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In the genre of speculative fiction Alternate History is proving ever more popular with alternative perspectives on crucial points in history making for some highly entertaining reads. Novels like Manifest Destiny: Lincoln Sneezed by Brian Boyington where Lincoln survives John Wilkes Booth’s assassination attempt have helped fuel the interest of readers around the world but for emerging and debuting authors drawn to the genre it’s important to do their research.

There is no doubt about it, alternative history is a sub-genre that continues to evolve. We have seen it merge with the much-loved tropes of science fiction to embrace time travel and alternative universes but there are a growing number of purists amongst today’s readers who lean towards subtler approaches. Indeed, keeping an alternative version of events close to the facts can make for a far more authentic read as readers invariably have enough foreknowledge to appreciate the subtleties of a different perspective.

Fans of the Alternative History sub-genre tend to be well informed on historical and political events and introducing a differing perspective is no mean feat. It is therefore essential that authors Show, Don’t Tell, thereby creating a narrative through which story and characters are related through sensory details and actions rather than exposition. This  fosters a more immersive writing style for the reader, allowing them to “be in the room” with the characters which is crucial if an alternative history novel is to come over as authentic.

History is invariably written by the victors. Great swathes of events are often ignored and in today’s society we are swamped by fake news. Can generations to come look back and take the truth for granted? Yes, alternative historical fiction more often than not stretches the realms of possibilities but at it subtlest, it challenges widely help views with a convincing degree of plausibility and it’s this that nudges the genre of alternate history ever closer to mainstream legitimacy.

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