uchronian adj.

of or relating to uchronias

SF Criticism

  • 1974 G. Eklund All Times Possible 3 Gordon Eklund bibliography

    All Times Possible is a uchronian novel about America as it could easily have been had there been some slight divergencies [sic] in the political currents of the past few decades.

  • 1986 G. B. Chamberlain Allohistory in Science Fiction in C. G. Waugh & M. H. Greenberg Alternative Histories 281 Gordon B. Chamberlain bibliography

    [‘]History refashioned logically as it could/might have been.’ In English uchronia and uchronian will do for the thing described, by analogy with utopia.

  • 1987 J. J. Pierce Great Themes of Science Fiction ix. 183 John J. Pierce

    Uchronian sf thus developed independently of the tradition of time travel and time paradoxes in Anglo-American sf; indeed, the first important work on the time travel-theme is found in Rene Barjavel’s Future Times Three (1943), in which the paradox of a man’s killing his ancestor is developed rather laboriously.

  • 1993 U. Eco Six Walks in Fictional Woods v. 109

    We would be dealing not with a historical novel, apparently, but with one of those stories that are called uchronian—”that take place in a historical time all upside down, where Julius Caesar fights a duel with Napoleon, and Euclid finally manages to demonstrate Fermat’s theorem.

  • 1995 P. Di Filippo On Books in Asimov’s Science Fiction Oct. 172/1 Paul Di Filippo

    Finally, Conner slyly plays the uchronian game by inserting several references to the fates of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and Scott Fitzgerald, among others.

Research requirements

antedating 1974

Earliest cite

Gordon Eklund, "All Times Possible"

Research History
Irene Grumman submitted a 1995 cite from Paul Di Filippo in Asimov's.
Irene Grumman submitted a 1987 cite from John J. Pierce's "Great Themes of Science Fiction".
Robert Schmunk submitted a 1986 cite from Gordon B. Chamberlain's "Afterword: Allohistory in Science Fiction", from the anthology "Alternative Histories: Eleven Stories of the World as It Might Have Been" (eds. Charles G. Waugh and Martin H. Greenberg). He suggested a reference in this article to an article that may contain earlier cites: Hacker, Barton C., and Gordon B. Chamberlain. "Pasts that Might Have Been", published in Extrapolation Winter 1981; Jesse Sheidlower checked this and the word does not appear there.
Bill Mullins submitted a 1974 cite from the front matter to Gordon Eklund's "All Times Possible".

We would like cites of any date from other authors.

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