World at War: Alternate History in the Early 20th Century

If you like history and science fiction, this was a must-see panel at the AmericasMart Building 2 Room 204J. Moderator Sean Callot headed this panel of talented authors well-versed in the genre of alternate history. The panelists were S.M. Stirling, Michael J. Martinez, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, and Gregory F. Withrow.

Writing well is a difficult process. You need to have all of your background information in place to write an effective story. With alternate history, however, As Stirling stated, “All of the depth and background is already there.” Writers of this genre use history as their backdrop. Using factual information, they spin fiction into the mix to create intriguing stories for the reader’s entertainment.

When asked why they write alternate history stories, Withrow made an excellent statement: “I can make anyone I want win.”

Definitely check out these authors’ books to find a read you won’t soon forget.

Author of the article

Award-winning author Amanda Faith may have been raised in Dayton, but her heart and home is in the South. With a lifelong love of teaching and writing, she had plenty of encouragement from teachers and friends along the way. Loving a good puzzle has always been a fascination, and writing gives her the outlet to put all the pieces together. Being adventurous and loving to try new things, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves in unusual situations. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how they interact, taking them on journeys they would never have normally experienced. Her current adventure working as a high school English professor turned Media Specialist, writing, and doing paranormal investigations doesn’t slow her down from having a great time with a plethora of hobbies. Her published credits include several short stories, poetry, several journal articles, her doctoral dissertation, and her award-winning book Strength of Spirit. With multiple degrees, she has a passion for learning and exploring new venues. She is a staff writer for The Daily Dragon at Dragon Con. Check out her new website ( or on Instagram (@dramandafaith)