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alternative title [Apr. 18th, 2010|11:39 pm]
Is it still Alternative History when a story makes no substantive changes to known historical record but imagines what might have occurred beyond the point where no definitive record exists? Or is that something else? E.g. Agatha Christie's missing days could be explored speculatively without divergence from existing history.

[User Picture]From: drasecretcampus
2010-04-18 10:54 pm (UTC)
fictional history? Speculative history. Faction, even. Much of,say, the last days of Hitler in the bunker.
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[User Picture]From: pigeonhed
2010-04-18 11:11 pm (UTC)
The case in point is Lewis Shiner's Perfidia which speculates on how Glenn Miller may have died.
Secret history?
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[User Picture]From: del_c
2010-04-18 11:28 pm (UTC)
The taxonomy I saw on soc.history.what-if in the old days called that Secret History: history we don't know about.
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[User Picture]From: gummitch
2010-04-19 07:10 am (UTC)
Yep. This.
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[User Picture]From: sbisson
2010-04-19 08:28 am (UTC)
Yes, that's the term. Stories like Dan Simmons' The Terror or Drood.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2010-04-19 02:50 am (UTC)
It can't be 'alternative history' if there's no fixed history for it to represent an alternative to.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-04-19 04:01 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: secritcrush
2010-04-19 04:58 am (UTC)
Secret History.
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[User Picture]From: swisstone
2010-04-19 06:57 am (UTC)
If it's compatible with known history, it's simply historical fiction.
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[User Picture]From: surliminal
2010-04-19 09:52 am (UTC)
um no. It's speculation !
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