12 Facts About Alternative history


Alternate history is a genre of speculative fiction of stories in which one or more historical events occur and are resolved differently than they were in real life.

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Alternative history is a genre of fiction wherein the author speculates upon how the course of history might have been altered if a particular historical event had an outcome different from the real life outcome.

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One early work of fiction detailing an alternate Alternative history is Joanot Martorell's 1490 epic romance Tirant lo Blanch, which was written when the loss of Constantinople to the Turks was still a recent and traumatic memory for Christian Europe.

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Alternative history saves the city from Islamic conquest, and even chases the Turks deeper into lands they had previously conquered.

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Late 1980s and the 1990s saw a boom in popular-fiction versions of alternate Alternative history, fueled by the emergence of the prolific alternate Alternative history author Harry Turtledove, as well as the development of the steampunk genre and two series of anthologies—the What Might Have Been series edited by Gregory Benford and the Alternate.

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Since the late 1990s, Harry Turtledove has been the most prolific practitioner of alternate Alternative history and has been given the title "Master of Alternate History" by some.

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Alternative history co-authored a book with actor Richard Dreyfuss, The Two Georges, in which the United Kingdom retained the American colonies, with George Washington and King George III making peace.

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Alternative history did a two-volume series in which the Japanese not only bombed Pearl Harbor but invaded and occupied the Hawaiian Islands.

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Again, in the English Renaissance fantasy Armor of Light by Melissa Scott and Lisa A Barnett, the magic used in the book, by Dr John Dee and others, actually was practiced in the Renaissance; positing a secret history of effective magic makes this an alternate history with a point of departure.

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Alternate Alternative history has long been a staple of Japanese speculative fiction with such authors as Futaro Yamada and Ryo Hanmura writing novels set in recognizable historical settings with added supernatural or science fiction elements.

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Many game series by the Swedish developer Paradox Interactive start at a concise point in Alternative history and allow the player to immerse in the role of a contemporary leader and alter the course of in-game Alternative history.

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Fans of alternate Alternative history have made use of the internet from a very early point to showcase their own works and provide useful tools for those fans searching for anything alternate Alternative history, first in mailing lists and usenet groups, later in web databases and forums.

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