Words To That Effect #47 | Alternate History

In one sense the alternate history tale is a very specific kind of story: a type of speculative fiction in which a certain, often key, moment of history has been changed.

In another sense, though, alternate history has a much broader appeal. We are all curious, we all think about what might have happened differently in our lives and in the wider world, we all feel relief and regret.

What if?

In this week’s episode I’m joined by Dr Glyn Morgan to chat about the history of history. We discuss some of the key novels in the alternate history genre, the difference between the “Geoffroyan” and the “Tolstoyan”, and how alternate history can radically alter our view of the present.

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