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A Brief Timeline of the Alternate History Fandom

The speculative fiction community is divided into unique sets of fandom. These fandoms are not just defined by what they like, but also how they speak and dress. Even the means of communication and where they congregate plays a role. So its not surprising that even a sub-genre like alternate history has a thriving, if small, […]

What Is Alternate History?

What is alternate history? Not as easy question to answer. Historians have been speculating on “points of divergence” since classical times. The Roman historian Livy wrote the first “counterfactual” when he speculated on what would happen if Alexander the Great turned west in 323 BC. Like a true nationalist, he believed Rome would have easily […]