Bad Boys of the Multiverse: An Alternate Universe Reading Guide

Have we gone multiverse crazy? Iain Banks' latest novel, Transition, is just the latest of a long line of sideways-traveling books, and this theme is more prevalent than ever. Here are some of my favorites, with spoilers and foul language. » 10/02/09 3:20pm 10/02/09 3:20pm

An "Alternate History For Newbies" Primer Makes A Stab At Creating An…

Interested in diving into alternate history fiction? The Onion AV Club has an unusual recommendation: steer clear of both Philip Roth and Harry Turtledove, and start with a Pulitzer-nominated but seldom-discussed 1972 novel instead. » 8/13/09 9:00am 8/13/09 9:00am

In Which Some Steampunk Novels are Discussed

Goggles, gaslights and gears, oh my! Steampunk is a steadily growing subgenre of speculative fiction. We review four current and forthcoming books that have been affixed with that label... in an elegant copperplate hand, naturally. » 8/12/09 10:59am 8/12/09 10:59am

Hail To The Mirror-Universe Chief: 5 Alternate Presidents

If 24 has taught us anything, it's that the presidential succession can be the stuff of riveting, wildly implausible drama. Here are five presidential might-have-beens that would make for some fascinating alternate history stories. » 6/03/09 9:00am 6/03/09 9:00am