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Alternative Realities, Writing

Writing challenge – speculative fiction

Everyone likes to discuss what ifs. What if they hadn’t gone out with that psycho? What if they hadn’t drunk so much and slept with that pestilence-riddled munter? What if they won the lottery? What if Hitler was killed before the second world war started?

However, I’ve never heard of anyone say. What if we took classically trained musicians back in time to perform covers of modern tracks?

How about two classically trained cellists being transported back to the 18th century. What if they were to play the track Thunderstruck by AC/DC? Like these two below.

What changes would be caused as a result of them playing these songs? What if a classically trained singer was added to provide words (if needed at all)? How would it affect the development of music, and therefore society, if rock music, metal, even pop was introduced centuries before its time.

Fancy a challenge? Write a story, or even an essay on how society would be different now.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


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