Eleven unique tales in regards to the diversified paths our global might've taken...
exchange historical past explores the numerous attainable instructions our global may possibly stick to if convinced key occasions did not happen in any respect or have been replaced in a few an important means. Is our Earth the one Earth, our truth the one person who exists? Or are there many parallel worlds and societies, a few similar to ours, a few slightly recognizable?
Lincoln had by no means turn into president, and the Civil conflict had by no means taken place?
Columbus by no means came upon the USA, and the Inca built an enormous, technologically complex empire?
Magic used to be actual and a half-faery queen governed England?
Hitler and Germany received the battle simply because the United States by no means acquired involved?
a number of the world's religions have been completely commercialized, their temples run like casinos, religions deisgned merely for profit?
An writer came upon a booklet written by way of an alternative model of himself?
Robert Charles Wilson — Jeff Vandermeer — Stephen Baxter
Theodora Goss — Lizz Williams — Gene Wolfe
Greg Van Eekhout — Alastair Reynolds — Paul Park
Lucius Shepard — Benjamin Rosenbaum
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