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 match 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 periods 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 and inspired by the (now retro-)futurism of the 1950s through 1970s. A related genre is spy-fi.
Click here to learn more about our motivation.
You can reach us at email@example.com. 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
- Alexander Wallace
- Clara Lina Wirz
Click here for a history of The Gatehouse.
Contact us if you would like us to review a book or story. We accept e-books (Kindle format preferred) and hard copies.
We no longer review music.
Click here to submit a story.
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