Alternate History Quotes

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“The day I came squealing and squalling into the world was the first time someone tried to kill me. I guess it should have been obvious to everyone right then that I wasn't going to have a normal life.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation

Ben H. Winters
“Sometimes it's possible, just barely possible, to imagine a version of this world different from the existing one, a world in which there is true justice, heroic honesty, a clear perception possessed by each individual about how to treat all the others. Sometimes I swear I could see it, glittering in the pavement, glowing between the words in a stranger's sentence, a green, impossible vision--the world as it was meant to be, like a mist around the world as it is.”
Ben H. Winters, Underground Airlines

“It was the midwife that tried to do me in. Truth be told, it wasn't really her fault. What else is a good Christian woman going to do when a Negro comes flying out from between the legs of the richest white woman in Haller County, Kentucky?”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation

Gwenn Wright
“Wicked eyes are not a good prospect for seminary boys. They want a gentle, soft sort of wife, not a wife who looks as though she may sprout wings and carry off the young children of the village. ~Maria "Smythe”
Gwenn Wright, The BlueStocking Girl

“And I suppose I might have grown up better, might have become a proper house girl or even taken Aunt Aggie's place as House Negro. I might have been a good girl if it had been in the cards. But all of that was dashed to hell two days after I was born, when the dead rose up and started to walk on a battlefield in a small town in Pennsylvania called Gettysburg.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation

Stephanie Osborn
“A wise man does not always admit to everything he knows. And sometimes an overly-credulous friend can be a source of mild amusement.”
~Sherlock Holmes”
Stephanie Osborn, The Case of the Displaced Detective: The Arrival

Sara Douglass
“I had thought that my being would collapse when I gifted my soul', said Neville. 'Why is it then that I still breathe, and feel, and move?' 'Because,' said Mary, 'when you gift something wholly and completely and unhesitatingly it returns to you doublefold.”
Sara Douglass, The Crippled Angel

Beth Brower
“His touch felt like coming back, and Quincy realized she had been waiting for it. When he pulled away, both of his hands now on the sides of her face, his eyes searching hers for answers, Quincy nodded then wrapped her arms around him. She pressed her face to his chest, and his response was to gather her to him, saying something she couldn't her.

And there it was, the heartbeat she had heard the night of the Fothergils' ball, pulsing again in the shell of her ear. Quincy closed her eyes from relief. It gave her the same comfort the sound of the press gave her. It was a familiar machine.”
Beth Brower, The Q

Matthew Sylvester
“Shitting fucking bastard! Fuck off you massive cockwank!’ - Misty Meanor, during a particularly stressful encounter.”
Matthew Sylvester, Bitter Defeat

Robert Ferrigno
“Jason smiled. The sound of wings was louder now, the fluttering of angels come to carry him home.”
Robert Ferrigno, Prayers for the Assassin

Dexter Palmer
“He pulled out his wallet and extracted a twenty-dollar bill, fastidiously folding it in half so that the crease cut across the face of Theodore Roosevelt, with its shining spectacles and its Chesire Cat grin.”
Dexter Palmer, Version Control

J.A. Willoughby
“Sound bytes. Catch phrases. Sales pitches. Words. All lexical legitimizing. ‘A rose by any other name…’ he said. In the end it’s all propaganda.”
J.A. Willoughby, The Promised Land

Sara Douglass
“Tom . . . is Christ among us?' 'Yes.' Where? Why do I not see him? Why does he not come to me?' 'Because you did not love,' Neville said, hating the fact that he had to say it.”
Sara Douglass, The Crippled Angel

J.A. Willoughby
“A huge fleet comprised of thousands of large naval and other seaworthy vessels from almost every nation on earth laid in wait off the coasts of the United States of America. The ships were stationary, poised and ready, positioned miles out to sea but still within plain view of every major port city, along every coastal waterway on all three sides of the great North American land mass.”
J.A. Willoughby, The Promised Land

Dexter Palmer
“That's one of our speculations, by the way. That the prior version of history that this one overwrote was horrible. Complete geopolitical mayhem; half of New York City is underwater. The United States is headed toward civil war, or ruled by an artificial-intelligence construct, or some such other thing. Real end-of-days stuff. That the instances of ourselves who existed in that history figured out what we have: that the invention of the causality violation device was the cause. That in that prior version of history, Rebecca did not die in a car accident. That she went back to the past on a mission, as a volunteer, well aware of her sacrifice.”
Dexter Palmer, Version Control

Ian Tregillis
“See Cook [op.cit.] for a discussion of Huygens’s unusual wartime visit to Cambridge and the Royal Society. His philosophical contretemps with Isaac Newton in 1675 (referenced in Society minutes as “The Great Corpuscular Debate”) would mark the last significant intellectual discourse between England and the continent prior to the chaos of the Interregnum and the Annexation . . . Some Newton biographers [Winchester (1867), &c] indicate Huygens may have used his sojourn in Cambridge to access Newton’s alchemical journals and that key insights derived thusly may have been instrumental to Huygens’s monumental breakthrough. However, cf. Hooft [1909] and references therein for a critique of the forensic alchemy underlying this assertion. From Freeman, Thomas S., A History of the Pre-Annexation England from Hastings to the Glorious Revolution, 3 Vols. New Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1918.”
Ian Tregillis

Simon Rumney
“Racism is a virus which can only be spread by us!”
Simon Rumney, Another Tribe

“The taxi stand was only an open shelter, so I was freezing as I looked toward midtown. I could see the RCA building with its bright red logo at Rockefeller Center, and farther south, the Empire State Building with its illuminated set-backs. At the tip of Manhattan, the twin towers of the World Trade Center -- which were over 1,100 feet tall themselves -- flanked the mile-high Space Trylon. It was clear as well as cold, and as I looked toward Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, it seemed to be poijnting to the stars. This, of course, was the idea, since it embodied the joint American-Soviet space exploration program that settled the Moon in 1955, and, twenty years later, Mars.”
Lou Antonelli, Another Girl, Another Planet

Nava Semel
“כבר רואים את "השלישייה" מנקבת את העננים... מרדכי, מנואל ונוח. מאה קומות בכל מגדל...

