Literature: A Giant Sucking Sound
A Giant Sucking Sound
is an ongoing Alternate History
series on AlternateHistory.com
in which H. Ross Perot's third party bid in 1992 succeeded. It was significant in how it highlighted the hypothetical rise of a successful modern third party, and a dystopian 1990s
, and in the process showed just how close we could have had either.
Ross Perot, by not dropping out of the campaign and by selecting Jerry Brown as his running mate, is able to become the first independent president since George Washington. After constant battles with Congress, Ross decides to blow up the two party system, and create the Freedom Party, a party of centrists, moderates, and the politcally disaffected which recruits politicans like John McCain, Paul Tsongas, and Joe Liberman, while recruiting other influential people like Al Sharpton, Ralph Nader, Donald Trump, Jon Stewart, and Jello Biafra. Under Ross Perot many good things happen: a balanced budget amendment is passed, an anti-lobbying bill goes through Congress, the Internet is made more widespread and available, NAFTA is killed, and the Rwandan genocide is stopped.
However the state of the world becomes a lot more chaotic: Stormfront grows into a far-right terrorist group that murders many influential people. Islamic terrorism in France plunges Europe into a war on terror. The Russian far right becomes a lot more influential with Chechnya and Russia's economic collapse. Japan is plagued by attacks from Aum Shinrikyo.
Another hallmark of the TL is the vivid alternate pop culture, which helps characterize the world even further. One of the most infamous moments of the TL is the death of Steven Spielberg at the hands of Stormfront, with Saving Private Ryan dedicated to his memory and a number of other projects of his circulating around Hollywood in various forms.
Brandon Lee has lived to become one of Hollywood’s biggest action stars, having starred in TTL Matrix
movie (of which there is only one, which flopped) and another movie based on Metal Gear Solid
. Kurt Cobain’s gunshot wound left him braindead, something which has affected rock music in ways even more than his OTL death. Television has seen a version of The West Wing
with Sidney Poitier playing the president, and 24
with Charlie Sheen playing Jack Bauer. Other butterflies have seen Harrison Ford play Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List
, Russell Crowe land the role of Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings
goes down as a box office bomb, and a grief-stricken
George Lucas handing the directing job for the Star Wars
prequel trilogy to Sam Raimi, leading to that trilogy being better received critically and by the fans in contrast to OTL
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