Watch the entire pilot for Awake right now

Tired of waiting for Lucius Malfoy's new alternate reality drama, Awake? Wait no more! The entire pilot has been released to the internet masses. Sit back and watch a very sad tale about a detective (Jason Isaacs) stuck between two crappy realities: one where his wife is alive and his son is dead, and another where… » 2/17/12 11:20am 2/17/12 11:20am

Think your job sucks? In Revolver, the hero is half office drone, half…

In Matt Kindt's new graphic novel Revolver, the book's protagonist crosses over into an apocalyptic reality whenever he falls asleep in the "real" world. io9 talked to Kindt about job dissatisfaction and interdimensional angst. » 7/14/10 9:15am 7/14/10 9:15am

The high-flying alternate reality of Sci-Fi Air Show

At Sci-Fi Air Show, the spacecraft of yesteryear are refurbished and displayed for awed audiences. The catch? The site is from an alternate dimension in which these spaceships existed. In other words, Stanley Kubrick really filmed 2001 in deep space. » 6/22/10 1:49pm 6/22/10 1:49pm

Great moments in alternate history: the golden age of zeppelins


If I've learned anything from Alternate History fiction, it's that in 90% of all alternate universes are timelines where A.) Hitler won WWII; or B.) people fly zeppelins instead of planes. Today we'll explore the latter. » 6/20/10 10:05am 6/20/10 10:05am

Great moments in alternate history: the non-fall of the Roman empire

The Roman Empire has given speculative fiction authors plenty of fodder for alternate history tales. There are dozens of stories in which the fall of Rome is delayed or prevented, and technology advances at an alarming pace.


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Great moments in alternate history: history's superheroes


The Cold War, The Victorian Age, The Catholic Reformation... Is there anything Batman can't make better? This week we cover alternate histories of the DC and Marvel universes. » 5/23/10 10:00am 5/23/10 10:00am

Great Moments In Alternate History: Our Alternate Presidents


Great presidents are the bread and butter of American history. But for every Lincoln or Washington, there's a ton of poor saps who didn't even make the primaries. In this week's alt-fiction column, history's losers take over the White House. » 5/16/10 10:00am 5/16/10 10:00am

Great Moments in Alternate History: The Discovery Of The Multiverse

It doesn't really matter to our dimension the British Empire never existed in another reality. At least it doesn't until somebody from one of those timelines comes to visit. This week we explore portals to other universes. » 5/09/10 11:33am 5/09/10 11:33am

Great Moments In Alternate History: The Land Before Time

The Earth existed for four billion or so years before humans showed up and started recording history. Why limit ourselves to the what-ifs of the past few thousands years? In these alternate reality tales, continents and dinosaur empires rise and fall. » 5/02/10 9:00am 5/02/10 9:00am

Great Moments In Alternate History: The Time-Travelers Show Up

Alternate history occurs when somebody makes a slightly different decision or a key event just gets lost in the shuffle. But sometimes history changes when time-travelers drop by! Here's what AH literature teaches us to do (should we ever time-travel). » 4/25/10 10:00am 4/25/10 10:00am

The Alternate Reality States Of America

In his book Lost States, Michael Trinklein maps out the never-was states of Transylvania, Nickajack, and Jefferson. Check out his bizarro imaginary cartography. » 4/21/10 6:20am 4/21/10 6:20am

Great Moments In Alternate History: The Discovery Of Magic

WWI fought with dragons? England as the land of Faerie? A space flight that runs on mummy dust? It was only a matter of time until fantasy figured out that everything's better with a little bit of magic, even history. » 4/18/10 8:00am 4/18/10 8:00am

Great Moments In Alternate History: First Contact

Alien fleets, rayguns and...Winston Churchill? Sure, we haven't met any aliens yet in our timeline (or they're being very discreet about close encounters), but alternate history authors won't let that stop them. First contact isn't just for the future anymore! » 4/11/10 10:10am 4/11/10 10:10am

Great Moments in Alternate History: The American Revolution

The Declaration of Independence, Washington crossing the Delaware, the Constitutional Convention: all great moments in America's history. But you know what would have made them better? Alchemical guns and airships. Let's look at some alternate stories of the American Revolution. » 4/04/10 2:00pm 4/04/10 2:00pm

Great Moments in Alternate History: Charles Babbage

In real life, Charles Babbage was a relatively unknown inventor who pioneered early computers. In modern alternate reality fiction, Babbage is a mad genius and steampunk icon. Here are some authors who resurrected Babbage's career a century later. » 3/28/10 1:02pm 3/28/10 1:02pm

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