Cars From Another Universe: Bizarre Motor Vehicles That Never Caught On

When it comes to motor vehicles, history is filled with curious also-rans. If the inventors of these contraptions had had their ways, our streets might be filled with single-wheeled cars, gas-fueled chariots, and armor-plated snowmobiles. » 3/02/15 3:00pm 3/02/15 3:00pm

It's Hard To Believe This "Ancient Rome Vs. China" Movie Is Real

Here we have it: a strong early contender for 2015's guiltiest pleasure. Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody and Peng Lin star in Dragon Blade, an alt-history in which Rome fights Han Dynasty China for control over the Silk Road. You've never seen Brody chewing scenery like this before. » 12/26/14 12:20pm 12/26/14 12:20pm

Ascension: An Alternate History About a Planned Community in Space

New series Ascension has just finished filming on its first few episodes, and we learned a lot about it at Comic-Con on Saturday. It sounds extremely promising and got us excited for what's to come. » 7/27/14 8:00am 7/27/14 8:00am

Maps of an Alternate North America That Never Became the United States

Imagine a world very different from our own, where North America developed not into the stable geopolitical regions we know today, but Balkanized into smaller empires, territories and republics. » 7/11/14 1:40pm 7/11/14 1:40pm

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

​Is The CW's Reign Secretly A Fantasy Show?

When Reign was announced, it seemed most notable for how little it cared about the history involved — and for giving Mary Queen of Scots' handmaidens names cribbed from Bratz dolls. But as they played fast and loose with history, Reign became an alternate-history fantasy, almost despite itself. » 5/16/14 12:40pm 5/16/14 12:40pm

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

​An Alternate History Of The Creationist Movement

How would the creationism-evolution controversy have been different if World War I had never happened? That's the premise for a series of intriguing short articles posted at the website of the National Center for Science Education. » 4/25/14 2:20pm 4/25/14 2:20pm

10 Shocking Ways the Second World War Could Have Ended Differently

Decisions during wartime are monumental things. Each move and countermove has the potential to change the course of history. Here are ten shocking ways the Second World War could have unfolded differently than it did. » 4/04/14 10:26am 4/04/14 10:26am

A Fascinating New Alternate History In Which Egypt Rules The World

Alternate histories – with their roads not taken and mix of real and supposition – can be dreams come true for junkies of world-building — and Ramona Wheeler's Three Princes might contain enough awesome to make you overdose. » 4/01/14 10:29am 4/01/14 10:29am

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

The Most Unusual Alternate History Novels Ever Published

Tired of alternate history books where the Axis won World War II, or the South won the Civil War? Luckily for you, there are a ton of allohistories that pick more obscure and interesting points of divergence. Here are 15 alt-history books (or series) that break the mold. » 2/07/14 12:30pm 2/07/14 12:30pm

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

Who would win in a fight: Alexander the Great, or Genghis Khan?

If you built a time machine and forced Alexander the Great's army to fight Genghis Khan's, who would win? The answer: It's not even close. A thousand years separate those two forces, and they include a few striking technological achievements. » 12/25/13 12:30pm 12/25/13 12:30pm

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

Comment of the Day: Darth Vader, An Alternate History

In today's comments we shared recipes for chocolate-covered salmon (there are more than you'd think), learned how to reconstruct an 18-foot oarfish using a bit of tech and a lot of imagination, and imagined the 30-second chat that could have stopped Darth Vader before he started. » 10/30/13 4:20pm 10/30/13 4:20pm

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

The Croods is a movie that teaches your children to play in traffic

If you have too many children, and want to get rid of a few of them, then you should definitely consider taking them to see The Croods. A movie whose message is: "Run towards danger! Any danger! Preferably without looking first!" Spoilers ahead... » 3/22/13 9:00am 3/22/13 9:00am

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