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Tales From Alternate Earths 2 by Daniel M. Bensen
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really liked it
bookshelves: alternate-history, anthologies, short-fiction

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 Valentina Tereshkova.

The Goose’s Wing” by Daniel M. Benson: A world where Muslim Andalusia spread throughout the Mediterranean and gliders became a routine form of transport. Journalist Tariq is making a documentary about the glider’s history that he hopes will help dispel anti-Mongol xenophobia. He gets embroiled with the Kurultai Mongol separatists along the way.

Pillars of the Past” by Brent A. Harris: The American Revolution failed and the US is still a part of England in 2016. A vote to exit Britain is being held, but a terrorist group is determined to stop it. Powerful and interesting, definitely a standout of the collection.

The Fairy Courts” by Jeff Provine: One woman’s account of an exhibition of fairies and magic creatures at the British Museum that goes disastrously sideways. Funny and imaginative with a dash of feminist commentary.

Lueger’s Wager” by Bonnie Milani: In 1910, the anti-Semitic mayor of Vienna and a prominent member of the Jewish community conduct a war of words to win the allegiance of a young Hitler, currently a starving postcard artist. Very interesting historical divergence, and I liked the background history Milani included at the end.

This is a solid anthology of alternate histories that should appeal to anyone who’s ever wondered, “What if it happened that way?

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Reading Progress

February 21, 2019 – Started Reading
February 27, 2019 – Finished Reading
May 27, 2019 – Shelved
May 27, 2019 – Shelved as: alternate-history
May 27, 2019 – Shelved as: anthologies
May 27, 2019 – Shelved as: short-fiction

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