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Alternate History

Alternate history or alternative history is a sub-genre 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; more simply put, alternate history asks the question, “What if history had developed differently?” Most works in this genre are set in real historical contexts, yet feature social, geopolitical or industrial circumstances that developed differently or at a different pace from our own. While to some extent all fiction can be described as alternate history, the sub-genre proper comprises fiction in which a change or point of divergence happens that causes history to diverge from our own. -OR- A retelling of historical events where magic or other elements of fantasy are involved.