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An Alternative History?
by Jeffrey G Roberts

In the opening years of World War I, (1914-1918), victory in the air by the fledgling Royal Flying Corps, against the German war machine, was not as certain as the allies would have wished. Indeed, things were not going well for the R.F.C. This technological lag was eerily repeated a quarter of a century later at the beginning of World War II. In the air war against the Japanese, in the Pacific, the American campaign was also not going well against the superior Japanese Mitsubishi Zero fighter - until technological superiority caught up - and the tide of war changed decisively, with new and more advanced American fighter aircraft.

But soon, around the Autumn of 1916, the tide began to change for the British, as well. How? No one quite knows. Aeronautical engineering seemed to take a technological leap forward around this time, as radically different aircraft went from flimsy wooden bi-planes flying at 100 miles per hour, to sleek metal fighters capable of 300 miles per hour. The end came swiftly for the Germans. Aeronautical superiority increased even faster after the war. By the late 1920's jet engines came on the scene, as if by magic. Craft looking like flying darts were now surpassing 1000 miles per hour. By 1940, 10,000 miles per hour was not uncommon - and several nations, notably Great Britain, already had colonies on the moon, having landed there in July of 1938. By 1970 Mars had been colonized, and the entire solar system had been thoroughly explored. By 1990 the World Space Initiative, spearheaded by the British, Canadians, and Americans, under the auspices of the newly formed nation known as the North American Federation, began to look toward the stars, building thousand-foot diameter star ships to explore the galaxy. By 2003, ninety-seven advanced galactic civilizations had been discovered, joining the Earth's Planetary Federation. And it was at this point that even more radical technology began to emerge, as ships, miles in size, began to explore ever farther into the universe. Soon, intergalactic exploration became commonplace. And by the year 2016 technology had turned the Earth into a paradise, free of disease, war, and want.

And it all began with an event in September of 1916 in the United Kingdom. But how could this have happened? What occurred in England in the midst of World War I, to have eventually transformed planet Earth into a utopia? Read CHERRIES IN WINTER to find out!

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