Saturday, 11 March 2017
Two Alternative Histories
Part of the Old Phoenix sequence.
Fantasy: Auberon exists and Prospero's magic works.
Alternative versions of Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and (mainly) Prince Rupert of the Rhine.
The Protector's War by SM Stirling
Volume II of the Change/Emberverse series.
Early 21st century.
Sf: malign aliens (maybe) exist and technology stops working.
Alternative versions of (see below).
Queen Elizabeth II and Tony Blair die.
Prince Charles becomes King Charles III.
Princess Diana becomes Saint Diana.
Prince William remains Prince William.
"'Small loss with Blair, is what I think. I never did like the bugger's greasy great smile...'" (pp. 341-342)
Stirling captures quite a lot of British sentiment on this issue. The Blair of our timeline now wants a second referendum on EU membership.
A previous occasion when I found a remarkable parallel between a novel and the news was here.