Never Was — formerly The Gatehouse (2008-18) — is an online, non-commercial alternate-history magazine, edited by Nick Ottens.
We are interested in what we call the steam, diesel and atomic eras, which correspond with three genres of speculative fiction:
- Steampunk: Usually set in a nineteenth century where the future has happened sooner. Click here for an introduction. Subgenres of steampunk include clockpunk and Weird West.
- Dieselpunk: Similar to steampunk but usually darker and set in the interwar years or World War II. Click here for a brief history. Subgenres include biopunk and decodence (also called decopunk).
- Atomicpunk: Set in an anachronistic Cold War. Its aesthetic is informed by the future predictions of the 1950s through 1970s. A related genre is spy-fi.
Click here to learn more about our motivation.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Consult the contact information page for details.
- Larry Amyett
- Alasdair Czyrnyj
- Lorenzo Davia
- Hilde Heyvaert
- Scott Kinkade
- Ella Kremper
- Sigurjón Njálsson
- Marcus Rauchfuss
- Kevin Steele
- Clara Lina Wirz
We have a message-board community, the Never Was Lounge. It contains the archive of the Smoking Lounge, which was the message-board community of The Gatehouse (2008-18).
Click here to visit the Never Was Lounge.
Click here to read our history.
Contact us if you would like us to review a book or story. We accept Kindle and hard copies.
Click here to learn more about submitting a story.
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