Monday, August 09, 2010

Reader's Diary #636- John Scalzi: Missives from Possible Futures #1, Alternate History Search Results

I love when writers have the good sense to have an online presence, but find that few do. A simple blog will suffice, but samples of their work makes it even better. No surprise that the science fiction crowd is on top of things. While looking for author blogs, I came across this top 10 list of Science Fiction and Fantasy Author Blogs compiled by Stephanie Klein. I was familiar with Neil Gaiman's and Cory Doctorow's blogs, but not the rest. The first one I clicked on, thankfully, bore fruit: John Scalzi.

Here's his story "Missives from Possible Futures #1: Alternate History Search Results" as it appears at Subterranean Press.

Long, awkward title aside, I quite enjoyed this quirky and imaginative story. Written as a response from a fictional company known as Multiversity, it lists alternate futures based on the customer's inputted variable: in this case, the death of Adolf Hitler on August 13, 1908 in Vienna, Austria. Scouring multiple universes with "speed and accuracy" the results are wildly interesting and funny. My favourite phrase from the whole piece is "time travelers from a very sexy future."

See? Now I want to read more by Scalzi. Take note all you non-blogging authors.

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Teddy Rose said...

I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi but like some alternative history. I think I'll take a look at this story.

I read and reviewed Khamaseen

JoAnn said...

What a find! Not a big fan of sci-fi, but I'm off to peruse the list. I read another Guy de Maupassant story this week.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That was delightful! I would sign up for that service.

Margot said...

I like when authors have a presence online too. It makes their writing more personal. I will check out this story.

I would like to invite you all to come and critique a story an author wrote for me. I read one of his stories a month ago and had a hard time with it. So - he wrote another story and sent it just to me. How's that for online presence by an author?

The sotry, The Flower Seller, is at Joyfully Retired.

Loni said...

I love sci-fi! I can't wait to check out this author and the site.

I read a story by Alice French this week. Can anyone find a picture of her? Not the American, the Canadian.

Allison said...

Not really I sci-fi reader myself, but I know someone who will love this. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

You grabbed my attention and made me smile. I'll definitely have to check Scalzi out. I actually have Old man's War on my to-read list, but haven't gotten to it yet.

I read Cambric Tea by Marjorie Bowen.