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  Uchronia: The Alternate History List
The topic of alternate history is also frequently addressed in wargames and wargaming magazines, although in those media it is usually left to the reader/player to determine what happens after the "point of divergence".
Alternate history fiction is also often confused with "secret history" or "hidden history", in which something we think we know about the past is revealed to be incorrect.
Also akin to alternate histories are what are sometimes called "personal alternate histories" or "micro alternate histories", stories in which fictional characters get a chance to see how their lives might otherwise have occurred.
www.uchronia.net /intro.html   (2312 words)

 Histalt - Alternate History - Althist Fiction
In the AH context, an alternate history chronicle or "uchronia".
This is a favourite for alternate history buffs, for there have been many history-changing events that hinged on the outcome of a single battle improbably won.
Rick Sutcliffe's Alternate History SF Rick Sutcliffe's alternate history fiction takes place on several such worlds joined via a medium called the Timestream, each alternate earth distinguished from the others by a decision or group of decisions (nexus triggers) that radically altered subsequent history.
www.arjaybooks.com /Fiction/AHF   (1535 words)

  Alternate History | Alternate History
Alternate history is an exercise for pondering the crucial turning points of history - events that forever altered the course of civilization and set the stage for the world in which we live today.
No longer the "idle parlor game" it was once believed to be, the "counterfactual" has developed into a tool for enhancing the understanding of history, allowing history itself to come alive within the reader's imagination.
While history is the story of what did happen, the counterfactual is the story of what could have happened.
www.freewebs.com /althist/index.htm   (106 words)

  Alternative history (fiction) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For a variety of reasons, alternate history is generally classified as a subcategory of speculative fiction.
Secret history, which gives an account of history at odds with our general understanding, presenting its own account as having been lost or forgotten, is not alternate history.
In the English language, the first known complete alternate history is Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "P.'s Correspondence", published in 1846 and which recounts the tale of an apparent madman and his purported encounters with various literary and political figures of the 1840s.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alternative_history_(fiction)   (4027 words)

 Learn more about Alternate history in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Alternate history is a type of science fiction in which the basic premise is that some specific historical event never happened, or happened differently (compare future history).
The key change between our history and the alternative history is known as the "Point of divergence"(POD)." In Philip K. Dick's "Man in the High Castle", the POD is the attempted assassination of Franklin Roosevelt in Miami in 1933.
For alternate histories which some assert to be factual rather than speculative, see conspiracy theory and historical revisionism.
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /a/al/alternate_history.html   (1505 words)

 Alternative history - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A history told from an alternative viewpoint, rather than from the view of imperialist, conqueror, or explorer.
For example A People's History of the United States as a view sympathetic to people indigenous to the Americas, or Herstory as a history from a female perspective.
Such histories may tend to explain away their lack of scholarship or documentation on a conspiracy to erase such evidence.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alternate_history   (175 words)

 Alternate History: Home   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Alternate history, in its most simple form, is the exposition of a fictional past.
According to Uchronia, other names that can be associated with alternate history include alternative histories, allohistories, counterfactuals, counterfeit worlds, if worlds, negative histories, and uchronias.
As a genre, alternate history lies in the muddled water in which fantasy, and science fiction meet.
www.corneria.org /alternate   (381 words)

 The Tony Jones Alternate History Page
Clive-Less World : An alternate history where Robert Clive (Clive of India) committed suicide before forcing the French from India, leading to a French-dominated world with a different path of political and scientific development.
Monarchy World : An alternate history where there are three superpowers, the British, Russian and Chinese Empires, engaged in a three-way nuclear balance of power.
Puritan World : An alternate history where the powers of Europe are threatened by the totalitarian and theocratic Puritan New Commonwealth of the Americas.
www.wolfram.demon.co.uk /alternate_history_top.html   (606 words)

 AmericanHeritage.com / Alternate History: After the Nazis Won World War II
Alternate histories always have a fork in the road of time, a moment where history branches onto the substitute path that the novelist explores.
Some alternate histories, then, seem less about what might have been than about what supposedly ought not to have been, and the alternate paths they describe are less historically plausible than politically necessary for political battles to be waged without hindrance.
That was how the history Priest and Walton alter was understood when I was a boy—that with the appeasers discredited, England in 1940 and 1941 was again to herself but true, at which point the three corners of the world did come in arms against her.
www.americanheritage.com /articles/web/20061021-alternate-history-world-war-II-operation-sea-lion-invasion-of-britain.shtml   (2307 words)

 Histalt - Alternate History - Althist Fiction
In the AH context, an alternate history chronicle or "uchronia".
This is a favourite for alternate history buffs, for there have been many history-changing events that hinged on the outcome of a single battle improbably won.
Rick Sutcliffe's Alternate History SF Rick Sutcliffe's alternate history fiction takes place on several such worlds joined via a medium called the Timestream, each alternate earth distinguished from the others by a decision or group of decisions (nexus triggers) that radically altered subsequent history.
www.arjay.bc.ca /Fiction/AHF/index.htm   (1535 words)

