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Useful Essays On Writing Alternate History
This page is a collection of links to various essays and articles dealing with the possible pitfalls an author of alternate history might experience while working on his scenario/timeline.
Essays from the AH.com Directory and AH.com board
- Colonizing America is Hard - Discussion on plausibility problems with earlier or more easily succesful colonisation efforts in the Americas.
Essays from external alternate history websites
- Problematic Aspects of Alternate History - Some Often Overlooked Considerations by Grey Wolf (under the name “Wolverine”), published at the Infinity Wanderers site (archived via archive.org, an additional link to an AH.com backup is available here)
- The Fractions of Perceptibly Different Alternate Timelines at Tony Jones' sci-fi site (Some sciency thoughts on how many alternate timelines will be the same, from a human perspective.)
Essays from published sources
- Toynbee, A. J. (1969). Three Lives. Some Problems of Greek History (pp. 418–487). Oxford: Oxford University Press - Famous British historian Arnold Toynbee's articles If Ochus and Philip had Lived On and If Alexander the Great had Lived On, from a book of essays entitled Some Problems in Greek History. Recommended by Leo Caesius: “To me, these two essays remain the best models for historical counterfactuals, examined and explained concisely and well…”
Related AH.com discussions
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