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Date: 02-20-2023
Word Limit: 2020
Words Written: 12,087

Judges (crits):
Chernobyl Princess
Week Archivist:
a friendly penguin

Here we are, nearly midway through the latest roaring twenties, so it's time to look back at the last few twenties. 

There's the 1920s, characterized by a global influenza pandemic, a stock market bubble, and all the markers of gangster media.

Then there are the 1820s, with a global cholera pandemic, a stock market bubble, and the markers of steampunk media.

And finally the 1720s, with...a global bubonic plague pandemic, and, uh, the first stock market bubble, and the golden age of piracy.

Your assignment this week is to write a story set in any of these decades. You don't have to write a gangster/steampunk/pirate story, but your story should feel at home in the decade you set it in. Fantastic or science fictional elements are okay.

Historical fiction is, inevitably, as much about the time it was written than the one it is set in, and I want to see you leaning into that. I've pointed out some areas where history's rhyme scheme is particularly strong, but there are others to use.

I'm not going to be doing too much Historical fact-checking, so feel free to research as little or as much as you want. As long as you don't have someone checking their digital watch or suchlike you should be fine.

All the usual restrictions apply.

7 Total Submissions, 2 Total Failures:

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