ALTERNATE TIMELINES: historical speculative fiction with diverse characters by Dusk Peterson
Historical fantasy. Alternate history. Retrofuture science fiction. Diversity.

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DUSK PETERSON ¶ About the author


Honored in the Rainbow Awards, Dusk Peterson writes historical speculative fiction with diverse characters: historical fantasy, alternate history, and retrofuture science fiction. Friendship, romantic friendship, and romance often occur in the stories. Visit for e-books and free fiction.

Dusk Peterson also runs Historicalfic: Historical Research for Fiction Writers ( A resident of Maryland, Mx. Peterson lives with an apprentice and several thousand books.


Other work: In addition to working as an indie author and historical researcher, I've been a freelance history writer, a newspaper reporter and copy editor, an e-zine publisher and editor, an editorial assistant for academic publishers, a library assistant, a college archive assistant, a bookstore clerk, an office supplies store clerk, and a 5&10 clerk who lusted after the contents of the stationery section. Here's my CV.

Preferred pronouns: They/their/them.

Personal life: Born in Michigan in April 1963 and initially raised in the rural village of Berrien Springs, Michigan, I mainly lived from ages eight to fifty-one in the New Deal planned community of Greenbelt, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, D.C.), before moving in 2014 to Havre de Grace, Maryland (a historic port town at the tip of the Chesapeake Bay). A graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis (which has a Great Books curriculum), I also lived in Annapolis for five years, in Baltimore for five years, and in England primarily Oxford for an accumulated total of two years. I'm a member of various literary communities and of the disability, lgbtq, mental health, and simple living communities. A homebody, I divide most of my time between researching, writing, releasing stories, and homemaking.


List of published fiction by date of publication. Also serves as a timeline for my literary life.

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