Rowena Wang is a Chinese Canadian concept artist. Most of her work is fantasy and science-fiction, but she has a few great steampunk pieces in her collection.Continue reading “The Art of Rowena Wang”
The artist known as “Dom-Bul” imagines what if, instead of Germany, Italy had been divided between East and West during the Cold War.Continue reading “What If Italy Had Been Divided During the Cold War?”
Craig Sellars works in the film industry as a freelance concept artist and production designer. He has recently worked on Tomorrowland (2015) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).
Here is a selection of his concept and personal art.Continue reading “The Art of Craig Sellars”
Never Was is happy to announce a partnership with Sea Lion Press, a UK-based publishing house that specializes in alternate history. You will see stories from their blog republished here every two weeks and vice versa, starting with Paul Hynes’ “The ‘What Ifs’ of Operation Barbarossa“.
Sea Lion most recently published Katherine Foy’s Freedom’s Rampart: The Russian Invasion of New Zealand, which follows Russian sailors and citizens of New Zealand during Imperial Russia’s naval bombardment and occupation of Dunedin in the late 1800s.
Other Sea Lion authors include Tom Anderson, author of the Look to the West series, in which Revolutionary France is far more aggressive in its conquests and America remains British; Andy Cooke, whose The Lectern Series imagines a more successful UKIP; and Hynes, who tells the story of the Allied invasion of Japan that never was in the two-parter Decisive Darkness.
Sebastian Giacobino is an artist from Argentina. His specialty is fantasy, but there are a few artworks in his collection that have a steam- or dieselpunk feel.Continue reading “The Art of Sebastian Giacobino”
Mrs America is neither the takedown of a conservative activist feared by the right nor the glorification feared by the left.
The Hulu drama series fairly portrays both sides of the debate over the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA): the feminist movement, led by the likes of Bella Abzug (Margo Martindale) and Gloria Steinem (Rose Byrne), and the anti-feminist reaction, led by Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett).
The series sticks close to the truth (Cornelia Channing has tracked the historical accuracy of all eight episodes for Slate), which is why this review will reveal a little more about the plot than we usually do. If you don’t want any spoilers, watch the series first (I recommend you do anyway!) and then come back.Continue reading “Mrs America”
After two worldbuilding series in which World War II ended worse than it did — one in which the war never ended and another in which the Axis won — let’s try a more optimistic scenario: a world in which World War II never happened.
Here we’ll take our cues from the Indiana Jones movies, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) and the art of Marcos Ceia and Stefan Prohaczka.Continue reading “What If World War II Never Happened?”
The Master of the Mississippi (1992) is the beginning of Scrooge’s American adventure.
Having worked as a cabin boy for passage across the Atlantic, the 13 year-old lad from Scotland finds his Uncle Angus “Pothole” McDuck — who also sought his fortune in the New World — down on his luck in Louisville, Kentucky. But Pothole wins a steamboat, the Dilly Dollar, in a poker match and hires his nephew as deckhand, introducing him to both a lifelong ally — Ratchet Gearloose, the grandfather of Duckburg’s eccentric inventor Gyro — and lifelong enemies: the criminal Beagle Boys.Continue reading “The Times of Scrooge McDuck: The Master of the Mississippi”
Never Was is launching an online community for alternate history, retro-futurism and science fiction: the Never Was Lounge.
The community consists of discussion areas for the steam, diesel and atomic eras as well as the far future, a place to share your own creations, and a “speakeasy” for everything else.
I hope you’ll join us!Continue reading “Never Was Lounge: New Online Community”