counterfactual n.

a work of alternate history n.

SF Encyclopedia

SF Criticism

  • 1997 Interzone July 58/1

    Instead, we are plunged into densely-reasoned arguments against historical determinism, examining familiar…‘counterfactuals’.


Research requirements

antedating 1997

Earliest cite

in Interzone

Research History
David Lewis published a book of philosophy in 1973 called "Counterfactuals" in which he discusses the possibility of alternate worlds. We would be interested in obtaining any cites from this book that indicate he used "counterfactual" to mean an alternate world or history.

We would like cites of any date from other sources.

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