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Other Earths [Format Kindle]

Nick Gevers , Jay Lake

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Eleven original stories about the different paths our world might've taken...

Alternate history explores the many possible directions our world could follow if certain key events didn't occur at all or were changed in some crucial way. Is our Earth the only Earth, our reality the only one that exists? Or are there many parallel worlds and societies, some very similar to ours, some barely recognizable?

What if...
Lincoln had never become president, and the Civil War had never taken place?
Columbus never discovered America, and the Inca developed a massive, technologically advanced empire?
Magic was real and a half-faery queen ruled England?
Hitler and Germany won the war because America never got involved?
Many of the world's religions were totally commercialized, their temples run like casinos, religions deisgned purely for profit?
An author discovered a book written by an alternate version of himself?
These are just some of the possible pathways that you can take to explore the Other Earths that may be waiting just one event away...

This anthology includes stories by:
Robert Charles Wilson — Jeff Vandermeer — Stephen Baxter
Theodora Goss — Lizz Williams — Gene Wolfe
Greg Van Eekhout — Alastair Reynolds — Paul Park
Lucius Shepard — Benjamin Rosenbaum

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 320 pages
  • Editeur : DAW; Édition : 1 Original (7 avril 2009)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Amazon.com: 3.7 étoiles sur 5  6 commentaires
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Definitely Mixed Feelings 30 août 2009
Par Steven Woodcock - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
I'm a huge fan of alternative histories such as the type covered in the stories here, and that's what drew me to the book.

Unfortunately I was somewhat disappointed. Of the 13 (I believe) stories feature I found about half to be good to very good, with the other half being rather less than that. For example, I found "The Unblinking Eye" (about an Incan Empire that expanded to cover most of the Americas) to be quite good though sloppily written, while "This Peaceable Land" (about an America where the Civil War never happens) had promise but ultimately felt sodden. There were various editing mistakes throughout as well that lent a "rushed" feeling to the whole collection.

I'm glad this book is in my collection, but it's definitely not one of the gems.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of DAW's best anthologies (that I've read) 21 mars 2010
Par Joshua Palmatier - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
Before I begin, I just want to say that this anthology has, so far, been the best DAW anthology I've read. The stories were all consistently good and engrossing, drawing me in and holding me in each alternate reality. Kudos to the editors, Nick Gevers & Jay Lake, for putting such a stellar anthology together, and kudos to the writers for coming up with such interesting alternate Earths. I've indicated the two stories I thought were the strongest, but of course that's my personal opinion. It was harder picking out these two this time though.

Table of Contents:

This Peaceable Land, or, the Unbearable Vision of Harriet Beecher Stowe by Robert Charles Wilson: A good story about what might have happened if the Civil War had never occurred. The tone and the potential consequences of this alternate reality are perfect and utterly believable, which makes what happens in the story that much more disturbing. It took a while of reading before you realize why the story is "alternate," but otherwise a great story.

The Goat Variations by Jeff VanderMeer: In this story, we get to see a variety of alternate Earths, all centered around what the president (of an alternate Earth) was doing and thinking before and during the seven minutes of silence after receiving word about what had happened on September 11th, 2001. We get to see these reactions because of what happened in this alternate Earth, where a machine has been invented that alters the mind of the current president so he can see these other realities. A cool idea, and an interesting take on the theme of the anthology, although I'm not convinced the story resolved itself as well as it could have. However, it was haunting at a gut level.

The Unblinking Eye by Stephen Baxter: In this story, the alternate reality is one in which the Europeans never discover the Americas, thus giving the Incas a chance to rise to supremacy. However the story is told from the perspective not of the high and mighty and powerful, but from a commoner's level. I liked the way the events unfolded, and the revelation of what the Unblinking Eye truly was, and felt this story (though complete and satisfying here) could be expanded into a much larger story.

Csilla's Story by Theodora Goss: In this story, the Earth isn't as altered to as great an extent as some of the other stories. Here, it's pretty much our own Earth, but with a particular race of possibly magical gypsy-like people living and surviving under great prejudice, even though the truest members of their group have green hair and bleed silver blood. This actually contains many smaller stories, since the main story is about preserving their heritage even though they are hunted down and persecuted wherever they live. A good story though.

Winterborn by Liz Williams: This is probably the most far-fetched of the "alternate" Earths in this anthology, with the premise being that magic in Britain is real and that the faerie realm still interacts heavily with our own world, to the extent that the current queen is from faerie herself. The main story revolves around a young woman who can speak to those who have died in the waters of the rivers in and around London. Through these resources, she learns of an imminent attack through magical means on London and the queen. I loved the descriptions of the magic and the use of how humans take over and control the lands around us, to the extent that we "relocate" rivers to suit our own needs and how this could come back and bite us in the ass. Another good story, although I do think it stretches the general premise of the anthology a little thin. *grin*

Donovan Sent Us by Gene Wolfe: Here, the alternate Earth is one in which the Germans have won the second World War because the Americans never got involved. The story centers around an attempt to rescue Churchill from the prison camps in Britain after the Germans have taken over. The story certainly draws you in, and the ending is shocking. Not what you're expecting as you work through the story at all.

