Sunday, 7 February 2016
Adrienne explains to Tom and Roy:
Alexander the Great (see image) did not die in 323 BC but lived for another forty years;
the Greeks assimilated the Jews, thus preventing Christianity;
Zoroastrianism died out;
some Scandinavians visited the American continents briefly but no one else;
Eurasia still has medieval technology;
Alexander is still worshiped as a son of Zeus.
Adrienne: "'The details don't matter.'" (p. 258)
me: They do! (But not from her practical pov.)
Adrienne: "'...our best guess is that the Industrial Revolution needed the equivalent of a toss coming up heads a thousand times in a row.'" (p. 259)
me: Is our history really that improbable?
Appendix Three: "Alexander the Great died in August of 280 B.C.E., in the summer capital of Ecbatanta..." (p. 589)
me: Is this the same as the Ecbatana visited by Time Patrolmen Manse Everard and Keith Denison?
me: When did Alexander die in Poul Anderson's "Eutopia"? Reading Stirling's alternative histories has persuaded me to reread Anderson's Old Phoenix stories and now his "Eutopia."