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Nixon's Undelivered Moon Disaster Speech [1969]
"For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind." Bill Safire's speech for Richard Nixon, on the event Armstrong and Aldrin were marooned. A glimpse of alternate history.
history  space  speech  rhetroic  america  alternatehistory 
april 2009 by infovore
Ragdoll Metaphysics: Soap Opera & The Sims - Offworld
"Imagine it: instead of text adventures and MUDs being designed to entertain MIT students and 23-year old computer engineers, they fall into the hands of bored housewives and teenage girls... This time there are romantic text adventures, digital doll's houses, dating games. Card deck games where you collect friends, or Versace. The trend continues and the licences that get picked up are not action movies, but those of popular soap operas: Not just hot teenage stuff like 90210, but Guiding Light, Days Of Our Lives, and One Life To Live. This is a games industry completely different to our own, and yet somehow... plausible." Jim Rossignol on the soap-as-game.
games  writing  offworld  alternatehistory  jimrossignol  soapopera  thesims 
january 2009 by infovore
Boing Boing: Offworld
"Suddenly, instead of Pong, Nolan Bushnell unleashes a stark, monochrome rescue challenge on the world. AVOID MISSING PRINCESS FOR HIGH SCORE burns itself into the brains of a generation. A couple of sequels expand the world of this strange new hero and, keen to bring its popularity to bear on the 2600, Atari execs strong-arm Warren Robinett into populating Adventure with mushroom monsters and making the green dragon friendly." Delightful alterna-history from Margaret in her Offworld column.
offworld  games  blog  writing  alternatehistory  atari  nintendo 
november 2008 by infovore
An Alternate History of Chinese Science Fiction - No Fear of the Future
Quite remarkable; alternate-history of SF as if it were all written by Chinese authors. Inventive, witty, deft.
scifi  sf  pseudohistory  china  alternatehistory  books 
may 2007 by infovore

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