seeing the Milky Way for granted, but never do.

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of the stories take place in modern times, detailing how life would be different if historical events were slightly altered. The best of these is 'Herd Mentality'. The idea works best in 'The Resonance of Light', in which history unfolds as we know it, but near the end of the tale, an alternate event transpires and we are left to wonder about the consequences. Skip 'Axial Axioms'. Instead of a short story, this one is just a series of disconnected set-ups for puns that only a mathematician would (maybe) love.
harstan More than 1 year ago
This fifteen short story collection contains what if alternate history tales that will delight genre fans. Each tale takes a key scientific or technological element and changes when it occurred so that it either intersects at an earlier pivotal moment in history such as the Sumerians inventing the printing press in BC or never materialized such as Galileo fails to release his findings. The tales are all well written and the explanation of the REVISION point is fun to follow to ascertain whether the reader agrees with the author¿s logic. Intriguing are those with a modern aspect to include Tesla inventing a laser in the nineteenth century, Livingstone bringing AIDS out of Africa in the nineteenth century and the government pushing aquanauts over astronauts and banning the Internet. Mindful of the Marvel Comics What If series, this terrific collection will have the audience thinking of new ones such as what if an underpaid over paid book reviewer was given a guitar instead of Narnia?---- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. The level of detail in the stories is excellent. Definitely kept my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*she expects Bella to be here.*