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alternate_history:useful_essays_on_writing_alternate_history [2017/04/12 16:26]
petike [Related AH.com discussions]
alternate_history:useful_essays_on_writing_alternate_history [2019/03/29 15:13] (current)
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 ==== Essays from the AH.com Directory and AH.com board==== ==== Essays from the AH.com Directory and AH.com board====
  
-  * **[[http://​web.archive.org/​web/​20090326082201/​http://​gateway.alternatehistory.com/​essays-set.html|"​Musings on..."​]]** - The essays of [[offtopic:​IAN|Ian Montgomerie]] ​ about various popular AH concepts and plots. Includes musings on plausibility,​ problems with the use of exposition and evil empires in AH fiction, the tricks of writing about crosstime travel and contact between different timelines - and much more. Highly recommended.+  * **[[http://​web.archive.org/​web/​20090326082201/​http://​gateway.alternatehistory.com/​essays-set.html|"​Musings on..."​]]** - The essays of [[offtopic:​IAN|Ian Montgomerie]] about various popular AH concepts and plots. Includes musings on plausibility,​ problems with the use of exposition and evil empires in AH fiction, the tricks of writing about crosstime travel and contact between different timelines - and much more. Highly recommended.
   * **[[http://​alternatehistory.com/​discussion/​showthread.php?​t=180065|Colonizing America is Hard]]** - Discussion on plausibility problems with earlier or more easily succesful colonisation efforts in the Americas.   * **[[http://​alternatehistory.com/​discussion/​showthread.php?​t=180065|Colonizing America is Hard]]** - Discussion on plausibility problems with earlier or more easily succesful colonisation efforts in the Americas.
   * **[[Principles of Geopolitical Forecasting]]**,​ courtesy of [[offtopic:​Jasen777]],​ [[offtopic:​LordMoogi]] and others   * **[[Principles of Geopolitical Forecasting]]**,​ courtesy of [[offtopic:​Jasen777]],​ [[offtopic:​LordMoogi]] and others
   * **[[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​discussion/​showthread.php?​t=340674|Guide to Logistics]]**,​ courtesy of [[offtopic: Saphroneth]] et al    * **[[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​discussion/​showthread.php?​t=340674|Guide to Logistics]]**,​ courtesy of [[offtopic: Saphroneth]] et al 
-  * **[[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​discussion/​showthread.php?​t=349125|How Dark were the Dark Ages ?]]** +  * **[[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​discussion/​showthread.php?​t=349125|How Dark were the Dark Ages?]]** 
-  * **[[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​discussion/​showthread.php?​t=380002|Official "Did the Confederacy Have a Chance to Win the American Civil War ?" Thread]]**+  * **[[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​discussion/​showthread.php?​t=380002|Official "Did the Confederacy Have a Chance to Win the American Civil War?" Thread]]**
  
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 ==== Essays from external alternate history websites ==== ==== Essays from external alternate history websites ====
  
-  * **[[http://​www.anthonymayer.net/​ah/​writingGuide.html|So,​ You Want To Write A Timeline ?]]** at [[http://​www.anthonymayer.net/​index.html|Antony Mayer'​s site]]+  * **[[http://​www.anthonymayer.net/​ah/​writingGuide.html|So,​ You Want To Write A Timeline?​]]** at [[http://​www.anthonymayer.net/​index.html|Antony Mayer'​s site]]
   * **[[http://​web.archive.org/​web/​20090327131125/​http://​www.fortunecity.com/​business/​lauder/​1644/​altyhist.html|Problematic Aspects of Alternate History - Some Often Overlooked Considerations]]** by [[offtopic:​Grey Wolf]] (under the name "​Wolverine"​),​ published at the [[http://​web.archive.org/​web/​20090327131125/​http://​www.fortunecity.com/​business/​lauder/​1644/​altyhist.html|Infinity Wanderers site]] (archived via archive.org,​ an additional link to an AH.com backup is available [[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​discussion/​showthread.php?​p=6283668#​post6283668|here]])   * **[[http://​web.archive.org/​web/​20090327131125/​http://​www.fortunecity.com/​business/​lauder/​1644/​altyhist.html|Problematic Aspects of Alternate History - Some Often Overlooked Considerations]]** by [[offtopic:​Grey Wolf]] (under the name "​Wolverine"​),​ published at the [[http://​web.archive.org/​web/​20090327131125/​http://​www.fortunecity.com/​business/​lauder/​1644/​altyhist.html|Infinity Wanderers site]] (archived via archive.org,​ an additional link to an AH.com backup is available [[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​discussion/​showthread.php?​p=6283668#​post6283668|here]])
   * **[[http://​www.clockworksky.net/​fractions_of_ahs/​fractions_of_ahs.html|The Fractions of Perceptibly Different Alternate Timelines]]** at [[http://​www.clockworksky.net/​scifi_top.html|Tony Jones' sci-fi site]] (Some sciency thoughts on how many alternate timelines will be the same, from a human perspective.)   * **[[http://​www.clockworksky.net/​fractions_of_ahs/​fractions_of_ahs.html|The Fractions of Perceptibly Different Alternate Timelines]]** at [[http://​www.clockworksky.net/​scifi_top.html|Tony Jones' sci-fi site]] (Some sciency thoughts on how many alternate timelines will be the same, from a human perspective.)
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 ==== Essays from published sources ==== ==== Essays from published sources ====
  
