The History Files #45: Alternate History

1 hour 1 min - Published Sun, Feb 28, 2016 by Gordon Frye, John Longenbaugh and Nancy Frye

This week, we take a look at Alternative History, a growing genre of speculative fiction. So much of it is dark and dystopian, but it can be hopeful, too, as demonstrated by the Steampunk radio drama “Brass”, written by today’s guest, John Longenbaugh. As Mr. Longenbaugh says of writers in this genre, “At their best they do the same thing a good historian does: make the past seem nearer and more accessible.”

Our show format is a bit different this time, being pretty much one long interview with no other segments, but we hope you’ll find it entertaining.

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