Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Fascinating Even If Untrue

Saw this link over at RealityCarnival.

What an amazing idea. I haven't read enough of it to judge whether it's at all possible, let alone plausible, but I just love the concept from a story standpoint. I read this and immediately think, "There's a story here. Those years really happened, but all the records have been falsified to cover up the true story." I see this idea as perhaps the germ of a fascinating anthology, either alternate explanations of what could have happened, or else a shared-world idea, where we all agree on the cause, and simply tell stories within that framework. I wish I were bold enough to step out and start something like this, but I'm still waiting on my first paycheck, and not confident enough to try to wrangle people together for a joint effort. How did Cat Sparks do it?


Barbara Davis said...

That is absolutely fascinating. I'd love to see you write a story about it.

mtreiten said...

Hrm. Interesting, but we should be able to compare to other dating systems to see if there is truly a disjoint. Such as the appearance of comets/novae that would be visible to the Chinese and Islamic astronomers.

TheyStoleFrazier'sBrain said...

Exactly, which is why I think it's such a fertile idea for a story. If astronomical data and tree ring data and histories in other countries all support the idea that those years truly occurred, but the European documentation that exists either has gaps or can be proven false somehow (big if's, but take it as given for the sake of the story), then something unprecedented must have happened to spur such action by the church and anyone else keeping records at the time. What could it have been? Alien invasion? Demon masquerading as pope? A woman masquerading as pope? Plague of vampires? Mongols versus Vikings for the whole of Europe? Norse gods returning to Earth just in time for Gotterdammerung? Radioactive green monkeys? The mind twitches.