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The Weight of the Sunrise

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The Weight of the Sunrise

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Author: Vylar Kaftan
Publisher: Lightspeed Magazine, 2015
Asimov's Science Fiction, 2013

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Book Type: Novella
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Alternate History (SF)
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Nebula- and Sidewise-winning, Sturgeon-nominated Novella

In her compelling novella about the Incan empire, Vylar treats us to an alternate look at the history of the New World.

"What if the Incas had held off Pizarro's initial Conquistador attack (he only had 168 men), and figured out how to hold off smallpox through public health and hygiene measures? In this story, they would have been able to sort out how to hold on to their empire in the face of European imperialism. That makes for many changes in the Western world - the Americans come to visit in 1806 with a proposal to sell them the technique of vaccination. And so hangs the tale. We get a good exposition of Incan culture as Kaftan speculates it would develop. It's not a whitewash - it has plenty to say about the shortcomings of both Incan and American culture."
(synopsis from Happiness is Free SF)

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The Weight of the Sunrise - Vylar Kaftan

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