Just another counterfactual Monday
December 1, 2010 12:05 PM Subscribe
"All alternate histories produce zeppelins." Kenneth Hite
has been featuring alternate Mondays
on his livejournal.
What if Tewodros II hadn't unified Ethiopia?
What if Bonnie Prince Charlie had been worth the powder it would take to blow him out of a cannon barrel?
How could Carthage have won the Punic Wars?
What if King Kalakaua of Hawai'i had succeeded in forging a Union and Federation of Asiatic Nations and Sovereigns with Japan?
How could 20th century North America have ended up ruled by rival warlords?
How could things have gone not quite so badly for the Huguenots?
What if the Suez Crisis and the invasion of Hungary hadn't been contemporaneous?For any unfamiliar alternate history acronyms therein, see this glossary.
Hite has written and contributed to Alternate History material to many RPG books Alternate Earths
, Alternate Earths II
, Infinite Worlds
, GURPS Cabal
, and his Suppressed Transmission
columns (like Six Flags Over Roswell
) have been collected in two volumes
(many others have yet to be collected.) Tim Powers
said of them
: "I love Kenneth Hite’s books -- I know they’re for gamers, but they seem to have been written for me.
Hite's also the writer of The Complete Idiot's Guide to US History, Graphic Illustrated
.) He notes the eleven most important things he omitted.
His own word for his area of interest is eliptony,
a "word that encompasses the occult, the fringe, the pseudoscientific, the New Age, the magickal, the Fortean, and so forth." He has previously presented a eliptony core sample
of books. Eliptony fans might also be interested in his books' bibliographies
and Hite's personal old reliable standby resources
for research (or the index to all the GURPS books' bibliographies
that are on-line.)
Hite's also well known for writing Lovecraftian essays and gaming material; these have been discussed previously