Oh I made it real, alright. Perhaps more real than he had anticipated.
Floyd’s a long-time Civilization devotee. It has led to some very confusing conversations. Whenever he starts talking about fighting England alongside the Arabs I have to take a few steps back and establish context.
I think we can’t help but re-imagine history. There’s that human curiosity, that “what if” impulse that I imagine is responsible for many of our great discoveries, that compels us to make changes in our head and extrapolate forward. This inquisitive aspect (perhaps sometimes tempered with the hubris of hindsight) makes us curious as to what we would do confronted with history, or with a subtle twist upon it. Perhaps subtle is not quite right: the more frequent trend as time goes on seems to be these tweaks being spooled further and further out. Items like “The Amazing Screw-On Head” bring us to the very brink of the absurd (while still being remarkably clever).
It is somewhat interesting to note that some of the most enduring re-imaginings seem to be those that are close to the real thing, those flights of fancy that could indeed have happened. The unheimliche as old Siggy might have put it, effects us most profoundly: that which by and large resembles what we know, but differs slightly enough as to make it disturbing.
Although, of course, simulated invasion of Poland by the Koreans holds its own terror.