Alternate and Historical Fiction

From travel and time, to spies and pirates, to all things past and neverwas

The Alternate and Historical Fiction Track is the destination for all things bygone and neverwas. It covers everything from fan discussions of period media, speakers on overlooked eras, social events, to even demos of period costuming techniques. There is fun for all who fancy festive frolics through factual and fictional former times.

The flux capacitor is set to give a peek into the possible future: fan panels on shows like Bridgerton and The Marvelous Miss Maisel; costuming panels on recreating vintage styles; a dive into sea shanties and pirate lore, and much more! For historians of all ages, there will be American Girl Doll discussions, Splendid Teapot Racing, and more.

To engage more in our Track, be sure to join us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Check out the News tab for our full schedule for 2021!

Our fan panels feature discussions of historical favorites like Vikings, The Crown, and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, as well as time-traveling pieces like Timeless, Travelers, and Outlander.  We even cover shows that looked at events that never happened like the Man in the High Castle. We have panels exploring all kinds of subjects of interest to the history and historical fiction buff, including the history of spies, Victorian death customs, pirates in popular media, forgotten women of history, and many more. Our costuming series focuses on creating a perfect period look from hair to accessories. We’re excited to host another year of singalongs to popular musicals, including Hamiltunes and The Greatest Showman. And we continue to enjoy our favorite events including the Annual Dragon Con Tea Duel, Splendid Teapot Races, the Temporal Empress’ Ballroom Dance, and the Yesteryear Lagoon Pool Party.

Large Room Programming:

  • Zach McGowan Q&A – Sheraton/Grand Ballroom – Friday 11:30AM-12:30PM
  • Manor House Mystery Room – Sheraton/Valdosta – Saturday 11:30AM-5PM
  • A Lesson In Prohibition Cocktails – Marriott/A601-A602 – Saturday 10PM-11PM
  • Drunk History at Dragon Con – Marriott/A601-A602 – Saturday 11:30PM-12:30PM
  • Splendid Teapot Racing – Sheraton/Grand Ballroom – Sunday 10AM-11AM
  • The Neverwas Jukebox Jamboree – Sheraton/Grand Ballroom – Sunday 10PM-2AM

Panels in the A&HFT Track rooms (Augusta & Macon in the Sheraton):

  • Kicking off 2021 with the Alternate & Historical Fiction Track – Sheraton/Augusta – Friday 10AM-11AM
  • Writing Historical Fiction for a Modern Audience – Sheraton/Macon – Friday 11:30AM-12:30PM
  • Her-Storically Speaking: The Pinks and Other Female Detectives – Sheraton/Macon – Friday 1PM-2PM
  • The Crown: The Royals in the Modern Age (with Brit Track) – Sheraton/Augusta – Friday 1PM-2PM
  • Gentleman Jack: An Intimate Conversation about Anne Lister (with Brit Track) – Sheraton/Augusta – Friday 2:30PM-3:30PM
  • Cosplay Dilemmas: Rocking It When It’s Hot – Sheraton/Macon – Friday 4PM-5PM
  • Temporal Jeopardy – Sheraton/Augusta – Friday 8:30PM-9:30PM
  • History of Swearing – Sheraton/Augusta – Friday 10PM-11PM
  • Theater on The High Seas: Pirate Improv – Sheraton/Macon – Friday 10PM-11PM
  • Introduction to the Splendid Teapot Races – Sheraton/Augusta – Saturday 10AM-11AM
  • A Cozy Historical Mystery Chat – Sheraton/Macon – Saturday 10AM-11AM
  • Building An Alternate History World – Sheraton/Macon – Saturday 11:30AM-12:30PM
  • From Pandemic to the Page – Sheraton/Macon – Saturday 1PM-2PM
  • Facts Behind the Fizz – Sheraton/Augusta – Saturday 1PM-2PM
  • A Gentleman’s Accessories – Sheraton/Augusta – Saturday 2:30PM-3:30PM
  • Her-Storically Speaking: Women Who Beat the Status Quo – Sheraton/Macon – Saturday 2:30PM-3:30PM
  • Historical Fiction Mad Libs – Sheraton/Macon – Saturday 4PM-5PM
  • Prohibition: Speakeasies, Moonshine, and the Rise of Organized Crime – Sheraton/Augusta – Saturday 5:30PM-6:30PM
  • Ahoy, Mateys! Pop Culture Pirates – Sheraton/Augusta – Saturday 7PM-8PM
  • The Secret History of Spies – Sheraton/Macon – Saturday 7PM-8PM
  • Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone: An Outlander Novels Fan Panel (with Brit Track) – Sheraton/Macon – Sunday 10AM-11AM
  • Pin-Up Makeup with Talloolah Love – Sheraton/Augusta – Sunday 11:30AM-2:00PM
  • Hamilton: A Fan Panel to Remember – Sheraton/Macon – Sunday 11:30AM-12:30PM
  • Her-Storically Speaking: Women of Color Who Have Shaped History – Sheraton/Macon – Sunday 1PM-2PM
  • Gumshoes, Shadowy Figures & Meddlesome Kids – Sheraton/Augusta – Sunday 2:30PM-3:30PM
  • Quarantine Reads & 2022 Recommendations – Sheraton/Augusta – Sunday 4PM-5PM
  • Scandalous: Unearthing Historical Gossip – Sheraton/Macon – Sunday 7PM-8PM
  • Fact or Fiction, A&HFT Edition – Sheraton/Macon – Sunday 8:30PM-9:30PM

Find us also at:

  • Geeky Sea Shanties (with Filk Track) – Hyatt/Hanover F-G – Thursday 7PM-8PM
  • Evaluating and Restoring Vintage Electronics (with Robotics Track) – Sheraton/Atlanta Ballroom – Friday 1PM-2PM
  • Through the Stones: The Outlander Series Fan Panel (with Brit Track) – Hilton/Galleria 5 -Saturday 2:30PM-3:30PM
  • Witches as Warriors: A Motherland: Fort Salem Fan Panel (with Urban Fantasy Track) – Westin/Chastain 1-2 – Sunday 1PM-2PM

Virtual Panels:

  • Tea Party to Kick Off 2021 – Facebook & YouTube – Thursday 12PM-1PM
  • Bridgerton: Our Love Affair with Regency Romance – Dragon Con TV – Friday 4PM-5PM
  • Victorian Death Customs – Facebook & YouTube – Friday 7PM-8PM
  • Theater on the High Seas: Pirate Improv – Friday 10PM-11PM
  • Celebrating 35 Years of American Girl – Facebook & YouTube – Saturday 10AM-11AM
  • 2021 Splendid Teapot Race @ The Maker Station – Facebook & YouTube – Saturday 2PM-3PM
  • Who is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? A Fan Panel – Facebook & YouTube – Saturday 4PM-5PM
  • Diversity in Modern Historical Drama – Facebook & YouTube – Saturday 7PM-8PM
  • A Lesson In Roaring 20s Mixology – Facebook & YouTube – Saturday 10PM-11PM
  • For the Love of All Things Sassenach  – Facebook & YouTube – Sunday 10AM-11AM
  • A Fan Discussion of The Queen’s Gambit – Facebook & YouTube – Sunday 4PM-5PM
  • Mistakes That Changed History – Dragon Con TV – Sunday 7PM-8PM
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