Shine Cycle Précis: Franklin and the Commonwealth

Franklin and the Commonwealth is the tentative title of the eleventh planned novel in the “Alternate Universes” sub-series of the Shine Cycle, and is set in a world where the English Commonwealth survived long past the death of Oliver Cromwell. Today’s post is a brief introduction to this planned work. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Précis: Byzantium Unfallen

Byzantium Unfallen is the tentative title of the tenth planned novel in the “Alternate Universes” sub-series of the Shine Cycle, and is set in a world where Constantinople does not fall to the Turks. Today’s post is a brief introduction to this planned work. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Précis: Godwinson’s Heir

Godwinson’s Heir is the tentative title of the ninth planned novel in the “Alternate Universes” sub-series of the Shine Cycle, and is set in a world where the Norman Conquest failed. Today’s post is a brief introduction to this planned work. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Précis: A Wall Against the Tide

A Wall Against the Tide is the tentative title of the eighth planned novel in the “Alternate Universes” sub-series of the Shine Cycle. This story will be set in a world where the Carolingian dynasty lasted longer. Today’s post is a brief introduction to this planned work. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Précis: Calming the Dragon

Calming the Dragon is the seventh planned novel in the “Alternate Universes” sub-series of the Shine Cycle, and the first to venture into “alternate history,” being set in a world where Alexander the Great lived longer and his empire didn’t split after his death. Today’s post is a brief introduction to this planned work. Continue reading

Idea For Adoption: Outsiders’ View of History

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an idea “up for adoption,” of an ice planet. The next idea I’ve come to doubt I’ll ever use, that I thus would like to see some other author put to good use, is a framework—incompatible with the one I plan to use—for a series of alternate history stories. Continue reading

Alternate History Ideas Up For Grabs

As I’ve mentioned before, my plans for one of the subseries I hope to eventually include in the Shine Cycle, the “Alternate Universes” sub-series, are mostly drawn from “alternate histories” of our world. However, between high school and college history courses and extracurricular reading about history, I’ve managed to come up with more alternate-history ideas than I can or even want to actually write about. On the other hand, just because I can’t write about them all, doesn’t mean I think they aren’t possible-worlds that are worth exploring, that I might like to read about someday.

So today I’m sharing my current list of alternate-history ideas that I’m not planning to write about. If you see an idea on this list that sparks your imagination, feel free to take the idea and run with it. Continue reading