Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The Alternative Is Us
At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)
The other day I saw the doc The Bomb on PBS. It's all about the development and history of the atomic bomb and how it influenced recent history.
So many near misses and almosts that it leads me to wonder. How did we get so lucky (during the Bay of Pigs)? Or unlucky (missing a disarmament agreement in 1946)? It's almost like...
What if this is an alternate reality? What if the unthinkable actually happened, and someone managed to go back in time and "fix" it to create the world we now live in?