Country Out of Crisis by Bruce Ricketts
Welcome to 2010.
As Prime Minister Jennifer Clark rallies Canadians to move forward without Quebec, Quebec Premier Robert Benoit struggles to move his new country in a new direction.
Unfortunately for Benoit and Quebecers, twenty plus years of telling themselves that everything will be rosy outside of Canada is being shown as a oft-repeated myth. As Quebec degrades into the reality of independence, American corporate raiders are trying to to pick off one on their main industries and First Nations people from the north are showing that Quebec is, indeed, divisible.
In the Rest of Canada, Quebec separation is seen as a fresh start and Clark is determined to make the best of it.
Country Out of Crisis ends with an unexpected turn of events that might just be a prediction of things to come.
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The Trial of Douglas Haig: A What If? Story by Alexander Rooksmoor
In this alternate history, during the First World War, the Etaples Mutiny spread right through the British Army, its fervour unsuppressed by the American troops called into put it down. Within weeks revolution has run the length of Britain overthrowing the vested interests which had taken the country into such a bloody futile war. One-by-one those responsible for the deaths and mutilation of thousands of young men have been brought to trial. Now it is the turn of the man known as ‘The Butcher’, the man who commanded thousands to their deaths, Douglas Haig.
This novelette from Alexander Rooksmoor, the renowned author of ‘what if?’ history books and fiction, looks at 1920s Britain following a revolution. It explores the challenges presented to those at the top of British society in the face of people power, rather than remaining in place as they did in our world. As to be expected from Alexander, this story is both well founded in the historical detail but raises questions which will intrigue readers and stimulate debate.
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Matt Mitrovich is a long-time fan of alternate history, founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update and a volunteer editor for Alt Hist magazine. His fiction can be found at Echelon Press, Jake's Monthly and The Masquerade Crew. When not writing he works as an attorney, enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.