Thursday, August 20, 2009

Alternate History

My face is normal again - well, as normal as can be, heh. I went to the dentist on Monday and he pulled the tooth that had caused the abscess. And yay, praise God, I'm pain-free. Such a relief!

I'm blogging about Alternate History today over at the Prairie Chicks. Alternate History is a fascinating subgenre of Speculative(Science) Fiction and Historical Fiction. It asks the question, "What if something changed history?" Alternate History has intrigued me from the first moment I read about it in a Jeff Gerke interview (Marcher Lord Press ).

Take a look at this story idea:

Genre: Alternate History

Year: 1898

Background: Because of the Great Wars, women outnumbered men 2 to 1. With the discovery of the new land of Canada, Europe sent boatloads of citizens, 2 women for every male in an attempt to renew the male population. But in the new land, the women rebelled. Tired of war, outnumbering the men, they formed the new government. After years of peace, men in the west rebelled. The government formed a mounted peace corps to patrol the west. Armed with rifles and pistols, the peacemakers were under order to talk first and only shoot in defense.

Heroine: Constable Nellie Porter of the NorthWest Mounted PeaceMakers

Setting: Fort Walsh, Saskatchewan

Mission: To capture the renegade Mitchell Brandon and bring him in to face the charges of treason and insurgence.

Promise: I, Nellie Porter, will not rest until I get my man. *wink*


Well, whaddya think?


  1. I love the premise. [And I've no doubt the women will stumble into their own feminine mistakes to offset all of history's record of male ones ;-)]

  2. Hey Anne, yeah, I guess, eh. I never thought I would be a 'world builder' but if I follow this through, that will be a major part of it. It's quite exciting to think about.

    Thanks for stopping. I'll see you soon in Denver.

  3. Oh this is too much. I mean that in a good way. Fascinating. Who doesn't love 'alternate history' now that we know the name. It's like a time travel book in a way. There's something exciting about creating a new world of 'normal'.


  4. Hey Debra, you're right. It is like time travel in a way. It reminds me of that TV show, Sliders where they kept sliding into alternate realities. I really enjoyed that show.

    There's something exciting about creating a new world of 'normal'.
    I think this is why it appeals to me so much. I'm not into Fantasy or even Science Fiction unless it's like Star Trek or Stargate and both of those are earth-based, if you know what I mean. So this is new but familiar. More my style.

    Thanks for the visit. I enjoyed it.

  5. I love it! And I love the concept of this genre too! Holy cow, now I need to go off and think.

  6. Hey that's right, Kel, this would be right up your alley. I guess if there's an upside to all the manual labor you're doing these days on your house...besides the obvious one of that you get to plot while you work. :)


Come on, tell me what you think...