Conflict is now published:

While working on a dude ranch in present day Montana, Joe Kuruk saves a young girl from a club-wielding warrior. His confusion is intensified when he realizes that the girl, Alta, has crossed over from another time and place.

And the only way to reunite her with her family is to cross back with her.

Accompanied by a few friends, Joe crosses into Alta’s world only to find her home destroyed by a savage war chief.

Then the gate closes behind them.

Stranded in the Eleventh Century, on the present day Susquehanna River, Joe and his band fight to create a safe home for the refugee they’ve gathered.

And to prepare for future European contact.

And the eBook version is now free! Get it in one of three ways:

The print version is also available: https://www.amazon.com/dp/194475301X/

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 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.

Note 1: comments and questions are way appreciated.

Note 2: as are questions!


(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.

    1. Walt Socha Post author

      Hey there,
      Cahokia would have been a great setting for a novel. But W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear had already done a great job of basing one of their novels (“People Of The River”) on that site.

      But it’s a great idea!



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