Steve takes time to share a bit of a reminisce, a comment on M. R. Kowal’s award-winning series and favored childhoom memories: “Why, oh why can”t I be living in that alternate timeline?”
In her debut column, Linnea takes a look at four fantasy series.
How would the course of WWII have changed if the United States had perfected the atomic a bomb a year earlier? This idea is explored in Gregory Benford’s flawed but ultimately entertaining novel The Berlin Project.
Arrowsmith is one of the best alternate history and fantasy comics out there.
The speculative fiction community is divided into unique sets of fandom. These fandoms are not just defined by what they like, but also how they speak and dress. Even the means of communication and where they congregate plays a role. So its not surprising that even a sub-genre like alternate history has a thriving, if small, […]
There is nothing inevitable about the real world as we experience it. A simple decision by a single individual can send history hurtling down a whole new path.
Niles Golan is an ex-pat Brit in Hollywood. Never grown-up, he narrates his life with an internal monologue transforming his everyday inadequacies into triumphs. Niles is his own fictional creation: to himself, a genius novelist akin to the young Thomas Pynchon; to everyone else, the hack who writes the popular Kurt Power adventures novels. His […]
A look at counterfactuals and alternate histories, through a counter-argument to British historian Richard J. Evans.
Reasons why you should read What Mad World by Fredric Brown, if you haven’t already.
A review of Lou Antonelli’s collection of alternate and strange history tales from Fantastic Fiction
Updates on past post for our French speaking friends.
Thursday Next, the plucky female lead character of The Eyre Affair, is a literary detective in an alternate 1985 England.
Without Hitler, Nazi Germany doesn’t declare war on the United States; instead, saner men take the helm and use more rational policies to bring the USSR to its knees
The world of the Draka is the dark reflection of our own world. The core idea behind the series is that refugees from British North America settle South Africa (captured in the war) instead of Canada.
Himmler’s War by Robert Conroy Writing alternate history (and period fiction) is a tricky task. There is always the temptation to bend details for the sake of a good story – and then there will be some humourless reader who will then write long posts on why it couldn’t happen the way you suggested. I […]
Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (December 1, 1987) First Citizen by Thomas T. Thomas Julius Caesar is one of the few figures from Ancient History to be recognisable almost everywhere, although most of what people know about him is wrong. At base, Caesar was a mass of contradictions, often caused by Republican Rome’s deeply […]
Lucy’ Blade John Lambshead Baen Books Kindle $6.83 Lucy’s Blade is a deeply frustrating book. There is a core of a very good story here; I enjoyed reading it immensely. On the other hand, there are flaws within the book that detract from my enjoyment and leave me wondering just what the editor was doing. […]
Author Paul J. McAuley (author of “A Very British History“, one of my favorite short stories) recently tweeted: The trouble with SF ‘worldbuilding’ is that it too often strives to be dully convincing, instead of amazing. I couldn’t agree more. Take The Lost Fleet series by John G. Hemry under the pen name Jack Campbell. The story follows the protagonist […]
Someone once said that every story starts with someone either coming to town, or leaving town. And there is no genre for which this adage holds more true than the western. It probably takes us all of a second and a half to recognize the western hero, whether he’s wearing the stereotypical white hat or […]
Crime and punishment. Both words are synonymous with genre fiction. Whether it is the flashy superhero racing to stop the next crisis or the “I’m too old for this shit” beat cop who stumbles upon a global conspiracy, we enjoy seeing criminals being taken down. For the next few weeks, however, I am going to be concerning […]
Since January 2nd of 2013, members of the Amazing Stories blog team (you’ll find them all listed under Staff where you can learn more about them) have been writing away on their favorite subjects. Chances are, you’ll find a few whose favorite subjects are your favorite subjects. In addition to the new content being added […]
The word Science Fiction is recognizable to the average fan, but the definition can be indistinguishable from other genre and cause confusion. Perhaps from the standpoint of the fandom, this vague categorization is by design and allows readers to broaden their focus.