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The Alteration

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The Alteration

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Author: Kingsley Amis
Publisher: Carroll & Graf, 1988
Vintage, 1976
Jonathan Cape, 1976
Series: Masters of Science Fiction: Book 2
Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Alternate History (SF)
Light/Humorous SF
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The year is 1976 and we are alive in an all-Catholic world. The Reformation never took place because Martin Luther made a deal with Rome and became Pope Martin I. The "alteration" proposed to Hubert Anvil, brilliant 10-year-old boy soprano, is that most feared by all males. Pope John XXIV wishes Hubert to preserve the purity of his voice to glorify the Church on a permanent basis; Hubert wishes to share his talent but he has some disquieting thoughts about Pope John's proposal.


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