One of the segments of the first arc of the Shine Cycle, my fantasy series-in-preparation, is the “Alternate Universes” subseries. It is so called because much of it will take place in various “alternate universes,” worlds different from the world of the Shine Cycle and from our own.
This subseries is somewhat open-ended and fluid by design, so that I can add more stories as they come to me, but here’s what I have so far.
- At least three stories set in various countries in the world of the Shine Cycle.
- A story set in Elvida, a world in our universe that (much) later becomes an important ally.
- A story set somewhere in the New Roman Empire, an interstellar empire in our universe’s future.
- A story set in the court of King Arthur at Camelot.
- Perhaps a story set in the Welsh myths described in the Mabinogion.
- Perhaps a story set in the mythic court of Charlemagne.
The rest of my ideas are Earth “alternate histories”:
- A history in which either Alexander‘s empire hadn’t split on his death or his successors hadn’t fought. (Or perhaps in which he hadn’t died so young.)
- A history in which the Tang dynasty of China hadn’t fallen, and thus the Turkish and Mongol westward migrations had been slowed or halted.
- A history in which Charlemagne’s son Louis had only one son, and so the Carolignian dynasty lasted.
- A history in which the Norman Conquest failed.
- A history in which Byzantium didn’t fall, partly because it had a leader like Charles Martel.
- A history in which Thermopylae had not been betrayed.
- A history in which the Muslim conquest of North Africa was prevented.
What do you think? Are any of these unworkable? Do you have any ideas on how to make these more detailed, or for other alternate histories to pursue? Comments?