Why "Plot" Should Not Be A Four-Letter Word Among Novelists

It's easy to find people in the book world who regard "plot" as sort of a dirty necessity at best. Lots of literary books try to avoid any overt "plot," in favor of autobiographical details. In science fiction, there's a dichotomy between "plot" and "character." But in the New Yorker, Adelle Waldman offers a stirring… » 12/03/14 4:30pm 12/03/14 4:30pm

Great moments in alternate history: World War II

It's finally here — the biggest alternate timeline of all alternate timelines, the alternate history trope to top all alternate history tropes. Today we look at some alternate histories of the Second World War. » 7/04/10 11:00am 7/04/10 11:00am

Please Terminate Terminator 4 Now

The plot details for Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins (or T4 if you're into the whole brevity thing) have been leaking like a torn artery all over the web today, and reading about it is like watching a horrendous car wreck happening in extreme slow motion. In fact, since Christian Bale is involved, it's like… » 12/19/07 2:00pm 12/19/07 2:00pm