WtF a Fantasy Podcast #13 – Alternate History

Here’s the audio version of the week’s broadcast. Feel free to download and take it with you!

On this week’s webcast it was all about alternate history. We talked a little bit about what defines it, how there can sometimes be a fine line between it and other genres, and some of the works in the genre. There was talk of Tarantino, Stephen King, and Robert Sobel, oh my! Hope you enjoy!

We had a tiny hiccup of tech. difficulties in the middle of the broadcast, we apologize for that. *curses google hangouts* Just hang on there, because everything resumes as normal after a few seconds.

To download, right click this link and select ‘save link as’.


Lisa Richardson
CJ Casey

Webcast Notes:

  • 00:01 – intro and defining alternate history
  • 03:50 – more scholarly works – For Want of a Nail
  • 06:52 – less obvious alternate history – Stephen King
  • 14:33 – more standard works – Fatherland, The Man in the High Castle
  • 17:00 – Tarantino’s contribution to the genre
  • 22:00 – alternate history on television
  • 28:55 – summation


Robert Sobel – For Want of a Nail
Stephen King – The Long Walk (originally as Richard Bachman), Wizard and Glass
Philip K Dick – The Man in the High Castle
Robert Harris – Fatherland
Harry Turtledove

Movies – Inglourious Basterds, Iron Sky

Television – Sliders, The King 2 Hearts (kdrama), Goong aka Princess Hours (kdrama)

Other resources – Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History, Uchronia: The Alternate History List


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