 Alternity: The Alternate History Star Trek E-mail List
Just as children in history classes today write timelines of everything from the American Civil War to the Space Age, science fiction authors were writing timelines of events that hadn't yet happened, events that might never happen.
Alternate histories are nothing new; they've long fascinated both historians, novelists, and readers.
While putting "alternate history" in the description of the list may seem limiting, we discuss the whole of history in Star Trek assuming there is a consistent flow to the historical patterns of that universe thus exploring that flow by positing changes in the history.
www.allyngibson.net /altern.html   (989 words)

 SF Citations for OED
Essays in alternate history have long been a favorite game among historians, but as respectable intellectuals the historians have been timid in their ventures.
Few alternate history tales really concern themselves with alternate history at all, in the sense of tracing large patterns of historical change; instead they tend to focus on alternate presents, with the evolutionary processes that lead to such presents sketched in with a few paragraphs of backstory.
Here's an alternate history based on the assumption that a series of comet impacts in the mid-nineteenth century forced the British empire to relocate the center of its government to India.
www.jessesword.com /sf/view/157   (732 words)

 Alternate History Literature
Alternate history or alternative history is a subgenre of speculative fiction (or some would say of science fiction) that is set in a world in which history has diverged from history as it is generally known.
While to some extent all fiction can be described as "alternate history," the subgenre proper comprises fiction in which a change or point of divergence occurs in the past that causes human society to develop in a way that is distinct from our own.
It is a mix of alternate history, a play-by-e-mail game, and collaborative storytelling, which attempts to uncover a geopolitical intrigue spanning at least a 100 years, several continents, and entangling diverse social, scientific and environmental events.
d.webring.com /hub?ring=althistory   (689 words)

 Considerations on Alternate History
Alternate History which attempts to make heavier-than-air travel impossible, wireless telegraphy unworkable, nuclear fission unthinkable, loses all claim to be Alternate History and become mere fantasy.
The effects of alternate history on the identity of the people who inhabit its pages depend largely upon how deeply a nation is affected by these interpersonal relationships.
However, to be viable as alternate history this needs to be considered beforehand and mentioned upfront - true, more research may be necessary and more cogent argumentation required but that is all to the benefit of Alternate History if it is to be seen as a serious discussion of possibilities.
www.fortunecity.com /business/lauder/1644/altyhist.html   (1761 words)

Alternate history is a small but fairly popular literary genre that has been around for some time.
At the moment, Harry Turtledove is the best selling author of Alternate History novels, which are generally categorized as a type of science fiction.
Other works of alternate history range from Robert Harris' Fatherland, to scholarly "counterfactuals" which are gaining some popularity with historians, to dozens of amateur alternate history scenarios and "timelines" on the Internet.
www.alternatehistory.com /entry.html   (378 words)

 Alternate History Newsletters   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Alternate History can be about wars, but it can also be about many other things.
There are over a dozen stand-alone Alternate History scenarios, along with over a dozen of my Alternate History Newsletters, each filled with Alternate History scenarios, fiction, and book reviews.
The series was originally written as a future history, but since history didn't go the way the author predicted, I consider the series honorary alternate history.
members.aol.com /dalecoz/dale2.htm   (873 words)

 How to write a plausible alternate history
But, with the exception of his improbable origin, the Napoleon of real history would be plausible if he was a created as an imaginary character in an AH because the chaos of the French Revolution gave him the opportunity to acquire power.
For example the history of the Roman and Persian empires up to the 7th century gave no hint that Muhammed would receive God's message and that it would be adopted as a battle ethos by Arabs at the very time when the two great empires were exhausted by devastating war.
By 1997 the US population consists of people born before watergate, who are the same as in real history, and many other people born in the 25 years after Watergate who are the same because their parents never noticed Watergate or were affected by it in any way before they were conceived.
home.att.net /~a.barletta/how_to_write_what_if_history.htm   (3316 words)

 Open Directory - Society: History: By Topic: Alternative History   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Alternate History Discussion - The largest alternate history discussion forum on the web, plus a directory of individual scenarios sorted by era.
B-49 Alternate History - Speculates on how military aviation history would have been different if the project had not been cancelled.
Changing the Times - An active alternate history E-Zine, Changing the Times is the largest repository of amateur alternate history on the web.
dmoz.org /Society/History/By_Topic/Alternative_History   (530 words)

