Friday, August 19, 2005


As I think about "Reviving the Pleistocene" and such notions it occurs that one source of images of such a world is in the novel Conquistador by S. M. Stirling. Mr. Stirling is a creator of alternate worlds, parrallel timelines and such, often done with just one step away from the world we know, all done with scentific and historical erudition and wit.

This one begins when a California game warden finds such things as caged condors with impossible DNA lines, not to mention a photograph of Aztec priests sacrificing their victims while wearing Grateful Dead T- shirts. It presents a gateway to a pre- Columbian type world, complete with recent introductions-- and, at the end, a suggestion of one like the savage Eden of 10,000 B. C.

Mr. Stirling often does sequels....

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