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Writing Challenge – What if humans were more diverse?

Last year I wrote a a story for the Fringe Works NeaDNAthal anthology. Needless to say, it featured NeaDNAthals. In a sci-fi setting of course, fighting a future war. Like they do.

However, this did raise a question in my mind and one which I’ve never been able to write about due to so many other ideas popping up, so I decided that I would give you a chance to have a go. It will involve a bit of research but as you’re authors, I’m sure you’re used to more than a little research in the name of procrastination!

Have a think about what today’s world would be like if all the diffferent branches of humans were still around. Would they interbreed? Would some have an advanted over others? How would technology have changed? Would there be different languages? Would they be as different coloured to their own as Europeans are to Africans depending on where they lived? Would we be warring? What bearing would this have on religion? Would Jesus Christ have died for just the ‘modern man’s’ sins, or forms? What other religions would there be now? Would Hitler have tried to eradicate one branch of humanity instead of the Jews? There’s a lot of thunking and writing to be done here. As ever, if you do decide to have a go, I’d love to see your stories!

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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