Tag Archives: Alternate History

I won the Freaking Sidewise Award!

I co-won the Sidewise Award for short fiction along with @adamrov and Ben Winters. I am honored to be in their company. Click here for “Treasure Fleet” and the other excellent stories in Tales From Alternate Earths. Click here for some notes from the world of “Treasure Fleet.” … Continue reading

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Sidewise Awards today!

The day is today! Go to Sidewise Award page and see if my alternate history short story “Treasure Fleet” has won! And to wet your appetite for more, here are some alluring fragments of a sequel… At the heart of the Forbidden City, … Continue reading

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The Inklings’ Sidewise Q/A

Stephen Hunt at Inklings Press was kind enough to ask me some questions about the Sidewise Awards (coming tomorrow) and my feelings about the nomination of one of my short stories. Stephen: So – it’s been a year since Tales From Alternate Earths came … Continue reading

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The Fleet of the Great Hajj

Only one more day until we find out whether my alternate history short story “Treasure Fleet” has won a Sidewise Award! Here’s an excerpt of the rough draft of the story (it’s better in the anthology), answering the question “in a … Continue reading

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2 days until the Sidewise Awards!

Only two more days until we find out whether my alternate history short story  “Treasure Fleet” has won the Sidewise Award! Continuing my sharing of backstory for this story of the Muslim Chinese discovery of the New World, I ask the … Continue reading

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3 days until the Sidewise Awards!

In case I haven’t beaten you over the head with this news enough already, my alternate history short story “Treasure Fleet” has been nominated for a Sidewise Award! They’re going to announce the winners on the 20th. Fingers crossed! In honor … Continue reading

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The Goose’s Wing is finished!

“What man-made machine will ever achieve the complete perfection of even the goose’s wing?” – Abbas ibn Firnas I finished that alt-hist short story! It’s a nice, hefty 8,300 words long, and will probably end up a little longer. In … Continue reading

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The Guns of the Commonwealth

A new althist idea: compromise forestalls the Civil War and allows slavery, but non-slave statesjoin Canada.

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The Chinese Roman Empire

Okay. I swear I am only going to spend half an hour on this. NOT ALL DAY. NO SIR! So here we go. According to this very reliable historical document, the city of Lomes (L. Loumasia) was settled by Chinese … Continue reading

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The Goose’s Wing: Early uses of gliders

Gliders were originally used for spectacles in praise of their patrons. But there was also growing demand for gliders for purposes religious and practical (message delivery). Higher demand for silk lead to better-established trade routes with Arabia, which lead to slightly lower silk prices. When … Continue reading

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