Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People

Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People

Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People

Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People


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Nominated for two Sidewise Awards for Alternate History!


An adult Anne Frank, living out her golden years in Florida.

Moses in his basket, floating all the way to the wilds of Scotland.

An alternate Israel, with zeppelins and ray-guns, hiding a terrible secret.

A Holocaust that succeeded beyond Hitler's wildest dreams, yet unable to extinguish hope.

What is more Jewish than musings about other histories and other timelines? Even the Passover Haggadah asks "What if the Holy One, blessed be He, had not taken our ancestors out of Egypt?"

Alternate history asks and tries to answer the unanswerable: What if the Exodus from Egypt had failed? What if the Holocaust had not occurred? What if England had repented of its persecution of the Jews? What if Kabbalah was a popular movie genre? What if Christianity had never split off from Judaism?

These are just some of the scenarios you'll find in Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People. The first-ever anthology of Jewish alternate histories, Other Covenants contains stories and poems from some of the world's greatest speculative fiction authors, who explore these and other historical roads not taken.

The 30 authors whose stories appear in this volume range from science fiction stalwarts such as Robert Silverberg, Jack Dann, and Harry Turtledove, to Lavie Tidhar, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Jessica Resiman, Gillian Polack, Matthew Kressel, Rivqa Rafael, and Bogi Takács.

Two of the stories written for this volume are finalists for the 2022 Sidewise Awards for Alternate History: Eric Choi's "A Sky and a Heaven" and Gillian Polack's "Why the Bridgemasters of York Don't Pay Taxes."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781953829801
Publisher: Ben Yehuda Press
Publication date: 12/06/2022
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Andrea D. Lobel is an ordained rabbi with a Ph.D. in Religion. She teaches Religion and Humanities at Carleton University and serves as a Jewish Studies teacher and rabbinic mentor at Darshan Yeshiva. In addition to her academic teaching and research, she is an award-winning writer and editor. Her research and publications are focused on the history of religion, science, and magic, with an emphasis on astronomy, space exploration, and artificial intelligence in religion. She also researches scientific and mathematical knowledge transmission between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Mark Shainblum is a well-known writer, editor, and publisher of comics, science fiction and fantasy. He founded and ran Matrix Comics, an independent comic book publishing house. With Gabriel Morrissette, Mark co-created the cult classic Canadian superhero series Northguard and the bestselling political parody Angloman. Mark is also a past president of SF Canada, Canada's national association of science fiction professionals, and co-edited the Aurora Award-winning anthology, Arrowdreams: An Anthology of Alternate Canadas.
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