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  Alternate history (fiction) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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.
Given the limitless fictional possibilities of paratime travel themes, and the fact that both string theory and the many-worlds theory of quantum physics provide a highly plausible hard-science-fiction foundation for such stories, it is probable that this variant will continue to flourish in tandem with the more "conventional" alternate history stories described below.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alternate_history_(fiction)   (5437 words)

  
 Histalt - Alternate History
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 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   (1582 words)

  
 Alternate history - SCIFIPEDIA
The underlying premise of the fictional sub-genre alternate history is that an action performed by a person or persons—at a pivotal moment in human events—changes the course away from what is accepted as genuine history.
The thing that distinguishes alternate history from historical fiction is that the events of an alternate history clearly could not have occurred in the world as we know it.
While there have been earlier examples of fictional works that include fragments of alternate history speculation (Livy’s History of Rome from Its Foundation), the earliest published work that is entirely alternate history is Louis Napoleon Geoffroy-Château’s Napoléon et la conquête du monde (1836), in which Napoleon avoids the disastrous Moscow winter of 1812.
scifipedia.scifi.com /index.php?title=Alternate_history&redirect=no   (378 words)

  
 Uchronia: The Alternate History List
The topic of alternate history is also frequently addressed in wargames and wargaming magazines, although in those media it's 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   (2301 words)

  
 Science Fiction Weekly Interview
If it weren't for science fiction, I wouldn't have the degree I have, I wouldn't have written most of what I have written, I wouldn't be married to the lady whom I am married to, I wouldn't have the kids I have.
What alternate history does is change the more distant past and look at the more recent past.
The ones which are peculiar to alternate histories are bad research and bad extrapolation.
www.scifi.com /sfw/issue298/interview.html   (1823 words)

  
 Editorial
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 Newsletters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
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)

  
 Rick Sutcliffe's Fiction Index
In the branch of speculative fiction called science fiction, some element of science or technology is critical to the plot, and there is no magic.
Alternate history fiction is a sub-genre of speculative fiction, the plot elements of which hinge on a history different that what has happened in our world.
Futuristic fiction is a catch-all term used by some publishers for any or all of speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and apocalyptic literature.
www.arjay.bc.ca /Fiction/index.htm   (920 words)

  
 The Alternate Worlds of Science Fiction - an infinity plus omnibus review
Fantasy and science fiction easily lend themselves to questioning reality and our perceptions of it, or twisting it this way and that to illuminate the world we inhabit and how we relate to it.
Currently, the most fashionable type of reality-warping is the sub-genre of science fiction known as alternate history--in which the worlds of what might have been had history taken a different path are explored.
Indeed, alternate history novels and anthologies are now found on the mainstream fiction shelves of many bookstores.
www.infinityplus.co.uk /nonfiction/alternateworldsofsf.htm   (902 words)

  
 Alternate Histories
The deviation typically occurs at some pivotal point in history such as the outcome of a war or the assassination of a leading political figure.
In fact there are so many titles dealing with the alternative history subject that there is a site entirely devoted to keeping an annotated bibliography of novels, stories, essays and other material involving the "what ifs" of history.
The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were conceived in 1995 and first awarded in 1996.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/fantasy_and_science_fiction/3179   (240 words)

  
 Today In Alternate History: What Is Alternate History?
It could be said that virtually any fiction could be interpreted as an alternate history, diverging from our own world at some point and in some unknown way.
I would say that if you are limiting Alternate History by placing artificial restrictions on it, you are limiting yourself to a world view that is too narrow, and not opening yourself up to all of the possibilities that lie in this genre.
To be engaging, alternate history must have a mixture of the known and the unknown.
althistory.blogspot.com /2006/06/what-is-alternate-history.html   (1565 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Bring the Jubilee (Alternate History Masterpiece): Books: Ward Moore   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
This is an alternate history of a U.S. where the South won the Civil War and the North is its vassal/client-state--which results in the industrial revolution never occurring.
This is a science fiction novel set in the 1940s and 1950s, supposing the the United States had lost the Civil War, now known as the War of Southron Independence.
Along with the rewrite of American history, passing references are made to men like Carl Jung and Picasso, their destinies skewed by the differences that make alternate worlds possible.
www.amazon.com /Bring-Jubilee-Alternate-History-Masterpiece/dp/0345405021   (2148 words)