-  * **[[https://​www.dropbox.com/​s/​iww87mc8v22onkf/​Toynbee%20-%201969%20-%20Three%20Lives.pdf|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 [[offtopic:​Leo Caesius]] : "//To me, these two essays remain the best models for historical counterfactuals,​ examined and explained concisely and well...//"​+  * **[[https://​www.dropbox.com/​s/​iww87mc8v22onkf/​Toynbee%20-%201969%20-%20Three%20Lives.pdf|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 [[offtopic:​Leo Caesius]]: "//To me, these two essays remain the best models for historical counterfactuals,​ examined and explained concisely and well...//"​
  
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 ==== Related AH.com discussions ==== ==== Related AH.com discussions ====
  
-**[[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​discussion/​showthread.php?​t=103623|How extensive is the butterfly effect ? Speculation...]]**+**[[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​discussion/​showthread.php?​t=103623|How extensive is the butterfly effect? Speculation...]]**
  
-**[[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​discussion/​showthread.php?​t=195616|What are the moral responsibilites of alternate history ?]]**+**[[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​discussion/​showthread.php?​t=195616|What are the moral responsibilites of alternate history?​]]**
  
-**[[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​forum/​threads/​is-there-a-philosophy-of-history-for-alternative-history.406405/​|Is there a philosophy of history for alternative history ?]]**+**[[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​forum/​threads/​is-there-a-philosophy-of-history-for-alternative-history.406405/​|Is there a philosophy of history for alternative history?​]]**
  
 **[[https://​www.alternatehistory.com/​forum/​threads/​the-butterfly-effect-and-human-culture.251160/​|The butterfly effect and human culture]]** **[[https://​www.alternatehistory.com/​forum/​threads/​the-butterfly-effect-and-human-culture.251160/​|The butterfly effect and human culture]]**
  
-**[[https://​www.alternatehistory.com/​forum/​threads/​how-do-you-like-to-view-timelines.317668/​|How do you like to view timelines ?]]**+**[[https://​www.alternatehistory.com/​forum/​threads/​how-do-you-like-to-view-timelines.317668/​|How do you like to view timelines?​]]**
  
 **[[https://​www.alternatehistory.com/​forum/​threads/​alternate-histories-written-like-a-nonfiction-textbook.319879/​|Alternate Histories written like a non-fiction textbook]]** **[[https://​www.alternatehistory.com/​forum/​threads/​alternate-histories-written-like-a-nonfiction-textbook.319879/​|Alternate Histories written like a non-fiction textbook]]**
  
-**[[https://​www.alternatehistory.com/​forum/​threads/​otl-as-default-tl-in-multiverses.262053/​|OTL as "​default TL" in multiverses ?]]**+**[[https://​www.alternatehistory.com/​forum/​threads/​otl-as-default-tl-in-multiverses.262053/​|OTL as "​default TL" in multiverses?​]]**
  
 **[[https://​www.alternatehistory.com/​forum/​threads/​the-otl.81089/​|The OTL]]** **[[https://​www.alternatehistory.com/​forum/​threads/​the-otl.81089/​|The OTL]]**
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 **[[Alternate History Clichés]]** **[[Alternate History Clichés]]**
  
-**[[how_to_tl|HELP : How To Write A Timeline]]**+**[[how_to_tl|HELP:​ How To Write A Timeline]]**
  
 **[[The Sliding Scale of Alternate History Plausibility]]** **[[The Sliding Scale of Alternate History Plausibility]]**
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 **[[alternate history:​alternate history|Alternate History Topics Section Main Directory]]** **[[alternate history:​alternate history|Alternate History Topics Section Main Directory]]**
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