Nick Ottens

Atlantic Sentinel

Atlantic Sentinel

Atlantic Sentinel is a transatlantic opinion website I founded in 2009 with friends from Europe and North America. We felt American news about Europe too often lacked depth and nuance and vice versa. The idea of the website was to give readers a better perspective on Western politics with writers who understood both sides of the Atlantic.

The website has become 90 percent personal opinion blog and newsletter (subscribe here) with the occasional contribution from others. Topics I frequently write about include culture war, democratic reform, the future of social democracy, polarization, small regions and states and transatlantic relations.

Never Was

Never Was

Never Was is an online alternate-history magazine focused on the steam, diesel and atomic eras, which correspond with three genres of speculative fiction: steampunk, dieselpunk and atomicpunk. It is the continuation of a blog called The Gatehouse (2008-18), which had a printable magazine called the Gatehouse Gazette (2008-12).

Never Was has played a prominent role in debates about the politics of steampunk and in defining the dieselpunk genre. It is frequently cited in articles and papers about dieselpunk, including Wikipedia’s dieselpunk entry.

Click here for a history of The Gatehouse and here to read my motivation for launching Never Was.

Special mention must go to Hilde Heyvaert, the magazine’s top writer in addition to myself, and who came up with the name!

Forgotten Trek

Forgotten Trek

Forgotten Trek started out as a collection of Star Trek concept art on my personal website in 2004. It has grown into the largest collection of such material online with 128 stories about the production of Star Trek, from The Original Series to Voyager.

Click here for a history of Forgotten Trek.