In his perceptive introduction, Anders makes a case for the relatedness of the mystery, historical and science fiction genres, and goes on to say that this was the impetus for the anthology: a series of crime stories set in alternative histories. It's a great premise and results in a wonderfully varied collection, from Kage Baker's humorous run-around set in a 16th century under druidic rule with Will Shaxpur as a detective, to Chris Roberson's steampunk melodrama featuring murder and political intrigue aboard a dirigible travelling between alternative realms.
Top billing though must go to Paul Di Filippo's zany "Murder in Geektopia," a murder mystery set in a world where Randolph Hearst became US president and set about pacifying the globe through the influence of popular media. Great fun.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Hey, Kéthani author Eric Brown reviews Sideways In Crimefor The Guardian, in an article called "Decisions and revisions!"