What Might Have Been Volumes 1 2 Author:edited by Gregory Benford Suppose the events and people that shaped our times had been different, or had never even been ... — What if the story of the Iran hostages had been merely an elaborate coverup for what really happened in Iran? What if the Roman Empire had not fallen and the first contact with extraterrestrials occurred in the time of the Caesars? What if, instea... more »d of a man's world, it was a woman's, and football was absolutely illegal?
The past has drawn writers of speculative fiction as surely as the future. The temptation to twist a well-known tale--to dream of what might have been--is powerful, if not completely irresistible. And the results can be surprising, unsettling, completely mesmerizing, as this extraordinary 2 in 1 anthology proves.
Suppose Albert Einstein had decided to give up physics in favor of a career as a violin teacher? Or Abe Lincoln had traveled into the future and discovered that the Civil War had had a very different outcome? Or two guys in a stolen 1950 Cdaillac had stopped the invention of the hydrogen bomb--in one fiery crash?
Those are just a few of the intriguing suppositions that fill the pages of What Might Have Been: 12 stories of Alternate Empires in Volume One ...14 tales of of Alternate Heroes in Volume Two.
Featuring the talents of such noted SF writers as Harry Harrison, Robert Silverberg, Judith Tarr, James Morrow, Gregory Benford, Poul Anderson and Frederik Pohl--to name only a few--these bold excursions through time will transport you into bizarre new worlds, oddly familiar yet disturbingly different.« less