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Tales From Alternate Earths 2

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The successor to the Sidewise Award winning Tales From Alternate Earths is here.

Step into the worlds that might have been, the worlds of alternate history where climate change plunges the Earth into a frozen landscape, where the Moon landings may not have happened the way they did in our world, where a 10th century polymath invents the glider and changes the world, where
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published August 8th 2018 by Inklings Press
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Jane Jago
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid four stars.

Particular mention must go to The Dust in the King’s Library, Under Pressure and the Emperor of the North
Margo Collins
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a good retelling of history, a glimpse into alternate pasts, into the world as might have been. I'm excited to dive into this entire collection--but I'm going to start off here with my review of Bonnie Milani's "Lueger's Wager," a story that takes on the often-discussed idea of how the world would be different if Hitler hadn't taken power.

But unlike many of those other let's-kill-Hitler-style stories, all too often big and bold in their historical changes, Milani's is a quiet shift, one
Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Not only worlds that deserve to be real, but people living stories that deserve to be true. Maybe, on the flip-side of the page of history, they are...” - A direct quote from the book.

Tales From Alternate Earths 2 provides an intriguing look into the minds of others in how things ought to have been, could possibly have been, or in some cases, shouldn’t have been at all. On whole I would recommend it as a thought provoking read. The stories all touch on different perspectives and tease the mind
Melody Spencer
Aug 13, 2018 is currently reading it
Shelves: my-ebooks
Aug.13th - "The Accused" by Casia Courtier
This is an awesome Witch Trials tale where knowledge and literacy become the Devil's tools.

"Her eyes swam in tears as she watched pages curl and crumple into brittle ashes of lost knowledge."
Leland Lydecker
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The haunting and all-too-believable tale of the first woman cosmonaut to reach space. A Handmaid’s Tale-esque account of a present day where witch trials never went out of style. An alternate past where Hitler was diverted from the course that eventually saw him rise to power and orchestrate the largest genocide in recorded history. An alternate history where an Andalusian polymath invented the glider and gave birth to a future utterly unlike that which we know today.

These stories and many more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you love asking 'what if?' you'll find the stories in this second Tales from Alternate Earths 2 just to your taste. Only the most purist fanciers of history wouldn't find some of these stories fascinating. What if the first woman in space was not who you thought she was? What if we had a new ice age? What if the Salem Witch Trials had caught on and become the norm? What if the fascination with how the world worked had lead the Victorians to capture the creatures of legend as well as of Africa ...more
J.M. Johnson
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first foray into the alternate history genre and I was unprepared for the sheer variety shown by the stories and by the excellent writing. I had expected the stories to be on the lines of steampunk, based in Victorian times with a bit of technical wizardry thrown in, but this book is a very different proposition.

Among the 10 stories we find one about the younger brother of Christopher Columbus; another about global cooling rather than global warming; another one in which people who
Geoff Habiger
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tales from Alternate Earths 2 is a collection of 11 short stories that each look at how small changes in history, or slightly different realities, might have changed or reshaped our world. Within this collection you will find tales that range from a booming Soviet space program that rivals that of the US (Andy and Tina, by Gideon Marcus), to a look at how the US space program might have turned out had the conspiracy theories about the moon landings been correct (1969: A Space Oddity, by Jessica ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Liked it! Especially the first story by Gideon Marcus. Loved how entirely plausible it felt and its fragmented writing style.
Dan Melson
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Uneven Anthology of Alternate History

Andy and Tina by Gideon Marcus. Andy and Tina are two Soviet cosmonauts caught in a continuing deception by their government. Lots of feelings on the part of Tina, the viewpoint character, but precious little action or decision.

The Matthew by Christopher Edwards. The Matthew is a ship which (in this version of history) took Christopher Columbus' brother to the New World under the auspices of Henry VII of England. Most of the narrative is taken up with the co
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alternate history is one of my favorite science fiction subgenres, and Tales of Alternate Earths 2 does not disappoint. There’s a good variety of ideas, settings and historical divergences large and small in this anthology.

Although the quality of prose varies, I found something to like in every story. Here are a few of the standouts for me:

“Andy and Tina” by Gideon Marcus: Envisions an alternate Space Race where the Soviets landed on the moon, told from the perspective of Russian cosmonaut Vale
Andrew Weston
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Imagine a world where...”
How often a really good adventure has started with those words. Well, in “Tales From Alternate Earths 2” we have a selection of stories that do just that, bring us the “what if” history – reality – folklore and myth had turned out that little bit differently. In doing so, we are presented with a medley of philosophical and moral dilemmas that make you realize, “Wow, I never thought about that!”
Some are clever, witty and amusing; others, poignantly insightful. A few, dow
Christopher Keene
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's difficult to write a review for several short stories but this anthology makes it even more difficult because most of them were very thought-provoking. I particularly liked the alternative history stories over the mythology-based ones and the what-if tales relating to slight changes, anything as switching as having a female cosmonaut to somewhat larger things around readers labeled as witches to massive historical moments leading to even greater catastrophes, while Under Pressure shows a ve ...more
Sarah Crawford
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This one is not as good as the first volume of stories. Stories include one about a post-nuclear world, one based on ancient Egypt with Cleopatra and Caesar; one where dinosaurs evolved to intelligence but were threatened with destruction of Earth; one with a JFK that became a dictator; one with London vs. a meteor; a War of the Worlds variation; a Muslim-dominated world and one about an event in Tungusta.

There's not bad stories but they don't seem to be quite as innovative or done as well as t
Stoney OHanlon
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Frankly, most were not very good. The last one was an Islamic mishmash that was pointless and WAAAY too long. I love a good alternate history, but these hearkened back to the Sixties Depressing Dystopia genre. A good effort, but hard reading.
Book lover
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Couldn't finish it

The first three tales dragged on so much, I had to read three other books between these stories. I hope I didn't miss anything different when I opted to throw in the towel.
The last two stories didn't really grab me, but I enjoyed the rest.
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Daniel M. Bensen writes alternate history, science fiction, and fantasy. He teaches English in Sofia Bulgaria, where he lives with his wife and daughters in the Balkan Tower of Matriarchy.

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