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Alternate Heroes by Gregory Benford
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bookshelves: anthology, sf, fiction, short-stories, alternate-history, nonviolence, religion, islam, christianity, history, war
Read from February 10 to 13, 2011 , read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** The salient questions...

"A Sleep and a Forgetting," Robert Silverberg -- What if Genghis Khan became a Byzantine Christian rather than a world-conqueror?

"The Old Man and C," Sheila Finch -- What if Albert Einstein had pursued the violin instead of physics?

"The Last Article," Harry Turtledove -- What if Gandhi had tried nonviolent resistance against the Nazi occupation of India?**

"Abe Lincoln in McDonald's," James Morrow -- What if Lincoln had signed a peace treaty with the CSA in 1863?**

"Loose Cannon," Susan Schwartz -- What if T.E. Lawrence had survived his motorcycle accident and lived to confront Rommel in WWII?

"A Letter from the Pope," Harry Harrison and Tom Shippey -- What if Alfred of Wessex had favored Viking paganism over Roman Christianity in the 9th century?**

"Roncesvalles," Judith Tarr -- What if Charlemagne chose Islam over Christianity?**

"His Powder'd Wig, His Crown of Thornes," Marc Laidlaw -- What if George Washington lost the American Revolution and became the Messiah for oppressed peoples everywhere?**

"Departures," Harry Turtledove -- What if Muhammad's prophetic gifts were incorporated into Christianity?**

"Instability," Rudy Rucker and Paul Di Filippo -- What if Keruoac and Cassady "Holy Goofed the world off course" and did away with the threat of nuclear annihilation in the process?**

"No Spot of Ground," Walter Jon Williams -- What if Edgar Allan Poe survived his alcoholism and lived to be a Confederate general?


**My favorite stories in the anthology
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