Category Archives: Alternative History

Review of Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove

I read Joe Steele—and wrote an Amazon review—back when it came out in spring 2015.  I wanted to revisit in light of the rise of Trump (and the addition of an Infomocracy tag) and to give further consideration to how … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Women of Futures Past, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

I discussed Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s essay on women’s contributions to the pulps in my review of Cirsova issue #2.  It was that essay that convinced me to pick up Women of Futures Past.  And, oh, how I am glad I … Continue reading

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Review of Breath of Earth by Beth Cato

Beth Cato’s debut The Clockwork Dagger showed promise.  Its sequel The Clockwork Crown showed improvement.  With Breath of Earth, a steampunk epic fantasy set in a Japanese-dominated alternate 1906 San Francisco, Cato shows she can tell a story with the … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: The High Crusade by Poul Anderson

In the year of our Lord 1345, a big, silvery spaceship lands in a small barony in England.  First contact is tough; one blaster blast from them, and a whole lot of clothyard shafts, lance tips, and sword blows from … Continue reading

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Review of My Real Children by Jo Walton

Since I spoke ill of My Real Children in my Hugo Awards Post-Mortem, my review is below. It’s not that I hated it; in fact, I quite liked it. But I don’t think it is award-worthy, and I think it … Continue reading

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