2 The Alternate History unconsciously , tropologically in order to make a particular point . Using categorizations of emplotment modes ( via Northrop Frye ) , ideological positions ( via Karl Mannheim ) , and paradigms of form ( via ...
Author: Karen Hellekson
Publisher: Kent State University Press
What would the world be like is history had taken a different course? Science fiction literature has long contemplated this question, and this text analyzes alternate history science fiction through a variety of historical models. It raises questions of narrative, writers, temporality and time.
therefore, to distinguish the modes of reading and writing operant in both the alternate history and the relativist historiography. The sfalternate history as a powerful parabola, and as generic fiction, may still suggest a forgetting, ...
Author: Derek Thiess
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Literary Criticism
This book channels the speculative power of science fiction to examine the limits of postmodern philosophies of history. By contrasting the questioning nature of science fiction to postmodern philosophy of history, it finds that this postmodernism often engages in a forgetful, even ahistorical, reading of the past.
Roth's use of this second kind of paratext as well as the relationship in which the paratexts stand to the alternate-history narrative, will be discussed in the context of the respective case study. But in general, we can say that this ...
Author: Kathleen Singles
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Category: Literary Criticism
While, strictly speaking, Alternate Histories are not Future Narratives, their analysis can shed a clear light on why Future Narratives are so different from past narratives. Trying to have it both ways, most Alternate Histories subscribe to a conflicting set of beliefs concerning determinism and freedom of choice, contingency and necessity. For the very first time, Alternate Histories are here discussed against the backdrop of their Other, Future Narratives. The volume contains in-depth analyses of the classics of the genre,such as Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle and Philip Roth's The Plot against America, as well as less widely-discussed manifestations of the genre, such as Dieter Kühn's N,ChristianKracht'sIch werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten,and Quentin Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds.
In this book, I read alternate history novels along with other historical novels. I do so because, even if alternate history novels are counterfactual to some extent, they expose deep truths about the dark history they are set in and ...
Author: Pei-chen Liao
Publisher: Springer Nature
Category: Literary Criticism
Drawing on theories of historiography, memory, and diaspora, as well as from existing genre studies, this book explores why contemporary writers are so fascinated with history. Pei-chen Liao considers how fiction contributes to the making and remaking of the transnational history of the U.S. by thinking beyond and before 9/11, investigating how the dynamics of memory, as well as the emergent present, influences readers’ reception of historical fiction and alternate history fiction and their interpretation of the past. Set against the historical backdrop of WWII, the Vietnam War, and the War on Terror, the novels under discussion tell Jewish, Japanese, white American, African, Muslim, and Native Americans’ stories of trauma and survival. As a means to transmit memories of past events, these novels demonstrate how multidirectional memory can be not only collective but connective, as exemplified by the echoes that post-9/11 readers hear between different histories of violence that the novels chronicle, as well as between the past and the present.
“Patton's Spaceship“, “Washington's Dirigible” and “Caesar's Bicycle” books by this order and all part of the alternate history/time travel series “Timelines Wars” by John Barnes. - “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick.
Author: BRUNO FONSECA
Is our reality the only one? Our History the only that is real? What if there were parallel dimensions/universes to our own where History has taken different paths? This book is about that possibility. To imagine ?what might have been? is a new (when compared to other science fiction older themes) and fascinating subgenre of Science Fiction called ?Alternate History?. So ?alternate history? is what this book is all about mainly about what if the Fashoda Incident had led to war- Britain and France have always been allies during all the twentieth century. Both nations have fought and won the two World Wars. They have been together (with little disagreement at least) on the same side of Cold War and finally together in the European Union. Therefore, it is difficult to imagine and understandable that so few people today know that in the late nineteenth century, 1898 to be precise, both those ?great allies? were brought to the verge of war! It was the Fashoda Incident. However in our reality the French backed away allowing the British all territorial claims to Fashoda and in exchange France received rights over Morocco. This was the last crisis between the UK and France and from that moment on the ?Entente Cordiale? that allied both countries was born and is still alive today. Nevertheless, that particular crisis might have gone out of control, France might not have yielded its interests to the British what would cause grave consequences. The worst one is that a war might have been fought between the French and British that might have changed all the next century (the twentieth century). Even today's world might be a very different place... However the thematic of a different (and worst) Fashoda incident although the central one it is not the only one in this book, I also imagine others- what if Portugal has never existed? What if the communists (and not the Nazis) have took over Germany in the 1930`s? What if Rasputin has survived and latter turned into a dictator of a Dark Magic regime in Russia? And these are only some examples. Have fun!
In the 1960s, two Englishmen, John Brunner and Keith Roberts, produced stimulating alternate histories on a subject ... the consequences of slowing down technological growth (strictly speaking, Pavane isn't an alternate history, ...
Author: Harry Turtledove
Publisher: Del Rey
Explore fascinating, often chilling “what if” accounts of the world that could have existed—and still might yet . . . Science fiction’s most illustrious and visionary authors hold forth the ultimate alternate history collection. Here you’ll experience mind-bending tales that challenge your views of the past, present, and future, including: • “The Lucky Strike”: When the Lucky Strike is chosen over the Enola Gay to drop the first atomic bomb, fate takes an unexpected turn in Kim Stanley Robinson’s gripping tale. • “Bring the Jubilee”: Ward Moore’s novella masterpiece offers a rebel victory at Gettysburg which changes the course of the Civil War . . . and all of American history. • “Through Road No Wither”: After Hitler’s victory in World War II, two Nazi officers confront their destiny in Greg Bear’s apocalyptic vision of the future. • “All the Myriad Ways”: Murder or suicide, Ambrose Harmon’s death leads the police down an infinite number of pathways in Larry Niven’s brilliant and defining tale of alternatives and consequences. • “Mozart in Mirrorshades”: Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner explore a terrifying era as the future crashes into the past—with disastrous results. . . . as well as “The Winterberry” by Nicholas A. DiChario • “Islands in the Sea” by Harry Turtledove • “Suppose They Gave a Peace” by Susan Shwartz • “Manassas, Again” by Gregory Benford • “Dance Band on the Titanic” by Jack L. Chalker • “Eutopia” by Poul Anderson • “The Undiscovered” by William Sanders • “The Death of Captain Future” by Allen Steele • and “Moon of Ice” by Brad Linaweaver The definitive collection: fourteen seminal alternate history tales drawing readers into a universe of dramatic possibility and endless wonder.
The alternate history (also known as alternative history, alternate universe, allohistory, uchronia, and parahistory) is that branch of nonrealistic literature that concerns itself with history turning out differently than we know to be ...
Author: Mark Bould
The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction is a comprehensive overview of the history and study of science fiction. It outlines major writers, movements, and texts in the genre, established critical approaches and areas for future study. Fifty-six entries by a team of renowned international contributors are divided into four parts which look, in turn, at: history – an integrated chronological narrative of the genre’s development theory – detailed accounts of major theoretical approaches including feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, postcolonialism, posthumanism and utopian studies issues and challenges – anticipates future directions for study in areas as diverse as science studies, music, design, environmentalism, ethics and alterity subgenres – a prismatic view of the genre, tracing themes and developments within specific subgenres. Bringing into dialogue the many perspectives on the genre The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction is essential reading for anyone interested in the history and the future of science fiction and the way it is taught and studied.
ALTERNATE HISTORY. The alternate- (or “alternative”) history narrative typically looks at a single crucial turning point in history (the “point of divergence”) and then attempts to explore the different ways history might have proceeded ...
Author: M. Keith Booker
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Literary Criticism
This dictionary covers the history of Science Fiction in literature through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries including significant people; themes; critical issues; and the most significant genres that have formed science fiction literature.
Redcoats' Revenge brings the most successful field commander in history, the Duke of Wellington, to North America in 1814. A coalition of eight European countries has recently defeated Napoleon.
Author: David Fitz-Enz
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
What if, on September 11, 1814, the United States had lost the close-run battle that Winston Churchill called the "most decisive" of the War of 1812? With a victory at Plattsburgh, would the British have eventually been able to regain control of their former colonies? Only one fleeting moment on Lake Champlain might have been needed to forever alter the young country's history and return it to the grip of King George III. Redcoats' Revenge brings the most successful field commander in history, the Duke of Wellington, to North America in 1814. A coalition of eight European countries has recently defeated Napoleon. With the emperor's threat to England eradicated, Wellington releases the most powerful military juggernaut for service in the Western Hemisphere. His audacious plan sends him and his avenging veteran redcoats plunging straight south from Lake Champlain toward New York City. In Washington, the streets crackle with tension at the news of British ships on the Chesapeake. The White House is promptly evacuated and the capital left undefended when a diversionary force approaches the city and chokes off Baltimore. President James Madison must now decide which of his generals is capable of successfully facing off with the Iron Duke. No friend of the tyrannical Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson, Madison finally agrees that he may be the only commander with any hope of matching Wellington. Redcoats' Revenge is a vivid montage of the personalities and battles--real and quite possible--of the War of 1812. With its clever and compelling premise, this exciting alternate history will enthrall readers and reveal just how close the United States was to becoming a British colony once again.