Tuesday I finished Lance Parkin’s Warlords of Utopia, his Faction Paradox novel that recounts the trans-temporal war between the timelines where Rome never fell and the timelines where Germany won the Second World War. Warlords is not a conventional novel. Rather, the book feels like a memoir. The narrator, Marcus Americanus Scriptor, states at the … Continue reading Warlords of Utopia
“If the re-election of George W Bush for his second term as President has a significance in terms of global history, it is that this, far more than his original accession to power, was the point when certain facts became clear to the traditional allies of the USA. Namely, that not only was the behemothic … Continue reading Some Fictional Perspective
I toyed with the idea a few years ago, purely as a thought experiment, of reworking “The Cage” as a Mirror Universe adventure. My thinking went something like this– Suppose that the vision the Talosians gave Pike of himself as an Orion slave trader was, roughly, the person Pike was in the Mirror Universe. Then … Continue reading On the Mirror Universe Pike
Going to the mailbags. Ryan wanted to know: What if the Romulans had somehow successfully invaded Vulcan in early 2368 during the TNG episodes Unification I and II? While war between the Federation and the Romulans would have almost certainly occured, what would have happened next? I think the Romulans erred badly, in mistaking the … Continue reading Alternity! Federation/Romulan War?
Electronics Arts released last week a video game based on the Return of the King film, with voice-overs done by the trilogy’s cast and a liberal sprinkling of film footage from the three films bridging the gaps between missions. As with a DVD, there are bonus films that can be unlocked, and earlier this evening, … Continue reading Alternity! A Lord of the Rings counterfactual
I used to read comics. A lot of comics. And toward the end of the ’90s, I stopped. I’ve started picking up some comics here and there–JLA/Avengers, Superman/Batman, various and sundry Hellboy stuff. And I saw Neil Gaiman’s miniseries for Marvel, 1602, picked up the first three issues, read them. Frankly, I’m left with an … Continue reading 1602
Usually when thinking about alternate histories of the 2280s, I wandwave away the Probe. It’s all too coincidental. It shows up at precisely that particular moment when Kirk and his crew happen to be the only ship capable of going back in time to solve the crisis. It always seemed to me that, alter any … Continue reading Alternity! The Probe
Try this on for size. It’s 2266. Captain Kirk and the Enterprise are zipping through space, and there’s an emergency distress call from a nearby colony, under attack. The Enterprise diverts from its routine patrol. Had the Enterprise stayed on its course for another day, Spock would have detected a derelict Earth ship from the … Continue reading What if… No Khan Noonian Singh?
A really bizarre thought I had went something like this: Suppose “War of the Worlds” happened in the Star Trek history. So in the 1890s humanity learned that aliens existed, and the invasion fleet left lots of steampunk hardware around. The Great War gets a whole lot nastier, with both sides trying to use reverse-engineered … Continue reading Alternity! Independence Day in the Star Trek universe
On Friday, October 11, 2002 Michael Edward Johnson wrote: I have read Star Charts and it is great. However some included information has once again raised a question in my mind. There is a chart that lists the founding memebers of the Federation as Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, Tellar and Alpha Centauri. Okay what does the … Continue reading Alternity! Once again to Centauri dear friends.