Scifi Sunday: Science Fiction Sub-Genres; Alternate History

alternative-realityOne genre of science fiction that I don’t read a lot of (and I really should) is Alternate History. With this genre, stories are set on earth worlds where one or more events in history unfolded differently than how it did in this reality.

Spanning almost seventy years, this genre has merged with other science fiction tropes such as crossing dimensions between alternate realities, or some sort of ‘awareness’ (psychic or otherwise) of the other universe. Some stories deal with traveling down or up the timeline with the result splitting the timeline into two or more.  All these examples are interwoven so that it becomes impossible to talk about them without referring to one another.

Alternate history lets us explore the ‘what if’ paradigm and come up with scenarios involving some of history’s move pivotal turning points. It presents a different version, sometimes based on science and fact, but mostly on speculation. We can explore a very different world than we see today, and discuss the various changes that might have occurred. What would the United States be like had the British Government not returned the territory won during the War of 1812? What would the world be like if Germany’s plans to conquer the globe had succeeded?

There are so many possibilities with this genre and so many ways to explore. Have you read any alternate history stories? What ones stuck in your mind?


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: