Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ten top alt-Londons in fantasy

At the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog Jeff Somers tagged ten favorite alternate Londons in fantasy. One title on the list:
Smoke, by Dan Vyleta

Vyleta’s Victorian England setting looks deceptively like the one that actually existed, with one very big difference: impure thoughts and evil doings cause you to leak black “smoke” as a visual symbol of sin. As a result, the upper classes maintain power by demonstrating a lack of smoke, thus establishing their moral superiority over everyone else. There’s a mystery to the phenomenon, which is relatively recent, and half the fun is tracing how smoke has altered life in this alt-London.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue