What is alternate history?
- I believe the confusion over what alternate
history really is can be contributed, not necessarily to
the lack of definition by the founder of this club,
but by the fact that alternate history is a young way
of thinking about history. Most of us who cut our
teeth reading the works of Harry Turtledove see
alternate history as a collection of "What If?" stories.
But the view put forth by c_bruff is equally viable,
even if not the "accepted" view. So, take heart, sir,
perhaps while those of us more set in our ways regarding
alternate history will continue to ask inane questions like
"What if the Germans won the First World War?" or "What
if George Washington had eaten more beans?", you
might come in with a new definition that will bite us
in the butt.<br><br>Perhaps that's what the founder
of this club wanted after all.
- Queer history? That's a new interpretation of
"alternate history!"<br><br>Alexander the Great. Queer. Damn
fine general. What more could be said?<br><br>What if
he hadn't been queer...?<br><br>Anyhow, on to
another topic. Why did the Persian army lose the Battle
of Marathon? Just a military blunder with there
cavalry that may have changed the Western World?
- I was watching a special on PBS, in which an
English Anthropologist speculated on how the eruption of
Mt. Krakatowa (c. 500 AD) lead to a chain reaction of
events, including the Black Death, the invasion of the
Agars from Mongolia, the invasion of Anglo-Saxons into
Briton, the undermining of the Roman Empire's power base,
to include just a few of the events that he
speculated were directly affected by the eruption. This
caused the end of the Classical era and gave birth to an
embyonic modern era.<br>If correct,(his logic and physical
evidence seemed sound)it's amazing how a single geological
event could dramatically change every region of the
world's politics, economics, and culture.<br>What if the
volcano hadn't erupted? I wonder where the classical
world would have taken us by the year 2000.
- Recently I had this piece of alternate history
cotton (wasn't developed enough to call it a thread)
that involved Hideki Tojo and Josef Stalin having a
homosexual affair from about 1940 or something. I was
wondering how this would effect operations such as
Barbarossa and the bombing of Pearl Harbour and their
consequences. Anybody got any ideas?
- Has anyone read Star Wars: Infinities? A What if about what could have happened if things had gone differently when Luke Skywalker tried and failed to destroy the deathstar.