Because in some parts of our country we still celebrate Columbus Day and because so few of us really understand what Columbus (Christobal Colon) did, I offer this fictional re-imagination of the events of his landing on Hispaniola.

Click to download a PDF of Sidewise Award finalist, O, Pioneer.

Divergence: 1276 CE

What if: Chinese refugees fleeing the Mongol conquest of Hangzhou sailed across the Pacific.

Summary: Two centuries later, Columbus arrives in Hispaniola and is told of the rich counter of the Northern Land. Subsequent events do not occur in his favor.

Published: In Paradox #8 (Winter 2005-2006).

Awards: Finalist: 2006 Sidewise Award for best short-form alternate history.

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