Waldrop, Howard. "The Lions are Asleep This Night"
Divergence: c 10,000 BCE
What if: Columbus found the Americas uninhabited. Later, African slaves imported to mine Peruvian gold rebelled, leading to white decline worldwide.
Summary: In 1894, an African boy writes a play about an African king while reading a history of the fall of Europe.
Published: In Omni, August 1986; All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past: Neat Stories, Ursus 1987 (0942681002); The 1987 Annual World's Best SF (eds. Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha), DAW 1987; Strange Things in Close-Up, Legend 1990 (0099644401); Strange Monsters of the Recent Past, Ace 1991 (0441160697); Future Earths: Under African Skies (eds. Mike Resnick and Gardner Dozois, DAW 1993 (0886775442); Omni Visions Two (ed. Ellen Datlow), Omni 1994 (0874553083); and Things Will Never be the Same: A Howard Waldrop Reader: Selected Science Fiction, 1980-2005, Old Earth 2007 (1882968360BUY, 1882968352BUY).
Original in: English.
Translation: French by Pierre K. Ray and Jacques Chambon as "Ce soir dorment les lions", in Ces chers vieux monstres, Denoël/Presence du Futur 1990 (2207305139).
Translation: German by Michael Nagula as "Nachts schlafen die Loewen", in World's best SF 6 (eds. Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha), Bastei-Lübbe (3404240960).
Translation: Italian by Giampaolo Cossato and Sandro Sandrelli as "Stanotte i leoni dormono", in Il meglio della Fantascienza 1987 (eds. Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha), Armenia 1987 (8834402391).
Awards: Nominee: 1986 Nebula for best short story.