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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (25 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845297792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845297794
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Whates lives in a comfortable home down a quiet cul-de-sac in an idyllic Cambridgeshire village, which he shares with his partner Helen and their pets. Ian's love of science fiction began while still at school, manifesting when he produced an SF murder mystery as homework after being set the essay title "The Language of Shakespeare", much to the bemusement of his English teacher. Ian also represented his school at various sports, including football, squash, and table tennis, whilst swimming saw him perform for both school and the county of Hertfordshire! Such athletic feats are now ancient history. These days he exercises only his mind and his imagination (and, occasionally, a cocker spaniel called Honey).

In 2006 Ian launched independent publisher NewCon Press, quite by accident (buy him a pint sometime and he'll tell you about it). That same year he also resumed submitting short stories, and has now seen some 40 appear in different venues. He is currently the chairman of the British Science Fiction Association and co-organiser of the Newcon conventions in Northampton.

Ian also likes to write books, and has two novel sequences ongoing, the 'Noise' books (space opera) via Solaris, and the 'City of 100 Rows' series (urban fantasy with steampunk and SF overtones) through Angry Robot. Anxious not to have too much spare time on his hands, Ian started writing a new series of books, provisionally titled 'Drake's Dark Destiny', towards the end of 2010... So watch this space!

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Over 40 fascinating stories of worlds that might have been

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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By R. Palmer on 26 Jun. 2010
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This is indeed a pretty mammoth collection of alternate histories. 20 stories, (3 of which are new to the collection), all of which are alternate histories. This is done in different ways - some are far into the future long after some diversion from our established history takes place, and some take place around what the author imagines to be a crux in history.

The quality is pretty high throughout (take a look at the list of authors to see that) and there was little in here that I personally disliked (though, of course you may not like as much as I did). In fact, even authors that I've never really fancied the idea of (Harry Turtledove, for one) have some enjoyable stories in this.

Given the number of stories, it's hard to provide comprehensive reviews of each (also, probably best to avoid spoilers!) suffice to say at the price, you can't really fault this. It's not perfect by any means, but there was little that I really hated, so give it a go!

James Morrow - THE RAFT OF THE TITANIC [New to the collection]: Everyone is evacuated from the Titanic in an audacious rescue attempt, but no-one is discovered. Set against the backdrop of what happened over the next few years. Good fun.

Ken MacLeod - SIDEWINDERS [New to the Collection]: Alternate history and the multiverse - features a chap that is able to jump between differing histories. Excellent stuff.

Eugene Byrne & Kim Newman - THE WANDERING CHRISTIAN: Christianity never quite gets the hold that it did. Basically a history of what happened over the preceding hundreds of years.

Suzette Hayden Elgin - HUSH MY MOUTH: Short story showing a different outcome from the American Civil war (and that doesn't mean a conventional "the south won" story). Good stuff.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Riley on 3 May 2010
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This is the second "Mammoth" collection I've read, and they've made me much more positive about anthologies in general. This particular set of stories includes some impressive names and even more impressive tales. I enjoyed almost every story in here. One or two were a little bit off, but most hit the five star rating with space to spare, which is way above the majority of anthologies that I've come across.

Alternate History stories often tend to fall into the same broad strokes, and indeed you'll find several long lived Roman Empires, histories where different religions gain ascendancy in different parts of the world and of course a couple of visions of how Hitler could have elsewise spent his time.

I don't really want to do a synopsis for each story as some of them are difficult to introduce without being either so bland that several of them sound the same, or going into too much detail and giving away the entire story. That said, a few hightlights of this collection for me were;
A Very British History by Paul McAuley - A look back at a very different space race.
The Lucky Strike by Kim Stanley Robinson - The most thought provoking story, about a different plane being assigned the Hiroshima bombing run, and the comparrison to a firing squad at the end is particularly striking.
and Darwin Anathema by Stephen Baxter - In 2009 a much more powerful Catholic Church puts the bones of Charles Darwin on trial for heresy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sue on 19 Feb. 2014
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After struggling for quite a while, I eventually gave up about a third of the way into the book. I just couldn't get on with it. The first couple of stories were interesting, but the rest from then on just got more and more confusing. It was difficult to try and work out where they were set and even what they were meant to be about. They just didn't make sense to me. I read for enjoyment and I just wasn't enjoying this because it was just such hard work. I hate giving up on a book, but in the end I thought "why am I struggling with this". Sorry, I can't recommend this.
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Many years ago I read a book of altnerate history stories which I quite enjoyed (but the title of which I have long forgotten!) and when I saw this one offered, I thought I would give it a go.

It kind of does what it says on the tin BUT I found a similarity with the other book which I suspect is a reflection of the times that both sets of stories were written in. The original book had a majority of stories about "what would have happened if the Nazis had won the war". This book had many variations on the theme of what would have happened if at various (different) turning points in history, the tide had turned in favour of Islam rather than Christianity.

Unlike some reviewers, I did NOT find this book (or indeed any of the stories) anti-Christian. The authors are simply posing the question to themselves of how things might have turned out differently had it been Islam and not Christianity which won out. The fact that there are quite a few stories in this book using this as a premise is, I suspect, more of a reflection of current affairs in the 21st century than any prejudice on behalf of the authors.

That said, the story I found most interesting was one which posed the question of how things might have turned out differently had Archduke Ferdinand and his wife not been assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914 thus precipitating the First World War. The twist (which I will not reveal) was satisfying and in the light of what we know happened in the Second World War, very moving.

All in all I did enjoy most of the stories in this collection but I have given 4 stars rather than 5 because of the preponderance of the Islam/Christian reversal themes. I feel the editors could have done more to ensure a more varied collection of themes.
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