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ANNOUNCEMENT: Strong Wine – A.J. Demas

Strong Wine - A.J. Demas

QSFer A.J. Demas has a new M-NB alt-historical fantasy out, Sword Dance book 3: Strong Wine. Retired soldier Damiskos and his lover Varazda have been living together in Boukos for a month, and their future is beginning to look bright. Then Damiskos receives a letter summoning him home to Pheme—where his parents are deeply in debt, his brother is being hunted by loan sharks, and an unwanted arranged marriage looms. And that’s before Damiskos is charged with murder. Fortunately, he’s not alone. Old friends are back in Pheme. And Varazda—eunuch, sword-dancer, and spy—has solved mysteries before. But saving his lover … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Adventure of the Golden Woman – Cynthia Ward

The Adventure Of The Golden Woman - Cynthia Ward

QSFer Cynthia Ward has a new queer alt historical sci-fi paranormal book out: The Adventure of the Golden Woman. The Adventure of the Golden Woman is the concluding novella of the author’s Blood-Thirsty Agent series. Lesbian vampire spies at the cabaret! It’s 1931, and conquest of the earth isn’t enough for the British Empire. But the demi-mondaine of occupied Berlin harbors a resistance movement, and the double agents Lucy Harker—Dracula’s daughter—and her lover, the vampire Carmilla, steal England’s spaceship plans. Then the handoff to American agent Adolph Hitler is foiled by an impossibly advanced mechanical woman, and the lovers are … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT/GIVEAWAY: Infernal Hope – Sionnach Wintergreen

Infernal Hope - Sionnach Wintergreen

Sionnach Wintergreen has a new MM paranormal historical fantasy romance out, Love Songs for Lost Worlds book 3: Infernal Hope. And there’s a giveaway! Ex-necromancer Frank Hope risked his life to help his demon lover Kasimir return to his homeland, a dimension humans call Hell and Kasimir calls the Eternal Realm—a beautiful medievalesque land. Now, because Kasimir is the heir apparent to a vast, wealthy kingdom, the two live in luxury in a palace by the sea. But darkness haunts them. Necromancers, humans sworn to capture and slay demons for Earth’s energy corporations to use as fuel, continue to strike … Read more

REVIEW: Talk Like a Man, by Nisi Shawl

Talk Like A Man, By Nisi Shawl

Title: Talk Like a Man Series: Outspoken Authors Author: Nisi Shawl Genre: Sci Fi, Alternate History LGBTQ+ Category: Various Publisher: PM Press Pages: 128 Reviewer: Jim Get It On Amazon About The Book In these previously uncollected stories, Shawl explores the unexpected horizons (and corners) opened up by science fiction and fantasy’s new diversity. In her worlds, sex can be both business and religion, complete with ancient rites, altars, and ointments (“Women of the Doll”); a virtual reality high school is a proving ground for girlpacks and their unfortunate adversaries (“Walk like a Man”); and a British rock singer finds … Read more

FOR READERS AND WRITERS: When Everything Changed

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Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer J. Scott Coatsworth: Do you like alternative history? Readers, looking back, what are some good inflection points where you’d like to see an alternative history story start? Writers, what are some of the points in history you have changed in your stories, and why? Writers: This is a writer chat – you are welcome to share your own book/link, as long as it fits the chat, but please do so as part of a discussion about the topic. Join the chat

ANNOUNCEMENT: Raise the Red Flag, by Eric Del Carlo

Raise the Red Flag

QSFer Eric Del Carlo has a new queer sci fi-alternative history book out: In an 1867 that never was, the American colonies are finally gearing up to revolt against oppressive British rule enforced by advanced technology. British airship captain Hamilton Arkwright is captured by the rebels when his vessel is commandeered. The insurgents are also aided—reluctantly—by young Jonny Callahan, a thief and ne’er-do-well who would rather carouse on the streets of New Orleans than fight for independence. When the two seemingly opposite men are thrown together on a harrowing journey across the war-torn colonies, they must grudgingly rely on each … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT: Carolina Daemonic 2nd Edition, by Brian Barr

Carolina Demonic

QSFer Brian Barr has a new MM paranormal alternative history book out: It’s 2020. The South won the Civil War and achieved manifest destiny in the United States. Great Britain, known as Victoria, and China, have maintained their empires. American slavery was abolished in the late 20th century instead of the late 19th century. Steam powered machinery and electricity make up the bulk of modern technology. In the shadows of the Confederacy, there is magic. Esoteric sciences arcane and archaic survive from forgotten times, and strange demonic creatures wander through the slums of Charleston… Enter Carolina Daemonic. In an alternative … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Rake, The Rogue and the Roué, by Eric Alan Westfall

The Rake, The Rogue and the Roué

QSFer Eric Alan Westfall has a new alternate history MM book out: It’s an alternate history England. When the monarchy was restored in 1660, Charles II rewarded the lovers who saved his life at the Battle of Worcester by repealing not only the death penalty for sodomy, but the laws themselves. It’s now 1815, and our first hero, British blond and blue-eyed rake, Peregrine, Viscount Somerville, has two problems. First, he’s having glorious sex with our second hero, Rory, the brawny, red-headed, hairy Scottish rogue who’s Master of Strathairn. Second, he’s having glorious sex with our third hero, the languid … Read more

For Readers: That Never Happened!

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FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Marina Justyaoi: Historical fiction that plays fast and loose with reality, does it irritate you or make you wish it had been that way? (Particularly in same-sex relationships). Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Join the chat

For Writers: Steampunk and Alternate History


Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Therese Woodson: OK, so she didn’t give me a whole lot to work with here: “And Steampunk/Alt history discussions.” So I’ll just run with it. As writers, we have a unique opportunity with historical pieces – we can go back and take some event or period that was especially difficult for the LGBTIQA community and rewrite it to correct the wrongs of history. Or sometimes to just hilight them. And steampunk makes it even more fun. So my questions today: Have you written any steampunk or alternative history? If so, what period of time … Read more