Sunday, 14 February 2016
This is not like visiting another planet. It is the same planet in another history. Tom and Roy have to keep adjusting to what is not there:
most of the San Francisco Bay area has virgin woodland instead of towns or buildings;
there are ranches, fields and hamlets in place of Silicon Valley.
On the other hand, scores or even hundreds of humpback whales move along the coast, surfacing, spouting and breaching. Gulls swarm around a beached fifty-foot carcass while half a dozen condors and at least three widely spaced grizzlies also eat. Does this paragraph belong on our food thread?
I can see that Stirling develops alternative histories in far greater detail than Poul Anderson did but I am not well read in this sub-genre. Does any other alternative historian convey the differences and similarities between parallel Earths in such concrete detail?