Alternate History

Book Review: The Ministry of Space

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The Husband picked up something we call a "baseball mitt gift"--something you buy for someone else, but it's really for your own use.  This particular present is a graphic novel, "The Ministry of Space," by Warren Ellis, Chris Weston, and Laurta Martin, with lettering by Michael Heisler.  It's a gorgeous little alternate history which cleverly uses rotoscoping and CGI modelling to produce extremely realistic cartoon images depicting what might've happened had Britain gotten to Peenemunde before the Americans did.


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FAN FILM FRIDAY: Roundup: Nazi Mechs

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Mechs, giant pilotable robots, were a postwar creation of Japan. They started to catch on in the west in the seventies and eighties with the introduction of Japanese animation. Lately, they've been mashed up with dieselpunk (the more industrial cousin of steampunk) and alternate history. Let's take a look at two shorts featuring Nazi mechs.

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BORING CLICHE DEPARTMENT: What Would Have Happened If The South Won The Civil War?

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Since I ran my "Logic goes out the window" piece on Alternate Histories two weeks ago, I've recieved a lot of emails asking me the following question: "Well, if you're so smart, then logically, what could have come from the South winning the civil war?"

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When Alternate Histories Come In The Library, Logical Thought Apparently Goes Out The Window

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I honestly don’t know why I like Alternate Histories so much. I really like the ‘what if’ aspects of them, but so many are just so terribly terribly bad, and they’re full of clichés from the getgo. Why, for instance, do they always revolve around a pivotal war?

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BOOK REVIEW: “How Few Remain” by Harry Turtledove (1997)

What if the South won the Civil War?

Okay, you have probably seen that alternative history idea thrown out around 2,344,154,324,445,251 times. Since this is the 2,344,154,324,445,252nd time you have heard of it, we are dealing with a concept that some would say is overused, the author must approach the subject in a way that is both unique and enjoyable. The latter, at the very least.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Voyage” by Stephen Baxter (1996)

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Best. Alternate. History. Novel. Ever.

Seriously: Best. Alternate. History. Novel. Ever. Period. End Sentence.

I love alternate history novels. I like a window in to worlds where established history traveled down a different road from our own. I love visions of the myriad different ways the modern world could have turned out. I adore the questions of identity arise when you see how people could have turned out differently had they lived through altered circumstances.

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