A young woman, Hester Prynne, has been found guilty of adultery and must wear a scarlet A on her dress as a sign of shame. Furthermore, she must stand on the scaffold for three hours, exposed to public humiliation. As Hester approaches the scaffold, many of the women in the crowd are angered by her beauty and quiet dignity.
The first of his masterpieces. Ballentine, ; revised first hardcover edition, New York: Crown, ] in later had a sequel, "The Shores of Another Sea.
Other terms for this popular genre include: Trevelyan published a nominally nonfictional article about what might have happened if Napoleon had won at Waterloo.
Alfred Toynbee, in his "A Study of History" tried the same sort of academic experiments in allohistory. Some other splendid examples are: It is one of the most enthralling science-fiction books ever written.
At once a fantasy adventure, an exceptional mystery, it is a new concept that touches the very framework of reality. The fantastic events that follow from its deceptively simple opening are the sort of stuff from which Charles Fort wove his world-shaking books and A.
Merritt wrought fabulous novels. Lapses into Imaginary History", edited by J. A Drama of the Reconstruction Period", by Arthur Goodman"Ancestral Voices", by Nat Schachnerflawed time-travel change-the-past story, in which the accidental consequence is the passage into never-beingness of tens of thousands of descendants of one killed ancestor "Sideways in Time", by Murray Leinstergives a four-dimensional view of alternate timelines, and a protagonist who switches from one to another, some in which humans never evolved.
The breakthrough into explicitly science-fictional allohistory. DickGermany and Japan conquer and split the U. Alternate Histories Are True SF" Fairly thorough search results, including anthologies, references, and listings by author may be found in: Schmunk also check out: Berkeley There is a scientific basis for such speculations, namely the "Many Worlds" interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.
The notion is that each time a subatomic particle can one of several things, it actually does all them, splitting the universe into multiple copies which differ only in that one micro-event.
The universe splits, splits again, and ramifies into an astonishing tree of alternative realities, a quintillion times a second.
This theory was developed by Hugh Everett inbut he had philosophical predecessors. Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake A. What really got him in trouble was his specific example that there must be a world identical to ours, except that the Mass was spoken in the vernacular instead of in Latin.
Small differences can be a matter of life or death. Rudjer Josip Boscovich  gave a qualitative description of alternate universe theory in "Theoria Philsophiae Naturalis" .
See "New Scientist", 24 Mayp. Each possible universe is a single point in a much larger infinite? Well, we Science Fiction folks can handle the idea! For more on the Many-Worlds interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, particularly as it related to consciousness, extraterrestrials, philosphy, and immortality, see: One involved building an iron vehicle, then throwing a lodestone natural magnet into the air, which pulls the vehicle upwards, at which point the adventurer throws the lodestone higher, and thereby hoists himself up by his own bootstraps.
Wells in "The First Men in the Moon"almost three-quarters of a century later. We have built actual Gravity Wave detectors, perhaps the first of which was constructed by Dr. Robert Forward, now a full-time science fiction author.
We believe that gravity has caused the existence of "Black Holes", which I tend to lump into this category.
For that time in fan history, it was an impressive effort. There have been some recent reports of purported antigravity in the laboratory, including Avon, ] a fine description of tales in which animals speak, think, or act human.
Dolittle" stories are so captivatingly charming and yet realistic that they make us forget that talking animals are Fantasy. Some such tales are designed to show how humans fit into a world that contains many more species of beings, all deserving our compassion.
Other stories are designed to make people look bad by comparison. Still others scarcely have people in the background, and are self-contained stories from the point of view of creatures with somewhat different perceptions and social structures. It is said that Soctrates, on "death row" in B.
Herodotus records that Aesop was a slave who lived around B. The moralized beast tale associated with Aesop is common worldwide, surely not his invention, typical of 7th century B.
Greek poetry and the oldest parts of the Old Testament.Nathaniel Hawthorne’s historical novel The Scarlet Letter explores guilt, revenge, and redemption in colonial America. Hawthorne blends supernatural elements with psychological insight in his story of one woman’s public punishment for adultery.
Explore a character analysis of Hester Prynne, plot summary, and important quotes. Course Description. Students will learn the basics of literary analysis and research thesis structure, support, and organization. Writing assignments and instruction will center around 11 th grade English curriculum and the classics.
Students will learn techniques of peer review, writing with purpose and clarity, and supporting claims with textual evidence and in-depth analysis. Summary. In this first chapter, Hawthorne sets the scene of the novel — Boston of the seventeenth century.
It is June, and a throng of drably dressed Puritans stands before a . Several years later, Hester returns to Boston, resumes wearing the scarlet letter, and becomes a person to whom other women turn for solace. When she dies, she is buried near the grave of Dimmesdale, and they share a simple slate tombstone with the inscription "On a field, sable, the letter A gules.".
The term "Yankee" and its contracted form "Yank" have several interrelated meanings, all referring to people from the United States; its various senses depend on the caninariojana.come the United States, "Yank" is used informally to refer to any American, including Southerners.
Within Southern American areas, "Yankee" is a derisive term . Over forty CWR editors and contributors share their favorite reads from the last year.