ALTERNATE TIMELINES: historical speculative fiction with diverse characters by Dusk Peterson
 
Historical fantasy. Alternate history. Retrofuture science fiction. Diversity.

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Tags for stories by Dusk Peterson


Sections below:

Important: The tags for the stories may reveal spoilers about the plotlines. The tags may refer to main plotlines with volumes, main plotlines in single stories within collections, or subplots within stories.

Story genres and settings: Genres | Time periods | Locations.

Diversities of character: Ages | Disabilities | Genders | Occupations | Race and ethnicity | Service and allegiance | Social classes | Spiritual beliefs and skepticisms.

Stories of crime, captivity, and warfare: Captives | Criminals | Soldiers and justice system workers.

Stories of love: Characters' romantic orientations and sexual orientations | Family affection | Male/female love (friendship, romantic friendship, or romance) | Male/male love (friendship, romantic friendship, or romance) | Queer love and struggles.

Updated March 2017.
 


Story genres and settings

GENRES


TIME PERIODS

Time periods listed below consist of imaginary or alternative settings inspired by historical time periods.


LOCATIONS

United States locations listed below consist of alternative-universe settings based upon locations in our world.



Diversities of character

AGES


DISABILITIES


GENDERS

These categories may overlap because of multiple gender identities held by the characters.


OCCUPATIONS


RACE AND ETHNICITY

Racial and ethnic identities in the Three Lands and Toughs universes do not correspond exactly to identities in our world. In the list that follows, I've done my best to provide the closest equivalents in our world. All of the Toughs characters live in their equivalent of the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.


SERVICE AND ALLEGIANCE


SOCIAL CLASSES


SPIRITUAL BELIEFS AND SKEPTICISMS



Stories of crime, captivity, and warfare

CAPTIVES

Includes former captives.


CRIMINALS

Includes former criminals.


SOLDIERS AND JUSTICE SYSTEM WORKERS

Includes former members of these professions.



Stories of love


CHARACTERS' ROMANTIC ORIENTATIONS AND SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS

In both the Three Lands universe and the Toughs universe, the concepts of romantic orientation and sexual orientation do not exist. Instead, those societies hold to the classical belief that (as The Art of Manliness puts it) men's "attraction to, and sexual activity with other men was thought of as something you did, not something you were." (Women's orientations tended not to be thought about at all.) At most, the decision by a man whether to have sex with a man or a woman or nobody might be regarded as a strong preference. I've translated these "preferences" into the modern equivalents of orientation.


FAMILY AFFECTION

These may include family conflict.


Note concerning the categories below: In a lot of the stories, platonic relationships and relationships based on sexual attraction play an equally important role so if you see a story in both categories, it's not a mistake.

MALE/FEMALE LOVE


MALE/MALE LOVE


QUEER LOVE AND STRUGGLES



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