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Opposites WorldOpposites World
In this world it is the same date as in 2010 here, but the positions of the planets in the sky indicate it is six months ahead in its orbital path.
What used to be the USSR in our world is today a peaceful social-democratic federation and the world's greatest power: the US is the crumbled remnant of a former fascist superpower, now aggressively moving back onto the world stage.
In the Americas, Canada is an impoverished former US territory, its inhabitants known for their political violence and criminality. Mexico, shorn of its northern territories by the US, is a first-world country to which many Americans flee. Brazil is a fascistic dictatorship where the 40-year rule of its mulatto dictator has been supported by the power of Voodoo, but which on the bright side treats its jungles as sacred. Argentina is a futuristic socialist technocracy, the legacy of Evita Ibarguren, greatest of 20th century popular revolutionary leaders. Wealthy Cuba is gambling, beaches, and offs
Just ImagineInspired by the old 1930 movie "Just Imagine", some bits of which are findable on youtube... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7yKoXF5uO4
A world in which the Technocratic government which previously ruled N. America was overthrown a few years ago, and people have returned to having names rather than numbers and making babies the old-fashioned way rather than having them grown in state incubators using the finest genetic material available. (Although some women have returned to using incubators once they found out just how big a pain pregnancy was). The use of alcohol, marihuana, cocaine, and coffee has been legalized, and the air cops are scrambling to deal with a huge rash of accidents (in 2009, everyone has a flying car or at least a hover-chair).
The big city is full of huge skyscrapers (up to 300 stories) and suspended bridges with crystalline enclosing walls, above and through which steady streams of flying traffic pass. They are less risky than they look: anti-gravity gas (an inve
Orwell's 2010George Owell's 2010
It's now 26 years after 1984, and the Inner Parties struggle with various problematic issues. The increase in stormy weather, rising temperatures and melting icecaps has come to the notice of people in positions of power, and they are Not Pleased to say the least about the correlation between CO2 production and rising temperatures that the State's small number of weather scientists have suggested. Due to backward computer tech, the modeling is still primitive, and many in the Inner Party prefer to think it's a natural phenomenon. AIDS is becoming a major health problem, but the Party is reluctant to announce a major failure and thus is pushing pro-condom propaganda hard without telling people exactly why, and increasing state violence against the "promiscuous." People seem to be increasingly skilled at hacking the state spy-camera system to conceal their activities, and the inhabitants of the "disputed areas" seem to be increasingly turning to bizarre, apocalyptic r
A more competent SlideIn this TL, college-age genius Quinn Mallory, working together with his Nobel-prize winning physics teacher Maximillian Arturo, succeeded (with a little help from an alternate version of himself) in creating an Einstein-Rosen-Podolski bridge - an inter-dimensional tunnel - in his mom's basement in 1994. After an unfortunate first try (which left him, Arturo, his girlfriend Wade Wells, and rather surprised popular singer Rembrandt Brown, stranded for several hours in a world where North America was in the depth of an ice age) which they survived thanks to the aid of band of local Inuit, they returned to fame and fortune. (The canny Brown gave them a choice of either being sued for kidnapping and physical harm in the form of a toe lost to frostbite, or a 10% share in the stock company they quickly created).
The US government stepped in of course, but they got a nice $2 billion payoff (Brown quickly spent nearly half of his $200 million share trying to restart his career) and a major role
After the Eugenics WarNo maps, just a scenario ever now and then.
It's the world of Star Trek - the original series - in the year 2010. The international situation is, to say the least, grim: the last of the genetically upgraded supermen were overthrown 13 years ago, but much of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and South and SE Asia remain in chaos as nationalists left and right struggle against former bullyboy servants of the "Augmented" now trying to take their places as dictators and in turn both struggle against various groups backed by external powers, as they try to either restore the former status quo, maintain the larger empires created by the Augments, or create states more useful to the ambitions of other powers. The USSR and China took years to stomp out the rebellions that broke out in the Central Asian and deep interior provinces, leading to a collapse of Soviet power in Eastern Europe and massive damage to China's efforts to modernize economically.
The US got off relatively lightly, in
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