Resources : Writing resources
This is a growing collection of resources for writing, whether it's writing advice, or writing inspiration, or aything else. Resources listed pertain not only to alternate history, but also other related genres of literature or other media.
NOTE: For AH.commer discussions on writing, please see Discussions on Writing.
Speculative fiction inspiration
Wierdest, obscurest countries in history ? - An AH.com thread with a similar purpose.
The Historic Cities Resource Database - Maps, literature, documents, books and much more !
Look at Me - A collection of found photos.
Technovelgy.com - “Where science meets fiction”. Database of technologies described and seen in works of speculative fiction.
Tales of Future Past - David Szondy's museum of retro-futurism, with insightful and snarky commentary.
Dark Roasted Blend - Looking for the weird and wonderful things to complement your daily coffee ritual and potentially inspire you ?
Paleofuture.com - A look into the future that never was.
Curious Expeditions - Large and diverse collection of links and articles about all manner of things bizarre.
Retrothing.com - Vintage gadgets and technology.
The Museum of Retrotechnology - Pictures, information and links about a wide variety of 'old' and sometimes unusual tech including Propellor-Driven Locomotives, Steam Engines of all kinds, Optical Telegraphs and more.
Vintage Paperbacks & Digests - 800 images of paperback books on this website; everything from film noir to science fiction to lesbiana to drug theme paperbacks can be found here.
RoadsideAmerica.com - “Guide to Uniquely Odd Tourist Attractions”. Various roadside curios in America that one can come across during car travels.
Vintage Projects - From the website: Our goal is to preserve the inspired DIY spirit of the past. Our free project reprints cover farm machines, the woodshop, machine shop, boats, archery and more. These vintage plans come from a half-century ago when do-it-yourself enthusiasts turned wood, metal and old motors into useful workhorses, functional tools, and toys.
Vintage Scans - Apparently, the criteria for this site is a) interesting advertising pictures from magazines or b) Taken sometime between the 1930s to 60's or c) Involving pretty women. Bonus points if all three can be accomplished apparently.
Vintage Technology - This guy is perhaps a bit too fond of old calculators, computers, and other electronic devices but it's still an interesting site to browse through.
DaVinci Automata - Clockpunk information and links of all kinds.
Finkbuilt - 'A tinkerer's journal'.
Smoking Lounge - Steampunk and dieselpunk community.
CyberneticZoo.com - A history of cybernetic animals and early robots.
Lisa's Nostalgic Cafe - Multimedia tours of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. Includes views of music, lifestyles, fashion, and fads of the three decades.
Mr. Pop History - A look at pop culture of the preceding five decades week by week.
Crazy Fads - Information about fads from the 1920s until the present day.
The Straight on The Haight - Stories and history of the Haight Ashbury. 60's styles, music, fashions and accessories in picture and text.
Pulp Fiction Central - Part of Vintage Library, this online store gives much information about the pulps, including cover art, writer profiles, and sells print and electronic reprints of the mags. Secure ordering. Requires Adobe Acrobat to read the online reprints.
Classic Noir Online - The Hardboiled World of Classic Film Noir includes articles, recommendations and more than 600 films.
What If Sports - Useful for box scores of alternative sports teams.
MonsterTalk - A podcast that takes a fun but skeptical look at various purported cryptids and monsters.
Skeptoid.com - A critical, sober look at misconceptions, myths and urban legends. The main focus is its regular podcast and blog.
Why do people see "ghosts" ? - A booklet detailing physiological and psychological reasons behind supposed “ghosts sightings” or “sensing the presence of ghosts” moments humans can have.