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We are the hungry ghosts crying remember me

Things the world of New Amsterdam apparently has that Earth has also.

Lewis Carroll (Sebastien quotes "The Hunting of the Snark.")

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and by extension Sherlock Holmes (Sebastien quotes "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.") This leads me to believe that in this continuity, Holmes' character may be loosely based upon Sebastien.

Christopher Marlowe and Faust. (Sebastien, again with the quoting.)

Abraham Stoker, and Dracula.

Vlad III of Wallachia

Varney the Vampire

"Camilla"

Alexandre Dumas pere

von Zeppelin

Nikola Tesla

William Shakespeare (several references, although in this world he apparently wrote a play in which the central tragedy is the unnatural murder of a mother by her daughter.)

Napoleon Bonaparte

Boston

San Diego

Atlanta

New Orleans

telegraphy


Things the world of New Amsterdam apparently does not have that Earth does.

Queen Victoria (but there is a cognate: Alexandria Victoria, the Iron Queen)

Napoleon III

Baron Haussmann

New York City

English-speaking Florida

Joshua Norton, very sadly.

The United States of America

graphite pencil leads

telephones



Things the world of New Amsterdam apparently does have that Earth does not.

Gosselin, a vampire novel by Alexandre Dumas pere

Millarca von Karnstein, a real person.

Broadcast power.

Transatlantic dirigible service

Forensic sorcerers (a Crown Investigator or ein Zaubererdetektiv, depending on where you happen to be)

European settlements of North America limited to the coastlines

The Emperor of All Mexico

A Russian empire that is, apparently, all out of chewing gum.


Page 147 of 468. Still not King.

Man that's good bread. And this strawberry-kiwi tisane is really nice.

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Comments

I am now curious as to the state of the First Nations in such a world...and I don't think I should elaborate much further on my curiosity.
w00t! This is going to kick so much ass.
It is, perhaps, a sad commentary on my literary tastes that whenever I see the name "Marlowe" the first thing I think of is Raymond Chandler. :-)

On the other hand, New Amsterdam sounds fascinating. Rewrite faster. :-)
It's scheduled for May, god help me.

*sweats*
[does the math. bottles up some midnight oil and tosses in some pots of elbow grease]

Very good luck. ;-)
Things the world of New Amsterdam apparently does have that Earth does not.
[...]
Broadcast power.
By which you mean electricity over the air, or magical powers of some sort? :-D
Transatlantic dirigible service
Oh, but it SHOULD...that would so kick ass...
Forensic sorcerers (a Crown Investigator or ein Zaubererdetektiv, depending on where you happen to be)
In a world that believes in sorcery (or perhaps where it's for real), this makes very good sense to me.
European settlements of North America limited to the coastlines
Not all that farfetched. Look at Australia at night as seen from space. Granted, the North American interior is much more hospitable than the Australian interior, but still...
Granted, the North American interior is much more hospitable than the Australian interior, but still...

I don't know about that... ever seen the traffic in Chicago?

Chicago doesn't scare me half as much as Boston to drive in...
Haven't driven in either one (pedestrian in both, though - Chicago drivers are nuts). I did hail my first cab in Chicago. On the first try, too. Freaked out the East Coasters I was with at the time. :-) One had just finished saying that we'd never get a cab. :-):-) Manhattan wasn't too bad to drive in. It reminded me a lot of Houston traffic. Boston, though, the hills alone would be an issue for me, but then, I drive a standard.
Hills don't bother me (A] I drive an automatic and always have and B] I grew up on hilly New Jersey and went to school in hilly Ithaca, NY). It's the sheer insanity both of the way the streets are laid out and of the drivers on them.

I'll drive in Chicago. I won't drive any more in Boston.

Fortunately, most of the time I've needed to get anywhere in Boston, it's been fairly convenient to transit.
Growing up in Houston, hills are alien territory. I've driven in the Rockies and that was something of an education (note: never take Independence Pass *out* of Aspen around 9 AM in July - just don't). But urban hills are a mystery. Austin's about as hilly as I want to get in a city. ;-) (I don't even want to think about Denver and Boulder - 'harrowing' comes to mind.) Cities should be flat. So there. :-)
The Australian continent has a much lower percentage of arable, productive land in the interior. I'm just sayin'.
A Russian empire that is, apparently, all out of chewing gum.

Awesome.
Forensic sorcerers?

Sold!
It is my contention that every universe needs a Nikola Tesla. Even the squamous and rigose ones. If Tesla must be cyclopean, so be it. But the multiverse needs its death rays.
So true.
I imagine some huge fraction of your regular readers simply aren't making it past transatlantic dirigible service.
Transatlantic dirigible service

*swoons*

Also, yum, Russians kickin' ass. Works for meeee.

(Pardon me while I enjoy worldbuilding in action.)
Something tells me I won't be alone in feeling that the world of New Amsterdam is a better one than the one we actually ended up with. (Although any world that is lacking both Joshua Norton and Napoleon III is still less than completely wonderful, I think transatlantic dirigible service goes a long way toward making up the deficiency.)
And I'm guessing we'll have to work for the book to find out why they don't have graphite pencil leads and what they us instead?
*g* Well, the French have graphite, but trade is a bit problematic at the moment.
I can't wait! This is gonna be great!