Two questions to consider as you journey into the world of Crossover:

Could you survive in the Eleventh Century?

  • no running water
  • no antibiotics
  • the warlord in the next valley over wants your women
  • and there’s no toilet paper

Why did one civilization overcome another and what would it take to change the course of history?

Hints to the answer can be found in “SUGGESTED REFERENCES

Walt’s goal with his Crossover series is to provide a thrilling story set in a time and place where:

  • our everyday skills are irrelevant
  • modern technology is non-existent
  • and knowing how to kill is a survival trait

And as Walt’s characters fight for a new future, your will:

  • learn not-so-primitive pre-technology skills
  • gain insights into indigenous cultures
  • visit exotic places without leaving your:
    • recliner
    • craft beer
    • and toilet paper!

Some random musings:

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it but those who write alternative history can change it.

To change history at a particular point in time (or, more properly, write an alternative history novel set during that period), one must understand how people lived during that time.

It is also the goal of this website to present both writers and readers with sufficient cultural, technological, agricultural, and medical context to both understand and appreciate novels set in alternative history fiction.

The emphasis will be on the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries. This era is pivotal in the development of Western Civilization, coming out of the so-called Dark Ages and into the modern world.

By the way, the term “Dark Ages” really should be called the “Transition Ages.” First, it wasn’t all “dark” as there were bright spots in the Byzantine Empire, Al-Andalusia (Spain), and Ireland. And second, the former “colonies” of the Roman Empire were not so much decaying as re-arranging their social and governing structure as they moved to form modern European nations.

(Caveat: The commonly used expression, “Those who ignore history are bound (or doomed) to repeat it,” is actually a mis-quotation of the original text written by George Santayana, who, in his Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”)

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  1. Tim

    Hi Walter,
    I finished Conflict and I was blown away by your creative mind. I initially hoped the fog would take them to the ancient columbia river drainage when the Missoula floods were causing repeated devastating floods every few/hundreds/thousands of years, and their struggles with the Indian tribes with the repeated catastrophic floods.


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