The Alternate History: Refiguring Historical Time

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Kent State University Press, 2001 - Fiction - 130 pages
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What would the world be like if history had taken a different course? Science fiction literature has long contemplated this interesting question. The Alternate History: Refiguring Historical Time examines alternate history science fiction using the eschatological, genetic, entropic, and teleological historical models. Hellekson's original approach explains much of the appeal of alternate history and distinguishes among the many varieties of the genre. In her measured consideration of a range of writers, Hellekson displays a deep and broad knowledge of the major works in this genre--those by famous or neglected writers alike.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1957
A Brief Background of the Alternate History
Ward Moores Bring the Jubilee Alternate History Narrativity and the Nature of Time
Parallel Worlds Simultaneity and Time
Narrative Temporality and Historicity in Philip K Dicks The Man in the High Castle
Looking Forward William Gibson and Bruce Sterlings The Difference Engine
Looking Backward Entropy and Brian Aldisss The Malacia Tapestry
Poul Andersons Time Patrol as AntiAlternate History
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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