Today In Alternate History - The Collection
Today In Alternate History - The Collection
Help bring out the chronicle of important events in history that never occurred today!
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About this project
Important events in history that never occurred - today! That was the slogan of the alternate history blog, Today In Alternate History, when it started out on May 27, 2004.As the site gears up for its tenth anniversary next year, the site's founder and first Alternate Historian, Robbie Taylor, is putting out an ebook and trade paperback collection of his first year of running TIAH, from the first day through the end of 2005. This features flash fiction one-offs as well as continuing story-lines that often took months to resolve. In this collection, you will be able to read in hours what the original readers had to wait weeks for, in a much more convenient and easier to read format, especially since the original site is no longer available. Find out why USA Today Online said, "We're working on arrangements to relocate ourselves - staff, site and all - to the inside of Robbie Taylor's head..."
The first day of the collection will be May 27 and it will run through the full year to May 26, to emulate the first full year of TIAH. The following is an example from the first day:
May 27, 2004
in 1800, the Mlosh finalized the independence of the North American Confederation from Great Britain, France, Spain and the Iroquois Confederation. The 3 European nations went into rapid decline following the loss of their North American colonies, but the Iroquois began a healthy alliance that lasts to the present day.
in 1872, on the 50th anniversary of Charles Babbage's difference engine, Thomas Edison unveiled his electric-powered version of the machine. The Edison EDE's, (Eddies, as they were known popularly), initially sold only to the US, British and French governments, became so useful that within a decade, most governments and large businesses were using them.
in 4600, the Emperor Chengzu's Star Fleet landed Ouyang Ziyuan on the moon. The Star Sailor's first words from the satellite were, "This is one small step for a humble servant, but a great leap for our Glorious Emperor." A dozen landings and a small colony followed, but with Chengzu's death in 4623, the Star Fleet became less of a priority for the Emperors of China.
in 1919, the Greater Zionist Resistance rose up in the European area known as The Pale, beginning the movement that would bring chaos to eastern Europe for the next 30 years. Begun by Astrid Pflaume, a fascist German time-traveler, who was a member of a neo-Nazi group seeking to foment an actual Jewish conspiracy; she succeeded in ways they had not anticipated.
in 1956, Joel Rosenberg secured the nomination of the Communist Party to represent them in the general election. He would face Socialist President Adlai Stevenson in the general election and defeat him soundly, ensuring Communist control of the Soviet States of America for the next 16 years. His own Presidency was sadly cut short in Dallas in 1962, when he was assassinated by a fascist counter-revolutionary, Lee Harvey Oswald.
in 1981, Fuhrer Adolf Hitler of the German Reich died in his sleep after almost 50 years in power. Europe was plunged almost immediately into civil war as dozens of subjugated peoples attempted to throw off their yokes after decades of fascist oppression.
in 12-19-6-1-0, King Chihuehue of the Inca declared himself the heir by marriage to the Mayan throne, after the death of his father-in-law, Emperor Mectezume. He was uncontested, and is expected to rule until the end of the age in 12 years, when Quetzelcoatl shall return.
in 2002, the immortal Comte de St Germaine finally achieved his goal of uncovering the Holy Grail. With its power, he began his campaign to have himself declared King of the Holy British Empire.
Included in the introduction will be an explanation of the various calendars used in the different timelines - Mayan, Roman, Chinese and others.
Risks and challenges
Real life can intrude on us all - we all have felt the pain of slipped deadlines. However, this project benefits from the fact that the only thing we have to add is contributor's details - everything else is editing, collecting and formatting. That leaves plenty of time to insert alternate you's, as well as make videos for all those top-dollar contributors.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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