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Alternate History or Alternate Earth narratives such as Baxters Moon Six are simple explorations of what if scenarios interesting the reader through speculations on the large results of minor changes Alternate Histories a branch of the science fiction genre explores worlds very similar to our own some with only subtle differences others very different indeed There is a variety of strategies used in writing Alternate History stories to convey a believable picture of what our world would be like if Some examples of these explorations which are dealt with here are a short story by Stephen Baxter Moon Six a motion picture David N Twohys Timescape and the obligatory Star Trek First Contact The variety in all of these texts shows that Alternate Histories are not just what if scenarios and certainly not simple being able to be adapted to an unlimited number of different scenarios Moon Six a short story written by Stephen Baxter explores a technique which may be described as hopping through alternate universes with alternate histories due to the effects of a local singularity This local singularity is caused by a leak in a space ship which exists in a different universe but is not limited in its actions to this single universe This singularity can be imagined as an escalator moving up and down through all the alternate universes situated at that point in space-time In Moon Six this lift happens to be at the equivalent position of our Moon as we know it Some of the scenarios into which the main protagonist Bado is transported include an alternative history where the extended Apollo missions were never cancelled and this directly resulted in strange craft which are used to navigate the Moon or Moon 2 as Bado refers to it Some other maybe more interesting universes include one where a humungous meteor which created the biggest crater on the Moon called Mare Imbrium and shaped it into
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