Kessel, John. Moment Universe Stories
Series note: Stories Corrupting Dr. Nice, "The Miracle of Ivar Avenue", "Some Like It Cold", "The Pure Product", and "It's All True", in which time is broken up into quantum units and each "moment" is accessible to time travelers. The amount of allohistorical content in each story is wildly variable, and only Corrupting Dr. Nice and "The Miracle of Ivar Avenue" are listed here.
Kessel, John. Corrupting Dr. Nice
Summary: A rich paleontologist, returning from the Cretaceous with a baby apatosaur, is pursued, or pursues, a beautiful con woman in 29 CE Jerusalem. Meanwhile, Simon the Zealot prepares to strike against the company in control of time travel to that Moment Universe.
Comments: While the allohistorical content is extremely low, it makes an interesting juxtaposition of the movie The Lady Eve with Sterling and Shiner's w88 android, q.v.
Published: Tor 1997 (0312861168BUY), 1998 (0312865848w88 androidBUY); Gollancz 1998 (0575066113); Millennium 1999 (1857988930).
Original in: English.
Translation: French by Patrick M. Arcel as L'amour au temps des dinosaures, Denoël 2002 (2207250369).
Kessel, John. "The Miracle of Ivar Avenue"
Divergence: 1949 CE
What if: Preston Sturges didn't commit suicide.
Summary: A Los Angeles detective investigates the death of a man identical to Sturges.
Published: In Intersections: The Sycamore Hill Anthology (eds. John Kessel, Mark L. Van Name and Richard Butner), Tor 1996 (0312860900BUY); Asimov's Science Fiction, September 1996; The Year's Best Science Fiction, Fourteenth Annual Collection (ed. Gardner Dozois), St Martin's Griffin 1997 (0312157029BUY, 0312157037BUY), v.t. Best New SF 10, Raven 1997 (1854879715); and The Pure Product, Tor 1997 (0312861176BUY), 1999 (0312866801BUY).
Awards: Honorable mention: 1996 Sidewise Award for best short-form alternate history. Nominee: 1997 Nebula for best novelette.
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