All good things must come to an end. While I see this blog going on for some time discussing World War III related subject matter, the alternative 1987 we’ve created and nurtured will wrap up at some point around Labor Day when all is said and done. So, what will come next? Good question. In all honesty, I’m not quite ready to give up the ghost. Creating a hypothetical Third World War from the real world 1980s has proven to be an adventure on so many levels. More so than anything else, WWIII 1987 offered me the freedom to be creative. I was not restricted by guidelines, editing and formats the way I would’ve been if it was written out in novel form. I know how that side of the house works now. 😊
I am leaning towards starting a new alternative history or speculative fiction before Labor Day if the stars align properly. I have a handful of ideas in mind that I’m mulling over and brainstorming from time to time. No outlines laid out or foundations created, but I’ll admit that a decent amount of research is underway on some of the ideas. I’ve sketched them out a bit below, but keep in mind I’ve committed to none of them at this time. And, as is always the case, I’m open to your thoughts and feedback. As the summer goes on, I’ll discuss this topic every so often and keep you abreast on any decisions I’ve made. Thanks for taking a few moments to read this over. –Mike
Red Dawn-esque War Set In The 1980s– This possibility is one I’ve always wanted to explore. A Soviet/Eastern Bloc invasion of the United States in an alternative 1980s. A scenario similar to what we saw in the movie Red Dawn. But instead of just covering the exploits of a group of teenage partisans, this would be an in-depth look at the entire conflict, as well as the events that led up to it. Years ago, on the website Alternatehistory.com there was a massive thread set around just this type of conflict. It went on for years and a number of very talented writers contributed, as well as some equally talented digital artists. Some readers of this blog were heavily involved in that masterpiece and I hope they speak up after seeing this. 😊 I’d definitely like their input and thoughts, as well as everyone else’s, on the idea.
Chinese Invasion of the United States Set Around 2034– Similar to the concept above but instead, its China landing on American shores twelve years from now. This is another concept that has been examined now and then in works of fiction, as well on as alternative history websites. The novel Invasion by Eric L. Harry comes to mind first and foremost. This idea has a lot of potential, especially considering the direction of world events recently.
US-China Conflict in the Western Pacific, Near Future– This concept also has a lot of promise. Unfortunately, it might be off limits to me for the time being. With the future of the WWIII in 1987 novel remaining fluid, I’ve started work on Book #2 which is set on a US-China war in the near future. Still, depending on how things turn out, it is still a possibility.