ifs Imagine Fantasy Science Fiction
“What if?” That short two word interrogatory has certainly produced many interesting results in the annals of Fantasy and Science Fiction. ifs Imagine Fantasy Science Fiction delivers a full complement of nineteen what ifs from author Mark Brandon Allen. Divided into eleven short stories, a novelette, two flash fiction nouvelles and five eclectic works of poetry the collection enjoys a sense of fun along with a bit of serious commentary. From the very first entry to the last, these ifs explore the many facets of the two speculative genres including historic, contemporary, apocalyptic, shapeshifer, gothic, slipstream, anthropomorphic and time travel. Within the context of Fantasy and Science Fiction pulps, ifs Imagine Fantasy Science Fiction has a fair bit to recommend it to the speculative fiction reader. All told the nineteen ifs within the books lineup make up a meaty and satisfying read.