I’ve always been a fan of alternate-history books. As with most genres, some are far better than others (Mike Resnick’s anthologies are a good place to start if you’re a newcomer, because he picks stories of high quality, and they’re short enough to be satisfying without committing yourself to a really long read). Last week I picked up one that was a little different from most, and I’m here to sing its praises.
Then Everything Changed, by Jeff Greenfield, has a simple enough premise. Starting with real events, what would have happened if the outcome had been different? What if Jack Kennedy had been killed by a mad bomber in 1960, what if Bobby Kennedy had survived in 1968, what if Gerald Ford had won the 1976 election?
The stories, based on real history, real personalities, and real events, will keep you guessing till the end. Yes, things most certainly could have happened this way, and what a different place we’d be in if they had.
I didn’t expect it to be a page-turner when I checked it out, but that’s what it turned out to be. I was entranced from beginning to end.
It’s not science fiction, it’s… history. After just one thing changed.
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