  
 Amazon.fr : Roads Not Taken: Tales of Alternate History: Livres en anglais: Gardner Dozois,Stanley Schmidt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
As in science fiction, the question is the seed from which the author extrapolates a future and a narrative.
His fictional present stems from an alternative Civil War, one that the North still won, but in a very different manner.
Enter worlds that are at once fanciful and familiar, where fact and fiction meld in a provocative landscape of infinite possibilities.
www.amazon.fr /Roads-Not-Taken-Alternate-History/dp/0345421949   (484 words)

  
 AlternateHistory.com AH Directory
Alternate US political history in which Nixon is not elected.
The history of the main focus of the TrolleyWorld timeline, the Republic of California.
A fourteen-hundred-year history of an alternate timeline where the Khanate of Khazaria emerges as a major power.
www.alternatehistory.com /ahdirectory.html   (2872 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: The Way It Wasn't: Great Science Fiction Stories of Alternate History: Books: Martin Harry Greenberg,Robert ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The conclusion leaves the reader breathless, more than a tad uneasy about the whole idea of alternate history.
The stories in this book are very original and are not reprinted in many other collections of Alternate History, with the exception of two.
History as we know it is jolted and questioned at every turn in this emotional collection of engaging and imaginative fiction.
www.amazon.ca /Way-It-Wasnt-Alternate-History/dp/0806517697   (699 words)

  
 Alternate History Literature
Sites featuring speculative fiction, reviews of novels and other works on the subject of possible alternate histories, articles, and other discussion of "what might have been" will be welcome here.
This page links to the various alternate histories of differing levels of detail that I have created over the years.
New World Order fictional political alternative timeline novels, unfolds a secretive worldwide group conspiring to overtake the world, by the use of five steps that marches this group towards world domination.
d.webring.com /hub?ring=althistory   (1232 words)

  
 Sci-fi - Alternative History Genre
Alternate History is science fiction that asks what if a familiar fact from the past is not as we know it.
It is not necessary to re-invent the wheel here, since an extensive bibliography of books on Alternate History exists thanks to Robert B. Schmunk.
It is also hard to talk about Alternate History without mentioning Harry Turtledove and his A-H anthologies.
personal.anderson.ucla.edu /eloisa.borah/egbscifi.htm   (401 words)

  
 Stephen's Alternate History Site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Those who participate in creating alternate histories are sometimes accused of pushing "revisionist" beliefs through their timelines.
But a timeline is only a blueprint for a much larger, more thought out, treatment of an Alternate History story, and should not be held to the same exhaustive standards as professional writers and their completed book length works.
Alternate Histories in SF - A very good introduction to the Alternate History genre in science fiction writing by sci-fi author Stephen Baxter.
home.comcast.net /~nhprman/AH.htm   (1343 words)

  
 "What If...?" Alternate History Reading List
It takes place in an alternate history of the American frontier in the early 19th century, to some extent based on early American folklore and superstition.
This cleverly conceived alternative history proposes that Kaiser Wilhelm II launches an invasion of the U.S in 1901 after President McKinley summarily rejects a demand that he surrender Cuba and the Philippines to the Germans.
In an alternate history of the nineteenth century, Queen Victoria has married Vlad Tepes, better known as Count Dracula, leading to a reign of horror, while, in Whitechapel, Silver Knife, a murderer of vampire girls, threatens the new regime.
www.springfieldlibrary.org /reading/althistory.html   (692 words)

  
 Alternative History By Topic History Society
- An active alternate history E-Zine, Changing the Times is the largest repository of amateur alternate history on the web.
- A British alternate history timeline, resulting from a different result in a 1970 football match, but leading to totalitarianism and war.
A forum for discussion of ideas, and a story workshop for Alternate History Writers.
www.iaswww.com /ODP/Society/History/By_Topic/Alternative_History   (371 words)

  
 alternate history fiction @ www.ezboard.com
Welcome to the EZboard's community for Alternate History Fiction.
This forum is for the posting of alternate history fiction or for well-developed timelines.
This discussion forum is for scenarios or stories which are not strictly Alternate History, relying rather on 'Alien Space Bats' intervention.
p209.ezboard.com /balternatehistoryfictory   (369 words)