מהזווית שלי נוח המרובע מסתיר את מנואל דמוי הגליל ומרדכי, המגדל המשולש, חולש על שניהם.”
Nava Semel, Isra-Isle

Nava Semel
“בשדה־התעופה אררט, בעודי מנהל תחרות ריצה עם המסוע לעבר השירותים, דוהר הלוגו האישראלי לצידי על הקירות - כוכב בעל שישה קודקודים שבתוכו שזור ענף בוקיצה מלבלב.”
Nava Semel, Isra-Isle

Nava Semel
“אני מצלם את התורן העתיק שעליו נתלה בתום מלחמת האזרחים דגל הפסים והכוכבים וביניהם מגן דוד זערורי.”
Nava Semel, Isra-Isle

Nava Semel
“אתר האינטרנט של אוניברסיטת אררט־ניאגרה מבשר לי בגאווה על שלושה סטודנטים שנרשמו השנה ללימודי עברית בחוג ללשונות עתיקות, שם מלמדים אותה לצד לטינית, יוונית עתיקה, גאלית, ארמית, אסקימו־גרנלנדית, קאווסקר ושפת שבט הטוסקארורה שזוכה בעת האחרונה לעדנה.

"הסטודנטים בני המזל הללו יזכו לקרוא את ספר הספרים בשפה שבה נכתב"...

גן חיות לשפות נכחדות. בואו ילדים, נבקר בכלוב של העברית.”
Nava Semel, Isra-Isle

Nava Semel
“גרנד־פלסטיין היא המקום הכי מנומנם בתבל, והאפשרות לצוד שם סנסציה כובשת־כותרות שווה לסיכוי להכות את הקזינו. שלח את התמונות הפסטורליות מהכפר הקטן ירושלים לנשיונל ג'יאוגרפיק, הוא הציע. אולי הם יהיו מעוניינים.”
Nava Semel, Isra-Isle

Jennifer McKeithen
“At least I don't have to go through with my earlier plan.” Instead, it seemed she soon would meet her end. “I will make it such an end!” she vowed”
Jennifer McKeithen, Atlantis On the Tides of Destiny

“Even the current Autocrat seemed somehow familiar and yet different - he was a bombastic business tycoon who had rallied the common man to his cause and was even now attempting to roust the cancerous elitists and their foot soldiers from the country. It felt oddly natural and familiar, but was at the same time larger and bolder than the world he left behind.”
Jon Mollison, Adventure Constant: A Tale of the Planetary Romantic

“The burned corpses of the doppelgängers of Hitler and Braun, numerous false leads, meticulously orchestrated evidence, misdirection, and other diversions now being set in place will confuse the Americans and Russians, Zeller knew, and, in the end, put them at each other’s throats.”
Paul Majkut

Daniel S. Fletcher
“As a young adult, Naomi became a teacher to help inspire children; to aid the creativity and channelled passions of their fertile minds. Now, the kids would read these Protocols; that 11yr old boy would be joined by an army of thousands, countless thousands, even millions. How long until the twisted poison of language could scar purity, and forever pervert the children of Britain into a hateful, vengeful, violent clique of racists?

*Jewish life was life unworthy of life.*

How could she have ever ignored and belittled this work? So maleficient was its content, to perniciously penetrate the conscious fears of all European nations – and presumably the rest of the world – to transcend cultural differences, and encompass all facets of cultural decay and parasitic operation to insidiously affect the thinking of – and thence bind together –all peoples of Britain, America and Europe to the modern form of anti-Semitism and scientific racial loathing. From the medieval beliefs of sacrifice and well-poisoning to this modern resurrection of ancient fears, with its sinister new ambition and devilish upgrade in scale; Naomi realised with trepidation that once more, her people truly had been chosen.”
Daniel S. Fletcher

Daniel S. Fletcher
“After Dunkirk, the Luftwaffe had turned its sights onto England. We’d seen the destructive force of German military might playing to universal horror across cinema screens up and down the country, and with our army gone, Hitler and Göring’s eyes turned west to the white cliffs of Dover. Warsaw, Rotterdam… was London next? Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh? They bombed us relentlessly for a fortnight, even before France signed her official surrender. Night-time bombing raids on London, now called “The Blitz”. Fires in the night sky, women and children screaming, the shriek of the bombers, the deathly silence that briefly, fatefully follows. And then dust, blood, sirens. Noise and smells and screeching yells, panic and terror. The rising panic of a people under fire, who knew they had no army left to defend them when the enemy came.”
Daniel S. Fletcher, Jackboot Britain

Stephanie Osborn
“Watson fully comprehended the fact that occasionally it is useful for one’s adversaries to underestimate one’s abilities.”
~Sherlock Holmes”
Stephanie Osborn, The Case of the Displaced Detective: The Arrival

Uzodinma Iweala
“Sometimes I wonder who my mother might be if she weren't married to my father. Everyone around him seems that much less free-spirited, that much less open to possibility, so much more controlled. At her office she is loud and filled with infectious laugher. Here she is more quiet and deferential. I can cut a cucumber, I say more sharply than I intend. She winces and busies herself with searching for a vegetable peeler, if only to make a point.”
Uzodinma Iweala, Speak No Evil: A Novel

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