RELEASES AWARD WINNING POLITICAL SATIRE EBOOKS; JUST IN TIME FOR
31 2000 -- Chatham, NJ -- Fictionwise.com (http://www.fictionwise.com)
today released the acclaimed alternative history stories “Danny
Goes to Mars,” and “Hillary Orbits Venus,” both by author Pamela
Sargent. The two political satires are available in eBook formats
for the Palm, Rocket Reader, and Adobe Acrobat format for personal
to coincide with political convention season, the two stories are
in the so-called “alternate history” genre in which real past events
are modified based on a “what if” scenario.
“Danny Goes to Mars,” former Vice President Dan Quayle, through
several twists of fate, ends up becoming the first person to visit
the red planet. The story was inspired by a real life interview
in which Dan Quayle gave his vision for landing on Mars, along with
some stereotypically befuddled Quayle comments that made him a popular
target for late night talk show humorists. The story won Pamela
Sargent the prized Nebula® Award in 1992.
political balance, Fictionwise.com simultaneously released Pamela
Sargent’s story “Hillary Orbits Venus,” in which the current First
Lady and Senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes the first
astronaut to visit Venus. Again, this story was inspired by a real
life event. At the age of 15, young Hillary Rodham wrote to NASA
asking how she could become an astronaut. NASA reportedly replied
that “females need not apply,” which was the policy at that time.
in the great American tradition to poke fun at politicians,” commented
Scott Pendergrast, co-publisher at Fictionwise.com. “When we realized
Pamela Sargent’s stories were ready to publish just as the political
convention season kicked off, it was just too good to pass up the
opportunity to continue that tradition.”
history stories are a relatively recent development in speculative
fiction, growing out of the historical fiction, fantasy and science
fiction genres. In an alternate history story, real past events
or people are fictionalized using a “what if” scenario. Good alternate
history stories rely on both careful research and a fertile imagination
by the author, who is expected to provide accuracy as well as a
plausible outcome from a change in historical circumstances.
Sargent commented: "For some time now, I've had the feeling
that we're all living in a continuum that has branched off from
the main historical line--that line where the Soviet Union still
exists and there are moon bases and the first manned mission to
Mars is underway. Or maybe the main line isn't that one, but
a world where anyone still alive is sifting through radioactive
rubble after a global nuclear war.
Imagine believing in 1975 that in less than two decades Ronald
Reagan would become president of the United States, the Soviet Union
would collapse, Nelson Mandela would lead South Africa's government,
and average people would have home computers more powerful than
the ones NASA used to land on the moon. People who wonder about
the plausibility of alternate history stories should remember how
strange real history has been."
has created a special bundle of political alternate history stories
to celebrate the launch. The bundle includes the two Pamela Sargent
stories, as well as Mike Resnick’s “Bully!”, a story about former
president Teddy Roosevelt, and Nick DiChario’s acclaimed story “The
Winterberry,” which is about former president John Kennedy.
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