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“Alternitech” sends agents to alternate timelines where tiny differences yield valuable changes: a world where the Beatles never broke up, or where a new medical breakthrough offers the cure to a rare disease, where a struggling author wrote the great American novel, where a freak accident reveals the existence of a serial killer. Alternitech finds those differences and pr“Alternitech” sends agents to alternate timelines where tiny differences yield valuable changes: a world where the Beatles never broke up, or where a new medical breakthrough offers the cure to a rare disease, where a struggling author wrote the great American novel, where a freak accident reveals the existence of a serial killer. Alternitech finds those differences and profits from them....

Title : Alternitech
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ISBN : 12283589
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Number of Pages : 578 Pages
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Alternitech Reviews

  • Geoffrey
    2019-01-17 06:20

    This is a set of 6 short stories written over the course of the past 20-years and previously published individually in Analog. All are set in the same universe where technology to cross over to parallel worlds are used to acquire knowledge, music, movies, etc. that don't exist in the originating world. It's an interesting use of the multiple worlds theory not to display worlds with vastly divergent histories, but instead where Buddy Holly lived and had a long musical career or Mel Gibson made this movie and not that one.In a way, this is an intriguing idea - that a corporation would use multi-dimensional travel to reap huge profits selling pop culture and letting wealthy conspiracy theorists pay to have people search for Proof of JFK's assassination plot. The stories make up 1100+ total locations and makes for a pleasant afternoon's read. I quite enjoyed watching how the idea evolved over the course of the 6 stories; it was easy to see that each were written in separate time periods. While they make a coherent story arc, its clear they were each written to stand alone and are interesting of their own accord.

  • James
    2019-01-11 10:57

    This is a solid outing by a great author--I wouldn't call it his best work, but it's certainly a good read. The real treasure of this collection of short stories is the overall premise--Alternitech is a company that has developed a way to enter parallel universes with subtle differences from our own--and uses their discoveries for financial gain (for example finding new Beatles albums from a timeline where they never broke up). This is incredibly fertile ground for short stories--the possibilities are literally infininte. Anderson has a gold mine here, and I hope he continues to publish stories in this vein. The stories themselves are great. By turns charming, thought provoking and filled with pathos, they're all well written pieces that not only explore the concept of stealing from other universes, but ask if they should be doing so. Each of the stories is able to explore the issues in a different way, so they're all fresh and exciting. A few of the characters appear in various stories, so there's a nice synchronicity between them without having a clunky arc shoehorned in. The only complaints I have are that each story reiterates the concept--if you're reading the stories back to back, it gets tiresome. But, as the stories were originally published individually, this is to be expected and Anderson can't be faulted for it. The other thing that I found frustrating--and which permeates much of Anderson's work published through his own house, Wordfire Press--is that the end of the book is filled with excerpts and advertisements of his other stories. While marketing in this way is par for the course with eBooks now, this can sometimes take a significant part of the book--as much as nearly a quarter in one case. It just seems a bit much. But, don't let that stop you from reading Anderson's work--it's really good, and this collection especially is something you don't want to miss out on.

  • Tim
    2019-01-04 06:19

    A fairly short read, set on a familiar present-day Earth where travel to parallel universes is possible - and the smaller the differences the easier the trip. Kevin J Anderson spends very little time setting up the premise, avoids getting bogged down in how the physics works, and then gets down to business with 4 stories about the information hunters set to the parallel worlds. For example one finds a 2nd novel by an author, who in the home universe retired after the brilliant 1st novel. This author is at first angry about this intrusion into his quiet life, and then starts to ruminate on why he hadn't produced a follow up novel himself. Very thoughtful.The other stand out "episode" concerns an information hunter who shares the hunting with themselves - the home world is not the only one with the ability to travel like this. The multiple versions meet regularly in their favourite coffee shop, like a celebrity look-a-like fanclub, and have nicknamed for each other with obvious characteristics, Sneezy, Bashful, etc. Can Indecisive ever make a decision without consulting the others or seeing how their lives turn out first?

