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Alt Hist Issue 3: The Magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History [Paperback]

Mark Lord , Ian Sales , Sťamus Sweeney , Arlan Andrews , Matthew Warner , Brooks Rexroat
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18 Nov 2011
‘The second issue of Alt Hist magazine builds on the solid basis of the first issue, bringing a collection of historical fiction and alternate histories from a broad cross-section of history. There are some wonderful stories among them.’ SFCrowsnest, ‘engaging and well-written short stories with a historical setting that portray actual events or events that could have happened’ Fantasy Book Review, Alt Hist is the leading biannual magazine dedicated to publishing the very best short stories from the historical fiction and alternate history genres. The third issue of Alt Hist includes two stories about the American Civil War, one about the great Tesla, a tale of post-war revenge set in Dublin, and a compelling story about the early years of the space race. Full list of stories and authors: ‘A Light in the Darkness’ by Ian Sales ‘Dublin Can Be Heaven’ by Séamus Sweeney ‘Riders on the Storm’ by Arlan Andrews ‘Bummers’ by Matthew Warner ‘To The Stars’ by Brooks Rexroat

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (18 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466468165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466468160
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid Fiction Can Be Heaven 5 Feb 2012
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In "Dublin Can Be Heaven", Seamus Sweeney seduces us with generous helpings of full Irish breakfast in the comfort and familiarity of Bewley's Cafe. Then he opens the door and lets the cold chill in, serving up a haunting tale of espionage and revenge in the aftermath of World War II. Harry, the protagonist, is utterly believable, while Sweeney has clearly done his historical research. Well worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vivid History 16 Nov 2011
By Anna Sykora - Published on
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If you enjoy unique and compelling speculative tales set in vivid eras of historical conflict, this collection is for you. I particularly enjoyed the two U.S. Civil War tales: "Riders on the Storm," with its wildly imaginative premise, and "Bummers," which realistically portrays a little-known facet of that war... The other three tales are also dramatic and very well-written, and really made me think. Thanks to editor Mark Lord for this stunning issue, and I hope there will be many more to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A resounding yes! 14 Nov 2011
By Bruce J. Berger - Published on
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It's a great mystery of a blend of historical fiction and alternative history that one might not know the exact boundaries between them and yet fully enjoy the stories contained therein. So it was that I took pleasure in reading Alt Hist 3, edited by Mark Lord. I particularly liked the strong imagery of World War I contained in the story "A Light in the Darkness" by Ian Sales, a story that presages in my mind the approach of doomsday and the nuclear age. Dark and foreboding in another way is Brooks Rexroat's "To the Stars," a well-constructed and tension-laden thriller that clawed its way to a sad but inevitable ending. Yet again, we find horror in a tale of political assassination and retribution in Séamus Sweeney's "Dublin Can Be Heaven." And what could be more disarming and frightful than Arlan Andrew's "Riders on the Storm," a superb mix of science fiction and death by cannonball? But the collection happily is not all gloom, as witnessed by Matthew Warner's whimsical account in "Bummers" of a female soldier seeking lost love during the Civil War. The stories work exceedingly well together.Nate and Adel and Other StoriesAdel's Journal and Other Stories (Nate and Adel and Other Stories)To Hide in Athens and Other Stories (Nate & Adel and Other Stories)
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Issue 2 Dec 2011
By Leonid Korogodski - Published on
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This magazine is a find for an alternate history fan. I have enjoyed this issue. I especially like the story by Seamus Sweeney, with its emotionally moving conclusion, and Matthew Warner's unusual protagonist. The other stories too are worth a read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Name Needs Changing 13 Jan 2012
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I applaud the efforts of the publisher and staff to produce an ongoing magazine dedicated to alternate history in all it's guises. Unfortunately, far too much of these first three issues, this one particularly, are dedicated to stories that have no place in the alternate history field. Unless you stretch the defination to include anything qualifying as science fiction as alternate history.
If luck is with us this is due to a lack of actual alternate history material submitted by the contributors. Which means future issues will, I really do hope, begin to live up to the name of the publication. Should luck fail us, this attempt at regularly scheduled alternate history will vanish by years end. Which would be a shame.
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