ALTERNATE TIMELINES: historical speculative fiction with diverse characters by Dusk Peterson
 
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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 home life and community life: Home life | Community life | Special domestic settings.

Stories of seasons and holidays: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter | Birthdays and anniversaries.

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 home life and community life

HOME LIFE


COMMUNITY LIFE


SPECIAL DOMESTIC SETTINGS

These stories are not specifically about domestic life, but domestic activities play an important role in them.



Stories of seasons and holidays

SPRING

Masters' Spring Festival (Dozen Landsteads holiday) and Lords' Festival (Yclau holiday): A scene within The Abolitionist (Waterman).

Tax Day: Tax the Dungeon (The Eternal Dungeon).
 

SUMMER

Summer-coming (unnamed nation): A scene within Debt Price (Master/Other).

Gay Pride Day (USA): Plus Love (Loren's Lashes).

IBLD (northern hemisphere of our world): scenes within Twenty Thousand Gold Stars (Unmasked).

Other stories in which summer plays an important role: Law Links (The Three Lands), Blood Vow (The Three Lands), Law of Vengeance (The Three Lands), Spy Hill (Commando).
 

AUTUMN

Fall-coming (unnamed nation): A scene within Debt Price (Master/Other).

Slaves' Autumn Festival (Dozen Landsteads holiday) and Commoners' Festival (Yclau holiday): Commoners' Festival (The Eternal Dungeon). Scenes within The Unanswered Question (The Eternal Dungeon), Transformation (The Eternal Dungeon), Unmarked (Waterman).

Emancipation Day (Mippite holiday): A scene within Emancipation (Life Prison).

Other stories in which autumn plays an important role: Mercy's Prisoner (Life Prison), Law Links (The Three Lands), Law of Vengeance (The Three Lands).
 

WINTER

Winter-coming (unnamed nation): A scene within Debt Price (Master/Other).

Hell's Fast (Vovimian holiday): Shifts (The Eternal Dungeon).

New Year (Three Lands holiday): Season of Dangerous Peace (The Three Lands), Re-creation: gift for a slave (The Three Lands).

Other stories in which winter plays an important role: Law Links (The Three Lands), Blood Vow (The Three Lands), Law of Vengeance (The Three Lands), Famine or Feast (The Three Lands), Bard of Pain (The Three Lands), Unmarked (Waterman), Noble (Princeling).
 

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

Coming of age birthdays (Midcoast nations, the Three Lands, and Dark Ages Britain): Scenes within Law Links (The Three Lands), Whipster (Michael's House), O Most Unthankful (Master/Other).

New Day (birthday holiday in the Dozen Landsteads and Yclau that celebrates the arrival of a child's apprenticeship): New Day (Young Toughs).

Wedding/mateship anniversaries (Midcoast nations and the Three Lands): Scenes within Sweet Blood (The Eternal Dungeon).
 


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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