 What If History   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Alternate histories examine our world as if it had had experienced a reasonable change in the past.
The fact that we can produce plausible alternate histories demonstrates that history is produced by choices rather than inevitable forces that push us towards a predetermined outcome as argued by theorists ranging from St. Augustine, to Marx, Spengler and Fukuyama.
Alternative history is based on the idea that we can identify a "point of departure" or branch point between our history and an alternative.
home.att.net /~a.barletta/what_if_history.htm   (318 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: Gettysburg: An Alternate History   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The alternate events are anchored firmly in the context of the actual events, and are all within the scope of what was genuinely possible.
Gettysburg: An Alternate History is an epic saga by Peter G. Tsouras that explores what might have happened if a few twists of fate had significantly altered the course of the battle at Gettysburg, and therefore the American Civil War.
Written with close heed to the actual events, Gettysburg: An Alternate History is a fascinating "what-if" journey of speculative fancy, often told through the eyes of soldiers struggling to survive the bloody battlefield.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/1853672653   (1761 words)

 Fictionwise eBooks: Free eBooks, eBooks for Palm, PocketPC, PC, & Mac
In this collection of novellas, four masters of alternate history turn back time, twisting the facts with four brilliant excursions into what might have been.
At the bloody height of World War II, the deadliest enemies in all of human history were forced to put aside their hatreds and unite against an even fiercer foe: a seemingly invincible power bent on world domination.
In this alternate history of World War II, the Japanese follow up their Pearl Harbor attack with the successful occupation of Hawaii.
www.fictionwise.com /ebooks/AlternateHistoryEbooks.htm   (1971 words)

Our Discussion Forum is the largest gathering of alternate history fans on the internet.
Alternate history is a literary genre, but here we're mainly interested in history itself - and the politics, strategy, culture, and more that define it.
We spend most of our time debating our own ideas about history and how it could have gone differently, so this is a community focused on creativity and learning.
alternatehistory.com   (160 words)

 Alternate History Discussion Board
General discussion about alternate history scenarios where the divergence from real history happens from 1900 AD onward.
Discuss alternate history scenarios that involve time travel, magic, alien intervention, anything in the sea of time, and other such weirdness.
This forum is for shared worlds: roleplaying scenarios where different people contribute to the development of the same alternate world over time.
alternatehistory.com /discussion   (429 words)

 AmericanHeritage.com / Alternate History: When You Travel From the Future to the Past
One of the classic alternate histories, L. Sprague de Camp’s Lest Darkness Fall—published as a novella in 1939, expanded to a novel in 1941, and still in print—sends its modern American to sixth-century Italy, where he industrializes the place and averts the Dark Ages.
Alternate histories sending moderns back to the past, usually to accelerate progress, have never since gone out of fashion, and there is something of a mini-boom underway at present.
It is thus a pleasure to encounter a new alternate history series, set in an alternate World War II, that by working some changes on this trick becomes improbably exciting.
www.americanheritage.com /articles/web/20060506-alternate-history-mark-twain-lest-darkness-fall-connecticut-yankee.shtml   (1337 words)

 Alternate Realities
I started this story because I was talking Alternate Realities in Heaven Dimension and wanted to do separate stories to define some of the concepts that I took for granted in there.
Alternate Realities are but a part of the Science Fiction dimension of Time Travel, and I want to talk about more than just Alternate Realities, so watch for more stories in my Weblog collection, of this nature.
Basically they involve a single time stream universe for all the players, who travel in time past/future and in space, in which the universe is defined by the travels of the players, who then seek to explore and interfere with each other's time lines.
radio.weblogs.com /0107846/stories/2002/11/05/alternateRealities.html   (1555 words)

 Alternate History   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Alternate history is the literature of what might have been.
Harry Turtledove is one of the best-known writers of alternate history.
His first alternate histories were based in a world where Mohammed had converted to Orthodox Christianity rather than founding Islam.
leighkimmel.freeservers.com /reading/althist.html   (498 words)

Some writers go to great lengths to make alternate history sound like science fiction—it’s one of those many universes next to ours that arose out of the quantum flux, or whatever—but most authors tweak the history of the world that we know and just sort of plonk their characters down.
One can make a case that alternate history is some weird off-shoot of historical fiction, but the subgenre is generally considered science fiction, and it is marketed in the SF section of the bookstore.
If we think of science fiction as speculative fiction, it’s easier to welcome alternate history into its folds with or without the quantum mechanics, parallel universes, and time-travel conundrums that are used to dress some alternate history up in science fiction clothing.
www.asimovs.com /_issue_0602/editorial.shtml   (1074 words)

 Alternate History - Libertarian Wiki
Alternate History or Alternative History novels challenge deterministic perceptions of political and social development by pointing up the contingent nature such development with plausible fictional histories.
Successful alternate histories often tap collective anxieties and repressed wishes about specific historical events, especially those involving war.
The first alterantive history novel was Geoffrey-Chateau's 1836 Napoleon and the Conquest of the World, 1812-1823.
libertarianwiki.org /Alternate_History   (177 words)

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