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We don’t need no stinking horses!

Imagine a world without horses. Of course, a world with more horses would be a lot of fun. What if the Native Americans had them, and all the empire-building, technology-sharing, and disease-creation that (at least according to Jared Diamond) goes … Continue reading

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Conversations with my wife: the Hobbsian Trap

Sunday night I had the rare opportunity for a conversation with my wife about something other than diapers and baby triceratopses (we have a 2-year-old). This was the result: On the subject of simon-roy and sandralanz‘s new post-singularity project: How … Continue reading

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77 Telling History with Matt Mitrovich

I finish my conversation with Matt Mitrovich, founder of The Alternate History Weekly Update, talking about some of the darker implications of real and alternate history. Great Man History Determinist History Richard Evans Counter-factual History Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World … Continue reading

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The Ecology War

I’ve been trying to think about post-Singularity space-opera ideas for a while now, and parasky on deviantart may just have given me the push I needed with his planet Porphyrogennetos. “The purple vegetation is actually photosynthetic fungoids that have intriguing … Continue reading

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Bronze Age Antipodes

Look at me look at me! I inspired someone. Lamnay over at deviantart has made a map based on my Antipodes scenario. He brought some new ideas to the table. Some good ones. “What if travel between locations on the … Continue reading

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76 Points of Divergence with Matt Mitrovich

I’m talking again with Matt Mitrovich, founder of The Alternate History Weekly Update about… The smallest person can create an alternate history Balkanized North Americas Colonialism goes differently Juan Santamaria and what he might have done 1491 by Charles C. Mann The World’s Other Side … Continue reading

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Ship-states

Living on a space-ship needs a different sort of society than living on a planet. All resources must be centrally distributed, all precautions must be enforced. All orders must be followed. In some ways, the Ship-state looks like a perfect … Continue reading

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Why Save the Mechanical Rainforest?

So our conversations about Petrolea and the environmental philosophy questions it raises are getting really interesting. This is what I have so far. Why save the mechanical rainforest? Because: 1) The mechanical rainforest is more useful alive than dead.(the Pragmatic … Continue reading

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75 Alternate History with Matt Mitrovich

This week I’m talking to Matt Mitrovich, founder of The Alternate History Weekly Update about, what else, alternate history, the little brother of genre fiction. So what if… The South wins the Civil War The Nazis win WWII JFK isn’t assassinated. Point … Continue reading

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Antipodes

If you’re in the mood for more alternate history, here’s a stupid idea that I can’t shake. Let’s say that, from the earliest times, people could “tunnel” through the Earth. Build a henge, do some rituals and bloop, you’re at the … Continue reading

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