I just re-read Conquistador by S.M. Stirling lately. On second thought, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. * I still dislike the characters, but it doesn’t really detract from the book itself. The archetypes there… were not the archetypes I prefer. Also, I’m really annoyed by the whole New Virginian mentality. I guess I’m a world-ist. The Othersiders are as alien and similar to me as the Combine from Half Life 2. * Like in 1632, the characters know way too much about history. The thing that annoys me more, though, is how they all know about alternate history. Alternate history is still a niche genre in present day, and I hardly think there will be many films by 2009. It simply feels unrealistic that everyday people will be familiar with alternate history, much less Nordic ubermensch or Confederate-descended superheroines. * The book didn’t bore me. I liked the world-building. The thing that detracts the most was the small type and the lack of a map to follow the action. * I was actually sad when the book ended. For a >400 page book with tiny font, it seemed like it was over too quickly. After all, the heroes have only been in New Virginia for what, two weeks? I would have liked to know more about the world, and its inhabitants perceptions. Now, my last two ideas for building on existing series failed utterly, but I'm still thinking of ways of expanding Conquistador. Suppose the ending wasn't as dramatic as it was, and everything went to normal. What would have happened in Stirling's version of the future? If there was an Indian-Pakistani War, or a Sino-Taiwanese War, do you think the Rolfes would allow highly educated, wealthy Asians into New Virginia?