“Mortalis” is a fantasy fiction written by R.A. Salvatore. It was originally published in the year 2,000.
The plot involves an alternative history (on an alternative planet) of the Black Plague. There is even a slight variation of the “Ring around the Rosie” song incorporated.
But listen to this: the planet on which the story takes place is called “Corona,” and a primary theme of the book involves this alternate history’s version of Catholic priests and monks (he doesn’t call them “Catholic,” – it’s an alternate history. But he’s clearly not fan of the Church).
Specifically, the primary plot point is this: the priests and monks barricade themselves behind chapel walls while the common folk of Corona die of the plague without the comfort or assistance of their prelates.
Would someone please tell me how in the hell R.A. Salvatore wrote about 2020 in the year 2000?
Reality is SO weird.