Islamwanks shouldn't require genies: book reviews.

I foud this review and comparison of three recent books interesting: your mileage may vary.


"Over the last few years, I’ve read three alternate history books about a world in which the Muslim community or an Islamic country is the predominant cultural and political global superpower. Empire of Lies by Raymond Khoury, The Mirage by Matt Ruff, and Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove. The United States has been locked in a perpetual war throughout the Muslim world for most of the last thirty years, and so it is perhaps unsurprising that speculative fiction writers have taken to considering the possibility of the converse; imagining a universe where Islamic countries are the center of finance, culture, military and political power, and the Christian West is a backwater, home to religious extremists and terrorists and not much else. All three of the books are interesting, and take different approaches to exploring the realm of possibility, but it’s ironic that Turtledove, a competent but not particularly innovative author, wrote what may be the most subversive of the books. Though these novels are about other worlds and universes, the assumptions built into the storytelling expose more about the biases and preconceptions, the limits of the author’s imagination, even when they are purposefully constructing an imaginary world. Through Darkest Europe has some serious problems as a book, including a very stupid point of divergence and the absence of an actual plot, but it’s the only one to portray a truly modern Muslim World."
 
oud this review and comparison of three recent books interesting: your mileage may vary.
I thought you write it, but that is the point, if you want to write alternate history, you need a POD and stick with this, even fighting against the own butterfly wind too. but those are narrative, is to entertain us
 

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So, TL:DR, Turtledove was the only one of the three not to be Islamophobic/Middle-Eastphobic in how his story was written? That's nice.
 
So, TL:DR, Turtledove was the only one of the three not to be Islamophobic/Middle-Eastphobic in how his story was written? That's nice.
Having read all three books I think it’s a bit more complicated than that. Both the Mirage and Empire of Lies have fantasy elements (jumping between timelines and time travel respectively) Turtledove’s book is pure alternate history set in a world where physics operate the same as IOTL.

I don’t think Islamophobia is to blame or indeed if this is even a large enough sample size to draw any real conclusions from.
 
So, TL:DR, Turtledove was the only one of the three not to be Islamophobic/Middle-Eastphobic in how his story was written? That's nice.
Having read all three books I think it’s a bit more complicated than that. Both the Mirage and Empire of Lies have fantasy elements (jumping between timelines and time travel respectively) Turtledove’s book is pure alternate history set in a world where physics operate the same as IOTL.

I don’t think Islamophobia is to blame or indeed if this is even a large enough sample size to draw any real conclusions from.
I think people forget that for a lot of people AH is still fantasy and for others they just want the all come as the only world they know(ie OTL) too
 
I think people forget that for a lot of people AH is still fantasy and for others they just want the all come as the only world they know(ie OTL) too
That’s a good point. A lot of published AH stories have fantasy backgrounds: the Gate of Time, Guns of the South, and Delenda Est all spring to mind even though none of those stories even mention Islam.
 
That’s a good point. A lot of published AH stories have fantasy backgrounds: the Gate of Time, Guns of the South, and Delenda Est all spring to mind even though none of those stories even mention Islam.
Excatly, people shudder the idea another world is not ours when is a Historical or earth-based setting, that is fantasy want to be otherworldly, a very realistic explanation of a brit and/or usascre would put off a lot of English readers(the same for other language-based AH too). People want what they feel familiar too.
 
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