Other Covenants

Alternate Histories of the Jewish People

by Andrea D. Lobel & Mark Shainblum


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About this book

Is anything more Jewish than stories of alternate history?

After all, at the center of the traditional Passover Haggadah lies a concise story of alternate history:

“And if the Holy One, blessed be He, had not taken our ancestors from Egypt, behold we and our children and our children’s children would [all] be enslaved to Pharaoh in Egypt.”

Other Covenants features over 150,000 words of stories and poems from 30 authors, and comes to about 400 pages in print.

In Other Covenants, you’ll meet Israeli astronauts trying to save a doomed space shuttle, a Jewish community’s faith challenged by the unstoppable return of their own undead, a Jewish science fiction writer in a world of Zeppelins and magic, an adult Anne Frank, an entire genre of Jewish martial arts movies, a Nazi dystopia where Judaism refuses to die, and many more.

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.

About the Editors

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.