2018-03-12 17:56:33 UTC
Check this out. Absolutely the best fusion of science fiction and alternate history I've ever seen, by the Dean of British science fiction writers, Stephen Baxter -- an Arthur C. Clarke protege. I've just started it, but, he's basically treating the original War of the Worlds as an actual event, and treating subsequent events accordingly. So, Britain becomes a fascist state headed by a triumvirate including Winston Churchill and Lloyd George, Germany easily crushes France in 1914 with Britain staying out of the War, women never get the vote, the War between Russia and Germany is still ongoing in 1921 etc. etc. etc. Contemporary science circa 1921 is fused with "Martian" science. For example, Freud's psycho-sexual theories are somewhat discredited because the Martians are asexual! As Mr. Spock would have said -- "Fascinating"!
Something of an apocalyptic vision and a dystopia too, reflecting, no doubt, current cynicism about the state of the world, and where we are heading. H.G. Wells must be spinning in his grave!