A Future History(OTL = Our Timeline, recall)A world in which early Heinlein is the norm for reality. Man first landed on the Moon only a little earlier than OTL, but things moved a lot faster after that: due to somewhat different atomic physics rockets capable of reaching the Moon are nowadays as cheap as smallish yachts, and quite a few private individuals own them (although there are strictly enforced regulations). In 2010 there are extensive settlements on the Moon, Venus (swampy, wet, hot, and venomous) and Mars (deserts, canals, and a very ancient race). Saturn is the current limit of space exploration.On the alternate physics down side, atomic power plants were so unsafe that reactors were built in space from the 60s to the 80s, and rocket fuel and industrial radioactives shipped back down to Earth: only in the 90s were models safe enough to allow on a planet developed. (In 1984, a less than successful "improved version" on the far side of the Moon created a 20-mile wide lake of green glass).
James Bond's UniverseJames Bond (movie) Universe.Some may note that much of this contradicts later films: the problem is that with James Bond as with superheroes, new technologies or political arrangements different from the real world are never allowed to change the actual course of events
The Cold War ended in this world not so much due to the USSR's desperate economic condition and the futility of the arms race (although that helped) as due to the need to join forces to fight against the menace of such evil secret organizations as SPECTRE, and the ever-present problem of rogue mad scientists.For this world is actually a world of low-level super-beings. There are those with abnormal intellectual skills: super-engineers able to rewrite the heck out of your technological paradigm show up with annoying regularity, while evil Masterminds with the coordinating skills to keep fifty balls in the air at the same time are a constant nuisance. There are those with abnormal physical skills: men able to shru
Sideways in TimeInspired by another online GURPS supplement and the original Murray Leinster "Sideways in Time."This world suffered from a Leinster-type "reality quake" in 1934, in which most of the Earth's surface temporarily shifted back and forth with pieces of alternate worlds: although the event did not last long, it left the world scattered with many small pieces of other worlds, from table-cloth sized to a chunk of the Indian subcontinent nearly the size of France. As a result of left-behinds from more high-tech worlds, technology is substantially more advanced than in our TL.The US has a number of pockets of out-time citizens; an Asian enclave in California about the size of Belgium which has obtained a certain degree of autonomy (more-or-less Japanese people with 20th century tech, but a Matriarchal society with lots of Indo-Europan genes from differing first-millenium-BC migrations); a small pocket of pre-industrial Chinese settlers in west Virginia; a larger one of African colonizers (no
Robinson Crusoe on Mars: 35 years laterFrom the movie "Robinson Crusoe on Mars."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinson_Crusoe_on_MarsIt is 35 years since Commander Christopher Draper and the annoying monkey Mona crashed on the planet Mars in the futuristic year 1975.Much has changed in the interim. There was his triumphant return from Mars with his companion "Friday", or Xilotju|!hoatzi (as a few people learned to pronounce by 2010), and the subsequent international controversy as to whether he was actually an alien or not. Then there was the Halashasee invasion of Earth, which kinda cinched it. Then there was the formation of the world government, and the building of the revenge fleet, which is still a work in progress...A great deal was learned from captured Halashasee soldiers: apparently some unknown alien race had, somewhere around 70,000 BC, taken samples of early humanity, and after modifications to make them better adapted to alien environments, had scattered them across hundreds of light years. The Halashasee, w
Arthur C Clarke's FutureAn Arthur C. Clarke world:Using nuclear-propulsion spaceships, people have been busily exploring the solar system since the early 70s.People have been on Mars since the mid-80's, and there are now bases on the Moon and Mars, and a teeny one on rather inhospitable Venus. Mars is dry and dusty and cold, and has air too thin to suit humans, although there is some tough vegetation and some extremely specialized animals, along with some odd wind-drifting half-plant, half-animal things that multiply rapidly in warm weather and vanish entirely during the cold. Due to the logistics, the bases are still quite small, and between Martian geology, biology, and climatology, severely overworked. Venus is a boiling steam-bath with weird metal-eating micro-organisms floating in the dense atmosphere, and all sorts of vast and weird critters float in the atmosphere of Jupiter: Europa, Jupiter's moon, also has life in the seas beneath its icy crust, clustered around the warmth and energy-rich minerals