The Holy City and Em's Reptile Farm by Greg van Eekhout: This story is the wildest alternate Earth of them all, with everything you can think of turned on its head and introduced without explanation and without qualms either. Las Vegas is basically a religious mecca, with all the glitz and glam it possesses now, but with the religion turned on its head. There are camels alongside cars, religious zealots and thieves in the Holy City. But all of this is sideline world detail. The main story is about a young woman trying to save her family's reptile farm by going to the Holy City to win a religious artifact in a lottery. It doesn't turn out as she expected.

The Receivers by Alastair Reynolds: In this alternate Earth, the war goes on longer than expected, which interrupts the lives of some famous musicians. Yet the music these musicians would have created calls to them through one of their new jobs to help with the war effort. It's a sad story in some respects, and yet uplifting at the end. A much more personal story, more about the characters and their missed opportunities rather than the way the Earth was altered.

A Family History by Paul Park: This story was interesting in that it was speculation from the perspective of the narrator, along the lines of "if this hadn't happened, and this hadn't happened, . . ." etc. I didn't find this worked well for me, however once the narrator settled into a particular story thread for a particular set of speculations, I got involved in the story. It basically presented two alternate possibilities for a certain character. Why the narrator is so interested in this particular character and what could have happened to him doesn't become clear until the end. It still didn't feel as fully developed as it could have been.

Dog-eared Paperback of My Life by Lucius Shepard: The main premise behind this story isn't that a significant event (or insignificant, even) happened differently, but instead that a bunch of alternate Earths have converged. An author discovers a book by himself that he never wrote, which is the beginning of his discovery that these different versions of the Earth sometimes meet, sometimes briefly, sometimes not. This is a 90 page "short" story, and I felt that the beginning could have moved a little faster. Mostly, though, the main character isn't really someone that you're supposed to like all that much, which makes it hard to be concerned about him. You're mostly reading to discover what happens with the idea of the story, not the character.

Nine Alternate Alternate Histories by Benjamin Rosenbaum: This isn't so much a story as it is a potential list of ways in which we could interpret the idea of an "alternate" history. It was interesting reading, and the different types of alternate histories presented were interesting to think about, but I still wouldn't call it a "story" per se.
5 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Uneven collection of AH stories 8 juillet 2009
Par Jvstin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
Alternate history is one of my favorite subgenres in Science Fiction, and it is a subgenre that lends itself as well to the short story as to the novel. The sting in the tail in realizing just where the divergence lies in a story's world and how it lies changed with our own often works better in a short story than the expanse of a novel. An AH novel explores an alternate history at length; a story is about the sting in the tail.

So I read Other Earths, a collection of new AH stories, with eagerness. Edited by Jay Lake and Nick Gevers, Other Earths includes stories by authors well versed in the genre, including Stephen Baxter, Paul Park and Robert Charles Wilson.

Like all anthologies, though, anthologies can all too often be very uneven in their quality. The very variety of the authors presented here means, necessarily, stories with wildly divergent styles, aims, and themes. Paul Park's story, "A Family History", has an almost dream like quality to it that is very alike to his Roumania novels. It is very different than the rigorous "The Unblinking Eye" by Baxter, which is really a puzzle story wrapped in the trappings of an alternate history. Liz William's "Winterborn" adds an element of fantasy to the alternate history.

And so all of the stories range in this way. What this meant for me, though, and likely will mean for you is that while you will undoubtedly find stories here you will like, its just as certain there are stories in this set of 11 stories that you will dislike, perhaps intensely.

It is a good line up of authors in the book, however, and if you are at all interested in Alternate history, I do recommend the book to you.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Dog Eared Paperback of My Life 8 mars 2013
Par Douglas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
I bought this for the story, "Dog Eared Paperback of my life," which is one of the most interesting stories you'll find. The other stories are also pretty good, but that one is worth the price of the book. Everything else is a bonus, icing on the cake.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 this is an uneven anthology about alternate histories including some memorable stories 21 mai 2010
Par R. A. Frauenglas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
Other Earths, edited by Nick Gevers & Jay Lake (316 pgs., 2009). This anthology contains eleven stories about alternate histories. It's uneven in quality. Some stories are very memorable while others can barely be skimmed through. Some of the better ones include alternate histories where the U.S. Civil War never took place & Stephen Douglas became President instead of Lincoln; Columbus never sailed across the Atlantic Ocean & the Incas developed a technologically advanced civilization with the ability to conquer the world; & a best selling writer finds alternate versions of himself. The latter story is the longest in this anthology. The Dog-Eared Paperback of My Life is also one of the best stories in this book.
My favorite story is This Peaceable Land; Or, The Unbearable Vision of Harriet Beecher Stowe. In this story, Stephen Douglas defeated Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 Presidential Election. The nation averted a Civil War because of the passage of the Douglas Compromise. There never was any abolition of slavery by federal law. Slavery had simply died off because it became economically unfeasible. A few states still allowed slavery, such as Virginia & South Carolina; but those were mainly house slaves grandfathered in under the old laws.
The question then became what to do with the millions of suddenly freed slaves. This story deals with one terrifying version of what happened to those three million slaves. The story parallels the Holocaust, in some ways. Especially, in the attempt to wipe the existence of these "camps" off the pages of history. This story is about the attempt of a free black man living in Canada & his employee, a white photographer, to document one such camp in the Deep South. This is one very original view of alternate Civil War history.
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