Rome

In Magnificat, There’s a New Pope. And She Changes…Everything

The lead article in the Review section of the March 9 Wall Street Journal began “The next pope should be a man who…” But, wait. Before you start to fill in the characteristics: What if the next pope is a woman? In Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s Magnificat (Hidden Knowledge, 1999) that’s exactly what happens. The papal conclave is […]

What Is Alternate History?

What is alternate history? Not as easy question to answer. Historians have been speculating on “points of divergence” since classical times. The Roman historian Livy wrote the first “counterfactual” when he speculated on what would happen if Alexander the Great turned west in 323 BC. Like a true nationalist, he believed Rome would have easily […]