We Almost Didn’t Have the Muppets: Four Alternate Points in Jim Henson’s Life | Tor.com

As part of Muppet Week at Tor.com, I talk about the impact that Jim Henson had on modern puppetry. Here’s a teaser.

Let me be clear, before we start, that I’m about to geek out on puppetry. Jim Henson is why I’m a professional puppeteer today, even though I never met him. Like many puppeteers, I grew up watching Sesame Street and The Muppet Show and before I discovered the wider world of puppetry.

Now, I’m also a science fiction writer and here’s the thing… Henson would be a really good subject for an Alternate History story of the “Duck Mr. President” variety, where a single change could affect the entire time line.

I do not exaggerate. The face of modern puppetry would be completely different if not for Jim Henson. Here, let me show you.

Read the full article at We Almost Didn’t Have the Muppets: Four Alternate Points in Jim Henson’s Life | Tor.com.

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