Alternate History tales – the view from the Vatican!
Swastika’s on alternate history book covers has become cliche. Schumacher’s novel isn’t.
Shadow & Bone a Twilight/Potter mashup in an analog of 18th century Russia
The Last Exodus is set directly after an alien invasion has devastated Earth. All the world’s cities have been destroyed, the oceans are receding and the planet is heating up significantly
The passing of Robert Conroy at the end of 2014 was a blow to the alternate history community as he was one of the most prolific authors in the genre
A Sidewise Award Judge reviews a previous winner.
Shades of Earth, the final book in the Across the Universe series is a mixed bag.
A review of the audiobook of the second novel in the Across the Universe series.
Is The Name of the Wind as mind blowing as everyone says it is?
In a YA market saturated by dystopias and supernatural romance, one novel dares to be something different.
WWII Alternate History: This time, Hitler is killed during a bombing raid.
“Nikola Tesla, in the opinion of authorities, today is conceded to be the greatest inventor of all times.” – Hugo Gernsback
Lots of title colons, an accurate book cover(!) and realistic space battle physics. The Lost Fleet series is one its best to start at the beginning.
When I first picked up a paperback copy and flipped through the pages interspersed with bizarre black and white photos, I suspected I was holding in my hand a piece of weird fiction that is palatable for even the casual SF reader.
Matt turns aside Richard Evan’s arguments against counterfactual history. That is, he does so here, in this time track….
Matt reviews the latest offering in Stirling’s Emberverse series.
Steve reviews Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s book “Catalyst” and talks about a writers’ workshop.
Matt takes on the task of reading and reviewing all of this year’s Sidewise Award nominees.
Steadfast the latest Jack Campbell Lost Fleet novel is out – featuring a cover that actually depicts a scene from the book!
A review of NIck Mamatas’ Move Underground: it’s about time we gave Nick a bit of attention!
Review of Michael J. Martinez’s debut novel, The Daedalus Incident, and the alternate history plot line.
Review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with an eye towards the hero’s journey.
Review of Las peripecias inéditas de Teofilus Jones by Fedosy Santaella.
Thursday Next, the plucky female lead character of The Eyre Affair, is a literary detective in an alternate 1985 England.
Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand Small Beer Press 2012 There’s a phrase used by some in Maine, where Elizabeth Hand lives part of the year, to describe those who aren’t Mainers: they are “from away.” It’s a fascinating phrase, rich with the insular, New England suspicion of outsiders and a pride of place that […]
Every family, every tribe, every cultural group has its own myths. We use stories, legends, folk tales, and even parables as means of understanding why things are the way they are, and of teaching why we do things the way we do. Whether fiction-based or fact-based, these mythologies do not define us, but rather they […]
Horror and alternate history are difficult genres to mash up. You just don’t see them together very often and despite my firm belief in the adaptability of alternate history, it is rare when you see an author effectively combine horror and alternate history tropes into a compelling read. When it is usually tried we are […]
I’m glad I started with The Games by Ted Kosmatka as my first foray into science horror. I don’t think I could pick a better book that seamlessly melded horror and SF tropes. The year is 2044 and the 38th Olympic games are about to begin. In this amoral future, genetically engineered gladiators fight each other in an […]
My final (for now) look into SF detectives brings me to the classic SF novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. Most people know of this novel as the basis of Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner. Upon reading the novel, however, you quickly learn how little the two works have to do with […]
Alright we are back with my coverage on SF detectives and we return with the classic SF/mystery novel, written by the grand-daddy of SF himself, The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov. This first novel in the Robot series is one of the earliest novels to feature a combination of the SF and mystery genres. It features […]