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Sideways In Crime Paperback – June 17, 2008

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Fans of alternate history and crime fiction should enjoy this high-quality anthology from noted editor Anders (Outside the Box). The tone of the 15 contributions ranges from the tongue-in-cheek (Mike Resnick and Eric Flint's Conspiracies: A Very Condensed 937-Page Novel, featuring an alien abduction of Jimmy Hoffa) to serious political theory (Stephen Baxter's Fate and the Fire-lance, a whodunit set in a 20th-century Roman Empire). Jon Courtenay Grimwood weighs in with Chicago, a twisty tale in which technological advances allow the narrator to plot a perfect murder. The standouts are S.M. Stirling's A Murder in Eddsford, which could be at home in a collection of English cozies, and Mary Rosenblum's Sacrifice, which marries a vision of advanced Aztec civilization to an intricate plot. (June)
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About the Author

A 2008/2007 Hugo Award nominee, 2007 Chesley Award nominee and 2006 World Fantasy Award nominee, Lou Anders is the editorial director of Prometheus Books' science fiction imprint Pyr, as well as the editor of anthologies Fast Forward 2 (Pyr, October 2008), Sideways in Crime (Solaris, June 2008), Fast Forward 1(Pyr, February 2007), FutureShocks (Roc, January 2006), Projections: Science Fiction in Literature & Film (MonkeyBrain, December 2004), Live Without a Net (Roc, 2003), and Outside the Box (Wildside Press, 2001). In 2000, he served as the Executive Editor of Bookface.com, and before that he worked as the Los Angeles Liaison for Titan Publishing Group. He is the author of The Making of Star Trek: First Contact, and has published over 500 articles in various publications.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (June 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844165663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844165667
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.1 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,064,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sideways in Crime is an appealing blend of alternate history and murder mystery. Half the fun lies in figuring out the crime, and the other half lies in figuring out the differences between the story's reality and our own. The stories are set in a variey of milieus, ranging from Aztec monarchies to Victorian England had Christianity never taken hold, among many others. The range of settings and crimes is impressive and entertaining.

Out of sixteen stories, only two didn't grab me, and they were well-written, just not my taste. Highly recommended.
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Anders has posited a very interesting question. Can you write alternate history mysteries? The answer is unequivocally, yes. There are fifteen never before published tales by some of the best new (and old) authors of alternate history. You would expect great stories from Jack McDevitt, S(M)teve Stirling and Stephen Baxter, but the stories from Grimwood, Buckell and Roberson are worth the price of the book alone.

Some of the stories could have been written in the normal history line, except that the alternates add a different flavor or color. Others could only have existed where the mechanical or social revolutions turned onto a different path. One deals with the Western Hemisphere being under the Aztec, Mayan and Incan Empires, while another deals with a Europe where only Britain is safe from the Nazis.

Anders has created a sub-genre all to himself and done a great job of bringing in the right people to get it off to a great start. This could be the most important style change for anthologies since Harlan Ellison's "Dangerous Visions". Let's hope there are more to come.

Zeb Kantrowitz
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When I saw this book on the shelf at my local shop, I had to pick it up. Mystery and Alternative History? I was expecting gimmicky stories and mediocre writing, but it seemed an amusing premise. Bluntly, my expectations were blown away. The writing is almost uniformly superb, the stories engaging, the settings believable and almost always flawlessly executed. They will appeal both to the hardcore history buff and the dilettante; there's even a dash of science fiction.

An all-around spectacular offering. I only wish there was more.
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