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 The name predates AH.com and comes from the now defunct alternate history site/​newsgroup [[offtopic:​Soc.History.What-If]]. One of the main creators of the term was the late, great [[https://​web.archive.org/​web/​20070611004248/​http://​www.flin.demon.co.uk/​|Alison Brooks]], a British member of said site and long-term AH fan. This hasn't been overlooked in more wider fiction-writing and fiction-reading circles, and the term even appears [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Alien_space_bats|on Wikipedia]]. Ken MacLeod'​s 2005 SF novel //​[[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Learning_the_World|Learning the World]]// outright uses the ASBs as side characters and an in-joke part of the novel'​s cast. The name predates AH.com and comes from the now defunct alternate history site/​newsgroup [[offtopic:​Soc.History.What-If]]. One of the main creators of the term was the late, great [[https://​web.archive.org/​web/​20070611004248/​http://​www.flin.demon.co.uk/​|Alison Brooks]], a British member of said site and long-term AH fan. This hasn't been overlooked in more wider fiction-writing and fiction-reading circles, and the term even appears [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Alien_space_bats|on Wikipedia]]. Ken MacLeod'​s 2005 SF novel //​[[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Learning_the_World|Learning the World]]// outright uses the ASBs as side characters and an in-joke part of the novel'​s cast.
  
-The wide umbrella of ASB includes scenarios involving magic and, by AH.com convention, also any AH writings based on divergences from existing fictional universes, such as //Star Wars//​. ​+The wide umbrella of ASB includes scenarios involving magic and, by AH.com convention, also any AH writings based on divergences from existing fictional universes, such as //Star Wars//. Nowadays, this particular subset has its own separate forum, though in the past it was lumped under the ASB forum.
  
 Probably the most common ASB scenario involves the [[alternate history:​ISOT]] and variations thereof. The [[shared worlds:​Mosaic Earth]] concept developed from the ISOT.  ​ Probably the most common ASB scenario involves the [[alternate history:​ISOT]] and variations thereof. The [[shared worlds:​Mosaic Earth]] concept developed from the ISOT.  ​
  
 There is a heated debate as to whether scenarios that involve small or large geological changes in the world count as ASB or not. A good example of such a geological change is the [[http://​rocketpunk-observatory.com/​tarrantry.htm|eponymous island]] of the [[timelines:​Tarrantry]] series. As a rule of thumb, AH.com administration considers geological PODs and works with such PODs to be a form of ASB scenario, so they should be posted in the ASB forum. ​ There is a heated debate as to whether scenarios that involve small or large geological changes in the world count as ASB or not. A good example of such a geological change is the [[http://​rocketpunk-observatory.com/​tarrantry.htm|eponymous island]] of the [[timelines:​Tarrantry]] series. As a rule of thumb, AH.com administration considers geological PODs and works with such PODs to be a form of ASB scenario, so they should be posted in the ASB forum. ​
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 +More on the basics of the ASB concept in [[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=1-uuofTKwbI|this video]] from [[offtopic:​Mitro]]'​s site [[offtopic:​The Alternate Historian]].
  
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   * //**1. ANYTHING involving aliens**//   * //**1. ANYTHING involving aliens**//
   * //**2. ANYTHING involving massive geological changes**//   * //**2. ANYTHING involving massive geological changes**//
-  * //**3. Things so unlikely that they would require the intervention of deity**//+  * //**3. Things so unlikely that they would require the intervention of deity**//
   * //**4. Fantasy**//   * //**4. Fantasy**//
  
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