  • Jay Michaels
    2018-12-22 12:25

    I've long been interested in stories about alternate realities, and was especially interested in the TV series Sliders. Kevin J. Anderson takes five different looks at "what *might* have happened" in this 2011 e-book collection available from his website at . Unfortunately he doesn't capitalize on the possibility of the Beatles not breaking up. (I've seen a meme that insists it was Basement Cat, *not* Yoko Ono, who was responsible.) However, as always, KJA shows us how this technology would affect the lives of real people, and therein lies "the good stuff." An unknown musician finds a new song to play, a woman locates a cure (but not quite soon enough), and a vigilante discovers that her personal quest may not always be justified. Thought-provoking but very human stories from an author who "adventures hard, so we don't have to." Apr. 14, 2013.

  • Mathew Walls
    2019-01-02 11:18

    Interesting premise, but doesn't really do much with it. Particularly the story in which two versions of the same person from alternate universes switch places, but instead of seeing what happens to them we follow another version who just sort of thinks it sounds like a bad idea and doesn't have anything to do with it, and never finds out how it turned out.The concept of finding out that an alternate universe version of yourself was more successful than you in your chosen field is covered in two separate stories, but they're both very short and don't really go into much depth with the characters. And the whole book's like that, really. Not much depth, just decent ideas that aren't really allowed to play out. Disappointing.

  • Joe
    2019-01-17 13:05

    Interesting premise about a company that can send people into alternate timelines - and does so in order to collect cultural and scientific works that were not developed in our timeline (i.e., cure for MS, Beatles never break up) - and sells them to the highest bidder.This is a series of short stories that starts to explore the concept.Found it quite intriguing and see the basis for a full-length from this.

  • David Macpherson
    2018-12-21 07:06

    A collection of interrelated short stories where people use alternative reality travel technology to get items that can be exploited in the home world. I have just seen the movie Coherence and felt this was similar, but well done. I liked the stories a lot, but man, it was a short book. The last 20 pages was filler of other books available from the publisher. That was lame, but the stories present were good.

  • Michele
    2019-01-19 06:21

    Meh. Full disclosure - I got this in a "time travel" bundle. This isn't time travel at all. It does explore some ideas surrounding the possibility of traveling to parallel universes. It's a book of loosely connected short stories. I'm not a big reader of short stories, but there is not much here that I can recommend. There are a couple of stories centered around a serial killer. It's the only memorable thing about the book, and not really all that enjoyable.

  • Sean Randall
    2019-01-17 07:04

    An interesting collection, though hardly overly worthwhile for those without an interest in the genre. An Innocent Presumption was pretty good, but Rough Draft propelled the collection to 4 stars for its sheer depth of sci-fi writerness and interesting inner reflection. Worth a couple of dollars? Yes, I think so, given my background. Not for everyone, but a thumbs up from me.

  • Krista McCracken
    2018-12-19 10:58

    The six interlinked short stories in this book explore the idea of travel between alternate timelines. The idea of exploring worlds that are only slightly different than our own filled with subtle changes that can be recorded and brought back for our own benefit or profit is an interesting premise. The stories are a balanced mixture of humour, feel good, and drama.

  • Robin
    2018-12-26 13:04

    If you like time travel and alternate history stories--WHO DOESN'T?--then these are some brain-fun short stories for you. I especially liked the ones involving artists who stopped producing new material in this universe, but kept on going in another. Would you want to read a book by yourself that *you* didn't write? I sure would!

  • Amy
    2019-01-04 11:16

    A 'what if we could exploit alternate time lines' novels. I liked the restrictions (you can only bring back knowledge) and the different dilemmas presented.

  • Jon Thysell
    2019-01-04 09:18

    Shorter than I was expecting, but lots of fun.

  • Cameron
    2019-01-09 08:10

    Enjoyable parallel universes book.