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The Undiscovered

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The Undiscovered

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Author: William Sanders
Publisher: Asimov's Science Fiction, 1997

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Sidewise Award winning and Hugo, Nebula and Sturgeon Award nominated short story.

Alternate history story of William Shakespeare. While drunk in Portsmouth after putting on a show, Shakespeare becomes a stowaway on the wrong boat back to London -- and instead winds up in America, where he is eventually captured by Native Americans. The story's narrator, a sixteenth-century Cherokee, tells how his tribe adopted an English colonist named Spear-Shaker, and describes the cultural clash which occurs when the white man tries to put on a play and the tribe does not understand what he is trying to do.

It originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, March 1997. It can aslo be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection (1998), edited by Gardner Dozois, The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century (2001), edited by Harry Turtledove and Martin H. Greenberg and Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction (2005), edited by Gardner Dozois. It is included in the collections Are We Having Fun Yet? American Indian Fantasy Stories (2002) and East of the Sun and West of Fort Smith (2008).


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