a work of alternate history n.
This is a list of (nominally) SF stories involving Alternate Histories, also known as What If? stories, Allohistory and Counterfactuals.
Instead, we are plunged into densely-reasoned arguments against historical determinism, examining familiar…‘counterfactuals’.
I don’t like it when people call Fatherland a Counterfactual instead of a science fiction thriller.
The main exception is ‘The Man in the High Castle,’ his most sustained and most assured attempt at mainstream respectability, and it’s barely a sci-fi book at all but, rather, what we would now call a ‘counterfactual’; its premise is that the Allies lost World War II and the United States is ruled by the Japanese in the west and the Nazis in the east.
It had a troubled route towards publication because ‘a young editor’ about whom Priest is less than polite wanted to make the book into a ‘counterfactual’ akin to Robert Harris’s Fatherland (1992). This entirely missed the point because Priest was more interested in why things turn out how they do than in why they might have turned out differently.
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