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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.

Renaissance

A fine example of this is Renaissance – The Fall and Rise of a King, the debut novel for Marla Skidmore. Fans of the Alternative History sub-genre tend to be well informed on historical and political events and introducing a differing perspective on such a notorious character as Richard III is no mean feat. Focusing on poignant events she builds an upsurge of difference that paints an altogether more sympathetic perspective on the much maligned monarch which not only entertains but encourages the reader to reflect on the accuracies of history as it is recorded. Our review for Renaissance – The Fall and Rise of a King can be found HERE but has alternative historical fiction got a wider role than simply telling a story?

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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