Act I[ edit ] King Lear of Britain, elderly and wanting to retire from the duties of the monarchy, decides to divide his realm among his three daughters, and declares he will offer the largest share to the one who loves him most. The eldest, Gonerilspeaks first, declaring her love for her father in fulsome terms.
Oliver's "Unearthly Neighbors" Chad Oliver, an Anthropologist, wrote particularly plausible novels of First Contact -- a term, after all, which originated in the field of Anthropology. The first of his masterpieces. Ballentine, ; revised first hardcover edition, New York: Crown, ] in later had a sequel, "The Shores of Another Sea.
Other terms for this popular genre include: Others cite Castello Holford's novel "Aristopia: Trevelyan published a nominally nonfictional article about what might have happened if Napoleon had won at Waterloo.
Alfred Toynbee, in his "A Study of History" tried the same sort of academic experiments in allohistory. Some other splendid examples are: It is one of the most enthralling science-fiction books ever written. At once a fantasy adventure, an exceptional mystery, it is a new concept that touches the very framework of reality.
What was 'The Blind Spot? The fantastic events that follow from its deceptively simple opening are the sort of stuff from which Charles Fort wove his world-shaking books and A.
Merritt wrought fabulous novels. Edmund wilson essay horror into Imaginary History", edited by J. A Drama of the Reconstruction Period", by Arthur Goodman"Ancestral Voices", by Nat Schachnerflawed time-travel change-the-past story, in which the accidental consequence is the passage into never-beingness of tens of thousands of descendants of one killed ancestor "Sideways in Time", by Murray Leinstergives a four-dimensional view of alternate timelines, and a protagonist who switches from one to another, some in which humans never evolved.
The breakthrough into explicitly science-fictional allohistory. DickGermany and Japan conquer and split the U. Jim Rittenhouse's Alternate History and a fascinating inside look by a professional science fiction author: Stephen Baxter's "Branches in Time: Alternate Histories Are True SF" Fairly thorough search results, including anthologies, references, and listings by author may be found in: Schmunk also check out: To make the definition cover all science fiction instead of 'almost all' it is necessary only to strike out the word 'future'.
Berkeley There is a scientific basis for such speculations, namely the "Many Worlds" interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.
The notion is that each time a subatomic particle can one of several things, it actually does all them, splitting the universe into multiple copies which differ only in that one micro-event.
The universe splits, splits again, and ramifies into an astonishing tree of alternative realities, a quintillion times a second. This theory was developed by Hugh Everett inbut he had philosophical predecessors. Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake A.
What really got him in trouble was his specific example that there must be a world identical to ours, except that the Mass was spoken in the vernacular instead of in Latin. Small differences can be a matter of life or death.
Rudjer Josip Boscovich  gave a qualitative description of alternate universe theory in "Theoria Philsophiae Naturalis" . See "New Scientist", 24 Mayp. Each possible universe is a single point in a much larger infinite?
There is some evidence see the Doug Jones and James Hogan sites hotlinked below that a majority of informed physicists actually believe the Hugh Everett "Many Worlds" interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, but won't tell the public because it just sounds too weird.
Well, we Science Fiction folks can handle the idea! For more on the Many-Worlds interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, particularly as it related to consciousness, extraterrestrials, philosphy, and immortality, see: Doug Jones' fascinating and unique metaphysical inquiry, presented as a socratic dialogue between himself and an on-line alien, with hotlinks and which is the source of the hotlinks listed below Many Worlds FAQ Many-Worlds interpretation of Quantum Mechanics by Doug Jones Quantum Indeterminacy: Hogan's "Pathways to Otherwhere": One involved building an iron vehicle, then throwing a lodestone natural magnet into the air, which pulls the vehicle upwards, at which point the adventurer throws the lodestone higher, and thereby hoists himself up by his own bootstraps.
Wells in "The First Men in the Moon"almost three-quarters of a century later. John Ames Mitchell's "Drowsy" is one of several novels which link antigravity to the discovery of an ultimate source of energy. The field has developed considerably, since Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity has changed our concept of gravity far beyond the Universal Law of Gravitation by Isaac Newton.
All we need to build a working antigravity machine, according to Einstein's theory, is to make a hollow donut shape with a cross-section about the size of a football field, and fill it with a few trillion tons of neutronium circulating at a good fraction of the speed of light.The Crack-Up - Kindle edition by F.
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This essay delves deeply into the origins of the Vietnam War, critiques U.S. justifications for intervention, examines the brutal conduct of the war, and discusses the . Edmund Wilson (May 8, – June 12, ) In an essay on the work of horror writer H.
P. Lovecraft, "Tales of the Marvellous and the Ridiculous" (New Yorker, November ; later collected in Classics and Commercials), Wilson Spouse: Mary McCarthy (m.
–). By the end of his life—hell, by the middle of his life, Edmund Wilson was a fat, ferocious man: petty, pretentious, and petulant, a failure at many of the most ordinary tasks of life.
But, man, could he dance: through a poem, through a book, through a library.