Where strange fact and stranger fiction collide
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if The American Revolution would have been fought by costumed Vigilantes? What would have happen if Alan Turing hadn’t committed suicide? If William Shatter was president? Or if Bruce Lee hadn’t died in 1973? I do and this is going to be the background for my new creative project. And I need your help.
I am creating a new world to write stories in. tenitivly the project is called Geek City. It is an alternate universe that is a geek nirvana. Where nerd counter culture is mainstream culture. It the glories and foibles nerd-tastic world. So first let me share some divergence points from our world and Geek City. It will be vaguely cyber-punk but not really. Here is how its history differs from ours
Joyce Junior is an American icon. In reality Joyce Junior was John Winthrop Jr, the son of a Harvard professor. At night he would dawn the JJ persona wearing a red cape and a mask and go hunt British soldiers and Tories. He was basically V from V for Vendetta but in real life. He led a group of super-friends called the Committee for Tar and Feathering. Striking fear into the hearts of the Red coats.
Though in reality Joyce Junior was more propaganda than action. But in the world of Geek City he was a true bad ass. Single handedly taking masked anit-heroes such as The King’s Man and the mercenary The Hessian. He takes his place in the pantheon of the founding fathers. He becomes the symbol of America instead of Uncle Sam. Schools are named after him. Also for two hundred years it is engrained in the American Psyche that dressing up in a mask and cape and beating up baddies is a perfectly acceptable way to deal with problems.
Alan Turning falls in love. Alan Turning was a genius computer expert and code breaker. He basically created the computer revolution. Unfortunately his persecution for being gay lead to his suicide. He was a brilliant beautiful tortured soul. But what if he found the man of his dreams? What if something gave him the will to live? Then in this world computers would be ten to twenty years ahead of what they are now.
William Shatner’s Presidency. Star Trek was cultural popular show that ran from 1996-1974 (at least in the world of Geek City) its star William Shatner was propelled to stardom almost overnight. In 1970 Shatner left the show to pursue a career in politics. The captaincy of the enterprise was taken over by David Caradine as Captain Robert April.
In 1974 Shatner beats Jerry Brown as the Governor of California, replacing fellow actor and Republican Ronald Regan. He serves one descent term governor and then resigns to work on his campaign for the presidency and beats Walter Mondale in 1980. The Shatner presidency is a shambles. It is started out with a failed attempt to rescue hostages in Iran that had been held there for over two years. Shatner wisely decides not to run in 1984.
Trek however is as hot as ever. Caradine’s sardonic and introspective April is loved as much as Shatner’s space cowboy Kirk. Trek continued pushing social issues like the first interracial kiss (Plato’s Step-Children 1968) As Episode where McCoy’s daughter Julia dies of a drug overdose (Requiem for a McCoy 1971) April as a recovering alcoholic (Highlighted in 1972’s Demon in a Bottle) and the last episode where Transporter Chief Lesslie goes the way of all red-shirts and George Takei’s Sulu admits that he had feeling for the other man (Out with a Bang-1974)
In 1979 Shatner takes time off his campaign to make an extend cameo in the movie Star Trek the Motion Picture. Shatner has nothing to do with what is called by Trekies the “Trilogy” Wrath of Khan, Search for Spock and The Voyage Home. But he returns in 1989’s Final Frontier, where Kirk steals the enterprise and April and crew have to chase him to mystery at the center of the universe. This movie is often thought as the best of the Trek movies.
Orson Wells 1949 block buster movie Bat Man. Those of you that follow Dave’s Corner of the Universe know that the forties Bat Man movie was a hoax started by comic book writer Mark Millar. But what if it was real? The geek-acceptance that was brought in by the Avenger’s Movie could have happened six decades before. Wells stars as Bat Man and Bruce Wayne, but Basil Rathbone steals the show and wins best supporting actor award as the Joker.
Bruce Lee doesn’t die in 1973. Bruce gets the role of Kwai Chang Caine in the TV show Kung Fu 1972-1978. He is an instant celebrity and goes on to even better movies after that. America goes crazy no just for everything Chinese but Asian in general. There is an increased insurgence in not only martial arts but also the philosophical teachings of the eastern traditions. Like manga in Asia the graphic novel becomes a mainstream art medium in the US, culminating with Art Spielgman’s Maus winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.
America is still a major player in Space. The popularity of shows like Star Trek, cause many American to study applied sciences and engineering. As such America never loses it love affair with space research. America is also one of the top engendering countries in the world. In 2016 the US will launch the Bradbury the first manned mission to mars.
Sound interesting? I hope so but I need some help. Geek City will include the writings of reporter/historian blogger/cult survivor Horace Sterling as he writes about history, discussing the historical event in his world, then followed up by two or three short stories who people’s lives are affected by that even.
But I could use some help.
First off any cool ideas about something that might be different in the G.C world?
Next I am planning on launching this as a blog. Dave’s Corner of the Universe is mildly successful. In a year and a half I have had 19,000 views and 1,500 followers. But it seems to me fiction blogs doesn’t really attract people. Does anyone run a fic blog have any ideas or hints? Should I run it as part of DCotU or its own blogs, anyone have experiences run two blogs, especial a fiction and a traditional?
When I write the parts about the history of Geek City I will add a “Out of Character” part in the end saying how it differs out real world think some stuff like Joyce Jr just may be to obscure. Is that cool or is breaking the fourth wall a taboo?
Finally Geek City will be open source (at least for now) if anyone wants to add a story to the GC mythos would be invited too.
If anyone has ideas I would real appreciate it. Feel free to comment to this post or Email me at Thezenspider1@gmail.copm
Thanks I real appreciate your input and help.