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Alternate History Thursdays – A Novel Idea

Let’s take a break from our usually scheduled alternate history or Nazis, and Commies, and Elite Super Powers, to bring you something alittle less far-fetched, the future according to various Sci-Fi novelists including the greats Isaac Asimov and H.G. Wells, but also those of the modern era, Orson Scott Card, and Phillip K. Dick.

You’ll want to view the this image LARGE:

Novel Timeline


The above is an English translation (with additional classifications) of a work by Italian design team Accurat.  At first it looks alittle complicated to read, but once you wrap your head around it, it’s pretty easy, and ingenious.

The x-axis is the timeline, starting at 2012.  Each bar represents a book, and the main (or first  year mentioned) year that the book takes place in.  The height of each bar, y-axis, shows the year that each book was published.  (I think this is a wasted metric, but that’s me).  The color of the bars is kept limited to 3, which the authors have decided to categorize each event into; a positive, negative, or neutral event.  This takes alittle more understanding of the chart, and should include the type icon that accompanies each bar.

All in all, I’d say that this is a pretty good chart.  No way it could ever encompass all of Sci-fi, or even a tiny sliver of it.

{Brain Pickings}