The long-awaited anthology of "What if..." stories concerning the science fiction field. Features Frederik Pohl, Barry Malzberg, Greg Cox, Jack Haldeman, Brian Thomsen, and more .
A review by Stephen Silver said:
". . . fun if you have an interest in the history of science fiction and go into it with the right mindset.
"Beginning at the top, the best stories in Alternate Skiffy are those which can stand on their own. The first story in the collection [is] Barry Malzberg's "A Science of the Mind" in which Theodore Sturgeon and Horace Gold attempt to concoct a Scientology-like religion. Other stories of similarly high caliber include Anthony Lewis's "Plus Ultra" about Hugo Gernsback, President of the League of Nations and David Langford's "The Spear of the Sun" about G.K. Chesterton.
"The next level of stories in Alternate Skiffy would be comprised of stories which are good, but wouldn't necessarily stand on their own without the thematic device of the anthology. Foremost among these is Lyn Nichols's "Kidnapping Koriba," which explains where Resnick got the various story ideas he used for his popular "Kirinyaga" cycle and Nicholas diChario's "Mission 51-L" in which NASA selects a Hugo winner for a space launch.
Also available, plain cover early edition.