  
 Rooftop Sessions: Alternate History
Alternate history, also know as counterfactual history, is a fiction that imagines that the past is not the one we remember, although it's one that could have happened.
Once you've determined that history is going to change from a set point, the next thing to be done is to trace the effects of such a change.
An in-depth historical analysis of the process of composing counterfactual history, this is very academic and a little dry, not really meant for the general public.
www.rooftopsessions.com /AltHis.htm   (2372 words)

  
 SAPL: Focus Fiction - Themes - Alternate History
Len Deighton - SS-GB Superintendent Archer, struggling to maintain the values of Scotland Yard in Nazi-occupied England, is assigned a seemingly routine murder case that plunges him into a terrifying world of intrigue when the investigation starts drawing the attention of high-ranking officials in Berlin.
The year is 1855 and the Industrial Revolution has been irrevocably altered by the success of Charles Babbage's steam powered "computer." In this world ruled by industrialists and scientists, three diverse individuals search for a box of mysterious punch cards -- cards that someone is willing to kill for.
The outcome of the Battle of Little Bighorn remains the same, but this time a wounded Custer is found on the battlefield and nursed back to health.
www.sanantonio.gov /library/fiction/fic_TBL-AltHistory.asp   (966 words)

  
 J.T.'s Alternate History Site
I have a degree in history and have continued to study it and its related fields.
Alternate History, or Counterfactual History, tries to answer the great questions of "What if so and so happened or didn't happened?".
From Conquered to Conqueror: A History of England in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries by J.T. Tate - This is an essay describing an England where the Norman invasion of Duke William failed, and the subsequent time of strengthening under continued Saxon rule.
www.tateville.com /althistory   (759 words)

  
 National Novel Writing Month - Forums - Historical Fiction - Alternate History Fiction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
I'm doing alternate history as well, though it might be a little too alternate for the history forum, I think they might kick me out.
I'm planning on writing an alternate history fantasy, in which magical creatures from Europe migrated to North America, and interfere with travelers on the Oregon Trail.
Flint has also written an alternate History called 'The River of War' that is more straight history, without the fantasy or sci-fi trappings of the other two.
www.nanowrimo.org /modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?post_id=27599   (2066 words)

  
 One Lamp: Alternate History Stories from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction edited by Gordon Van Gelder - an ...
Turtledove's The Guns of the South, alternate history became science fiction's most commercially exportable subgenre.
Neither of these overlong stories are among the book's gems; the opener, C.M. Kornbluth's 1958 story "Two Dooms", is especially clumsy and dated, transparently using someone from the "real world" stranded in the alternate history to comment on the changes.
Such stories are not pure alternate history, i.e., fiction unfurling in a world where history deviated from the course we know; rather, they rely on science-fiction tropes such as time-travel and parallel dimensions to allow characters to voyage between time streams.
www.infinityplus.co.uk /fantasticfiction/onelamp.htm   (320 words)

  
 Alternate History 101
It is important to distinguish among alternate histories, parallel worlds, alternate universes, and secret histories.
Alternate history fiction requires that the world described be historically the same as ours up to some point prior to when the author wrote the story, after which things begin to get different.
Mark Keller said that the most common change points were (in English-language science fiction, anyway) was "What if Germany (Japan) had won World War II?" (over a hundred that he found).
www.geocities.com /Athens/4824/ah101.htm   (1059 words)

  
 Fictionwise eBooks: The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century by Harry Turtledove
Science fiction's most illustrious and visionary authors hold forth the ultimate alternate history collection.
The definitive collection: fourteen seminal alternate history tales drawing readers into a universe of dramatic possibility and endless wonder.
Whatever else history may be, it's not an experimental science.
www.fictionwise.com /ebooks/eBook5510.htm   (857 words)

  
 AH Fiction on this Board - Alternate History Discussion Board
The amateur writers forum is for posting or linking to stories and scenarios about alternate history and commenting on them.
It is also for discussing the craft of writing, especially as it applies to alternate history.
Here you'll get better commentary on the alternate history aspect, but for general writing help critters would be better because people are motivated to help you with your story.
www.alternatehistory.com /discussion/showthread.php?p=536   (1815 words)

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