Today's San Francisco Chronicle includes my latest science fiction and fantasy roundup. Discussed are Gene Wolfe's "Pirate Freedom," "Ha'penny" by Jo Walton, "Black Dossier" by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill and "The Gunslinger Born" graphic novel from Marvel.
By the way, I do happen to know that the correct term for a story set in a timeline different from our own is an "alternate history," not an "alternative history."
Most of the time, copy editors are our friends. But not always.