This caught my eye over on Paperback Swap. ReVISIONS, edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Isaac Szpindel. It was published by Daw in 2004 and contains stories that play with the history of scientific discoveries. The description:
One of science fiction’s classic themes is the alternate history story. But history includes scientific discoveries as well as the acts of individuals or nations. What if breakthroughs such as lasers or genetics had taken place earlier? What if understandings such as domestication or the structure of the solar system hadn’t happened yet? What if Sumerians invented the printing press, or America outlawed the Internet?
One of the ideas I’ve been kicking around but have got nowhere with is the idea of an advanced civilization that never discovered electricity.
The full contents of the book:
Introduction by Isaac Szpindel and Julie E. Czerneda
The Resonance of Light by Geoffrey A. Landis
Out of China by Julie E. Czerneda
Site Fourteen by Laura Anne Gilman
Silent Leonardo by Kage Baker
A Call from the Wild by Doranna Durgin
Axial Axioms by James Alan Gardner
The Terminal Solution by Robin Wayne Bailey
The Ashbazu Effect by John G. McDaid
A Word for Heathens by Peter Watts
A Ghost Story by Jihane Noskateb
The Executioner’s Apprentice by Kay Kenyon
Swimming Upstream in the Wells of the Desert by Mike Resnick and Susan R. Matthews
Unwirer by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross
When the Morning Stars Sang Together by Isaac Szpindel
Herd Mentality by Jay Caselberg
I love the cover, too. It reminds me of this terrific piece of photoshop art that I found once on Worth1000.com.
I wish I knew who to attribute it to! I searched a bit on Worth1000, but couldn’t find it.
UPDATE: Found it! Thanks to Google Image Search. The original painting (pre-Photoshop) is called Breton Brother and Sister by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1871) and the photoshopped version on Worth1000 is called “Young One” by digammo.