Alternate history, possible worlds, parallel universes, and counterfactuals come together in these speculative reimaginings of classical history, myths, and characters. Twelve stories feature a wide array of themes and translated excerpts from actual Greek and Roman texts, all injected into visionary future-pasts. A multiverse of short stories inspired by the ancient past and future, this collection is for anybody with a taste for adventure, enthusiasm for the unknown, a penchant for science fiction or fantasy, or just a passing interest in antiquity or its literature and languages.
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In this volume:
– ride the Chronocommute train to the City where Roman legionnaires clash with CEOs, merchants, social media moguls, Amazonian warriors, and robots
– uncover a world where the Trojan Horse was devised against the Greeks, changing the course of history and leaving Dares the Phrygian to expose Homer’s Iliad as a forgery
– travel beyond the Earthling Chronicles of the historian-inquirer Athenian Herodotus to the farthest reaches of extrasolar space, tracking fantastical creatures, fabulous tales, and tantalizing artifacts
– learn the truth about television’s introduction to ancient Rome and about the origins of favorite time-honored TV shows, from Three Hundred at Thermopylae to Psammetichus II Knows Best and Sumer, from A Day in the Life of Alaric to Virgil’s Aeneid and Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita, and more
– watch the epic struggle of time-traveling agent Palamedes and his nemesis Odysseus, discovering inside information and firsthand reports of Achilles, Agamemnon, Diomedes, Helen, Menelaus, Thersites, and a host of other ancient heroes and villains
– hear startling insights about alien exoethnography, cosmogony, and the Four Ages from researcher and bestselling author Ovid (Metamorphoses, Heroides, and Fasti)
– navigate identity crises of champions, androids, werewolves, and emperors
Inspired by real authors and recorded tales of Niobe, Icarus, Lycaon, and other mythical characters, these stories incorporate imperial space-time coups and sprawling space opera landscapes of ancient literature and classical worlds.
Subtle, satirical, humorous, pensive, the scenes in this compilation range from the domains of Greece and Rome to outer space. Together, they offer a different approach to modern reception and a uniquely entertaining, memorable dive into provocative outcomes of the past, present, and future worlds of “if.”
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Dr. Cynthia “Cara” Polsley is a classicist, speaker, entrepreneur, and teacher of ancient languages, civilization, and mythology. She received her PhD in Classics (Classical Philology) from Yale University, where she wrote her dissertation on alternative worlds and contrary-to-fact situations in ancient Greek narrative. A spinal cord injury survivor and motivational speaker, Cara is co-founder of the tech start-up Cordical LC.
An avid fan and lifelong reader of science fiction, fantasy, and alternate histories, Cara studies science fiction and alternative realities both academically and non-academically. The civilizations, languages, literature, and archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as their interaction with the Near East and Egypt, are a special focus of her fiction writing. To learn more or to access other stories and free resources, visit her website at www.cpolsley.com or contact her at email@example.com.