Why Wasn't This 1960s Fantastic Four TV Show A Real Thing?

There never was a 1960s live-action Fantastic Four TV show starring Russell Johnson (the Professor from Gilligan's Island) as Reed Richards and Elizabeth Montgomery (of Bewitched fame) as Sue Storm. So a couple of TV fans decided to dream one up, complete with production stills and a detailed episode guide. » 6/25/14 3:20pm 6/25/14 3:20pm

18th Century Naval Warfare Hits The Asteroid Belt, In Enceladus Crisis

Last year, we brought you an excerpt from The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez, where an 18th century frigate did battle around Mercury. Now here's an excerpt from the sequel, The Enceladus Crisis. The HMS Fortitude sails into the asteroid belt, chasing a French vessel heading for Saturn, perhaps with the… » 5/07/14 3:51pm 5/07/14 3:51pm

Indian history textbooks claim Japan nuked the United States in 1945

And that's just one of the many mistakes in what Indian news organizations are calling the "Error Terror" incident. The textbooks in Gujarat also get basic facts of Indian history wrong, including when Mahatma Gandhi died. As someone says in the above video, "This is as bad as it gets." » 2/20/14 10:46am 2/20/14 10:46am

Alt-Soviet epic The Red Star could become the wildest show on TV

Christian Gossett's The Red Star remains one of the most unusual comics of the past decade or so — an alternate history of the U.S.S.R. that mixes futuristic technology and sorcery. This sprawling saga was going to be a movie directed by Josh Trank — but now sources tell io9 it's in development for television instead. » 2/05/14 1:21pm 2/05/14 1:21pm

In Fiddlehead, Cherie Priest ends the Clockwork Century with a bang

In 2009, Cherie Priest's Boneshaker introduced readers to her Clockwork Century alternate history series, set in a United States where the Union was never reunited in 1865. It was a fun, durable world, full of zombies, weird drugs, giant machines, and zeppelin pilots. Now it comes to a satisfying end with Fiddlehead. » 12/04/13 12:20pm 12/04/13 12:20pm

Brilliance is an alternate history of non-neurotypicals in America

Marcus Sakey's first science fiction novel, Brilliance, opens with headlines ripped from the newspapers of an alternate 1986: A small percentage of children born in 1980 onwards exhibit some extraordinary abilities: pattern recognition, extracognition, and more. They're called Brilliants, and they're at the heart of… » 7/29/13 9:40am 7/29/13 9:40am

In House of Rumour, Ian Fleming and Aleister Crowley win World War II

World War II is often the go-to historical moment for alternate history novels. But in Jake Arnott's novel House of Rumour it becomes the focal point for a secret history that's stranger and more elaborate than just "What if the Nazis won?" Arnott weaves figures like L. Ron Hubbard and Virginia Woolf into a… » 4/19/13 1:20pm 4/19/13 1:20pm

An Alternate History of Doctor Who, in which the Doctor has always been…

We've wondered if one of the Doctor's future incarnations might be female, but what would Doctor Who have been like if the Doctor had always been played by a woman? Alasdair Stuart of SciFind has cooked up an alternate history of Doctor Who, positing which actresses might be a match for each of the eleven Doctors, the… » 2/09/13 4:00pm 2/09/13 4:00pm

More Famous Historical and Cultural Figures Who Could Become Monster…

This weekend, the grown-up versions of Hansel and Gretel become witch-hunters. They join Abraham Lincoln, who hunted vampires on the big screen a while back. But why stop there? Our historical and cultural landscape is crammed with amazing figures, who could be out there getting some monster fighting done. » 1/22/13 1:02pm 1/22/13 1:02pm

In which a Steampunk pioneer returns to the genre for the first time in…

James P. Blaylock is recognized as one of the pioneers of the Steampunk literary genre, thanks to novels like Homunculus and Lord Kelvin's Machine. Now at last, he's returning to his Steampunk Langdon St. Ives series with his first full-length novel in two decades: The Aylesford Skull, which comes out tomorrow. And… » 1/14/13 4:33pm 1/14/13 4:33pm