Would you pay 99c for this?

I like the idea that different fictional worlds are ‘really’ the same place: for example that Sherlock Holmes’ London is the same place that got invaded in The War of the Worlds, by Martians who interacted with Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Martians. R’lyeh is really Atlantis after it sank, and so on.

I was thinking of writing a ‘pseudo-history’ (similar to Last and First Men, but probably shorter) which unified as many science fiction, fantasy and occult ideas as possible. The overall idea would be that people in our universe, who thought they were making ideas up or receiving divine inspiration, were really getting visions of this other universe.

Please let me know what you think of this idea.

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6 thoughts on “Would you pay 99c for this?

  1. I think of late the problem I have with ‘unified’ worlds is the fact that they’re limited in scope to what the author of that world has read, which will inevitably result in a privileged and narrow selection of works.

    The Strange also already did a similar thing, so maybe some other twist is required?

    Thought: go meta-recursive on it; since this unified setting is also fictive it ought to be a setting inside itself.

  2. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen does this – well, the comic does. The start of the second volume, in fact, shows John Carter of Mars and his army of Green Martians meet up with a contingent of Sorns (From C.S Lewis’ “Out of the Silent Planet”) as they prepare to lay siege to a “mollusk invader” strong hold – only to find that they have left in a series of pods fired from Mars’ surface. (The invaders, revealed to be from beyond Mars, being the “Martians” from War of the Worlds.)

    Searching “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Annotations” in Google should take you to most of Jess Nevins’ pieces which fill in gaps to the references made in Alan Moore’s work. Anything overtly named is in the public domain, however he often hints to more recent work in his stories.

    There’s a similar piece of work, the Wold Newton Universe/Cycle, that connects all the great heroes of pulp-ish fiction into one linage/extended family tree – somehow Zorro, Doc Savage, Soloman Kane, etc, are all related, if distantly. It even gives the event of a real life meteorite event as explanation for the more overt powers of some characters after 1795.

    But, despite that, I would be interested in a well-laid out version of that, purposeful in clearly, or fairly clearly, connecting the history of various sci-fi and fantasy stories.

    A side note: I liked how Alan Moore had Randolph Carter, a protagonist of a couple of Lovecraft’s stories, being a nephew of John Carter.

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