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  • A new essay: Starfleet Is Too Powerful Also some significant updates to: Designing the Next Generation Bridge: I found several more Andrew Probert concept arts. Designing the Enterprise-D's Lounge Areas: Added screencaps of the various lounges we sa…
    in Forgotten Trek Comment by Ottens April 6
  • I recently read Ralph Peters' Red Army, which is as good as the reviews say it is. Now reading Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of Great Powers.
    in Book Club Comment by Ottens April 6
  • Komi T. German and Greg Lukianoff also have a good story on cancel culture in The Daily Beast. They argue the term is abused, but that doesn't mean cancel culture doesn't exist. They marshal the following data: Nearly 60 percent of AMericans believe…
  • Insight from Sarah Haider on why people deny cancel culture: When someone sincerely holds a position, they will debate in earnest. When someone holds a position because it is in their favor to hold it, they will not. And: The denial of cancel cultur…
  • Great initiative! I'll put up something on the blog about this too.
  • That was an interesting discussion! Two points resonated with me: the first about the prevalence of war in alternate history, the second about how war is portrayed. I think both reflect history writing itself. (Which I know a little about, since I h…
  • I'm intrigued! Putting this on my reading list. Thank you for sharing.
  • A sad announcement: @Larry is ending his blog, Dieselpunk. Dieselpunk as a genre never grew. It never achieved the popularity of Steampunk. Early hopes of Dieselpunk conventions or Dieselpunk organizations never appeared. A Dieselpunk community neve…
  • I don't know enough about Russian military doctrine to comment on the first points, but I do agree with you on #3: that Russia (or at least Putin) underestimated Ukrainian resolve and support for their government. I guess it's the sort of mistake an…
  • Ha! Yes, I saw that too. On the whole I'm getting the impression the Ukrainians are far more motivated than the Russian soldiers. The first are defending their homeland, the second following the orders of an old, paranoid man to invade a "broth…
  • It's this weird obsession with "strength" - which, of course, is not strength at all! Trump is the most pathetically insecure man. Putin lashes out at small neighboring countries because he feels insecure. It's an odd version of masculinit…
  • Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons in return for security guarantees from Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. I agree with you - I wouldn't be surprised if the likes of Poland took note. I also hope this will change minds in Germany a…
  • It's happening!!! (maybe) Video game franchise BioShock is getting another shot at a film adaptation, this time via Netflix. The streaming giant has partnered with Take-Two Interactive, the game’s parent company, to develop a potential cinematic uni…
  • That's a fair point. Maybe this scenario needs nationalism to go wrong elsewhere in order to work; in order to persuade the people of the Austro-Hungarian Empire they're better off remaining together. Maybe Wilhelm II finds another reason to go to w…
  • New story: Writing The Next Generation. From the chaos of Season 1 to the writers running out of ideas in Season 7.
  • It's an interesting time period to explore! I think because it was an era of such social and political upheaval that you can take into many different directions as an alternate history.
  • I think the better description for Goldwater would be libertarian rather than progressive on social issues. Good point on the neoconservatives. Many indeed were former liberals. I'm also reminded that Kennedy criticized the Republicans in the 1960 e…
  • This sounds like "cassette futurism", which some consider separate from atompunk: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/3c/c5/91/3cc5917243fae4b6f0b7dde7eeec5809.jpg
  • Interesting point on Rockefeller and the Arabs! If I were writing this as an alternate history, I'd avoid the oil crisis altogether. Without America backing off the Soviets from interfering in the 1973 war, though, could Israel lose? On the domestic…
  • "Atari Democrats" leading the neoliberal revolution! Now that's an alternate history I'd read. I don't agree completely, though. I think you're correct that without Vietnam, the (student) left would be less radical, but I'm not sure progre…
  • I doubt Speer could have pulled it off. I read several biographies about him many years ago. He was Hitler's favorite, but he didn't have a lot of support within the rest of the party. In fact, most other leaders disliked him because of his close re…
  • Don't apologize! I'm learning a lot. It sounds like the failure of the Soviet space program was emblematic of the failure of the Soviet economy: too much politics and patronage and too little competition. Although I suppose you could call the jockey…
  • Fascinating! I don't know much about the Soviet space program. What do you think is the likeliest scenarios to get the Soviets to the Moon first? About Vietnam, I don't know if Kennedy would have resisted pressure from the generals to escalate, like…
  • Lockheed Martin is building a supersonic plane for NASA! It looks like something out of Thunderbirds: https://neverwasmag.com/lounge/uploads/849/474UDUBEDTJM.jpg Latest news: 2021 saw significant milestones achieved in the assembly of NASA’s X-59 Qu…
  • I can imagine how that sentiment might conspire with a latent anti-Britishness and general distaste of European affairs to orient America toward the Pacific.
  • That's a fair point. I can't speak for Dale, of course, but I think the most credible way to get rid of Hitler is for the likes of Ludwig Beck and Hans Oster -- generals and secret service chiefs -- to get rid of him and the top Nazi leadership, inc…
  • I'm not pessimistic, @Lazaras. Ranked-choice voting is used in Maine and was recently used in the New York mayoral election. I agree with @JohnZybourne: popular demand for an alternative to the winner-takes-all, two-party system is growing. Reform …
  • I recently read Margaret MacMillan's Peacemakers, about the 1919 Versailles Conference, and apparently the Japanese there barely played a role. They weren't interested in anything except the territorial settlements in Asia. That makes it hard to co…
  • Well, I think in the US, a big part of the problem is that you have only two parties. I think multiparty systems are preferable on so many levels. You avoid the kind of polarization you see in the US. It encourages parties to meet in the middle rath…
  • Interesting story! Lots of dieselpunk themes with a noir-y feel. Glad you found it for us :-) You may have noticed already, but I just republished another of Dale's WW2 scenarios on the blog: What if Poland stopped the Blitz?