Before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, there were a bunch of other plans – Uganda, Alaska, even China! Matt details the possibilities and their alternate future consequences.
The relationship between speculative fiction and mainstream literary fiction is complicated by decades of group identity dynamics, mutual ignorance, and overbroad critical generalizations about both genres. However, if we try to put our long-held attitudes to one side and focus our attention on the works themselves, we find that the two genres are neither incompatible, […]
When I was in college studying creative writing, I fell in love with a lot of writers: Haruki Murakami, Jonathan Lethem, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, all of the genre-bending literary fiction authors. It was probably a sign of something: on graduation, I would detox with a deluge of genre work, Raymond Chandler’s detectives and J.K. […]
Reading Michael D. Sellers’ fascinating book, John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood, we learn all the reasons why John Carter, Disney’s film version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars, failed at the box office. This extensively researched volume finds there was a perfect storm of incompetence on the part of just about everyone involved […]
I’m often asked to recommend a good alternate history book, but you might as well ask me to name my favorite film. My mind rebels at the thought of picking just one. For the sake of all the current and future alternate historians I will do my best to come up with a good list. […]