Science Fiction & Fantasy
Award-winning fiction from
the worlds of Warhammer.
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Alex Daniel is a writer living in New York City.
the Indranan Empire, ruled by gun-runner-turned-empress Hail Bristol, teeters on the brink of war.
The book is the sequel to 2016’s
Behind the Throne, the author’s debut; PW
gave starred reviews to both titles,
praising the “taut suspense, strong characterization, and dark, rapid-fire humor”
of the first and the “action, tension, and
constant interplay among the characters”
in the second.
Reimagining the Past
Writers who delve into alternate time-
lines have an additional set of concerns,
since their stories may incorporate real
people who exist in living memory,
Gregory Benford, in The Berlin Project
(Saga, May 2017), considers what might
have happened if the scientists involved
in the Manhattan Project had built the
first atomic bombs by the summer of
1944 and had bombed Berlin.
Benford, an astrophysicist, is a much-lauded author of SF; his awards include
a Nebula for 1980’s Timescape. For his
new novel, he drew on the accounts of
several members of the Manhattan
Project, including his father-in-law, on
whom the story’s protagonist is based.
Another established author, Harry
Turtledove—whom PW called a “master
of alternate history” in a 2008 profile—
offers a different answer to the nuclear
question in Armistice (Del Rey, July
2017). He builds on the premise that in
the 1950s, President Truman follows
General MacArthur’s advice and drops a
nuke in the Korean War, leading Russia
The book’s editor, Anne Groell, says
that although the book is set in the
past—and an alternate one at that—its
themes will resonate with a modern
audience. During a time when “global
politics are so fraught,” she says, “when
countries developing or using their
nuclear capabilities remains a real concern, it’s salient to see the potential ramifications of such an act through the eyes
of everyday folks.” ;
SFF and Excerpts from
PW’s Starred Reviews
Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow
Edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola.
“Each story in this outstanding collection is set in a near-future society with
intriguing technological advances, but
the social and cultural implications of
these developments vary widely.”
Vic James. Del Rey, Feb. 2017
“James’s clever debut, first published
on Wattpad, introduces an alternate
present day in which British society is
stratified into aristocrats, who have
magical skill, and mundane commoners, who are required by law to spend
10 years serving the skilled.”
Edited by Ken Liu. Tor, Nov.
“This stellar anthology of
13 stories selected and
translated by Liu (the Dandelion Dynasty series)
brings the best of Chinese
science fiction to anglophones.”
Bruce Sterling. Tachyon, Nov.
Sterling’s alternate history
novella is bizarre, chock-full of famous people in
John Feffer. Haymarket, Dec.
“In a chilling, thoughtful,
and intuitive warning, foreign policy analyst Feffer
(Crusade 2.0) takes today’s
woes of a politically fragmented, warming Earth
and amplifies them into
Upside Down: Inverted
Tropes in Storytelling
Edited by Monica Valentinelli and Jaym
Gates. Apex, Dec.
“Speculative fiction fans tired of clichés will want to grab this expecta-tion-subverting anthology.”