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Eleven unique tales in regards to the diversified paths our international might've taken...

exchange background explores the various attainable instructions our international may persist with if sure key occasions did not take place in any respect or have been replaced in a few an important means. Is our Earth the single Earth, our fact the single one who exists? Or are there many parallel worlds and societies, a few similar to ours, a few slightly recognizable?

What if...
Lincoln had by no means turn into president, and the Civil battle had by no means taken place?
Columbus by no means came across the United States, and the Inca built an important, technologically complex empire?
Magic used to be actual and a half-faery queen governed England?
Hitler and Germany gained the struggle simply because the United States by no means bought involved?
some of the world's religions have been absolutely commercialized, their temples run like casinos, religions deisgned simply for profit?
An writer stumbled on a ebook written via another model of himself?

 
those are only a few of the attainable pathways so that you can take to discover the Other Earths which may be ready only one occasion away...
This anthology contains tales 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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